A former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy has disclosed his intention to make a run for the presidency again in 2017. The 61-year old was France’s president between 2007-2012 and eventually bowed out on a wave of unpopularity after he failed to win a reelection.
“I have decided to be a candidate in the 2017 presidential election,” Sarkozy wrote in a new book, Tout pour la France (All for France), due out 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 an extract seen by AFP news agency, alluding to the attacks that have rocked the country since January 2015
“The next five years will be filled with danger but also with hope.”
Ahead of the general elections next year, he will contest his party’s primaries on November 20 and 27, determining if he will make it to the next round of his ambition. Sarkozy has been accused in the past of illegally funding his 2012 election campaign.