FRANCE: ‘ Shaking off his influence peddling – Sarkozy renames French UMP party The Republicans ‘

FEATURED UPDATE:FRANCE:May.30: In an effort to win back the French presidency in 2017, the former leader Nicolas Sarkozy has renamed his rightwing UMP party The Republicans. “‘Republicans’ is not just a new name for a party.

It’s a rallying call to all who are distressed to see the Republic decline day after day and who want to stop this decline,” Sarkozy, who returned to frontline politics last year, explained on the party’s new website In July, Sarkozy, 59, became the first former head of state to be taken into custody for questioning (which lasted 15 hours).

He was charged with corruption, violation of legal secrecy over the case and “influence peddling.”