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.