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Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa KOGF GCB (French: [nikɔla saʁkɔzi] ( listen); born 28 January 1955) is a French politician who served as President of France
President of France
and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra
Co-Prince of Andorra
from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012. Born in Paris, his family is of Greek Jewish, French, and Hungarian origin. Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine
from 1983 to 2002, he was Minister of the Budget under Prime Minister Édouard Balladur
Édouard Balladur
(1993–1995) during François Mitterrand's second term. During Jacques Chirac's second presidential term he served as Minister of the Interior and as Minister of Finances. He was the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party from 2004 to 2007. He won the French presidential election, 2007
French presidential election, 2007
by a 53.1% to 46.9% margin to Socialist Ségolène Royal. During his term, he faced the late-2000s financial crisis (causing a recession and the European sovereign debt crisis) and the Arab Spring
Arab Spring
(especially in Tunisia, Libya, and Syria). He initiated the reform of French universities (2007) and the pension reform (2010). He married Italian-French singer-songwriter Carla Bruni
Carla Bruni
in 2008 at the Élysée Palace
Élysée Palace
in Paris. In the 2012 election, François Hollande, candidate of the Socialist Party, defeated Sarkozy by a 3.2% margin. After leaving the presidential office, Sarkozy vowed to retire from public life before coming back in 2014, being subsequently reelected as UMP leader (renamed The Republicans in 2015). Being defeated at the Republican presidential primary in 2016, he retired from public life. He is currently charged with corruption by French prosecutors in two cases, notably concerning the alleged Libyan interference in the 2007 French elections.


1 Personal life

1.1 Family background 1.2 Early life 1.3 Education 1.4 Marriages

1.4.1 Marie-Dominique Culioli 1.4.2 Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz 1.4.3 Carla Bruni

1.5 Personal wealth

2 Early political career

2.1 In Government: 1993–1995 2.2 First term as Minister of the Interior: 2002–2004 2.3 Minister of Finance: 2004 2.4 Second term as Minister of the Interior: 2005–2007 2.5 UMP leader: 2004–2007 2.6 Presidential election: 2007

3 Presidency (2007–2012)

3.1 Inauguration 3.2 Release of hostages 3.3 Green policy 3.4 Economic policy 3.5 Security policy 3.6 Constitutional reform 3.7 International affairs 3.8 Military intervention in Libya 3.9 2012 presidential campaign

4 After his defeat

4.1 Temporary retirement: 2012–2014 4.2 Return to politics: 2014–2016

5 Public image 6 Controversies

6.1 Views on religions 6.2 Controversial statements 6.3 "Casse-toi, pauv'con" 6.4 Position on the Iraq war 6.5 Fake presence at the fall of the Berlin Wall 6.6 Accusations of nepotism 6.7 Political and financial scandals 6.8 Alleged Libyan agent of influence

6.8.1 Background 6.8.2 Initial allegations 6.8.3 Inquiry and arrests 6.8.4 Police custody and indiction

7 Political career 8 Awards and honours

8.1 French Honours 8.2 Foreign Honours 8.3 Other Honours

9 Notes 10 Further reading 11 External links

11.1 Official websites 11.2 Press 11.3 Related contents

Personal life[edit] Family background[edit] Main article: Family history of Nicolas Sarkozy Sarkozy was born in Paris, and is the son of Pál István Ernő Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa[1] (Hungarian: nagybócsai Sárközy Pál; [ˈnɒɟboːt͡ʃɒi ˈʃaːrkøzi ˈpaːl] ( listen)—in some sources Nagy-Bócsay Sárközy Pál István Ernő),[2] a Protestant
Hungarian aristocrat, and Andrée Jeanne "Dadu" Mallah (12 October 1925 – 12 December 2017),[3] whose Greek Jewish father converted to Catholicism to marry Sarkozy's French Catholic
French Catholic
maternal grandmother.[4][5] They were married in the Saint-François-de-Sales church, 17th arrondissement of Paris, on 8 February 1950, and divorced in 1959.[6] Early life[edit] During Sarkozy's childhood, his father founded his own advertising agency and became wealthy. The family lived in a mansion owned by Sarkozy's maternal grandfather, Benedict Mallah, in the 17th Arrondissement of Paris. The family later moved to Neuilly-sur-Seine, one of the wealthiest communes of the Île-de- France
région immediately west of Paris. According to Sarkozy, his staunchly Gaullist
grandfather was more of an influence on him than his father, whom he rarely saw. Sarkozy was raised Catholic.[4] Sarkozy said that being abandoned by his father shaped much of who he is today. He also has said that, in his early years, he felt inferior in relation to his wealthier and taller classmates.[7] "What made me who I am now is the sum of all the humiliations suffered during childhood", he said later.[7] Education[edit] Sarkozy was enrolled in the Lycée Chaptal, a well regarded public middle and high school in Paris' 8th arrondissement, where he failed his sixième. His family then sent him to the Cours Saint-Louis de Monceau, a private Catholic school in the 17th arrondissement, where he was reportedly a mediocre student,[8] but where he nonetheless obtained his baccalauréat in 1973. Sarkozy enrolled at the Université Paris
X Nanterre, where he graduated with an M.A. in private law and, later, with a D.E.A. degree in business law. Paris
X Nanterre had been the starting place for the May '68 student movement and was still a stronghold of leftist students. Described as a quiet student, Sarkozy soon joined the right-wing student organization, in which he was very active.[citation needed] He completed his military service as a part-time Air Force cleaner.[9] After graduating from university, Sarkozy entered Sciences Po, where he studied between 1979 and 1981, but failed to graduate[10] due to an insufficient command of the English language.[11] After passing the bar, Sarkozy became a lawyer specializing in business and family law[11] and was one of Silvio Berlusconi's French lawyers.[12][13][14] Marriages[edit] Marie-Dominique Culioli[edit] Sarkozy married his first wife, Marie-Dominique Culioli, on 23 September 1982; her father was a pharmacist from Vico (a village north of Ajaccio, Corsica), her uncle was Achille Peretti, the mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine
from 1947–1983 and Sarkozy's political mentor. They had two sons, Pierre (born in 1985), now a hip-hop producer,[15] and Jean (born in 1986) now a local politician in the city of Neuilly-sur-Seine
where Sarkozy started his own political career. Sarkozy's best man was the prominent right-wing politician Charles Pasqua, later to become a political opponent.[16] Sarkozy divorced Culioli in 1996, after they had been separated for several years. Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz[edit] As mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, Sarkozy met former fashion model and public relations executive Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz (great-granddaughter of composer Isaac Albéniz
Isaac Albéniz
and daughter of a Moldovan father), when he officiated at her wedding[17] to television host Jacques Martin. In 1988, she left her husband for Sarkozy, and divorced Martin one year later. Sarkozy married her in October 1996, with witnesses Martin Bouygues
Martin Bouygues
and Bernard Arnault.[18] They have one son, Louis, born 23 April 1997. Between 2002 and 2005, the couple often appeared together on public occasions, with Cécilia Sarkozy acting as the chief aide for her husband.[19] On 25 May 2005, however, the Swiss newspaper Le Matin revealed that she had left Sarkozy for French-Moroccan national Richard Attias, head of Publicis
in New York.[20] There were other accusations of a private nature in Le Matin, which led to Sarkozy suing the paper.[21] In the meantime, he was said to have had an affair with a journalist of Le Figaro, Anne Fulda.[22] Sarkozy and Cécilia ultimately divorced on 15 October 2007, soon after his election as President.[23] Carla Bruni[edit]

Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni
Carla Bruni
greet President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
at the G8 Summit dinner in Deauville, France, 26 May 2011.

