A revolutionary France with employment for all and an end to current politics. Those are the promises made by Nicolas Sarkozy, who is seen as the likely conservative candidate in the 2007 presidential elections. Supported by veteran rock star Johnny Hallyday at a three day meeting of his ruling UMP party, the controversial Interior Minister sought to seduce sceptical young voters and disillusioned socialists. Wrapping up his final speech, Sarkozy referred to one of Hallyday’s songs “ L’envie d’avoir envie” and told his audience that he would make them want to want again. According to a newspaper poll published on Sunday, 45% of voters would prefer him to be elected conservative candidate when party members cast ballots in January.
Possible Socialist challenger Segolene Royal defended herself on Sunday against Sarkozy’s attacks in front of two thousand of her party supporters. She said: “I am not the split, I am fighting for justice with the Socialists, I am not in favour of a break-up, I support continuity.”