Back to the Future Alain Juppé's Star Is Rising in France

Many see Alain Juppé as boring. But the conservative former French prime minister is still the best liked candidate ahead of next year's presidential elections. He could thwart Nicolas Sarkozy's comeback and send President François Hollande into retirement.
French Republican Party candidate Alain Juppé

French Republican Party candidate Alain Juppé

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Reluctant campaigner Alain Juppé on the trail in June

Reluctant campaigner Alain Juppé on the trail in June

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Conservative presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy

Conservative presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy

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