Former PM Alain Juppé's star rises amid French leadership void

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Despite a criminal conviction and failures as a prime minister, polls show Bordeaux mayor is country's most respected politician in office.

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He has a criminal record for corruption and as prime minister in the 1990s caused France's worst unrest since May 1968 with a failed austerity push. Two decades on, opinion polls show he is the country's most respected politician in office, reports Newsweek.