Raffarin hits the comeback trail

16th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

BENASSAY, France, Aug 16 (AFP) - Former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin announced Tuesday that he would seek to return to the senate in September, more than three months after president Jacques Chirac replaced him in the conservative government.

BENASSAY, France, Aug 16 (AFP) - Former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin announced Tuesday that he would seek to return to the senate in September, more than three months after president Jacques Chirac replaced him in the conservative government.

Raffarin told a media conference that he would stand as a candidate in the September 18 senatorial race for his home region of Vienne, in western France, so he could be "influential in Paris" and fight for more jobs.

His announcement had been long expected.

The politician, who proved a deeply unpopular prime minister, was previously senator for Vienne from 1997 to 2002, but resigned his mandate when Chirac put him in charge of the government on May 6, 2002.

Chirac ended up replacing Raffarin with Dominique de Villepin after French voters rejected a referendum on adopting an EU constitution on May 29 this year.

The Vienne senatorial election was made possible because the Raffarin loyalist who held the post, Claude Bertaud, resigned to make way for his return.

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Subject: French news, French politics, French Senate, Raffarin, Chirac

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