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Former Sarkozy minister Bertrand says will run for president in 2022

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PARIS (Reuters) – Xavier Bertrand, a former minister who now leads the Hauts-de-France region in northern France, said in a magazine interview he would run for president in 2022.

Bertrand, a conservative who served as health minister between 2005 and 2007 in the government of Nicolas Sarkozy, told French weekly Le Point: “Yes, I will be a candidate… I am totally determined. In view of France’s current situation I think this is my duty.”

Opinion polls so far indicate that Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally party, will be Emmanuel Macron’s main challenger in the election next year, provided Macron seeks a second mandate.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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