Since he faced defeat in this year's presidential election, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy told a former minister that he will have "no choice" but to run for president again in 2017 because of expected failed policies of his successor.
Four months after losing to Socialist leader Francois Hollande, the former French president has maintained a relatively low profile. Nevertheless, Sarkozy is considering a bid for the nation’s highest office in five years.
What had happened was that former Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire told Le Canard Enchaine, a Paris weekly newspaper, that Sarkozy told him he will have no other alternative but to attempt to defeat President Francois Hollande.
“Given the disastrous shape France is likely to be in five years from now, I'll have no choice in 2017,” Sarkozy allegedly told Le Maire. “The question is not whether I come back but if I have the choice, morally speaking, of not coming back.”
The former French leader has not publicly commented on Hollande’s policies since his defeat. The London Telegraph reported that Sarkozy has been traveling around Morocco and in the southern region of France. Also, many are speculating that he is considering engaging in the public-speaking circuit, a profitable industry for ex-public officials, because he is improving his English skills.
According to Economic Collapse News, President Hollande’s approval rating has dropped by 22 percent within four months to 40 percent. Digital Journal reported on his government’s recent budget unveilings, including a 75 percent super-tax on those making one million euros ($1.28 million), a 45 percent income tax on people earning 150,000 euros ($193,465) and an increase on capital gains tax.
The Socialist government also proposed having the French taxpayers cover 100 percent of abortion costs for women who cannot afford it. The full reimbursement of abortion costs were placed inside the 2013 social security budget.