Coming as it did less than a year before France’s presidential election, and five months from their own primary to choose a candidate, the French Right was a little disoriented by the British vote to leave the European Union. While not tearing up their existing proposals on Europe – which already anticipated a slimmed-down Europe – the main candidates for the primary this autumn have since been scrambling to win the ear of French eurosceptics by adding a more nationalistic tone to their speeches. Meanwhile Nicolas Sarkozy, president of the right-wing Les Républicains (LR), called an extraordinary meeting of the party’s policy bureau on Monday devoted to the issue of Brexit and its likely consequences.
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