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Political Profile

Nicolas Sarkozy - 03 Dec 2014
Nicolas Sarkozy won the leadership of the conservative UMP on Saturday, a potential step towards a bid to be French president for a second time, but his victory was not decisive enough to cow his rivals in the party.

Sarkozy won 64.5 percent of the vote. Analysts had said before the vote that he needed at least 70 percent to see off rivals and become the party's undisputed champion for the presidential battle in 2017.
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November 22, 2014
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) attends a political rally with Bordeaux's mayor Alain Juppe...
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attends a political rally with Bordeaux's mayor Alain Juppe as...
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) attends a political rally with Bordeaux's mayor Alain Juppe (R) as he campaigns for the leadership of the UMP political party in Bordeaux, southwestern France, November 22, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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November 22, 2014
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a political rally as he campaigns for...
Bordeaux, France
Former French President Sarkozy delivers a speech during a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership...
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the UMP political party in Bordeaux, southwestern France, November 22, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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November 19, 2014
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy attends a campaign rally for the leadership of the UMP political...
Mulhouse, France
Former French president Sarkozy attends a campaign rally for the leadership of the UMP political party...
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy attends a campaign rally for the leadership of the UMP political party in Mulhouse, November 19, 2014. Sarkozy, back in politics after a two-year retirement, unveiled plans on to revamp his centre-right UMP party if elected this month as its chairman. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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November 26, 2014
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy sits on a bench with his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in Paris, in...
Paris, France
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy sits on a bench with his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in Paris, in this March 23, 2014 file photo.

I was covering the first round of the French municipal elections in Paris and went to a local poll station in a school where Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy were due to cast their votes. Afterwards they exited through the courtyard to avoid the crowds outside and realising the door was shut, sat together on a bench while waiting for the concierge to fetch the key.

I had stayed behind in a school corridor to send out the photos I had just taken when I spotted the open door. I got inside the courtyard where there were two other photographers. Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla saw us, so I got only around 15 seconds to take their picture before their security staff stood in front of them.

- Benoit Tessier REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Files (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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November 25, 2014
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy arrive at a political rally...
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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy arrive at a political rally...
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy arrive at a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the UMP political party in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris suburb, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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October 28, 2014
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a political rally as he campaigns for...
Marseille, France
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a political rally as he campaigns for...
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the UMP political party in Marseille, October 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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April 22, 2010
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech at the Chambery's justice court in the French Alps,...
Chambery, France
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech at the Chambery's justice court in the French Alps...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech at the Chambery's justice court in the French Alps, April 22, 2010 during a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the return of Savoy to France in 1860. REUTERS/Lionel Bonaventure/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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September 25, 2014
France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership...
LAMBERSART, France
France's former president Sarkozy attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the...
France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the UMP political party in Lambersart, northern France, September 25, 2014. Sarkozy ended months of speculation last week when he announced his political comeback with a message on social media, saying he was ready to take charge of the opposition UMP centre-right party. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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September 25, 2014
France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership...
LAMBERSART, France
France's former president Sarkozy attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the...
France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the UMP political party in Lambersart, northern France, September 25, 2014. Sarkozy ended months of speculation last week when he announced his political comeback with a message on social media, saying he was ready to take charge of the opposition UMP centre-right party. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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September 25, 2014
France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership...
LAMBERSART, France
France's former president Sarkozy attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the...
France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the UMP political party in Lambersart, northern France, September 25, 2014. Sarkozy ended months of speculation last week when he announced his political comeback with a message on social media, saying he was ready to take charge of the opposition UMP centre-right party. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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September 25, 2014
Political supporters hold a poster which reads, "My President" as France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy...
LAMBERSART, France
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Political supporters hold a poster which reads, "My President" as France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy who attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the UMP political party in Lambersart, northern France, September 25, 2014. Sarkozy ended months of speculation last week when he announced his political comeback with a message on social media, saying he was ready to take charge of the opposition UMP centre-right party. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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September 06, 2014
Stickers with images depicting former French President Nicolas Sarkozy are displayed on a table during...
