Disgraced Juppe's seat filled in Bordeaux

22nd November 2004, Comments 0 comments

BORDEAUX, Nov 21 (AFP) - Centre-right politician Hugues Martin was elected Sunday to the National Assembly seat vacated by former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, who was given a suspended prison sentence in January and disqualified from politics over a party funding scandal.

BORDEAUX, Nov 21 (AFP) - Centre-right politician Hugues Martin was elected Sunday to the National Assembly seat vacated by former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, who was given a suspended prison sentence in January and disqualified from politics over a party funding scandal.

Martin, Juppe's chosen front-man, defeated Socialist Michele Delauney by a 566-vote margin.

Despite massive abstention, Juppe said the result was "a sign of friendship" to him by Bordeaux voters.

Juppe was found guilty of arranging payment for seven members of President Jacque Chirac's Rally for the Republic (RPR) party out of Paris municipal funds. He was disqualified from holding public office for 10 years.

© AFP

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