Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy thinks he will have “no choice but to
come back” to the political arena in 2017 in order to save France, according to
the satirical daily newspaper Le Canard Enchainé.
The newspaper, which
usually has very good sources, reports that Sarkozy said this recently to his
ex-minister of agriculture, Bruno Le Maire, who was in charge of his electoral
program during the campaign he lost last May to the Socialist François
The report was taken from a quote originally published by the
website Le Lab.
“Looking at the catastrophic situation in which France
will be in five years, I have no choice in 2017. The question is not if I will
come back, but if I have the choice morally, for France, not to come back,”
Sarkozy said, according to the report.
“I cannot morally pass off my
responsibility with regard to the French people,” the ex-President
A majority of the supporters of the right wing in France want
Sarkozy to return to active political life.
The question of a comeback by
Sarkozy is beginning to disturb the current campaign for the leadership of the
moderate right-wing party, the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement), that he