Nicolas Sarkozy lost the French presidential election to socialist challenger Francois Hollande, and became the first French "one-term president" in 30 years. Sarkozy's loss was expected, but he kept hoping for a miracle change of tide with the French votes. Since the miracle did not happen, defeated and upset Sarkozy publicly announced that he's leaving politics for good, and will do "something else with his life" ... "something more interesting, and less stressful".
In many ways, Sarkozy was an anomaly as France's president. He had a foreign-sounding surname. He didn't attend the most elite French university for public servants. His loud words and tandem work with Angela Merkel failed to stop the European crisis that keeps scaring the world markets. All in all, Sarko will be remembered as a strange mix, a wannabe prez with high ambitions that failed. Well, we can't blame him for trying!
Now, that Sarkozy is ousted as a French leader, photoshop what job offers he may receive and accept, or what other "more interesting, and less stressful" things he may do in his life.
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Nicolas Sarkozy (full name Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa, was born On January 28, 1955 in Paris) is a French statesman and politician, the 23 president of the French Republic and 6th President of the fifth Republic of France. Being the president of the French republic, he also became the Co-Prince of Andorra and Grand Maitre (Grand Master) in the Legion of Honour. He was elected as a president.
Elected as president of the French Republic on May 6, 2007, inaugurated on May 16, having replaced Jacques Chirac.
Leader of the ruling party Union for a Popular Movement (Union pour un mouvement populaire, UMP). In 1993 – 1995, 2002 – 2004 and from 2005 until 2007 he held several ministerial posts in the government of the French Republic. Before his presidency he was selected Chairman of the Hauts-de-Seine General Council.
In France he is known by his nickname "Sarco" which is used by both his supporters and opponents.
Father - Paul Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa – was born in Budapest into a protestant family belonging to Hungarian nobility (the coat of arms and the title were granted to the family in 1628 by the Emperor Ferdinand II for heroic deeds of one of the paternal ancestors during the Thirty Years' War) who possessed land near Szolnok and a small castle in the village of Alattyán 100 kilometers from the capital. In 1959 he Andrée Mallah then a law student, who was the daughter of a well-off urological surgeon with a well-established reputation in the mainly bourgeois 17th arrondissement of Paris. Paul Sarkozy and Andrée Mallah had three children together: Guillaume, born in 1951, Nicolas, born in 1955; and François, born in 1957.
In 1959 Andrée Sarkozy left her husband, who could hardly hide his love affairs and who married twice after their divorce. In order to give the children a good upbringing the mother had to get a good education and soon became a lawyer.
The second round of presidential elections were successful for Sarkozy, who won 53 percent of the vote.
On July 23, 2008 President Sarkozy promulgated a constitutional reform
the purpose of which was to "modernize the institutions of the Fifth Republic." The reform affected the institutions of the Republic and President of Institute:
July 23, 2008 the most ambitious reform of the Constitution was carried out under the initiative of Nicolas Sarkozy. It was held under the slogan "modernization of the institutions of the Republic of V". It affected the institutions of the Republic and Presidential Institution:
— limits on re-election introduced: from now on "no one can hold the office of the President of the Republic for two consecutive terms";
— candidates for state positions "on account of their importance for the guaranteeing of the rights and freedoms or of the economic and social life of the Nation" will be heard by permanent committees of the National Assembly and the Senate. The parliament has the right to put a veto on a candidate if "at least three fifths of the votes are negative";
— the full power of the President according to article 16 of the Constitution is put under the control of the Constitutional Council (he speaks on the appropriateness of emergency situations as far as the Constitution is concerned);
— The President will no longer head the Supreme Council of the Magistracy (the highest judicial authority in France) but will appoint the Ombudsman - Public Defender of Rights – and more importantly: following American example, the President will have the right to "take the floor"at joint sessions of Parliament and Congress;
At the same time, Sarkozy got a nickname "Hyper-president" for introducing his presidential style to the Elysee Palace. Compared to his predecessors while being the president of the Republic he was engaged not only in the "main affairs of the country" (according to the tradition, started by Charles de Gaulle, these were mainly foreign and defence policies) but also in less important issues of French politics in general. In addition, Sarkozy filled the "media space" by being constantly shown on TV. Consequences of this new system are ambiguous (however it will be fair to mention that Sarkazy changes the style, but not the "spirit" of the presidential dominance within the Fifth Republic). His supporters claim that the energy and "ubiquity" of the president are necessary in order to ensure that promises, which are supposed to change France qualitatively beyond all recognition, "make it modern" and are fulfilled. On the other hand, disadvantages are obvious: the weakening of arbitral role of the president of the Republic (once again, according to the canons of the Fifth Republic – a president is an elected representative of people, keeping outside and under all political battles), concentration of all executive power in the hands of the Head of the state can paralyze the whole "state system".