Judges clear way for Sarkozy to rename UMP party Les Républicains

Choice of name has sparked furious criticism from French Left who accuse ex-president of staging a hostile takeover of national heritage.

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Judges in Paris have cleared the way for Nicolas Sarkozy to rename his rightwing UMP party Les Républicains(the Republicans) as he prepares a bid to win back the French presidency in 2017, reports The Guardian.