Why France must cure itself of its addiction to Nicolas Sarkozy

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If, as the writer Voltaire put it, “in dark times, fables are history” it is also sometimes the case that in the very darkest of times not even fables or any kind of stories do the trick. Instead all that such periods inspire is a desire to look backwards. The heralded return of former president Nicolas Sarkozy to the political fray in France in 2014 belongs to this category.