What do Nicolas Sarkozy, Beyonce and Luke Skywalker have in common?
One word: Destiny.
“The question is not to know if I want or don't want to return. I cannot not return. I don't have a choice. It's destiny. Destiny,” Sarkozy apparently told friends recently.
Or so says Thursday’s edition of French weekly Le Point magazine, which, if accurate, would make the above statement the strongest indication so far that he plans a triumphant return to politics, in order to do battle with his Darth Vader – Francois Hollande – for the French presidency in 2017.
And just as a new opinion poll, published in Le Figaro, revealed that the ex-president is more popular than Holland, too (the rightwing former leader scored 46 per cent of the votes to Hollande’s 27 per cent).
Sarkozy, who was defeated by Hollande in 2012, has since being doing the rounds on the world lecture circuit and even, his pals have indicated, considered launching into business.
But eagle-eyed fans of Carla Bruni might have noticed the ex-politician on supportive husband duties at a series of her comeback concerts.
Audiences apparently greeted his attendance with chants of “Nicolas, Nicolas” and “Get out Hollande” as he graced the venues with his silver-haired presence.
Of course, Sarkozy and Hollande famously dislike each other (Sarkozy was reported to have, rather boyishly called the socialist a “totally crap” leader), a great example of which occurred earlier this week, when the pair chose to fly to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday in totally different aircraft. Sarkozy had, apparently, refused to sit in the back of the presidential plane.
Sarkozy previously hinted that he could form a new, central party that would allow him stand away from the divided UMP party.
However, ongoing investigations regarding a series of political scandals he’s been wrapped up in could prevent him from doing so. In October, a party funding probe into whether he accepted secret financial aid from France’s richest woman was abandoned.
But he faces further probing into his involvement in other cases, including the Karachi Affair, the Telegraph reports.