Less than a month after separating from Cécilia, Sarkozy met Italian-born singer, songwriter and former fashion model Carla Bruni at a dinner party, and soon entered a relationship with her.[24] They married on 2 February 2008 at the Élysée Palace
Élysée Palace
in Paris.[25] The couple have a daughter, Giulia, born on 19 October 2011.[26] It was the first time a French president has publicly had a child while in office.[27] Personal wealth[edit] Sarkozy declared to the Constitutional Council a net worth of €2 million, most of the assets being in the form of life insurance policies.[28] As the French President, one of his first actions was to give himself a pay raise: his yearly salary went from €101,000 to €240,000 to match his European[clarification needed].[29] He is also entitled to a mayoral, parliamentarian and presidential pension as a former Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, member of the National Assembly and President of France. Early political career[edit] Sarkozy is recognized by French parties on both the Right and Left as a skilled politician and striking orator.[30] His supporters within France
emphasize his charisma, political innovation and willingness to "make a dramatic break" amid mounting disaffection against "politics as usual". Overall, he is considered more pro-American and pro-Israeli than most French politicians. From 2004 to 2007, Sarkozy was president of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), France's major right-wing political party, and he was Minister of the Interior in the government of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, with the honorific title of Minister of State, making him effectively the number three official in the French State after President Jacques Chirac
Jacques Chirac
and Villepin. His ministerial responsibilities included law enforcement and working to co-ordinate relationships between the national and local governments, as well as Minister of Worship (in this role he created the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM). Previously, he was a deputy to the French National Assembly. He was forced to resign this position in order to accept his ministerial appointment. He previously also held several ministerial posts, including Finance Minister. In Government: 1993–1995[edit] Sarkozy's political career began when he was 23, when he became a city councillor in Neuilly-sur-Seine. A member of the Neo- Gaullist
party RPR, he went on to be elected mayor of that town, after the death of the incumbent mayor Achille Peretti. Sarkozy had been close to Peretti, as his mother was Peretti's secretary. A more senior RPR councillor, Charles Pasqua, wanted to become mayor, and asked Sarkozy to organize his campaign. Instead Sarkozy took that opportunity to propel himself into the office of mayor.[31] He was the youngest mayor of any town in France
with a population of over 50,000. He served from 1983 to 2002. In 1988, he became a deputy in the National Assembly. In 1993, Sarkozy was in the national news for personally negotiating with the "Human Bomb", a man who had taken small children hostage in a kindergarten in Neuilly.[32] The "Human Bomb" was killed after two days of talks by policemen of the RAID, who entered the school stealthily while the attacker was resting. At the same time, from 1993 to 1995, he was Minister for the Budget and spokesman for the executive in the cabinet of Prime Minister Édouard Balladur. Throughout most of his early career, Sarkozy had been seen as a protégé of Jacques Chirac. During his tenure, he increased France's public debt more than any other French Budget Minister, by the equivalent of €200 billion (USD260 billion) (FY 1994–1996). The first two budgets he submitted to the parliament (budgets for FY1994 and FY1995) assumed a yearly budget deficit equivalent to six percent of GDP.[33] According to the Maastricht Treaty, the French yearly budget deficit may not exceed three percent of France's GDP. In 1995, he spurned Chirac and backed Édouard Balladur
Édouard Balladur
for President of France. After Chirac won the election, Sarkozy lost his position as Minister for the Budget, and found himself outside the circles of power. However, he returned after the right-wing defeat at the 1997 parliamentary election, as the number two candidate of the RPR. When the party leader Philippe Séguin
Philippe Séguin
resigned, in 1999, he took the leadership of the Neo- Gaullist
party. But it obtained its worst result at the 1999 European Parliament election, winning 12.7% of the votes, less than the dissident Rally for France
of Charles Pasqua. Sarkozy lost the RPR leadership.

Sarkozy speaking at the congress of his party, 28 November 2004

In 2002, however, after his re-election as President of the French Republic (see French presidential election, 2002), Chirac appointed Sarkozy as French Minister of the Interior in the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, despite Sarkozy's support of Edouard Balladur for French President in 1995.[34] Following Chirac's 14 July keynote speech on road safety, Sarkozy as interior minister pushed through new legislation leading to the mass purchase of speed cameras and a campaign to increase the awareness of dangers on the roads. In the cabinet reshuffle of 30 April 2004, Sarkozy became Finance Minister. Tensions continued to build between Sarkozy and Chirac and within the UMP party, as Sarkozy's intentions of becoming head of the party after the resignation of Alain Juppé
Alain Juppé
became clear. In party elections of 10 November 2004, Sarkozy became leader of the UMP with 85% of the vote. In accordance with an agreement with Chirac, he resigned as Finance Minister. Sarkozy's ascent was marked by the division of UMP between sarkozystes, such as Sarkozy's "first lieutenant", Brice Hortefeux, and Chirac loyalists, such as Jean-Louis Debré. Sarkozy was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by President Chirac in February 2005. He was re-elected on 13 March 2005 to the National Assembly. (As required by the constitution,[35] he had to resign as a deputy when he became minister in 2002.) On 31 May 2005 the main French news radio station France
Info reported a rumour that Sarkozy was to be reappointed Minister of the Interior in the government of Dominique de Villepin
Dominique de Villepin
without resigning from the UMP leadership. This was confirmed on 2 June 2005, when the members of the government were officially announced. First term as Minister of the Interior: 2002–2004[edit] Towards the end of his first term as Minister of the Interior, in 2004, Sarkozy was the most divisive conservative politician in France, according to polls conducted at the beginning of 2004. Sarkozy has sought to ease the sometimes tense relationships between the general French population and the Muslim community. Unlike the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
in France
with their official leaders or Protestants with their umbrella organisations, the French Muslim community had a lack of structure with no group that could legitimately deal with the French government on their behalf. Sarkozy supported the foundation in May 2003 of the private non-profit Conseil français du culte musulman ("French Council of the Muslim Faith"), an organisation meant to be representative of French Muslims.[36] In addition, Sarkozy has suggested amending the 1905 law on the separation of Church and State, mostly in order to be able to finance mosques and other Muslim institutions with public funds[37] so that they are less reliant on money from outside France. It was not followed by any concrete measure. Minister of Finance: 2004[edit] During his short appointment as Minister of Finance, Sarkozy was responsible for introducing a number of policies. The degree to which this reflected libéralisme (a hands-off approach to running the economy) or more traditional French state dirigisme (intervention) is controversial. He resigned the day following his election as president of the UMP.

In September 2004, Sarkozy oversaw the reduction of the government ownership stake in France
Télécom from 50.4 percent to 41 percent.[38] Sarkozy backed a partial nationalisation of the large engineering company Alstom
decided by his predecessor when the company was exposed to bankruptcy in 2003.[39] In June 2004, Sarkozy reached an agreement with the major retail chains in France
to concertedly lower prices on household goods by an average of two percent; the success of this measure is disputed, with studies suggesting that the decrease was close to one percent in September.[40] Taxes: Sarkozy avoided taking a position on the ISF (solidarity tax on wealth). This is considered an ideological symbol by many on the left and right. Some in the business world and on the liberal right, such as Alain Madelin, wanted it abolished. For Sarkozy, that would have risked being categorised by the left as a gift to the richest classes of society at a time of economic difficulties.[41]

Second term as Minister of the Interior: 2005–2007[edit]

Sarkozy as Minister of the Interior with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, after their bilateral meeting in Washington, D.C., 12 September 2006

