Conservative Leader Nicolas Sarkozy Announces Bid To Retake French Presidency


Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he’s running once again for the presidency — years after a failed re-election bid that was seen as a rebuke to his leadership.

The conservative politician announced his decision to run in 2017 elections by publishing on social media an excerpt from his soon-to-be-released book. Reuters has this quote from the announcement:

“I felt I had the strength to lead this battle at a troubled time in our history. … The five years that come will be full of danger, but also of hope.”

Sarkozy, who was deeply unpopular when he left office, had been taking aim at President Francois Hollande’s record on security leading up to his announcement, “urging France to get tough on immigration, crack down on suspected Islamists and halt the erosion of France’s secular identity,” Reuters reports.



According to the NPR article, Sarkozy is courting far right voters, since the center right is going strongly for his rival in the party primary. Here is some more about his rival:

[quote=The Guardian]Sarkozy is the challenger and not the favourite in the right’s primary race. The leader in the polls and currently France’s favourite politician is Alain Juppé, the mayor of Bordeaux and a former prime minister, who served as Sarkozy’s foreign minister.

Juppé, 71, has undergone a staggering image transformation. Twenty years ago he was the most loathed prime minister in modern times after his pension changes brought 2 million people on to the streets in protest. Now he is seen as a calm, elder statesman and a moderate, pushing pro-business structural reform and less divisive on identity issues.



[quote=Agence France-Presse]Lest anyone doubted it, age has not mellowed Sarkozy’s confrontational style — or unshakeable belief in his ability.

His supporters see his abrasive approach as a manifestation of his combative nature but his detractors suggest he has always lacked the self-control required of a head of state.

“Nicolas Sarkozy loses his temper. Saying the right thing when faced with a threat does not mean tipping over into populism,” Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls said recently.

That sounds familiar.


Don’t know much about French politics but I would assume that it is hard to out-conservative the National Front. (Marine LePen) Are they doing well in this election?


I know nothing about French politics. :blush:

I need to make that known, so readers will take it into account whenever I make any claims.

From what I have read (just now, in response to your question) Marie LePen and the National Front are expected to do well in the 2017 elections.

Polls have shown that Le Pen will make it to the final round of the French presidential election next spring, but fall short of actually winning. But the parliamentary elections that follow are just as important, and could see Le Pen’s party make big gains. Brexit – which reinforces Le Pen’s stance against immigration and her calls for a similar in-out EU referendum in France – comes in handy for the party’s election machine.

As for Sarkozy, he would need to win his party primary first. It will be held 20 November 2016, with a second round of voting one week later if no candidate wins a majority.

I am not sure which strategy is best for defeating LePen and the National Front: Sarkozy’s or Juppé’s


The Carla Bruni show was much more entertaining than Hollande’s years have been. :slight_smile:


The far right have been a pretty constant feature of French politics since the revolution - the old 19th century monarchist/bonapartist tendencies never really went away, they became things like Action française, inter-war fascist parties, Vichy and collaboration, Poujadism, the OAS (of ‘Day of the Jackal’ fame) and now the Front national.

Since World War II they’ve often had periods where they seem to be on the verge of breakthrough but the French electorate back off at the last moment.


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