Bayrou wins new term as head of France’s UDF

23rd January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 22 (AFP) - French centre-right leader Francois Bayrou won a further two-year term at the helm of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) party on Saturday after members overwhelmingly endorsed his candidacy.

PARIS, Jan 22 (AFP) - French centre-right leader Francois Bayrou won a further two-year term at the helm of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) party on Saturday after members overwhelmingly endorsed his candidacy.

Bayrou, 53, a former education minister and familiar figure in French politics, won 98 percent of votes from UDF activists. He was the only candidate.

The victory provides Bayrou with a springboard to presidential elections scheduled to be held in France in 2007, and he is expected to maintain his critical approach to the policies of the governing Union for a Popular Majority party of French President Jacques Chirac.

His party is a member of the governing majority in France. One of its leading officials, Gilles de Robien, is transport minister in the government led by Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.

Bayrou was a candidate in the last French presidential poll in 2002, when he obtained 6.8 percent of the vote in the first round.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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