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Sarkozy Pledges to Change 2017 Presidential Endorsement Rules

March 12, 2012

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who’s running for re-election, said he would change the rules for endorsing presidential candidates for the next elections due in 2017 if he wins this year’s ballot.

The French people, and not the nation’s mayors, will chose and endorse the candidates who can run in presidential elections, Sarkozy said today in a televised interview on TF1.

Under France’s current electoral system, each candidate who wants to run in the elections needs the backing of 500 mayors who have to make their endorsement public. The system has been criticized by all the candidates running in this year’s race.

France’s two-round presidential elections will be held on April 22 and May 6.

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