Dominique de Villepin
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Dominique de Villepin to run for French president

12 December 2011 Last updated at 03:13 GMT

The former prime minister of France, Dominique de Villepin, has declared he will stand in next year's presidential elections.

He will stand against his long-time rival, conservative incumbent President Sarkozy, and the Socialist opposition's Francois Hollande.

But polls suggest Mr de Villepin may only get 1 or 2% of the vote, as many of his former friends and allies now support Mr Sarkozy.

Russell Trott reports.