Look at him. Puffed-up like a peacock and self-serving. It’s as if he’s saying “MOI ! Votre sauveur. L’homme providentiel. (ME! Your saviour. Man of Providence.) “I know it’s been an absolute cauchemar (nightmare) without me these past 2 years. And I know that 48.38% of the French electorate who voted for me in 2012 still adore me (well, look at me…how could they not??).”
“So vote for me again in 2017 and together we will bring our great nation back from the brink of Socialist ruin. Together we will restore France’s grandeur and regain the pride of being French. Together we will make it happen.” TOUS ENSEMBLE !
Sarko’s back in the game, folks. And some people ask – did he ever go away?
After months of speculation, Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return on Facebook and then appeared on TV to officially proclaim his comeback. 8 million viewers tuned in.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that Nicolas Sarkozy only served one term. After performing his presidential duties for 5 years – from 2007 to 2012 – he was voted OUT. (De Gaulle, Mitterrand and Chirac all served two terms.)
Here’s what the head of the Ecology Party in the National Assemblée, wrote: “Nicolas Sarkozy is not returning to save France…he ruined it. He’s not returning to save the UMP…he ruined it. If he is reinventing himself as the head of the UMP, would it be to save his legal skin?”
Sarkozy is still at the centre of a number of legal investigations. In July, he was placed under formal investigation on suspicion of seeking to influence judges. Other inquiries include links with former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and illegal campaign funding in 2012 to the tune of €363,600.
Personally, I’d like to see a woman president of France and here’s a name that’s being whispered in the back corridors of power: Christine Lagarde.
If you remember, Madame Lagarde replaced Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the head of the IMF after his fall from grace.
Here’s her profile from Wikipedia –
Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde is a French lawyer and politician who has been the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since 5 July 2011. Previously, she held various ministerial posts in the French government as Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Employment and before that Minister of Agriculture and Fishing and Minister of Trade.
A noted antitrust and labor lawyer, Lagarde became the first female chairman of the international law firm, Baker & McKenzie. On 16 November 2009, the Financial Times ranked her the best Minister of Finance in the Eurozone and in 2014, Lagarde was ranked the 5th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.
If Christine Lagarde should run (and some people say she’d never leave her cushy job in Washington to return to France), I’d back her.