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Sarkozy moves into campaign mode

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 01:32

Nicolas Sarkozy visits his new Paris headquarters after announcing he will run for president in 2017. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Anticipation as former French President Nicholas Sarkozy heads into his new Paris headquarters after announcing he will run for president in 2017. Sarkozy has done little to conceal his desire to return to power -- but he has a tough fight ahead if he hopes to win the fight to lead the Les Republicans party. While his supporters may be enthusiastic -- mixed reviews in the press with a headline from a left leaning paper saying, "The worst thing is he can win." His campaigners are already canvassing the public. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SARKOZY CAMPAIGNER, THIBAUT COLOMBIER, SAYING: "We went door-to-door yesterday as soon as he announced his candidacy and we talked to people and saw that their worries are about identity, terrorism and security. These things are on the minds of the French, will they be able to pass on the France that their parents and grand-parents lived in to their children? This is very important today, it's a true question for the French." Meanwhile some relief for the current French President. After facing a wave of attacks, and lack of public support, embattled president Francois Hollande had something to celebrate Tuesday, welcoming home the Olympic team. But still no word yet on whether he will seek re-election next year.

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Sarkozy moves into campaign mode

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 01:32