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EUROPEAN ELECTIONS : FRANCE'S UMP UNVEILS TOP CANDIDATES.

After considerable bargaining between the different forces in the UMP in France, the centre-right party (30 members in the EPP group) presented its principal top candidates for the upcoming European elections. Commissioner Michel Barnier will allegedly be on one of the regional lists but in an ineligible position, at his request. After the elections, the French delegation in the EPP may lose a few members since the UDI centrists (who currently sit with the UMP) may decide to switch to the ALDE group. The following are the UMP's top candidates:

Ile-de-France: Alain Lamassoure will head the list in Paris for a fifth term. Rachida Dati, justice minister under Nicolas Sarkozy, will stand for a second term.

Centre: Brice Hortefeux, minister for home affairs under Sarkozy, will head the list as he seeks a second term. The name of the candidate in second position has not been decided yet.

West: Alain Cadec, followed by Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (both for a second term).

East: Nadine Morano (first term), a minister in the Sarkozy administration, will replace Joseph Daul as head of list; Daul will focus on his role as EPP president. Arnaud Danjean is in second place (standing for a second term).

South-West: Renaud Muselier (first term); Francoise Grossetete (third term).

South-East: Former Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie will head the list, followed by Franck Proust (both vying for a second term).

North: Jerome Lavrilleux (first term), who is close to UMP President Jean-Francois Cope, will head the list, followed by Tokia Saifi (third term). The future of Jean-Paul Gauzes, in third position, is uncertain.

Overseas: Maurice Ponga (standing for a second term).

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