“I am a candidate for the presidency of my political family,” [former President Nicolas] Sarkozy said.
The announcement ends months of local media speculation that Sarkozy, 59, would someday return to politics after his 2012 defeat to Socialist François Hollande in 2012.
A divisive figure reviled by many left-wing voters, Sarkozy is seen by his supporters as the politician with the best chance of rallying the fractured centre-right UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) party to a presidential victory in 2017.If the French electorate is indifférent to alleged scandals from yesteryear;
Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation in July over corruption allegations. Investigators are seeking to establish whether Sarkozy, with the help of his lawyer, attempted to pervert the course of justice by seeking to obtain inside information about a probe into possible misdeeds in the financing of his 2007 election campaign.
Investigators suspect that Sarkozy was tipped off that his mobile phone had been tapped by judges looking into allegations that his campaign had been financed in part by former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Sarkozy has denied the claims that he received up to €50 million ($70 million at the time) from Gaddafi.
Judges last year obtained the unprecedented authorisation to tap the phones of a former president in connection with the investigation, which is ongoing.As they are to other kinds of scandal;
Sarkozy broke a longstanding taboo of French politics by putting his private life on display. His second wife, Cecilia, divorced him while he was campaigning for the presidency in 2007. Soon after, he wooed and wed Italian supermodel and singer Carla Bruni.Or maybe it's that Francois Hollande has his own problems.
Compounding Hollande's troubles is a recently published memoir by his estranged former partner Valérie Trierweiler. In her now-bestselling book she says France’s Socialist leader secretly despises the poor, contemptuously calling them the "toothless".