IS SARKOZY ON THE WAY BACK?
Will Nicolas Sarkozy give France an encore?
Nicolas Sarkozy has been lapping up the applause as the first outlines of his comeback strategy become clearer before European elections at which the far-Right National Front stands to make major gains, writes Henry Samuel
To receive a standing ovation at someone else’s rock concert is a surprising pleasure, especially when the singer is your wife, but to receive a chorus of applause every night is cause for celebration.
That, friends insist, is what is happening to Nicolas Sarkozy every time the former president not too discretely slips into concert halls around France to listen to Carla Bruni-Sarkozy half whisper her husky ballads to packed audiences.
“It has been repeated almost every night,” said Brice Hortefeux, his oldest friend, former interior minister and now in charge of his supporters’ club, Les Amis de Nicolas Sarkozy.
“He has accompanied his wife to places like Courbevoie, the Casino de Paris, and on Friday to Bordeaux, and each time when he arrives, the room gets on its feet to applaud him. It’s incredible.”
Mr Sarkozy, who has kept the country guessing over whether he plans to run in the 2017 presidential election, does not want the French to think he is enjoying himself too much.
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