Nice, France
Stickers with images depicting former French President Nicolas Sarkozy are displayed on a table during...
Stickers with images depicting former French President Nicolas Sarkozy are displayed on a table during a youth UMP meeting in Nice September 6, 2014. The words on the stickers read, "My President" and "2017 Nicolas. President." REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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September 25, 2014
Political supporters hold a poster which reads, "My President" as France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy...
LAMBERSART, France
Political supporters hold a poster for France's former president Sarkozy who attends a political rally...
Political supporters hold a poster which reads, "My President" as France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy who attends a political rally as he campaigns for the leadership of the UMP political party in Lambersart, northern France, September 25, 2014. Sarkozy ended months of speculation last week when he announced his political comeback with a message on social media, saying he was ready to take charge of the opposition UMP centre-right party. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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September 19, 2014
An illustration photo shows the message of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on his Facebook page...
Paris, France
An illustration photo shows the message of former French president Sarkozy on his Facebook page opened...
An illustration photo shows the message of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on his Facebook page displayed on a mobile phone internet browser held in front of a computer screen which also displays his Facebook page in Paris September 19, 2014. France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to politics on Friday, declaring he would seek the leadership of the opposition UMP in a move that would position him for a 2017 presidential bid. The announcement on his Facebook page ends months of local media speculation that the 59-year-old conservative would return to the fray after his defeat by Socialist Francois Hollande in 2012. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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September 21, 2014
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (R) arrives to attend the French Ligue 1 soccer match between...
Paris, France
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (R) arrives to attend the French Ligue 1 soccer match between...
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (R) arrives to attend the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris St Germain and Olympique Lyon at the Parc des Princes Stadium after a prime time interview of France television, September 21, 2014. Former president Sarkozy ended months of speculation about his future with a Facebook message on Friday, saying he was ready to take charge of the centre-right UMP which has been riven by rivalry since he was ousted from power. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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September 21, 2014
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (R) arrives to attend the French Ligue 1 soccer match between...
Paris, France
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (R) arrives to attend the French Ligue 1 soccer match between...
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (R) arrives to attend the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris St Germain and Olympique Lyon at the Parc des Princes Stadium after a prime time interview of France television, September 21, 2014. Former president Sarkozy ended months of speculation about his future with a Facebook message on Friday, saying he was ready to take charge of the centre-right UMP which has been riven by rivalry since he was ousted from power. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER POLITICS)
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September 17, 2014
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves his residence in Paris September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo...
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves his residence in Paris September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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July 02, 2014
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves a restaurant in Paris July 2, 2014. Sarkozy said on Wednesday...
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves a restaurant in Paris
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves a restaurant in Paris July 2, 2014. Sarkozy said on Wednesday France's justice system was being used for political ends, after he was put under investigation on suspicion of using his influence to gain details of a probe into his 2007 election campaign. The conservative politician denies wrongdoing in a string of investigations where his direct or indirect implication has cast doubt on his viability as a candidate in the 2017 elections. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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July 02, 2014
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Lyon, France
Local members and elected officials of the conservative UMP political party watch a taped television...
Local members and elected officials of the conservative UMP political party watch a taped television and radio interview on the TF1 evening news broadcast of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, as they gather in the studios of France Inter radio, in Lyon July 2, 2014. Former French President Sarkozy gives an interview to French television TF1 and Europe 1 radio after being placed under formal investigation on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign. REUTERS/ (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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July 02, 2014
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) leaves his residence in Paris, July 2, 2014. Former French...
Paris, France
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves his residence in Paris
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) leaves his residence in Paris, July 2, 2014. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign, the prosecutor's office said. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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July 01, 2014
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives with police by car at the financial investigation unit...
Paris, France
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives with police by car at the financial investigation unit...
