Former French conservative PM Juppé announces presidential bid

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The move by Alain Juppé, 69, has upstaged an expected imminent similar bid by Nicolas Sarkozy to run as the UMP party's 2017 candidate.

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Alain Juppé, a former prime minister who rebounded in politics after a criminal conviction in a 2004 corruption scandal, announced on Wednesday that he was seeking the nomination of France’s main conservative party for president, reports The New York Times.