Sarkozy’s political dilemma in French by-election in Doubs?

  • National Front (FN) won first round with 32.6%, followed by Francois Hollande's Socialists (28.8%) & Nicholas Sarkozy's UMP (26.5%).
  • Second round is this Sunday and pits FN against the Socialists (who have seen big popularity gains in wake of Paris bombings).
  • Sarkozy unsure whether to endorse the Socialists (and hence sustain the mood of national unity) or refuse to endorse either candidate (and hence try to reach out to FN supporters in the future) - he will again face this dilemma in local elections in March & Dec. this year, and in '17 Presidential election.

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