My destiny is a return to politics -- Sarkozy
NICOLAS SARKOZY has given his strongest indication so far that he plans to return to politics and fight Francois Hollande for the French presidency in 2017.
"The question is not to know if I want or don't want to return. I cannot not return. I don't have the choice. It's destiny. Destiny," Mr Sarkozy, pictured, told friends and political allies, according to 'Le Point', a weekly magazine.
The comments came as a poll in 'Le Figaro' showed that the Right-wing former president is nearly twice as popular as Mr Hollande, with 46pc of voters saying they would like him as head of state and 27pc choosing the Socialist.
Since his defeat in the 2012 presidential election, Mr Sarkozy has gone on the lucrative global lecture circuit and has talked about getting into business. He rarely speaks to the press, but his friends and allies regularly relay his words to the media.
Mr Sarkozy has lately taken to attending his singer wife Carla Bruni's concerts, where thrilled audiences greet him with chants of "Nicolas, Nicolas" and "Get out Hollande".
He has also dropped hints that he might return to rescue "suffering France" from the economic crisis he blames on Mr Hollande, whom he has reportedly described as a "totally crap" leader. The two politicians do little to hide their mutual disdain. They flew to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service in separate aircraft. (© Daily Telegraph, London)