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—posted on his Facebook page—ended months of speculation that the 59-year-old conservative would return to the fray after his defeat by socialist Francois Hollande in 2012.
“I am a candidate for the presidency of my political family,” said Sarkozy in his Facebook post.
“I will propose reforming it from top to bottom so as to create, within three months, the basis of a new and broad movement that can speak to the French as a whole … This broad movement will adopt a new project,” he added.
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