Centrist Bayrou rejects alliance with Socialists

12th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 12, 2007 (AFP) - French centrist Francois Bayrou said Tuesday he would not ask his supporters to vote for Socialists in parliamentary elections that are set to hand President Nicolas Sarkozy's party a massive victory.

PARIS, June 12, 2007 (AFP) - French centrist Francois Bayrou said Tuesday he would not ask his supporters to vote for Socialists in parliamentary elections that are set to hand President Nicolas Sarkozy's party a massive victory.

The leader of the Democratic Movement party received a phone call from Segolene Royal, the defeated Socialist presidential candidate, to discuss an alliance ahead of the second round of voting on Sunday.

But Bayrou told RTL radio that he would not side with the left to try to prevent Sarkozy's rightwing Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party from winning a crushing majority in the National Assembly.

"I will not give supporters any guidance on how to vote. I will not enter into these kinds of mechanics," he said.

"We are independent. There is no need for negotiation with the Socialist Party. There is no need for negotiation with the UMP," he added.

The Democratic Movement party won 7.6 percent of the vote in the first round of the elections on Sunday, far less than the nearly 19 percent that Bayrou won in last month's presidential election and which gave him the third place.

Bayrou had campaigned on a platform that called for creating a countervailing power to Sarkozy in parliament.

But his party launched last month is not expected to win more than four seats in the 577-member Assembly.

The UMP is expected to pick up between 383 and 501 seats compared to between 60 and 185 for the Socialists, according to projections from polling firms.


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