Sarkozy's 500,000-euro fine for undeclared campaign expenses paid, his allies announce his return

By

Amid the continuing woes of French President François Hollande, dubbed by opinion poll results as France’s most unpopular president on record, the man he beat in elections less than two years ago is apparently decided upon making a come-back attempt for the presidency in 2017. After months of rumour over an eventual renewed bid, Nicolas Sarkozy’s political ally Bernadette Chirac, wife of former president Jacques Chirac, told French radio on Wednesday that Sarkozy will indeed run against Hollande in the next elections in three years’ time. Her comments came as Mediapart has learnt that Sarkozy has settled more than 500,000 euros in fines imposed upon him for undisclosed expenses in his failed 2012 election campaign, opening the path for his return to the political forefront. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

Reading articles is for subscribers only. Subscribe now.

While maintaining a ‘will he, won’t he’ suspense over whether and when he will announce his return to politics and a bid to retake the Elysée Palace, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was faced with a major hurdle he had first to overcome with the payment more than 500,000 euros in fines that followed the rejection of his 2012 presidential campaign spending accounts.