PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy has told a friend he has "no choice" but to seek re-election to the French presidency in 2017, weekly paper Le Canard Enchaine reported on Wednesday, after saying he would quit politics following his election defeat in May.
Sarkozy has kept a low profile since losing to Socialist Francois Hollande and has made only one public statement, criticizing his successor's policy on Syria.
"Given the disastrous shape France is likely to be in five years from now, I'll have no choice in 2017," Le Canard Enchaine quoted Sarkozy as telling one-time aide and former agriculture minister Bruno Le Maire.
"The question is not whether I come back but if I have the choice, morally speaking, of not coming back."
An aide to Le Maire, still a lawmaker, said he was not commenting on the report in Le Canard Enchaine, an irreverent and widely read source of political gossip.
Sarkozy, 57, has embraced a leisurely life since May, with holidays in Morocco and southern France as he considers his next step after decades in politics.
Friends have been quoted in the French media as saying Sarkozy has been busy perfecting his English in preparation for a push on the high-paying international speaking circuit.
His name is also cited frequently in the context of the contest for leadership of his centre-right UMP party, with lead candidates Jean-Francois Cope and former prime minister Francois Fillon both claiming allegiance to him.
In a reference to Sarkozy's influence, the cover of Le Point magazine this week featured a picture of him looking tanned and smiling with a few days' beard growth, under the headline: "Hello, I'm back!"
Sarkozy in first place as Antichrist
UPDATE 1-France's Sarkozy urges free elections in Egypt
Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:03pm GMT Print | Single Page[-] Text [+] PARIS Feb 11 (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged Egypt to take steps towards free elections following the departure of Hosni Mubarak on Friday.
"France ardently hopes the new Egyptian authorities will take steps that lead to establishment of democratic institutions through free and transparent elections," he said in a statement issued by his Elysee Palace office.
Sarkozy described Mubarak's decision to quit as "courageous and necessary" at a "historic moment" for Egypt after weeks of protest and demand for change.
"France urges the Egyptian authorities to proceed as fast as feasible with the reforms needed to turn Egypt into a free and pluralist society," he said in a statement. (Reporting by Brian Love; Editing by Matthew Jones)
What Is Really Behind the Mediterranean Union?
From the desk of John Laughland on Wed, 2008-03-12 13:52
There are moments in history when the geopolitical balance seems to shift clearly in one direction or the other. Currently within the EU, power seems to have just moved noticeably from France to Germany on a clear issue of substance. It is not the first of such shifts and, while it may not be the last either. But it is substantial and merits comment. I refer to the issue of the Union of the Mediterranean.
The Union of the Mediterranean is a project conceived by Nicolas Sarkozy, the mercurial and hyperactive French president known for his capricious sex life and his loose tongue. Indeed, the former may be an subconscious cause of his proposal to create a political “Club Med”, since all three Madames Sarkozy have been of distinctly Southern European blood, as indeed Sarkozy is himself. The first Madame Sarkozy, Marie-Dominique Culioli, was Corsican; the second, Cécilia María Sara Isabel Ciganer-Albéniz, was born of a Jewish-Russian (possible gypsy) father, André Ciganer (né Aron Chouganov) and a Spanish-Belgian mother; while the third Madame Sarkozy, Carla Bruni, is still even now an Italian national while having become the First Lady of France. Sarkozy himself, of course, is the son of a Hungarian émigré and he was in fact brought up by his Greek-Jewish maternal grandfather as his father left the marital home when he was three.
Sarkozy originally came up with the idea of a Mediterranean Union during his campaign in 2007 to become president. He announced his intention to hold the founding summit during the French presidency of the European Union, i.e. in July-December this year, and the latest news reports indicate that he has been successful: there will indeed be a summit of all heads of state and government from all the countries of the Mediterranean in Paris on 13th July, and they will be invited to stay the night and attend the Bastille Day celebrations the following morning.
The geopolitical and political motives behind this proposal seemed fairly obvious at first sight. Politically, Sarkozy’s interest in setting up the Mediterranean Union would be to offer Turkey an alternative to full EU membership. This is certainly how the plan is being peddled in Paris. The second geopolitical motive would be to reinforce France’s weight on the world stage. European enlargement since the end of the Cold War has been directed almost exclusively at countries which are more or less in the German geopolitical orbit – not just the former Communist states integrated in 2004 but also Austria, Sweden and Finland which joined the EU in 1995. The creation of a political “Club Med” is perhaps a typical example of the French love of the politics of the grand gesture, but there seems little doubt that it would institutionalise France’s leadership role in an area where she has huge historical ties and considerable political influence, from North Africa to Lebanon and Syria.