During his second term at the Ministry of the Interior, Sarkozy was initially more discreet about his ministerial activities: instead of focusing on his own topic of law and order, many of his declarations addressed wider issues, since he was expressing his opinions as head of the UMP party. Main article: Response to the 2005 civil unrest in France However, the civil unrest in autumn 2005 put law enforcement in the spotlight again. Sarkozy was accused of having provoked the unrest by calling young delinquents from housing projects a "rabble" ("racaille") in Argenteuil
near Paris, and controversially suggested cleansing the minority suburbs with a Kärcher. After the accidental death of two youths, which sparked the riots, Sarkozy first blamed it on "hoodlums" and gangsters. These remarks were sharply criticised by many on the left wing and by a member of his own government, Delegate Minister for Equal Opportunities Azouz Begag.[42] After the rioting, he made a number of announcements on future policy: selection of immigrants, greater tracking of immigrants, and a reform on the 1945 ordinance government justice measures for young delinquents. UMP leader: 2004–2007[edit]

Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
in 2006 with Cypriot opposition leader Nicos Anastasiades

Before he was elected President of France, Sarkozy was president of UMP, the French conservative party, elected with 85 percent of the vote. During his presidency, the number of members has significantly increased. In 2005, he supported a "yes" vote in the French referendum on the European Constitution, but the "No" vote won. Throughout 2005, Sarkozy called for radical changes in France's economic and social policies. These calls culminated in an interview with Le Monde
Le Monde
on 8 September 2005, during which he claimed that the French had been misled for 30 years by false promises.[43] Among other issues:

he called for a simplified and "fairer" taxation system, with fewer loopholes and a maximum taxation rate (all direct taxes combined) at 50 percent of revenue; he approved measures reducing or denying social support to unemployed workers who refuse work offered to them; he pressed for a reduction in the budget deficit, claiming that the French state has been living off credit for some time.

Such policies are what are called in France
libéral (that is, in favour of laissez-faire economic policies) or, with a pejorative undertone, ultra-libéral. Sarkozy rejects this label of libéral and prefers to call himself a pragmatist. Sarkozy opened another avenue of controversy by declaring that he wanted a reform of the immigration system, with quotas designed to admit the skilled workers needed by the French economy. He also wants to reform the current French system for foreign students, saying that it enables foreign students to take open-ended curricula in order to obtain residency in France; instead, he wants to select the best students to the best curricula in France. In early 2006, the French parliament
French parliament
adopted a controversial bill known as DADVSI, which reforms French copyright law. Since his party was divided on the issue, Sarkozy stepped in and organised meetings between various parties involved. Later, groups such as the Odebi League and EUCD.info alleged that Sarkozy personally and unofficially supported certain amendments to the law, which enacted strong penalties against designers of peer-to-peer systems. Presidential election: 2007[edit]

Ségolène Royal
Ségolène Royal
was Sarkozy's final opponent during the 2007 campaign.

Main article: French presidential election, 2007 Sarkozy was a likely candidate for the presidency in 2007; in an oft-repeated comment made on television channel France
2, when asked by a journalist whether he thought about the presidential election when he shaved in the morning, Sarkozy commented, "Not just when I shave".[44] On 14 January 2007, Sarkozy was chosen by the UMP to be its candidate in the 2007 presidential election. Sarkozy, who was running unopposed, won 98 percent of the votes. Of the 327,000 UMP members who could vote, 69 percent participated in the online ballot.[45] In February 2007, Sarkozy appeared on a televised debate on TF1
where he expressed his support for affirmative action and the freedom to work overtime. Despite his opposition to same-sex marriage, he advocated civil unions and the possibility for same-sex partners to inherit under the same regime as married couples. The law was voted in July 2007.[46] On 7 February, Sarkozy decided in favour of a projected second, non-nuclear, aircraft carrier for the national Navy (adding to the nuclear Charles de Gaulle), during an official visit in Toulon
with Defence Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie. "This would allow permanently having an operational ship, taking into account the constraints of maintenance", he explained.[47] On 21 March, President Jacques Chirac
Jacques Chirac
announced his support for Sarkozy. Chirac pointed out that Sarkozy had been chosen as presidential candidate for the ruling UMP party, and said: "So it is totally natural that I give him my vote and my support." To focus on his campaign, Sarkozy stepped down as interior minister on 26 March.[48] During the campaign, rival candidates had accused Sarkozy of being a "candidate for brutality" and of presenting hard-line views about France's future.[49] Opponents also accused him of courting conservative voters in policy-making in a bid to capitalise on right-wing sentiments among some communities. However, his popularity was sufficient to see him polling as the frontrunner throughout the later campaign period, consistently ahead of rival Socialist candidate, Ségolène Royal.

Demonstrations in Paris, 6 May 2007, following the election of Nicolas Sarkozy

The first round of the presidential election was held on 22 April 2007. Sarkozy came in first with 31.18 percent of the votes, ahead of Ségolène Royal
Ségolène Royal
of the Socialists with 25.87 percent. In the second round, Sarkozy came out on top to win the election with 53.06 percent of the votes ahead of Ségolène Royal
Ségolène Royal
with 46.94 percent.[50] In his speech immediately following the announcement of the election results, Sarkozy stressed the need for France's modernisation, but also called for national unity, mentioning that Royal was in his thoughts. In that speech, he claimed "The French have chosen to break with the ideas, habits and behaviour of the past. I will restore the value of work, authority, merit and respect for the nation." Presidency (2007–2012)[edit] Main article: Presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy Inauguration[edit]

Sarkozy greets U.S. First Lady Laura Bush
Laura Bush
in Germany, June 2007

On 6 May 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
became the sixth person to be elected President of the Fifth Republic (which was established in 1958), and the 23rd President in French history. The official transfer of power from Chirac to Sarkozy took place on 16 May at 11:00 am (9:00 UTC) at the Élysée Palace, where he was given the authorization codes of the French nuclear arsenal.[51] In the afternoon, the new President flew to Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Under Sarkozy's government, François Fillon
François Fillon
replaced Dominique de Villepin as Prime Minister.[52] Sarkozy appointed Bernard Kouchner, the left-wing founder of Médecins Sans Frontières, as his Foreign Minister, leading to Kouchner's expulsion from the Socialist Party. In addition to Kouchner, three more Sarkozy ministers are from the left, including Éric Besson, who served as Ségolène Royal's economic adviser at the beginning of her campaign. Sarkozy also appointed seven women to form a total cabinet of 15; one, Justice Minister Rachida Dati, is the first woman of Northern African origin to serve in a French cabinet. Of the 15, two attended the elite École nationale d'administration (ENA).[53] The ministers were reorganised, with the controversial creation of a 'Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Co-Development'—given to his right-hand man Brice Hortefeux—and of a 'Ministry of Budget, Public Accounts and Civil Administration'—handed out to Éric Wœrth, supposed to prepare the replacement of only a third of all civil servants who retire. However, after 17 June parliamentary elections, the Cabinet was adjusted to 15 ministers and 16 deputy ministers, totalling 31 officials. Sarkozy broke with the custom of amnestying traffic tickets and of releasing thousands of prisoners from overcrowded jails on Bastille Day, a tradition that Napoleon
had started in 1802 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution.[54]

Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
and General Jean-Louis Georgelin, Chief of the Defence Staff, reviewing troops during the Bastille Day
Bastille Day
2008 military parade on the Champs-Élysées, Paris

