Friday 24 November 2017

Aoife Drew: Sarkozy roars back to cast shadow over meek Hollande

After bowing sulkily out of politics last year, this tiger now hungrily eyes a return to the Elysee Palace, says Aoife Drew

Aoife Drew

Aoife Drew

Just what is Nicolas Sarkozy up to, visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron in London? Although Downing Street indicated it was merely a private meeting among old friends, clearly the old dog is up to more tricks than merely a social visit to drop off a copy of his wife Carla's new album.

If there was any doubt that Sarkozy intended to stage a comeback to the world of politics, his trip across the Channel this week to speak at a conference for Goldman Sachs and see some mates in high places has swiftly eliminated it.

With a reported €100,000 speaker's fee, it's not bad work if you can get it. Sarkozy's ego may have been temporarily dinted by last year's defeat in the presidential elections, but the money he is earning should more than make up for that. And yet, for Sarkozy, it's not just about the money. He just can't stay away from politics and the draw of power.

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