35 Facts About Nicolas Sarkozy

1. On 20 and 21 March 2018, Nicolas Sarkozy was put into police custody and held for questioning concerning the Libyan connection.

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2. On 16 February 2016, Nicolas Sarkozy was indicted on "illegal financing of political campaign" charges related to overspending in his 2012 presidential campaign and retained as witness in connection with the Bygmalion scandal.

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3. Nicolas Sarkozy has opposed financing of religious institutions with funds from outside France.

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4. Nicolas Sarkozy advocated reducing the separation of church and state, arguing for the government subsidies for mosques to encourage Islamic integration into French society.

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5. Nicolas Sarkozy was nicknamed as Hyper-president or hyperpresident by some French media after his 2007 election as president.

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6. Nicolas Sarkozy was named the 68th best-dressed person in the world by Vanity Fair, alongside David Beckham and Brad Pitt.

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7. Nicolas Sarkozy decided to endorse Fillon and to retire from politics.

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8. In January 2016, Nicolas Sarkozy published the book La France pour la vie.

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9. On 19 September 2014, Nicolas Sarkozy announced that he was returning to politics and would run for chairman of the UMP party.

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10. Nicolas Sarkozy was one of ten candidates who qualified for the first round of voting.

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11. Nicolas Sarkozy promised them a no-fly zone would be imposed on Gaddafi's aeroplanes.

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12. On 10 March 2011, Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed to the Elysee Palace, three emissaries from the Libyan National Transitional Council, brought to him by Bernard-Henri Levy who mediated at the meeting.

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13. On 5 January 2009, Nicolas Sarkozy called for a ceasefire plan for the Gaza Strip Conflict.

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14. Nicolas Sarkozy has publicly stated his intention to attain EU approval of a progressive energy package before the end of his EU Presidency.

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15. Nicolas Sarkozy wielded special international power when France held the rotating EU Council Presidency from July 2008 through December 2008.

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16. Nicolas Sarkozy was criticised by the European Commission for doing so.

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17. Nicolas Sarkozy said that, to France, Canada was a friend, and Quebec was family.

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18. In October 2008, Nicolas Sarkozy became the first French President to address the National Assembly of Quebec.

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19. Nicolas Sarkozy appointed seven women to form a total cabinet of 15; one, Justice Minister Rachida Dati, is the first woman of Northern African origin to serve in a French cabinet.

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20. Nicolas Sarkozy appointed Bernard Kouchner, the left-wing founder of Medecins Sans Frontieres, as his Foreign Minister, leading to Kouchner's expulsion from the Socialist Party.

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21. On 6 May 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy became the sixth person to be elected President of the Fifth Republic, and the 23rd President in French history.

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22. Nicolas Sarkozy came in first with 31.18 percent of the votes, ahead of Segolene Royal of the Socialists with 25.87 percent.

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23. In February 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy appeared on a televised debate on TF1 where he expressed his support for affirmative action and the freedom to work overtime.

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24. On 14 January 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy was chosen by the UMP to be its candidate in the 2007 presidential election.

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25. Nicolas Sarkozy supported the foundation in May 2003 of the private non-profit Conseil francais du culte musulman, an organisation meant to be representative of French Muslims.

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26. Nicolas Sarkozy has sought to ease the sometimes tense relationships between the general French population and the Muslim community.

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27. Nicolas Sarkozy was re-elected on 13 March 2005 to the National Assembly.

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28. Nicolas Sarkozy was made Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur by President Chirac in February 2005.

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29. Nicolas Sarkozy previously held several ministerial posts, including Finance Minister.

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30. Nicolas Sarkozy was forced to resign this position in order to accept his ministerial appointment.

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31. Nicolas Sarkozy is recognized by French parties on both the Right and Left as a skilled politician and striking orator.

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32. Nicolas Sarkozy completed his military service as a part-time Air Force cleaner.

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33. Nicolas Sarkozy was enrolled in the Lycee Chaptal, a well regarded public middle and high school in Paris' 8th arrondissement, where he failed his sixieme.

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34. Nicolas Sarkozy initiated the reform of French universities and the pension reform (2010).

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35. Nicolas Sarkozy was the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement party from 2004 to 2007.

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