In the 2007 and 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy,[55] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Quebec Premier Jean Charest[56] all spoke in favour of a Canada – EU free trade agreement. In October 2008, Sarkozy became the first French President to address the National Assembly of Quebec. In his speech he spoke out against Quebec separatism, but recognized Quebec as a nation within Canada. He said that, to France, Canada was a friend, and Quebec was family.[55] Release of hostages[edit] Shortly after taking office, Sarkozy began negotiations with Colombian president Álvaro Uribe
Álvaro Uribe
and the left-wing guerrilla FARC, regarding the release of hostages held by the rebel group, especially Franco-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt. According to some sources, Sarkozy himself asked for Uribe to release FARC's "chancellor" Rodrigo Granda.[57] Furthermore, he announced on 24 July 2007, that French and European representatives had obtained the extradition of the Bulgarian nurses detained in Libya
to their country. In exchange, he signed with Muammar Gaddafi
Muammar Gaddafi
security, health care and immigration pacts—and a $230 million (168 million euros) MILAN
antitank missile sale.[54] The contract was the first made by Libya
since 2004, and was negotiated with MBDA, a subsidiary of EADS. Another 128 million euro contract would have been signed, according to Tripoli, with EADS
for a TETRA radio system. The Socialist Party (PS) and the Communist Party (PCF) criticised a "state affair" and a "barter" with a "Rogue state".[58] The leader of the PS, François Hollande, requested the opening of a parliamentary investigation.[59] Green policy[edit] On 8 June 2007, during the 33rd G8 summit
33rd G8 summit
in Heiligendamm, Sarkozy set a goal of reducing French CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2050 in order to prevent global warming. He then pushed forward Socialist Dominique Strauss-Kahn as European nominee to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).[60] Critics alleged that Sarkozy proposed to nominate Strauss-Kahn as managing director of the IMF to deprive the Socialist Party of one of its more popular figures.[61] In 2010, a study of Yale
and Columbia universities ranked France
the most respectful country of the G20
concerning the environment.[62] Economic policy[edit] The Union for a Popular Movement
Union for a Popular Movement
(UMP), Sarkozy's party, won a majority at the June 2007 legislative election, although by less than expected. In July, the UMP majority, seconded by the Nouveau Centre, ratified one of Sarkozy's electoral promises, which was to partially revoke the inheritance tax.[63][64] The inheritance tax formerly brought eight billion euros into state coffers.[65]

Sarkozy (at left) attending the G-8 Summit in 2009

Sarkozy's UMP majority prepared a budget that reduced taxes, in particular for upper middle-class people, allegedly in an effort to boost GDP growth, but did not reduce state expenditures. He was criticised by the European Commission for doing so. On 23 July 2008, parliament voted the "loi de modernisation de l'économie" (Modernization of the Economy Law) which loosened restrictions on retail prices and reduced limitations on the creation of businesses. The Government has also made changes to long-standing French work-hour regulations, allowing employers to negotiate overtime with employees and making all hours worked past the traditional French 35-hour week tax-free.[66]

Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
addresses the E-G8 Forum in Paris
in 2011

However, as a result of the global financial crisis that came to a head in September 2008, Sarkozy has returned to the state interventionism of his predecessors, declaring that "laissez-faire capitalism is over" and denouncing the "dictatorship of the market". Confronted with the suggestion that he had become a socialist, he responded: "Have I become socialist? Perhaps." He has also pledged to create 100,000 state-subsidised jobs.[67] This reversion to dirigisme is seen as an attempt to stem the growing popularity of revolutionary socialist leader Olivier Besancenot.[68] Security policy[edit] Sarkozy's government issued a decree on 7 August 2007 to generalise a voluntary biometric profiling program of travellers in airports. The program, called 'Parafes', was to use fingerprints. The new database would be interconnected with the Schengen Information System
Schengen Information System
(SIS) as well as with a national database of wanted persons (FPR). The Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL) protested against this new decree, opposing itself to the recording of fingerprints and to the interconnection between the SIS and the FPR.[69] Constitutional reform[edit] On 21 July 2008, the French parliament
French parliament
passed constitutional reforms which Sarkozy had made one of the key pledges of his presidential campaign. The vote was 539 to 357, one vote over the three-fifths majority required; the changes are not yet finalized. They would introduce a two-term limit for the presidency, and end the president's right of collective pardon. They would allow the president to address parliament in-session, and parliament, to set its own agenda. They would give parliament a veto over some presidential appointments, while ending government control over parliament's committee system. He has claimed that these reforms strengthen parliament, while some opposition socialist lawmakers have described it as a "consolidation of a monocracy".[70] International affairs[edit]

President Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
with President of Brazil
President of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff

During his 2007 presidential campaign, Sarkozy promised a strengthening of the entente cordiale with the United Kingdom[71] and closer cooperation with the United States.[72] Sarkozy wielded special international power when France
held the rotating EU Council Presidency from July 2008 through December 2008. Sarkozy has publicly stated his intention to attain EU approval of a progressive energy package before the end of his EU Presidency. This energy package would clearly define climate change objectives for the EU and hold members to specific reductions in emissions. In further support of his collaborative outlook on climate change, Sarkozy has led the EU into a partnership with China.[73] On 6 December 2008, Nicolas Sarkozy, as part of France's then presidency of the Council of the EU, met the Dalai Lama in Poland and outraged China, which has announced that it would postpone the China-EU summit indefinitely.[74] On 3 April 2009, at the NATO
Summit in Strasbourg, Sarkozy announced that France
would offer asylum to a former Guantanamo captive.[75][76] "We are on the path to failure if we continue to act as we have", French President Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
cautioned at the U.N. Climate Summit on 22 September 2009.[77] On 5 January 2009, Sarkozy called for a ceasefire plan for the Gaza Strip Conflict.[78] The plan, which was jointly proposed by Sarkozy and Egyptian ex-President Hosni Mubarak
Hosni Mubarak
envisions the continuation of the delivery of aid to Gaza and talks with Israel on border security, a key issue for Israel as it says Hamas
smuggles its rockets into Gaza through the Egyptian border. Welcoming the proposal, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
called for a "ceasefire that can endure and that can bring real security".[79] Military intervention in Libya[edit] Muammar Gaddafi's official visit to Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
in December 2007 has triggered a strong wave of protests against the President in France.[80]

Sarkozy at the Paris
Summit of 19 March 2011, which marked the start of a military intervention in Libya

In March 2011, after having been criticized for his unwillingness to support the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, and persuaded by the philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy
Bernard-Henri Levy
to have France
actively engage against the forces of the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
was amongst the first Heads of State to demand the resignation of Gaddafi and his government, which was then fighting a civil war in Libya. On 10 March 2011, Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
welcomed to the Elysee Palace, three emissaries from the Libyan National Transitional Council
National Transitional Council
(NTC), brought to him by Bernard-Henri Levy
Bernard-Henri Levy
who mediated at the meeting. Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
promised them a no-fly zone would be imposed on Gaddafi's aeroplanes. He also promised them French military assistance. On 17 March 2011, at the behest of France, resolution 1973 was adopted by the Security Council of the United Nations, permitting the creation of a "no fly" zone over Libya, and for the undertaking of "necessary measures" for the protection of the country's civilian population. On 19 March 2011, Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
officially announced the beginning of a military intervention in Libya, with France's participation. These actions of Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
were favorably received by the majority of the French political class and public opinion.[81][82][83] In 2016, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British Parliament published a report stating that the military intervention "was based on erroneous assumptions" that the threat of a massacre of civilian populations has been "overvalued" and that the coalition is " Has not "verified the real threat to civilians"; He also believes that the true motivations of Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
were to serve French interests and to "improve his political situation in France".[84] 2012 presidential campaign[edit]

Popularity polls during his presidency

Main article: French presidential election, 2012 Sarkozy was one of ten candidates who qualified for the first round of voting.[85] François Hollande, the Socialist Party candidate, received the most votes in the first round held on 22 April election, with Sarkozy coming second, meaning that both progressed to the second round of voting on 5–6 May 2012.[86] Sarkozy lost in the runoff and conceded to Hollande. He received an estimated 48.38% compared to Hollande's 51.62%.[87] After his defeat[edit] Temporary retirement: 2012–2014[edit] After his defeat at the 2012 election, Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
asked his supporters to respect Hollande's victory. He invited his successor to attend his last 8 May Victory in Europe Day
Victory in Europe Day
commemoration in office. His last day as President of the French Republic was 15 May. Return to politics: 2014–2016[edit] Further information: The Republicans (France)
The Republicans (France)
presidential primary, 2016

