Carla's boy is back. And France can have him
“I am a candidate for the presidency of my political family,” [former President Nicolas] Sarkozy said.
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
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
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".
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