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.”
Another likely candidate in the elections is Jean-Marie Le Pen for the National Front, the extreme right in France. He is criticising Sarkosy for his proposals to split from the current political situation in the country. Speaking to his supporters he said: “Now listen Sarkozy, in your situation there are only two solutions: If you are really radical, you should put a gun to your head. If you are a real believer you should dress in a monk’s habit and hide yourself away in a monastery and pray for a long time.” The extreme-right veteran also told his audience that he would be announcing his policies during a party meeting in November.