Nicolas Sarkozy's rally, Belfort, 12 March 2015

On 19 September 2014, Sarkozy announced that he was returning to politics and would run for chairman of the UMP party.[88] and was elected to the post on 29 November 2014.[89] Led by Sarkozy, UMP won over two-thirds of the 102 local departements in the nationwide elections on 29 March 2015.[90] On 13 December, the Republicans won the majority of regional office races, another set of national elections.[91] (On 30 May the UMP's name was changed to the Republicans.) In January 2016, Sarkozy published the book La France
pour la vie. In August 2016, he announced his candidacy for 2016 Republican presidential primary in November 2016, but only came in third place behind François Fillon
François Fillon
and Alain Juppé. He decided to endorse Fillon and to retire from politics.[92] Public image[edit] Sarkozy was named the 68th best-dressed person in the world by Vanity Fair, alongside David Beckham
David Beckham
and Brad Pitt.[93] However, Sarkozy has also been named as the third worst-dressed person in the world by GQ,[94] a listing that has been disputed.[95] Beside publicizing, at times, and at others, refusing to publicise his ex-wife Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz's image,[96] Sarkozy takes care of his own personal image, sometimes to the point of censorship—such as in the Paris Match affair, when he allegedly forced its director to resign following an article on his ex-wife and her affair with Publicis executive Richard Attias, or pressures exercised on the Journal du dimanche, which was preparing to publish an article concerning Ciganer-Albéniz's decision not to vote in the second round of the 2007 presidential election.[97] In its edition of 9 August 2007, Paris Match retouched a photo of Sarkozy in order to erase a love handle.[98][99][100] His official portrait destined for all French town halls was done by Sipa Press photographer Philippe Warrin, better known for his paparazzi work.[101] Former Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph
journalist Colin Randall has highlighted Sarkozy's tighter control of his image and frequent interventions in the media: "he censors a book, or fires the chief editor of a weekly."[101] Sarkozy is reported by Reuters
to be sensitive about his height (believed to be 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)).[102] The French media have pointed out that Carla Bruni
Carla Bruni
frequently wears flats when in public with him. In 2009, a worker at a factory where Sarkozy gave a speech said she was asked to stand next to him because she was of a similar height to Sarkozy. (This story was corroborated by some trade union officials.) This was the subject of a political row: the president's office called the accusation "completely absurd and grotesque", while the Socialist Party mocked his fastidious preparation.[103] Sarkozy lost a suit against a manufacturer of Sarkozy voodoo dolls, in which he claimed that he had a right to his own image.[104] Sarkozy was nicknamed as Hyper-president or hyperpresident by some French media[105] after his 2007 election as President. It is a portmanteau of hyper and president to insist on the desire of Sarkozy to control everything.[106] Whereas in the history of the Fifth Republic, the successive presidents were traditionally focused on the foreign policy of the country and on international relations, leaving the Prime Minister and the government to determine the domestic policy, as the Constitution states it,[107] Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
appeared to determine both the foreign and domestic policy.[citation needed] Some compared Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
to Napoléon Bonaparte
Napoléon Bonaparte
and Louis XIV.[108] Indeed, he appointed a very close friend of his, François Fillon, as a Prime Minister.[109] François Fillon
François Fillon
was accused of being an instrument of the President's power.[citation needed] The biopic The Conquest is a 2011 film that dramatizes Sarkozy's rise to power, with candid portrayals of Sarkozy himself, Chirac and Villepin. It was shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[110] Controversies[edit]

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Sarkozy is generally disliked by the left and has been criticised by some on the right, most vocally by moderate Gaullist
supporters of Jacques Chirac
Jacques Chirac
and Dominique de Villepin.[111][112] The communist-leaning magazine L'Humanité
accused Sarkozy of populism.[113] Views on religions[edit]

Many on the left distrust Sarkozy; specific "anti-Sarko" movements have been started.

In 2004 Sarkozy co-authored a book, La République, les religions, l'espérance (The Republic, Religions, and Hope),[114] in which he argued that the young should not be brought up solely on secular or republican values. He advocated reducing the separation of church and state, arguing for the government subsidies for mosques to encourage Islamic integration into French society.[115] He has opposed financing of religious institutions with funds from outside France. After meeting with Tom Cruise, Sarkozy was criticized by some for meeting with a member of the Church of Scientology, which has been seen by some as a cult.[116] Sarkozy was criticized by some Christians after he claimed "the roots of France
are essentially Christian" at a December 2007 speech in Rome. Similarly, he drew criticism from Christians after he called Islam "one of the greatest and most beautiful civilizations the world has known" at a speech in Riyadh
in January 2008.[117] Controversial statements[edit] In the midst of a tense period and following the accidental death of an 11-year-old boy in the Paris
suburb of La Courneuve
La Courneuve
in June 2005, Sarkozy quoted a local resident and vowed to clean the area out "with a Kärcher" (a high-pressure hose). Two days before the 2005 Paris riots he referred to young criminals of nearby housing projects as "voyous" ("thugs") and "racaille", a slang term which can be translated into English as "rabble", "scum" or "riff-raff", in answer to resident who addressed Sarkozy with "Quand nous débarrassez-vous de cette racaille?" ("When will you rid us of these dregs?")[118] The French Communist Party
French Communist Party
publication, L'Humanité, branded this language as inappropriate.[119] Following Sarkozy's use of the word racaille many people in the banlieues identified him as a politician of the far right. His period as Interior Minister saw the use of police as shock troops in the "banlieues", and a police "raid" on the suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois
in October 2005 led to two boys being electrocuted in a power sub-station. The riots began that night.[120] In September 2005 Sarkozy was accused of pushing for a hasty inquiry into an arson attack on a police station in Pau, of which the alleged perpetrators were acquitted for lack of proof.[121] On 22 June 2005 Sarkozy told law enforcement officials that he had questioned the Minister of Justice about the future of "the judge" who had freed a man on parole who had later committed a murder.[122] A few weeks before the first round of the 2007 presidential elections, Sarkozy had an interview with philosopher Michel Onfray.[123] Sarkozy stated that disorders such as paedophilia and depression have a genetic as well as social basis, saying "... I'd be inclined to think that one is born a paedophile, and it is actually a problem that we do not know how to cure this disease"; he claimed that suicides among youth were linked to genetic predispositions by stating, "I don't want to give parents a complex. It's not exclusively the parents' fault every time a youngster commits suicide." These statements were criticised by some scientists, including geneticist Axel Kahn.[124][125] Sarkozy later added, "What part is innate and what part is acquired? At least let's debate it, let's not close the door to all debate."[126] On 27 July 2007, Sarkozy delivered a speech in Dakar, Senegal, written by Henri Guaino, in which he claimed that "the African has never really entered into history".[127][128] The controversial remarks were widely condemned by Africans, with some viewing them as racist.[128][129] South African president Thabo Mbeki
Thabo Mbeki
praised Sarkozy's speech, which raised criticism by some in the South African media.[128] On 30 July 2010, Sarkozy suggested a new policy of security, and he proposed "stripping foreign-born French citizens who opted to acquire their nationality at their majority of their citizenship if they are convicted of threatening the life of a police officer or other serious crimes".[130] This policy has been criticized for example by the US newspaper The New York Times,[130] by Sarkozy's political opponents, including the Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry,[131] and by experts of French law, including the ex-member of the Constitutional Council of France, Robert Badinter, who said that such action would be unconstitutional.[132] He called for coercive methods to promote "métissage," cultural mixing (which can sometimes include genetic mixing), which he called an "obligation" during a press conference on 17 December 2008.[133] "Casse-toi, pauv'con"[edit] On 23 February 2008, Sarkozy was filmed by a reporter for French newspaper Le Parisien
Le Parisien
having the following exchange while visiting the Paris
International Agricultural Show:[134]