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives with police by car at the financial investigation unit in Paris to be presented to a judge late July 1, 2014. Former French President Sarkozy was held for questioning for 15 hours on Tuesday over suspicions he used his influence to secure leaked details of an inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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July 01, 2014
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (2ndL) arrives with police by car at the financial investigation...
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives with police by car at the financial investigation unit...
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (2ndL) arrives with police by car at the financial investigation unit in Paris to be presented to a judge late July 1, 2014. Former French President Sarkozy was held for questioning for 15 hours on Tuesday over suspicions he used his influence to secure leaked details of an inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

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July 01, 2014
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Police officers stand in front of the offices of the judicial police in Nanterre, near Paris, July 1, 2014, where former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived early Tuesday to be quizzed by investigators. Former French President Sarkozy was held on Tuesday for questioning into suspicions that a network of informers kept him abreast of a separate inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign, a legal source said. Local media said it was the first time a former head of state had been held for questioning in modern French history. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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March 12, 2014
French Justice minister Christiane Taubira holds copies of the wiretapping memos during a news conference...
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French Justice minister Christiane Taubira holds copies of the wiretapping memos during a news conference...
French Justice minister Christiane Taubira holds copies of the wiretapping memos during a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, March 12, 2014.France's opposition conservatives called on Wednesday for Francois Hollande's justice minister to quit after it emerged the government knew that ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's phone was being tapped, contrary to her earlier statement. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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October 21, 2009
French lawyer Thierry Herzog, who represents France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaks to journalists...
Paris, France
French lawyer Thierry Herzog, who represents France's President Sarkozy, arrives for the trial called...
French lawyer Thierry Herzog, who represents France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaks to journalists as he arrives for the trial called the "Clearstream Affair" at the courthouse in Paris on October 21, 2009. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE CRIME LAW POLITICS)
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April 22, 2012
France's President and UMP party candidate for the 2012 French presidential elections Nicolas Sarkozy...
Paris, France
France's President and UMP party candidate for the 2012 French presidential elections Sarkozy addresses...
France's President and UMP party candidate for the 2012 French presidential elections Nicolas Sarkozy addresses supporters at La Mutualite meeting hall in Paris after early results in the first round vote of the 2012 French presidential election April 22, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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October 31, 2008
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers the closing speech of an European conference on combating...
Paris, France
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers the closing speech of an European conference in Paris
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers the closing speech of an European conference on combating Alzheimers disease and related diseases in Paris October 31, 2008. REUTERS/Gerard Cerles/Pool (FRANCE)
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June 19, 2008
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French President Sarkozy holds a news conference during a European Union summit in Brussels
French President Nicolas Sarkozy holds a news conference during a European Union summit in Brussels June 20, 2008. Ireland will report back to the European Union at a summit in October on strategies for salvaging an EU reform treaty rejected by its voters, Sarkozy said on Thursday. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM)
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March 27, 2013
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy listens to the speech of Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders...
Brussels, Belgium
Former French President Sarkozy listens to the speech of Belgian Foreign Minister Reynders after awarding...
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy listens to the speech of Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (not pictured) after awarding him with the French Legion d'Honneur during a ceremony at the Egmont Palace in Brussels March 27, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS)
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May 06, 2007
Nicolas Sarkozy, France's newly-elected president, speaks to supporters in Paris after the election results...
Paris, France
Nicolas Sarkozy, France's newly-elected president, speaks to supporters in Paris
Nicolas Sarkozy, France's newly-elected president, speaks to supporters in Paris after the election results announcement, May 6, 2007. Sarkozy defeated Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal on Sunday. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE)
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January 24, 2012
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy reacts as he delivers a speech to present his New Year wishes to the...
Marseille, France
France's President Sarkozy reacts as he delivers a speech to present his New Year wishes to the world...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy reacts as he delivers a speech to present his New Year wishes to the world of culture in Marseille, January 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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March 10, 2014
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and Bernadette Chirac, President of the Claude Pompidou foundation,...
