We haven't heard much from Alain Juppé recently, but he was just re-elected mayor of Bordeaux in the first round. He remains untouched by the (recent) scandals of the UMP, and his past scandals have been forgotten. He might seem an obvious candidate for 2017, but his support among the UMP rank and file is weak. That could change, however, if things look worse for Sarkozy and Copé. He's undoubtedly one of the party's more competent leaders.