French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has stepped down as Interior Minister to focus on his own election campaign, with less than a month to go before voters go to the polls. After months of resistance, the ruling UMP conservative candidate finally leaves the job in which he made his name as a law and order hardliner.
“As I said this morning, there is a lot of nostalgia and a little sadness. But for me, what is it about? Simply, to try to change paths,” said Sarkozy, in a jovial farewell speech. Sarkozy hands over the reins to former overseas territories minister Francois Baroin.