While quickly crossing the hall Saturday morning, in the middle of the crowd, Sarkozy encounters a recalcitrant visitor who refuses to shake his hand. "Ah no, don't touch me!", said the man. The president retorted immediately: "Get lost, then." "You're making me dirty", yelled the man. With a frozen smile, Sarkozy says, his teeth glistening, a refined "Get lost, then, poor dumb-ass, go."[135]

It should be noted that a precise translation into English has many possible variations.[136][137][138] On 28 August 2008, Hervé Eon, from Laval came to an anti-Sarkozy demonstration with a sign bearing the words Casse-toi pov' con, the exact words Sarkozy had uttered. Eon was arrested for causing offence to the presidential function and the prosecutor, who in France indirectly reports to the president, requested a fine of €1000.[139][140] The court eventually imposed a symbolic €30 suspended fine, which has generally been interpreted as a defeat for the prosecution side.[141] This incident was widely reported on, in particular as Sarkozy, as president of the Republic, is immune from prosecution, notably restricting Eon's rights to sue Sarkozy for defamation.[142] Position on the Iraq war[edit] Sarkozy opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. However, he was critical of the way Chirac and his foreign minister Dominique de Villepin expressed France's opposition to the war. Talking at the French-American Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
on 12 September 2006, he denounced what he called the "French arrogance" and said: "It is bad manners to embarrass one's allies or sound like one is taking delight in their troubles."[143] He added: "We must never again turn our disagreements into a crisis." Chirac reportedly said in private that Sarkozy's speech was "appalling" and "a shameful act".[143] Fake presence at the fall of the Berlin Wall[edit] On 8 November 2009, Sarkozy posted on his Facebook
page a picture supposedly showing him chipping away at the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
during its fall. However, the dates were inconsistent and the picture was proven to be fake – and later archived footage confirmed this. This news of forgery spread in France, and later evolved into a meme, "Sarkozy Was There", where Sarkozy is photoshopped into historical events.[citation needed] Accusations of nepotism[edit] In October 2009, Sarkozy was accused of nepotism for helping his son, Jean, try to become head of the public body running France's biggest business district EPAD.[144][145][146] On 3 July 2012, French police raided Sarkozy's residence and office as part of a probe into claims that Sarkozy was involved in illegal political campaign financing.[147] Political and financial scandals[edit] On 5 July 2010, following its investigations on the Bettencourt affair, online newspaper Mediapart ran an article in which Claire Thibout, a former accountant of billionairess Liliane Bettencourt, accused Sarkozy and Eric Woerth
Eric Woerth
of receiving illegal campaign donations in 2007, in cash.[148][149] On 1 July 2014 Sarkozy was detained for questioning by police over claims he had promised a prestigious role in Monaco
to a high-ranking judge, Gilbert Azibert, in exchange for information about the investigation into alleged illegal campaign funding. Mr Azibert, one of the most senior judges at the Court of Appeal, was called in for questioning on 30 June 2014.[150] It is believed to be the first time a former French president has been held in police custody, although his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was found guilty of embezzlement and breach of trust while he was mayor of Paris
and given a suspended prison sentence in 2011.[151] After 15 hours in police custody, Sarkozy was put under official investigation for "active corruption", "misuse of influence" and "obtained through a breach of professional secrecy" on 2 July 2014.[152] Mr Azibert and Sarkozy's lawyer, Thierry Herzog, are also now under official investigation. The two accusations carry sentences of up to 10 years in prison.[153] The developments were seen as a blow to Sarkozy's attempts to challenge for the presidency in 2017.[154][155] Nevertheless, he later stood as a candidate for the Republican party nomination,[156] but was eliminated from the contest in November 2016.[157] On 16 February 2016, Sarkozy was indicted on "illegal financing of political campaign" charges related to overspending in his 2012 presidential campaign and retained as witness in connection with the Bygmalion scandal.[158][159][160][161] In April 2016, Arnaud Claude, former law partner of Sarkozy, was named in the Panama Papers.[162] Alleged Libyan agent of influence[edit] Main article: Alleged Libyan influence in the 2007 French elections Background[edit] Shortly after Sarkozy's inauguration as President of France
President of France
in 2007, he invited Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
Muammar Gaddafi
to France
over the objections of both the political opposition, and members of his own government.[163] The visit marked the first time Gaddafi had been to France
in more than 35 years and, during it, France
agreed to sell Libya
21 Airbus
aircraft and signed a nuclear cooperation agreement.[163] Negotiations for the purchase of more than a dozen Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale
fighter jets, plus military helicopters, were also initiated during the trip.[164]

The government of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
Muammar Gaddafi
allegedly paid €50 million to Sarkozy in exchange for access.

Initial allegations[edit] During the 2011 Libyan Civil War
2011 Libyan Civil War
– a conflict in which France intervened – Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi
Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi
said in an interview with euronews that the Libyan state had donated €50 million to Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign in exchange for access and favors by Sarkozy.[165][166]

“ We funded it and we have all the details and are ready to reveal everything. The first thing we want this clown to do is to give the money back to the Libyan people. He was given assistance so that he could help them. But he’s disappointed us: give us back our money.[167] ”

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's claim was later repeated by former Libyan prime minister Baghdadi Mahmudi in October of that year, though Sarkozy denied its veracity.[165] Investigative website Mediapart subsequently published several documents appearing to prove a payment of €50 million, and also published a claim by Ziad Takieddine that he had personally handed three briefcases stuffed with cash to Sarkozy.[165][168] French magistrates later acquired diaries of former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem
Shukri Ghanem
in which payments to Sarkozy were mentioned.[169] Shortly thereafter, however, Ghanem was found dead, floating in the Danube
in Austria
and thereby preventing his corroboration of the diaries.[166][169] Inquiry and arrests[edit] A judicial investigation against then-unidentified persons was initiated in April 2013 in Paris.[165] In January 2018, British police arrested Alexandre Djouhri on a European Arrest Warrant.[170] Djouhri was an associate of Sarkozy and had refused to respond to a French judicial summons for questioning over allegations he had helped launder Libyan funds on behalf of Sarkozy.[170] The following month, Asharq Al-Awsat quoted a source who alleged Sarkozy had promised Libyan representatives improved relations between France
and Libya
should he be elected president, and that he would wrap-up the matter of the bombing of UTA Flight 772.[171] On 20 March, Sarkozy was arrested by French police and held for questioning concerning the various allegations about a Libyan connection, the first time he had been interrogated in relation to the matter.[172][173] Brice Hortefeux
Brice Hortefeux
was also brought in by police for questioning.[168] Following Sarkozy's arrest, Saif al-Islam expressed a willingness to testify in any future trial.[174] He also claimed that a former officer of the Libyan intelligence service was in possession of a recording of a meeting between his father and Sarkozy in Tripoli in 2007 at which payments were discussed.[174] The Republicans, meanwhile, issued a statement in which the party said the former president had their full support.[175] Spokesman Christian Jacob later suggested that the accusations against Sarkozy were politically motivated.[175] Police custody and indiction[edit] On 20 and 21 March 2018, Sarkozy was put into police custody and held for questioning concerning the Libyan connection.[176] He was formally charged with bribery and accepting illegal campaign contributions at the issue of this custody.[177] Political career[edit]

President of the French Republic: 2007–2012. Member of the Constitutional Council of France: since 2012.

