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    With Nicolas Sarkozy and Alain Juppé topping the list of right-wing and centrist candidates in upcoming conservative primaries, radio Sputnik asked Thierry Solère, who heads a national committee organizing the November 20 vote, how the candidates’ foreign political agendas differ from that of France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande.

    According to a recent Ifop poll, 34 percent of respondents showed an interest in the conservatives’ primaries.

    When asked to find any differences between the seven right-wing candidates, Thierry Solère said that “when I see daily surveys showing that only 6 percent trust Hollande, what else do you need to know that people want a change?”

    Up to 10 percent of those who once voted for Francois Hollande are now going to take part in the November primaries and vote for Alain Juppe, in what many believe is an attempt to prevent Nicolas Sarkozy from winning the nomination.

    “Let’s wait and see. I’m glad that some of those who voted for Hollande in 2012 now want to vote for us. For the Right to win, we need the votes of those who didn’t come to the polls in 2012,” Solère said.

    He added that in the four years that have passed since the last election, a million more people had joined the ranks of the unemployed, and the country had witnessed a surge in terrorism.

    “There is a great deal of public discontent with the government, that’s why the National Front and other populist forces are gaining strength. However, judging from all the past by-elections, The Republicans have good chances of coming out on top if only they come up with a good analysis of where we are and give a clear picture of what they are going to do [to make things right],” Thierry Solère said.

    Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault earlier called on Russia and Iran to “pull themselves together and show responsibility, by putting a stop to this strategy. If not, Russia and Iran will be accomplices in war crimes committed in Aleppo.”

    When asked whether the November 20 primaries would offer any alternatives to the aggressive foreign policy pursued by the current government, Solère said that the people of France and other European countries has suffered much at the hands of terrorists and that France should reconsider its strategic partnerships and fight together with Russia against Daesh terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

    “Do we have our differences, including over Ukraine and Crimea? Of course we do, but this should not stand the way of our need to work as one big coalition against Daesh. This is where we differ from President Hollande who has always been pussyfooting on this issue,” he said.

    “I wish the dispute [between France and Russia] of the past four years had never happened, because it has led us nowhere and has just been a waste of time,” Thierry Solère emphasized.


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