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Sarkozy to Seek Second Term in French Presidential Elections

February 15, 2012

Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will seek a second term as president, promising to be a “captain in the storm.”

He made the announcement on TF1 television. The first round of French elections are scheduled for April 22, with the second and decisive round set for May 6.

“If I’ve decided to run its because I’ve got things to say, I have propositions for the French,” he said. “Can you imagine a captain in this storm saying I’m tired, I’m pulling out?”

Trailing in the polls behind Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, a lawmaker from central France and former party chief who has never held a Cabinet post, Sarkozy risks becoming the eighth euro-area leader to be ousted since 2010, following thos in Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Slovakia. A defeat would make him the second French president after Valery Giscard D’Estaing to lose a re-election bid.

“We have had a series of unprecedented violent crises that have forced us to manage the crisis and at the same time undertaken reforms,” he said.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Vidya Root at vroot@bloomberg.net


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