Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that he will contest as the Republican presidential candidate in the next year’s election.
“I feel I have the strength to lead the fight at such a turbulent moment in our history,” AFP quoted him.
“I have decided to be a candidate in the 2017 presidential election,” the 61-year-old wrote in a new book, Tout pour la France (All for France).
Referring to the deadly attacks that shook the country, he said that France is in a dire need for a powerful leader.
“France demands that you give her your all. The next five years will be filled with danger but also with hope,” he wrote.
As the first step to represent the Republican Party in the presidential race, Sarkozy will have to win the party primary in November.
There are around 10 runners for the Centre-right candidature this time.
Former premier and Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppe, who is famous for his moderate stand, will be his main rival.
Sarkozy, so far, has secured the support of Republican heavyweights, including president of the southern region Christian Estrosi.
“He is the best candidate,” Estrosi said.
Nicolas Sarkozy who served as the French President from 2007 to 2012, was infamous in the country for all the wrong reasons.