Nice, France
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Bernadette Chirac, President of the Claude Pompidou foundation,...
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and Bernadette Chirac, President of the Claude Pompidou foundation, attend the inauguration of the Institut Claude Pompidou, a new centre for care and research of Alzheimer disease, in Nice March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)
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March 25, 2013
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is seen through the window of a car as he arrives at his offices...
Paris, France
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy sits in a car as he arrives at his offices in Paris
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is seen through the window of a car as he arrives at his offices in Paris March 25, 2013. Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Thursday for "abuse of weakness" in a 2007 party funding case involving elderly L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, the public prosecutor said. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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November 22, 2012
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (2ndL) speaks on the phone as he sits near his lawyer Thierry...
Bordeaux, France
Former French President Sarkozy speaks on the phone as he sits near his lawyer Herzog as they leave the...
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (2ndL) speaks on the phone as he sits near his lawyer Thierry Herzog (R Rear) as they leave the courthouse in Bordeaux November 22, 2012. Sarkozy and Herzog leave after a day of questioning by magistrates trying to establish whether his 2007 election campaign was illegally financed by the country's richest woman, a judicial source said. The risk for Sarkozy, unseated in May but considered a potential conservative candidate in the 2017 presidential race, is that he ends up plagued by suspicion for months or years, even if his lawyer says there is no case against him. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS BUSINESS)
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March 29, 2012
Liliane Bettencourt (C), heiress to the L'Oreal fortune leaves with Jean-Victor Meyers (L), her grandson,...
Paris, France
Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L'Oreal fortune leaves with Jean-Victor Meyers, her grandson, the...
Liliane Bettencourt (C), heiress to the L'Oreal fortune leaves with Jean-Victor Meyers (L), her grandson, the L'Oreal-UNESCO prize for women in Paris, March 29, 2012. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS)
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May 15, 2012
France's outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) shakes hands with newly-elected President Francois Hollande...
Paris, France
France's outgoing President Sarkozy shakes hands with newly-elected President Hollande as he arrives...
France's outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) shakes hands with newly-elected President Francois Hollande as he arrives at the Elysee Palace for the handover ceremony in Paris May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Christophe Ena/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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May 08, 2012
Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) and newly-elected president Francois Hollande attend a...
Paris, France
Outgoing French President Sarkozy and newly-elected president Hollande attend a ceremony at the Tomb...
Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) and newly-elected president Francois Hollande attend a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe to mark the end of World War II in Paris May 8, 2012. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)
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July 08, 2013
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, French UMP political party head Jean-Francois Cope (bottom,L)...
Paris, France
Former French President Sarkozy French UMP political party head Cope and party member Morano leave the...
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, French UMP political party head Jean-Francois Cope (bottom,L) and party member Nadine Morano (R) leave the UMP political party headquarters in Paris July 8, 2013. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy made his first political appearance since losing power on Monday, staging an appeal to hundreds of conservative lawmakers to help save the UMP party from financial ruin. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 02, 2012
Francois Hollande (L), Socialist party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, and Nicolas...
Saint-Denis, France
Francois Hollande, Socialist party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, and Nicolas Sarkozy,...
Francois Hollande (L), Socialist party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, and Nicolas Sarkozy (R), France's President and UMP party candidate for his re-election, are see with journalists David Pujadas (2ndR) and Laurence Ferrari (2ndL) before a televised debate at studios in La Plaine Saint-Denis, near Paris, May 2, 2012. REUTERS/Patrick Kovarik/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS MEDIA)
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May 01, 2012
France's President and UMP party candidate for his re-election in the 2012 French presidential elections,...
Paris, France
France's President and UMP party candidate for his re-election in the 2012 French presidential elections,...
France's President and UMP party candidate for his re-election in the 2012 French presidential elections, Nicolas Sarkozy waves to supporters as he arrives on stage at Trocadero square to deliver a speech during a campaign rally in front the Eiffel Tower in Paris May 1, 2012. French President Sarkozy will compete with trade unions to draw the biggest May Day crowd on Tuesday, seeking to steal the limelight from their annual street march in the final countdown to Sunday's election runoff. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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January 10, 2011
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during their meeting...
