The strategy adopted by former president Nicolas Sarkozy is coming under increasing attack from many in own right-wing party Les Républicains and among allies on the political right after the recent regional elections in France. His espousal of hard-line right-wing policies has been blamed by many for the rise in support for the Front National, which despite failing to win control of a region last weekend recorded its biggest ever share of the popular vote. Meanwhile Sarkozy’s decision to remove former minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, from her position as number two in the party in the New Year has been publicly criticized by senior figures.
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