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10Q: Fabien de Sans-Nicolas

Fabien_1 Fabien de Sans-Nicolas is Chairman of Les Jeunes Populaires, please use the comments feature or email me to submit your questions to him. Franck Guillory of the New Culture Forum has kindly offered some introductory information about the organisation.

Les Jeunes Populaires is the youth-wing of the UMP - Union pour un Mouvement Populaire - and it welcomes party members aged between 16 and 30. As of today, they have around 15,000 members, all around France and oversea territories.

Established around Président Chirac in 2002, the UMP is the united movement of the french moderate right and, for the first time in the French history, it unites whole families and traditions on this side of the political spectrum - the Gaullists, legitimate heirs to the General de Gaulle (formerly more state interventionists), as well as the Liberals (fervent supporters of the free-market), once led by Giscard d'Estaing, the Christian-Democrats or the Radicals (with a more lefty approach to some social issues).

Jeunes_pop The UMP currently holds the Presidence de la République and enjoys strong majorities in both Houses, the Assemblée nationale and the Senate and, of course, the presidency - until next year's Presidential election in April and May and Parliamentary elections in June.

Since 2002, the leader of the UMP has been Nicolas Sarkozy, Ministre d'Etat, Ministre de l'Intérieur - Secretary of State, Home Secretary - and he should soon be its candidate for next April Presidential ballot.

It's a very exciting time for Les Jeunes Populaires as the country is about to reach a turning point in its history.


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