Governmental functions

Minister of Budget and government's spokesman: 1993–1995. Minister of Communication and government's spokesman: 1994–1995. Minister of State, minister of Interior, of the Internal Security and Local Freedoms: 2002–2004. Minister of State, minister of Economy, Finance and Industry: March–November 2004 (resignation). Minister of State, minister of Interior and Land Planning: 2005–2007 (resignation).

Electoral mandates European Parliament

Member of the European Parliament: July–September 1999 (resignation). Elected in 1999.

National Assembly of France

Member of the National Assembly of France
for Hauts-de-Seine
(6th constituency): 1988–1993 (became minister in 1993) / 1995–2002 (became minister in 2002) / March–June 2005 (became minister in June 2005). Elected in 1988, reelected in 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2005.

Regional Council

Regional councillor of Île-de-France: 1983–1988 (resignation). Elected in 1986.

General Council

President of the General Council of Hauts-de-Seine: 2004–2007 (resignation, became President of the French Republic in 2007). Vice-president of the General Council of Hauts-de-Seine: 1986–1988 (resignation). General councillor of Hauts-de-Seine, elected in the canton of Neuilly-sur-Seine-Nord: 1985–1988 / 2004–2007 (Resignation, became President of the French Republic in 2007).

Municipal Council

Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine: 1983–2002 (resignation). Reelected in 1989, 1995, and 2001. Deputy-mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine: 2002–2005 (resignation). Municipal councillor of Neuilly-sur-Seine: 1977–2005 (resignation). Reelected in 1983, 1989, 1995, and 2001.

Political functions

President of the Union for a Popular Movement: 2004–2007 (resignation, became President of the French Republic in 2007). Elected in 2004. President of the Rally for the Republic: April–October 1999. General secretary of the Rally for the Republic: 1998–1999. Deputy general secretary of the Rally for the Republic: 1992–1993.

Awards and honours[edit] French Honours[edit]

Legion of Honour

Grand Cross (2007—automatic when taking office) Knight (2004)

Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit (2007—automatic when taking office)

Foreign Honours[edit]

Commander of the Order of Leopold[178] (Belgium) Order of Stara Planina, first class[179] (Bulgaria) Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross[180] (Brazil) St. George's Order of Victory[181] (Georgia) Grand Cross of the Order of Saint-Charles
Order of Saint-Charles
(Monaco) – 25 April 2008[182] Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece
Order of the Golden Fleece
(Spain) – 2011[183][184] Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III
Order of Charles III
(Spain) – 2004[185] Collar of the Order of Charles III
Order of Charles III
(Spain) – 2009[186] Commander of the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, first class (Ukraine) – 2010[187] Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
(United Kingdom) – 2008[188]

Other Honours[edit]

 Holy See: Proto-canon of the Papal Basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Peter's (2007–2012; the post is held ex officio by the French Head of State)[189][190]  Italy: Premio Mediterraneo[191]


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Further reading[edit]

Sarkozy, Nicolas (1994). [Georges Mandel] : le moine de la politique. Paris: B. Grasset. ISBN 978-2-246-46301-6.  Ottenheimer, Ghislaine (1994). Les deux Nicolas: la machine Balladur. Paris: Plon. ISBN 2-259-18115-5.  Sarkozy, Nicolas; Denisot, Michel (1995). Au bout de la passion, l'équilibre. Paris: A. Michel. ISBN 2-226-07616-6. , interviews with Michel Denisot Hauser, Anita (1995). Sarkozy: l'ascension d'un jeune homme pressé. Paris: Belfond. ISBN 2-7144-3235-2. , Grand livre du mois 1995 Sarkozy, Nicolas (2003). Libre. Paris: Pocket. ISBN 2-266-13303-9. , subject(s): Pratiques politiques—France—1990–, France—Politique et gouvernement—1997–2002 Mantoux, Aymeric (2003). Nicolas Sarkozy: l'instinct du pouvoir. Paris: First Éd. ISBN 2-87691-783-1.  Nay, Catherine (2007). Un Pouvoir Nommé Désir. Paris: l'Archipel. ISBN 2-84187-495-8.  Hauser, Anita (2003). Sarkozy: itinéraire d'une ambition. Paris: Grasset. ISBN 978-2-246-68001-7.  Le Canard enchaîné
Le Canard enchaîné
(periodical) (2003). Sarkozy, l'homme (trop) pressé. Paris: "Le Canard enchaîné". ISSN 0292-5354. , series: Les dossiers du "Canard enchaîné" 89 Domenach, Nicolas (2004). Sarkozy au fond des yeux. [Paris]: Jacob-Duvernet. ISBN 2-84724-064-0.  Alvarez-Montalvo, Marta (9 July 2004): "¿Quién teme a Nicolas Sarkozy? El ministro de economía francés se postula como próximo candidato a las presidenciales de 2007", in Epoca ([Madrid] : Difusora de Informacion Periodica S.A., DINPESA, 9 July 2004), number 1012, p. 46(2), 3 pages, 829 words, available online"¿Quién teme a Nicolas Sarkozy? El ministro de economía francés se postula como próximo candidato a las presidenciales de 2007.: An article from: Epoca: Marta Alvarez-Montalvo: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 9 March 2010.  Blocier, Antoine (2004). Voyage à Sarkoland. Pantin: le Temps des cerises. ISBN 2-84109-449-9.  Cabu (2004). Sarko circus. Paris: le Cherche Midi. ISBN 2-7491-0277-4. , subject(s): Sarkozy, Nicolas (1955–)—Caricatures et dessins humoristiques Gurrey, Béatrice (2004). Le rebelle et le roi. Paris: A. Michel. ISBN 2-226-15576-7. , Grand Livre du mois 2004, subject(s): Chirac, Jacques (1932–), Sarkozy, Nicolas (1955–), France—Politique et gouvernement—1995– Sarkozy, Nicolas; Verdin, Philippe; Collin, Thibaud (2004). La République, les religions, l'espérance : entretiens avec Thibaud Collin et Philippe Verdin. Paris: les éd. du Cerf. ISBN 2-204-07283-4. , subject(s): Laïcité—France—1990–, Islam—France—1990– Darmon, Michaël (2004). Sarko Star. Paris: Éd. du Seuil. ISBN 2-02-066826-2.  Friedman, Jean-Pierre (2005). Dans la peau de Sarko et de ceux qui veulent sa peau. Paris: Michalon. ISBN 2-84186-270-4.  Noir, Victor (2005). Nicolas Sarkozy, le destin de Brutus. ISBN 2-207-25751-7.  Reinhard, Philippe (2005). Chirac Sarkozy, mortelle randonnée. Paris: First éd. ISBN 2-7540-0003-8.  Sautreau, Serge (2005). Nicoléon, roman. [Paris]: L' Atelier des Brisants. ISBN 2-84623-074-9.  René Dosière, 'L'argent caché de l'Élysée', Seuil, 2007

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(in French) President of France (in French) Website of the UMP, Sarkozy's party (in French) Official personal website[permanent dead link] (in French) 2012 campaign website (in English) (in French) Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations during the General Debate of the 63rd Session, 23 September 2008. Nicolas Sarkozy
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International feature Sarkozy's 90-minute address to the nation, 6 February 2009 "Hosing Sarkozy" an article in the TLS by Sudhir Hazareesingh, 28 November 2007 Interview after One Month in Office Le Figaro, 7 June 2007 Sarkozy takes over Chirac's UMP party (BBC News) Profile: Nicolas Sarkozy
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(BBC News) Nicolas Sarkozy: French Choose the American Way? by David Storobin Vive this difference by Suzanne Fields France's chance, The Economist, 12 April 2007 Letter From Europe- Round 1 Jane Kramer, The New Yorker, 23 April 2007 On the so-called "rupture" by Sarkozy, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville & Pierre Zaoui, Vacarme n°41, Winter 2007 Operation Sarkozy, English version of the famous article published by the Russian news magazine Profile 16 June 2008 The Bettencourt/L'Oréal scandal Radio France
Internationale in English French politics no stranger to scandals Radio France
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de Beaune Babou du Thiers d'Annebault Guillart d'Avançon de Lorraine de Cossé-Brissac and d'Ongnyes de Birague de Bellièvre d'O de Béthune Jeannin de Schomberg de La Vieuville de Champigny and de Marillac de Ruzé de Bullion and Bouthillier Bouthillier de Bailleul and de Mesmes d'Emery de La Porte d'Emery and de Mesmes de Longueil de La Vieuville Servien and Fouquet Fouquet


