Sarkozy announces new bid for French presidency

2016-08-23 07:14
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. (File, Philippe Huguen, AFP)

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. (File, Philippe Huguen, AFP)

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Paris - Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy launched a fresh bid on Monday to win back the presidency, announcing he would seek the nomination of his centre-right party to run in next year's election.

The pugnacious 61-year-old conservative, who was deeply unpopular by the end of his five years as president, had made no secret of his ambition to reconquer the top office.

"I have decided to be a candidate in the 2017 presidential election," Sarkozy, who was voted out of office in 2012, wrote in the foreword to a new book Tout pour la France (All for France) due out later this week.

"France demands that you give her your all.

"I feel I have the strength to lead the fight at such a turbulent moment in our history," he wrote in the book extract, alluding to the string of terror attacks that have rocked the country in the past year and a half.

His aides said he would be stepping down on Monday as the leader of the Republicans party to focus on his campaign.

Sarkozy listed five main challenges in the years ahead: keeping promises made to the nation, defending national identity, restoring lost competitiveness, enforcing state authority and striving "to restore confidence and hope in the future".

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