Valery Giscard d'Estaing backs Sarkozy

19th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 18, 2007 (AFP) - Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing is backing rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency instead of the candidate from his own centrist party Francois Bayrou.

PARIS, April 18, 2007 (AFP) - Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing is backing rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency instead of the candidate from his own centrist party Francois Bayrou.

Giscard d'Estaing, 81, said in an interview to Le Parisien newspaper to be published Thursday that Sarkozy had the experience and political clout needed to be France's next president.

The ex-president from 1974 and 1981 said Sarkozy had a majority in parliament to back him contrary to Bayrou whom he accused of "fueling uncertainty, floating in a vacuum between obviously different policies and beholden to powerless and fragile majorities."

Giscard d'Estaing founded the small Union for French Democracy (UDF) now headed by Bayrou, a 55-year-old former education minister who holds the third place in polls behind Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal.

Voters in France head to the polls for the first round of the presidential election on Sunday and the two top vote-getters are expected to go into a runoff set for May 6.

Giscard d'Estaing appealed to voters "who share the values of the centre" to vote for Sarkozy, the 52-year-old former interior minister who is also the candidate of the governing Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party.


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