Is Nicolas Sarkozy France’s next President? The man himself certainly hopes so and believes he will be. That possibility is set to move a little closer later today at a special UMP Congress. In what is expected to be an American-style convention, Sarkozy will be adopted by the ruling mainstream right-wing as their candidate for the Spring poll.
He is no stranger to the razzmatazz of politics – it is something Sarkozy admires and relished when in 2004 he was elected party leader. But this son of a Hungarian immigrant, with his criticism of French social immobility and an arrogant foreign policy, has alienated some old guard conservatives and the out-going president.