Washington, UNITED STATES
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Nicolas Sarkozy at the White House in Washington
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 10, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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April 14, 2011
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy plays ping pong as he visits a reintegration school (ERS) in Bagnieres...
BAGNIERES DE LUCHON, France
France's President Sarkozy plays ping pong as he visits a reintegration school in Bagnieres de Luchon...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy plays ping pong as he visits a reintegration school (ERS) in Bagnieres de Luchon, April 14, 2011. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)
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October 20, 2011
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) arrives for an afternoon visit at the maternity clinic, Clinique...
Paris, France
France's President Sarkozy arrives at the maternity clinic, Clinique de la Muette, in Paris
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) arrives for an afternoon visit at the maternity clinic, Clinique de la Muette, in Paris October 20, 2011. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday he and first lady Carla Bruni were deeply happy about their baby daughter, the first official confirmation of the birth, but added he would leave it to his wife to reveal the girl's name. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 26, 2011
French President Nicolas Sarkozy puts his hands upon his pregnant wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as they greet...
Deauville, France
French President Nicolas Sarkozy puts his hands upon his pregnant wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as they greet...
French President Nicolas Sarkozy puts his hands upon his pregnant wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as they greet leaders for dinner at the G8 Summit in Deauville May 26, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E7961NHO01.
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July 09, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) take their places with junior...
L'aquila, Italy
US President Obama and France's President Sarkozy take their places with junior G8 delegates for a family...
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) take their places with junior G8 delegates, including Brazil's Mayora Tavares (L), for a family photo at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy July 9, 2009. Leaders of the Group of Eight major industrial nations and the main developing economies are meeting in the central Italian city of L'Aquila until Friday to discuss issues ranging from global economic stimulus to climate change and oil prices. REUTERS/Jason Reed (ITALY POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E57F1F6P02
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June 17, 2010
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) holds the hand of his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (C) as they sit...
London, United Kingdom
France's President Sarkozy holds the hand of his wife Bruni-Sarkozy during a ceremony at the Royal Hospital...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) holds the hand of his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (C) as they sit next to the wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, Samantha Cameron, during a ceremony at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, June 18, 2010, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of French General Charles de Gaulle's radio appeal to his countrymen to resist Nazi occupation. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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January 08, 2011
France's First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy wipes the brow of her husband, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy,...
Fort-de-France, Martinique
France's First Lady Bruni-Sarkozy wipes the brow of her husband, France's President Sarkozy, as they...
France's First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy wipes the brow of her husband, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, as they visit a market in Fort-de-France on the Martinique island January 8, 2011. Sarkozy and his wife travel to Martinique and Guadeloupe to deliver New Year's address to French overseas territories before a meeting with the U.S. President in Washington on Monday. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (MARTINIQUE - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
FRANCE-GERMANY/
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November 25, 2008
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speak together as they...
Paris, France
France's President Sarkozy and Germany's Chancellor Merkel speak together before a lunch during Franco-German...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speak together as they arrive for a lunch at the home of France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, during a Franco-German meeting in Paris November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE)
USA-POLITICS/OBAMA
RTX84LM
July 24, 2008
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) hugs US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama...
Paris, France
French President Sarkozy hugs US Democratic presidential candidate Obama as they say goodbye at Elysee...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) hugs US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) as they say goodbye at the Elysee Palace in Paris July 25, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Young (FRANCE) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008
FRANCE/
RTXQ9J5
November 02, 2009
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) listens to hospital staff as his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy whispers...
Marseille, France
France's President Sarkozy and his wife Carla listen to hospital staff as they visit the Paoli-Calmettes...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) listens to hospital staff as his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy whispers to him as they visit the Paoli-Calmettes Institute in Marseille, November 2, 2009. President Sarkozy unveiled France's second national plan against cancer during a speech. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE POLITICS HEALTH)
ISRAEL-SARKOZY/
RTX78O0
June 22, 2008
French President Nicolas Sarkozy touches the hand of his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy during a welcoming...
