According to Le Salon Beige, quoting from Le Figaro, there may be purges à la Stalin going on within Sarkozy's UMP party:
The announcement of sanctions against dissidents during the municipal elections provoked an outcry at the political bureau of UMP on Wednesday evening.
Note: A "dissident" would refer to an UMP member who ran against the official UMP candidate or who in any way expressed displeasure with the official candidates.
The names of the guilty parties were projected onto a screen and accompanied by their "sentence" - one to three years suspension from the party organizations. Edouard Courtial, national secretary for the departmental branches of the party, began reading the list: "Marie-Jo Zimmermann, deputy from Moselle, three years. Arnaud Teullé, general councillor from Hauts-de-Seine, three years. Marie-Anne Montchamp, deputy from Val-de-Marne, three years, etc..."
He was interrupted by shouts of protests. Françoise de Panafieu was first to rise up against these "methods", followed by Hervé Mariton whose words resounded: "Are we in China?" Then came cries of "Pol Pot!", and Axel Poniatowski, deputy from Val-d'Oise, demanded that the "show be stopped."
Result: The impunity granted François Lebel, elected mayor of the 8th arrondissement against the official candidate Pierre Lellouche, went unnoticed.
Note: The link to Le Figaro no longer works, but French readers can turn to the readers' comments at Le Salon Beige for more reactions. One reader noted that if Lebel got off easy, it was probably because he won the election. UMP respects winners.