First the dramatic comeback, then the frenzied campaign, and now France`s ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy is limbering up for his potential springboard back into office: the leadership of his right-wing UMP party.
The European Union must hand back half of its powers, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy said on Saturday, stepping up his criticism of the 28-nation bloc as he seeks to be elected head of France`s conservative party next week.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has embarked on a political comeback, on Saturday said France`s gay marriage law should be scrapped, in his strongest comment yet on the controversial issue.
France's former prime minister Francois Fillon on Sunday complained of a "plot" against him, amid media revelations he sought to interfere in legal procedures against Nicolas Sarkozy, a rival in the right-wing opposition.
A judicial enquiry into Nicolas Sarkozy`s 2012 presidential campaign Thursday snared a close ally of the former French president, who announced a triumphant return to front-line politics only last month.
"The match has begun," French political veteran Alain Juppe said today after his rival and ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his comeback, as the battle for supremacy over the country's beleaguered opposition kicked off.
The corruption scandal surrounding former French president Nicolas Sarkozy deepened further today with fresh leaks of telephone conversations purporting to show he offered to get a judge a plum job in return for favours.