Tel Aviv, Israel
French President Nicolas Sarkozy touches the hand of his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy during a welcoming...
French President Nicolas Sarkozy touches the hand of his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy during a welcoming ceremony in Ben Gurion airport June 22, 2008. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (ISRAEL)
BRITAIN-FRANCE/
RTR2BJWY
March 12, 2010
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (L) listens as France's President Nicolas Sarkozy answers a question...
London, United Kingdom
Britain's Prime Minister Brown and France's President Sarkozy attend a news conference inside 10 Downing...
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (L) listens as France's President Nicolas Sarkozy answers a question during a news conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London March 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dan Kitwood/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRITAIN/
RTR22E3K
December 08, 2008
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (L) laughs with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy at Downing Street...
London, United Kingdom
Britain's PM Brown laughs with France's President Sarkozy at Downing Street in London
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (L) laughs with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy at Downing Street in London December 8, 2008. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)
EUROZONE-GERMANY/MERKEL-VIENNA
RTR2NRP1
June 16, 2011
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel gesture as they address a news...
Berlin, Germany
French President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel address a news conference at the Chancellery in...
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel gesture as they address a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin June 17, 2011. The leaders of Germany and France said on Friday that they were united behind a new aid package for Greece that would include voluntary private sector participation on the basis of the so-called "Vienna Initiative". REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)
FINANCIAL-SUMMIT/
RTX97JB
October 04, 2008
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (C) speaks with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and German...
Paris, France
Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi speaks with France's President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel...
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (C) speaks with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) during a news conference following a summit to discuss the international financial crisis at the Elysee Palace October 4, 2008. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE)
QUAKE-HAITI/
RTR2AFII
February 17, 2010
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) sits with Haitian President Rene Preval inside a helicopter before...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy sits with Haitian President Rene Preval inside a helicopter before...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) sits with Haitian President Rene Preval inside a helicopter before their flight over earthquake-hit areas in Port-au-Prince, February 17, 2010. Sarkozy arrived in earthquake-hit Haiti on Wednesday to support international relief efforts there in the first visit by a French head of state to the former French Caribbean colony. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (HAITI - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS SOCIETY)
FRANCE-ELECTIONS/
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March 16, 2008
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) kisses first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as they leave the Elysee...
Paris, France
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy kisses first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as they leave the Elysee Palace...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) kisses first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as they leave the Elysee Palace for the president to vote in the second round municipal elections in Paris on March 16, 2008. France goes to the polls for the final round of municipal elections which could leave the left in charge of most major French cities and put pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy to change his style of government. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE)
FRANCE/
RTR2OOC7
July 09, 2011
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy walk on a dyke before boarding a...
Bormes Les Mimosas, France
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy walk on a dyke before boarding a...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy walk on a dyke before boarding a boat at the Fort de Bregancon in Bormes les Mimosas July 9, 2011. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)
FRANCE/
RTR26B32
August 01, 2009
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy dry off with towels after a swim...
CAVALIERE, France
France's President Sarkozy and his wife Bruni-Sarkozy dry off with towels after a swim below the villa...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy dry off with towels after a swim below the villa belonging to the family of France's first lady which is perched on the secluded promontory of Cap Negre, near Cavaliere, August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Philippe Laurenson (FRANCE POLITICS)
BUSH-SARKOZY/
RTR1SPAT
August 10, 2007
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (2nd L) waves as he is escorted by U.S. President George W. Bush (L),...
Kennebunkport, UNITED STATES
U.S. President Bush meets with France's President Sarkozy in Kennebunkport
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (2nd L) waves as he is escorted by U.S. President George W. Bush (L), as former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush (R) look on, at the Bush family residence in Kennebunkport, Maine, August 11, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)
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