Why is France's UMP party changing its name?

The New Yorker considers the reasoning behind the move by Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing party to brand itself Les Républicains.

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Since returning to the helm of the conservative Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), six months ago, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been looking for ways to distract the nation from the divisive appeal of Marine Le Pen’s National Front, from the small triumphs of what is otherwise a desperately unpopular Socialist administration, and from an accumulating pile of lawsuits, reports The New Yorker.