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Bruno Le Maire called for a "new generation" of leadership of the LR. Xavier Bertrand acknowledged that his miraculous victory depended on the support of left-wing voters, who wisely rejected the implicit message of Sarkozy's "ni-ni" line that their support was unwelcome. Juppé regretted the loss of NKM's "talent" in the party leadership.
Although Sarkozy has tried to spin the second-round results as a vindication of his position, the first-round debacle obviously has the rest of the party worried about the wisdom of driving centrists away by mimicking Le Pen when doing so seems to hold so little appeal for those inclined to vote FN anyway.