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France

France's Sarkozy says 'No' to any alliance with Socialists in election

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday ruled out any alliance with President Francois Hollande’s Socialist party to keep the far-right out of power in regional councils.

His conservative Republicans party came second nationally in the first round of regional elections on Sunday, behind the far-right National Front but ahead of the Socialists.

Run-offs will take place next Sunday.

Reporting by Ingrid Melander and John Irish; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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