The UMP, the party led by Nicolas Sarkozy (running for a second term in the French presidential elections in April and May), is courting Muslims, and reportedly made long-distance buses available to them with separate sections for women and men. The buses were used to bring them to the large elections rally the presidential candidate held on Sunday in Villepinte.
Contacted by Le Monde.fr, the head of the ''Diversities'' section of Sarkozy's election campaign Patrick Karam, brusquely denied the news. ''We have never engaged in this type of separation. We simply made specific buses available to some Muslim associations.''