Colbert Le Pelletier Phélypeaux Chamillart Desmarets de Noailles de Caumont de Voyer de Paulmy d'Argenson Law des Forts de La Houssaye Dodun des Forts Orry d'Arnouville de Séchelles de Moras de Boullonges de Silhouette Bertin de Laverdy d'Invault Terray Turgot de Clugny des Réaux Necker de Fleury d'Ormesson de Calonne de Fourqueux de Brienne Necker de Breteuil Necker Lambert de Lessart


de Lessart Tarbé Clavière Duranthon de Beaulieu Delaville-Leroulx Clavière Destournelles Faipoult Ramel-Nogaret Lindet


Gaudin Dominique Gaudin Dominique Corvetto Roy Dominique Roy de Villèle Roy de Crouzol de Montbel Dominique Laffitte Dominique Humann Passy Humann d'Argout Duchâtel Lacave-Laplagne Gautier Passy de la Lozère Humann Lacave-Laplagne Dumon Goudchaux Garnier-Pagès Duclerc Goudchaux Trouvé-Chauvel Passy Fould de Germiny Fould Blondel de Casabianca Fould Bineau Magne La Roquette Fould Rouher Magne Buffet Segris Magne Picard Buffet Pouyer-Quertier de Goulard Say Magne Mathieu-Bodet Say Caillaux Dutilleul Say Magnin Allain-Targé Say Tirard Clamageran Carnot Dauphin Rouvier Tirard Peytral Rouvier Tirard Peytral Burdeau Poincaré Ribot Doumer Cochery Peytral Caillaux


Rouvier Merlou Poincaré Caillaux Cochery Klotz Caillaux Klotz Dumont Caillaux Renoult Clémentel Noullens Ribot Thierry Klotz François-Marsal Doumer de Lasteyrie François-Marsal Clementel de Monzie Caillaux Painlevé Loucheur Doumer Péret Caillaux de Monzie Poincaré Chéron Dumont Reynaud Germain-Martin Flandin Germain-Martin Chéron Bonnet Piétri Marchandeau Germain-Martin Caillaux Régnier Auriol Bonnet Marchandeau Blum Marchandeau Reynaud Lamoureux Bouthillier Cathala


Pleven Diethelm Couve de Murville France


Lepercq Pleven Philip Schuman Philip Schuman Mayer Reynaud Pineau Queuille Petsche Mayer Faure Pinay Bourgès-Maunoury Faure Buron Pflimlin Lacoste Ramadier Gaillard Pflimlin Faure Pinay Baumgartner Giscard d'Estaing Debré Couve de Murville Ortoli Giscard d'Estaing Fourcade Barre Monory Delors Bérégovoy Balladur Bérégovoy Sapin Alphandéry Madelin Arthuis Strauss-Kahn Sautter


Fabius Mer Sarkozy Gaymard Breton Borloo Lagarde Baroin Moscovici Sapin Le Maire

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Current members of the Constitutional Council of France

President of the council

Fabius (P)

former Presidents of the Republic

Giscard Chirac Sarkozy Hollande


Pinault (S) Luquiens (A) Charasse (P) Hyest (S) Jospin (A) Bazy-Malaurie (A) Maestracci (P) Belloubet (S)

inactive, Chirac since March 2011, Sarkozy since January 2013 Nominated by: (P) President of the Republic • (S) president of the Senate • (A) president of the National Assembly

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Candidates in the French presidential election, 2007


Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy

Lost in runoff

Ségolène Royal
Ségolène Royal

Other candidates

François Bayrou
François Bayrou
(UDF) Jean-Marie Le Pen
Jean-Marie Le Pen
(FN) Olivier Besancenot
Olivier Besancenot
(LCR) Philippe de Villiers
Philippe de Villiers
(MPF) Marie-George Buffet
Marie-George Buffet
(PCF) Dominique Voynet
Dominique Voynet
(Greens) Arlette Laguiller
Arlette Laguiller
(LO) José Bové Frédéric Nihous
Frédéric Nihous
(CPNT) Gérard Schivardi
Gérard Schivardi

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Candidates in the French presidential election, 2012


François Hollande
François Hollande
(PS; campaign)

Lost in runoff

Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy
(UMP; incumbent)

Other candidates

Marine Le Pen
Marine Le Pen
(FN; campaign) Jean-Luc Mélenchon
Jean-Luc Mélenchon
(FG) François Bayrou
François Bayrou
(MoDem) Eva Joly
Eva Joly
(EELV; campaign) Nicolas Dupont-Aignan
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan
(DLR) Philippe Poutou
Philippe Poutou
(NPA) Nathalie Arthaud
Nathalie Arthaud
(LO) Jacques Cheminade
Jacques Cheminade

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First Fillon Cabinet

François Fillon Alain Juppé Bernard Kouchner Hervé Morin Michèle Alliot-Marie Brice Hortefeux Rachida Dati Jean-Louis Borloo Éric Wœrth Xavier Bertrand Christine Boutin Christine Lagarde Xavier Darcos Valérie Pécresse Christine Albanel Roselyne Bachelot

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Second Fillon Cabinet

François Fillon François Baroin Alain Juppé Jean-Louis Borloo Michèle Alliot-Marie Bernard Kouchner Hervé Morin Brice Hortefeux Xavier Darcos Christine Lagarde Éric Wœrth Éric Besson Luc Chatel Bruno Le Maire Valérie Pécresse Frédéric Mitterrand Roselyne Bachelot Michel Mercier

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Presidents of the European Council

President-in-Office (1975–2009)

Liam Cosgrave Aldo Moro Gaston Thorn Joop den Uyl James Callaghan Leo Tindemans Anker Jørgensen Helmut Schmidt Valéry Giscard d'Estaing Jack Lynch Francesco Cossiga Charles Haughey Pierre Werner Dries van Agt Margaret Thatcher Wilfried Martens Anker Jørgensen Poul Schlüter Helmut Kohl Andreas Papandreou François Mitterrand Garret FitzGerald Bettino Craxi Jacques Santer Ruud Lubbers Wilfried Martens Felipe González François Mitterrand Giulio Andreotti Ruud Lubbers Aníbal Cavaco Silva John Major Poul Nyrup Rasmussen Jean-Luc Dehaene Jacques Chirac Felipe González Lamberto Dini Romano Prodi John Bruton Wim Kok Jean-Claude Juncker Tony Blair Viktor Klima Gerhard Schröder Paavo Lipponen António Guterres Jacques Chirac Göran Persson Guy Verhofstadt José María Aznar
José María Aznar
López Anders Fogh Rasmussen Costas Simitis Silvio Berlusconi Bertie Ahern Jan Peter Balkenende Jean-Claude Juncker Tony Blair Wolfgang Schüssel Matti Vanhanen Angela Merkel José Sócrates Janez Janša Nicolas Sarkozy Mirek Topolánek Jan Fischer Fredrik Reinfeldt

Permanent President (since 2009)

Herman Van Rompuy Donald Tusk

Authority control

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