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Warring French right looks to Sarkozy as a saviour


Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy met on Monday one of the two men locked in a vicious dispute over succeeding him as conservative party leader, after one of the party's founders begged him to step in to save it from implosion.

Sarkozy, who had until now steered clear of an ugly week-long dispute over who won a November 18 party leadership vote, held a midday meeting with Francois Fillon, who is mounting a legal challenge to rival Jean-Francois Cope's razor-thin victory.

The lunch meeting came hours after Alain Juppe, a center-right veteran and former prime minister, abandoned his bid to mediate a solution f...