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Sarkozy Comeback as Party Head No Guarantee for Presidential Bid

Nicolas Sarkozy will easily win his party’s backing to return as its leader at a ballot this weekend. Getting French voters to support his eventual goal of regaining the presidency looks a lot harder. Polls show Sarkozy, 59, who two months ago announced his return to politics, is almost certain to win the Nov. 29 election to become secretary general of his Union for a Popular Movement. The surveys also show the former president’s is sliding among the wider electorate. The UMP head post that he first held in 2004 would make him chief of the opposition to President Francois Hollande without necessarily confirming him as the party’s 2017 presidential candidate. Sarkozy’s return to the political…