Nicolas Sarkozy, former president and now head of the opposition Republicans, published a book “Tout pour la France” (Everything for France), to be released August 24 in which he announced his candidacy for a new presidential term in 2017.

Le Monde has details of the book in Nicolas Sarkozy Announces Candidacy for the 2017 Presidential Elections.

Sarkozy’s book Everything for France, consists of 231 pages, is divided into five chapters entitled “The Challenge of Truth,” “The identity challenge”, “The challenge of competitiveness” “The challenge of authority”, “The Challenge of freedom”.

He declared his candidacy in the prologue.

Sarkozy Book

French national elections are in 2017. The French election system is in parts. Each party has a primary and if no candidate gets 50% of the votes, the top two candidates square off.

Another Try

Bloomberg reports Sarkozy Declares He’s Running to Win Back France’s Presidency.

Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday he is seeking to re-take the French presidency, officially declaring himself a candidate in the Republican party’s primaries.

“I’ve decided to be a candidate for the 2017 presidential election,” Sarkozy said on Twitter. “The coming five years will be full of danger but also full of hope.”

The long-expected announcement gives the 61 year-old former president three months to win over opponents in his own camp, including supporters of former prime ministers Alain Juppe and Francois Fillon. With more than a dozen candidates seeking the nomination, The Republicans hold their primaries in two rounds on Nov. 20 and 27.

The winner of that battle will go on to confront a candidate from President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party as well as the National Front’s Marine Le Pen in a general election slated for April 23 and May 7 next year.

Though Sarkozy has trailed Juppe, 71, in popularity ratings for most of the past year, he has gained ground on the former prime minister in recent months as he took a hard line on countering terrorists, saying anyone who is a suspected threat should be thrown in prison.

Looking Ahead

Following the two round primary comes a two round election. The winner of each primary runs and if no candidate gets 50% the top two candidates square off.

I expect eurosceptic National Front candidate Marine Le Pen to make it to the final round.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock