August 15, 2016
Sarkozy to declare his candidacy
The Republican primaries are only 100 days away and everybody is waiting for Nicolas Sarkozy to declare his candidacy by August 25 at the latest. Last week he gave a taster with a speech full of campaign slogans, with strongly populist proposals on security. Sarkozy is in favour of forbidding the veil in universities and enterprises, and the end of substitution meals in canteens. He also puts into question the automatic birthright. Sarkozy suggested creating the status of a "presumption of nationality", allowing not to grant nationality to those who have a criminal record or those whose parents entered illegally into the country, according to Les Echos. The proposals already made waves and provoked strong opposition, not only from the Socialists.
Dominque Moisi is quoted by the FT saying that Sarkozy remains a divisive figure in the sense that, the stronger his proposals, the more he rallies his supporters behind him and the more he isolates those against him. But Sarkozy caught up with Alain Juppé in the polls since the Nice attacks.