Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Royal decree on low-cut tops

Read more

DEBATE

Ukraine, The Escalation: No Stopping Putin? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Ukraine, The Escalation: No Stopping Putin?

Read more

FOCUS

Bangladesh: Textile workers' lives still at risk?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

José Bové, Candidate for the EU Commission presidency, Group of the Greens

Read more

WEB NEWS

NYPD's online campaign backfires

Read more

ENCORE!

Celebrating the Bard's birthday in Britain

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate of the East Asia Program, Stimson Center

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

USA: Executions halted over drugs secrecy

Read more

  • US warns Russia against making ‘expensive mistake’ in Ukraine

    Read more

  • Israel halts Middle East peace talks over Hamas deal

    Read more

  • A radio station defends peace and tolerance in CAR

    Read more

  • Fresh clashes in Rio over dancer's death

    Read more

  • US would defend Japan in islands dispute, Obama says

    Read more

  • Platini: PSG in danger over Financial Fair Play rules

    Read more

  • Echoes of 2pac and Biggie? French rap feud turns violent

    Read more

  • Afghan guard kills US doctors in Kabul hospital attack

    Read more

  • Ségolène Royal denies banning cleavage at French ministry

    Read more

  • Video: Mayor in east Ukraine ready ‘to turn Slaviansk into battlefield’

    Read more

  • New far-right mayor moves to quash Paris region mosque

    Read more

  • Millions of Syrians desperately need aid, says UN

    Read more

  • Muslims in CAR pray for an escape route

    Read more

  • Madrid beat Bayern 1-0 in first leg of Champions League semis

    Read more

  • Britain's ex-PM Blair warns against spread of radical Islam

    Read more

  • Turkish PM offers condolences to descendants of Armenians killed in 1915

    Read more

  • Gay marriage, one year on: ‘French civilisation did not crumble’

    Read more

  • Colombian president reinstates firebrand Bogota mayor

    Read more

  • NYPD public relations campaign on Twitter goes awry

    Read more

France

Chirac’s wife urges Sarkozy to reclaim presidency

© AFP

Text by Joseph BAMAT

Latest update : 2013-02-17

Former first lady Bernadette Chirac has joined a chorus of right-wing figures calling on ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy to run for France’s top job in 2017.

Former first lady Bernadette Chirac said on Saturday she hoped Nicolas Sarkozy would run again for president in 2017, adding to mounting speculation that the right-wing politician will try to reclaim France’s top job in four years' time.

“I personally wish that Nicolas Sarkozy would run again. And you will see that the result will be completely positive and different from the last [time],” the silver-haired wife of ex-president Jacques Chirac told French news channel iTele in a brief on-camera comment.

Benadette Chirac, 79, has been a regional councilmember in the central Corrèze region since 1979 and, while she is best known for her former role as first lady, remains a prominent figure in the right-wing opposition Union for Popular Movement (UMP).

While they are both UMP members, Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac have long maintained a personal grudge that at times has spilled out into public view. However, Bernadette Chirac personally campaigned alongside Sarkozy during his failed re-election bid last year.

Sixty-seven percent say 'no' to Sarkozy comeback

President François Hollande, a socialist, unseated Sarkozy in May 2012. Under French law Sarkozy could be re-elected president, although such a comeback feat would be unprecedented in French history.

Earlier this week, former foreign minister Alain Juppé hinted that Sarkozy wanted to return to the Elysée presidential palace.

According to a January 6 survey by the French polling agency Ifop, 67 percent of right-leaning voters in France say they want Sarkozy to return to politics and be the UMP’s presidential nominee in 2017.

However, a similar study by pollster BVA on February 15 revealed that 62 percent of voters from across the political spectrum did not want Sarkozy back.

The former conservative president has mostly kept his campaign promise to step away from politics if he lost the 2013 presidential election. He made an isolated public appeal in August 2012 to demand international action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Date created : 2013-02-17

  • FRANCE

    Sarkozy may ‘run for presidency in 2017’

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Ex-president Sarkozy faces fresh criminal probe

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French feminists slam Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)