Glamorous Sarkozy aide quits Paris mayoral race

Updated 24 April 2013
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Glamorous Sarkozy aide quits Paris mayoral race

PARIS: Former French Justice Minister Rachida Dati said yesterday she was pulling out of the competition to be the right-wing candidate for next year’s Paris mayoral vote, which is shaping up to be a historic all-female race.
Dati, a glamorous protégé of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, told newsweekly Le Point she was dropping out of the primary vote to be the candidate for the right-wing UMP party. She said her rival Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Sarkozy’s former spokeswoman, already had the primary vote sown up.
“She has already been chosen by the media and the system, that is the reality,” Dati said. “In this context, I am withdrawing my candidacy.”
The 2007 Cabinet appointment of Dati, who is of North African origin, was initially hailed as a symbol of inclusiveness, but she was eventually dropped from the government after her penchant for designer dresses and appearing on the covers of celebrity magazines prompted criticism. Dati, 47, is currently embroiled in a legal battle to have French tycoon Dominique Desseigne accept paternity for her daughter that has seen his lawyers accuse her of having eight lovers at the time of conception.


86 people killed in central Nigeria violence: police

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86 people killed in central Nigeria violence: police

  • Analysts believe it could become Nigeria’s biggest security concern, eclipsing Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency that has left at least 20,000 dead since 2009
  • The violence — fueled by ethnic, religious and political allegiances — has killed thousands over several decades

JOS, Nigeria: Eighty-six people have been killed in an attack by suspected nomadic herders against farming communities in restive central Nigeria, police said on Sunday.
The discovery in the Barikin Ladi area of Plateau state came after days of violence apparently sparked by an attack by ethnic Berom farmers on Fulani herders on Thursday.
State police commissioner Undie Adie said a search of Berom villages in the area following clashes on Saturday found “86 persons altogether were killed.”
Adie told reporters six people were also injured and 50 houses razed. Bodies of those who died have been released to their families, he added.
The deaths are the latest in a long-running battle for land and resources that is putting President Muhammadu Buhari under pressure as elections approach next year.
The violence — fueled by ethnic, religious and political allegiances — has killed thousands over several decades.
Analysts believe it could become Nigeria’s biggest security concern, eclipsing Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency that has left at least 20,000 dead since 2009.
The Plateau state government said it had imposed restrictions on movements in the Riyom, Barikin Ladi and Jos South areas “to avert a breakdown of law and order.”
“The curfew takes effect immediately... and movement is restricted from 6:00 p.m. (1700 GMT) to 6:00 am, except (for) those on essential duties,” said spokesman Rufus Bature.
On Sunday, ethnic Berom youths set up barricades on the Jos-Abuja highway and attacked motorists who looked “Fulani and Muslim,” according to those who escaped the violence.
Plateau state police spokesman Tyopev Terna and Major Adam Umar, from the military taskforce in the state capital, Jos, confirmed the blockade and vandalism to several cars.
There were no official reports of deaths but Baba Bala, who escaped the violence on the road, said at least six people were killed.
“I was lucky the convoy of the (Plateau) state government was passing through the scene of the attack shortly after I ran into the attackers,” he said.
“I escaped with smashed windscreens and dents on my car. I saw six dead bodies and several damaged cars.”