Ex President Nicolas Sarkozy looked a beaten man yesterday. Is this the end of any aspirations he may have had to get the 2017 presidential nomination from his party Les Republicains ?
Several scandals including the 'Bygmalion Affair' where the pubilicity and communications company allegedly overspent by 22.5 million euros on the 2012 election campaign for the then named UMP party and the allegations of corruption in the 2007 election campaign, which Sarkozy won where it is alleged Sarkozy received substantial funding from the then Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi.
Sarko obviously denied all charges though it has to be said it's not looking good for the 61 year old. Is this his final curtain call ? Is he now effectively finished as a serious contender for the 2017 presidency ? Is it coincidence also that his current spouse, the lovely Carla has kept a very low profile ? Will she now be moving to pastures new ?
It's not looking too good for the current President either whose cabinet reshuffle last week was a total non-event. Even party activists remain baffled by the new appointments. Hollande remains adrift of challengers for the top job as his desperate attempts to reignite the economy and reverse the unemployment trends seem doomed to failure.
France needs a drastic change in political leadership from one side or the other. A recent poll showed 75% of the electorate didn't want Hollande or Sarkozy and reinforced their preference whether it be from the Socialists or Republicians with the Maire de Bordeaux Alain Juppé as favourite for the Right and current PM Manual Valls for the Left.