French politics

The hidden ambitions of “NKM”

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, former minister for Ecology and Nicolas Sarkozy’s spokeswoman during the presidential election, probable candidate for the UMP leadership

While the Copé-Fillon competition for the UMP leadership is taking place, other people hope getting out while the going is good as Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

The former Ecology minister – nicknamed “NKM” by journalists in France – has just founded her political movement, inside the UMP in which she wants to extend pressure on the November Congress upcoming debates where a new leader will be elected. Her political movement wants to be faithful to the Nicolas Sarkozy policy, NKM not denying her convictions vis-à-vis the former French president.

The current MP is unveiling her ambitions and hopes she plays a major role within the opposition, why not heading the UMP the next fall. Indeed, she claims the Sarkozy political legacy and her faithfulness so the idea as the man and the former spokeswoman of Sarkozy during the presidential elections make the tour of the UMP local groups to defend and spread her ideas, a subtle way to campaign.

Although NKM has not announced her candidacy yet, it is more and more likely the former minister runs for the UMP leadership on the next November against François Fillon and Jean-François Copé. Indeed, in view of the confrontation between the former Premier and the current UMP Secretary General, NKM wants to appear as a third way and embody an assuming Right which does not tackle to Sarkozysm in order to ensure some activists.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and François Fillon during the 2012 presidential campaign

A probable Kosciusko-Morizet’s candidacy to be the next UMP leader might be used as a resort for some UMP personalities who didn’t choose yet or refuse to choose between Fillon and Copé. The ex-minister counts on her notoriety and her political stature to weigh in the perspective of the 2017 presidential elections especially she can’t impose herself vis-à-vis the two main favourites for the UMP leadership.

Indeed, although NKM targets this objective, she has few troops within her party nonetheless, which is a major handicap in the race to be the leader. What is more, she needs time to increase her notoriety and be identified by French people better. In fact, NKM – via her candidacy – wants to appear as a person who cannot be ignored within the UMP especially if Fillon and Copé want to impose themselves. In other words, a candidacy may be a way, a solution to exist and impose her views within the main opposition party even if it means bargaining a rallying to the highest bidder after.

Thus, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet wants to enjoy the upcoming struggle between Jean-François Copé and François Fillon appearing herself as a possible alternative but also an indispensable person for the one as the other. Acting as this, she hopes being useful to serve her future ambitions better.