Ex-housing minister to bid for French presidency

13:38, June 23, 2011      

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Former French housing minister Christine Boutin announced Wednesday her candidacy for the next presidential election in 2012, local media reported.

"Today, the situation in France obliged me. So I'm telling you I'm a candidate for the presidential election," Boutin was quoted by Europe1 radio report.

"My candidacy is a duty to defend in priority the most vulnerable (people), which means life values ... to defend family values, a basic cell of our society," she said.

The general secretary of conservative Christian Democratic Party invited voters "to be courageous and to build their future without fear."

Boutin was housing minister in the Fillion government fron 2007 to 2009.

The 67-year-old former journalist garnered 1.2 percent of votes in the first round of the presidential elections in 2002 under the banner of the Forum of Social Republicans, which was the old name of the Christian Democratic Party.

Source: Xinhua
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