On closer inspection, however, all is not as it seems. First, Sarkozy has effectively abandoned his opposition to Turkish accession. In the summer of 2007, France voted in favour of opening new “chapters” in the accession negotiations with Turkey. Paris has not put the freezing of those negotiations on the agenda for the French presidency later this year, and there will never be a “French” presidency ever again because the Lisbon treaty abandons the principle by which the European Council is chaired by one country every six months. More insidiously, Sarkozy is campaigning to remove Article 88.5 from the French constitution, which requires that a referendum be held in France on all new accessions to the EU. Any referendum in France would almost definitely lead to a No vote.
Moreover, the latest news is that France has capitulated to Germany’s demand that all EU states be included in the new Union. For the last few months, indeed, there has been bad blood between Paris and Berlin as two summit meetings were cancelled at short notice by the French, apparently because of disagreements over Sarkozy’s new Mediterranean Policy. The Germans objected to the plan because the EU already has a forum for Mediterranean Policy, the so-called Barcelona Process, and it says that a new structure would only undermine that part of EU policy, over which Berlin obviously has a say. Austria has concurred: the Austria Foreign Minister has said she does not see the point of Sarkozy’s new initiative. Thanks to a recent deal between President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel, the new Union will indeed be launched on 13th July – but all EU member states will belong to it. Any geopolitical advantage for France is thereby completely neutralised and the new “Union” is nothing but the Barcelona Process jazzed up.
So why did Sarkozy agree? His capitulation is all the more mysterious because Germany herself was one of the prime movers behind the creation of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 1992. This organisation has 12 members – Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Iceland and the European Commission. Apart from Iceland and the European Commission, these are all Baltic states, as the name of the organisation suggests. On what possible grounds can Germany object to being excluded from France’s Mediterranean Union when France is excluded from Germany’s Baltic Union?
Perhaps the motives behind the Mediterranean Union lie elsewhere, therefore. The plan, indeed, bears some resemblance to the “Greater Middle East” project favoured by the American neo-conservative strategists. Although the membership of the two proposed bodies is different (the Greater Middle East encompasses Arabia, Iran, Central Asian states and even Afghanistan and Pakistan) the ideology is the same: supranational and anti-national. The idea is to neutralise the Arab-Israeli conflict by “integrating” the Middle Eastern countries into a single political unit, rather as the Franco-German conflict was allegedly neutralised by the creation of the European Community. For there is nothing the neo-cons want to neutralise more than Arab nationalism.
Even more striking is the resemblance between Sarkozy’s plan and the existing Mediterranean Dialogue set up by NATO in 1994. The relevant page (in English, French, Hebrew and Arabic) can be seen here. Numerous Maghreb states have already signed partnership agreements with NATO. In other words, the Mediterranean Union would be but a political superstructure over a military organisation which already exists and which is under US leadership. Sarkozy is known to be extremely friendly to the US and Israel (the Israeli president has just been in Paris, the first head of state to be received with full honours since Sarkozy was elected last year) and his plans therefore resemble those which led to the creation of the original EEC which was also set up on the back of an existing US-led military structure (NATO was created in 1949, the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951).
The goal of Sarkozy’s Club Med is therefore not, after all, to reinforce the geopolitical weight of France, but instead to consolidate the power of NATO and the United States over the Middle East. That is why Germany, America’s senior partner in Europe, was determined to be involved – and that is why Sarkozy has agreed to it. I predict that, in due course, he will agree also to another American policy, the accession of Turkey to the EU.
Daniel 9:27 (King James Version)
27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
by Steven Masone
Sarkozy is the 'Architech' EU leader of the Mediteranean Union,and President designate of EU has Islamic states onboard to be in "The Image of the EU (first beast) so we see he is confirming (the covenant)with many"
What kind of "Covenant" will it really be?
**** The Hebrew Tenach says “ he will forge (give strength to) a covenant (alliance) with the great ones (Hebrew: rabim – many, strong ones) for one week. So who are these strong, great ones? If he is giving strength to the covenant (alliance), it already exists...The EU and UfM.
Daniel 9:27 (King James Version)
27"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."
Notice it does not say Israel is in agreement with him. Israel is not mentioned, or its holy people. A covenant is just an agreement or alliance. It may have nothing to do with peace.
As I see it, and examine below, the alliance is formed to meet common goals and needs, and take a strong stand against Israel. When you think about it, each time Israel gets attacked by one or several enemies, Israel wins. We are still waiting for the Ezechiel 38 war, in which Israel wins its most amazing victory, with God’s help.
The only way to defeat Israel now, to those who do not understand that God helped with the Ezekiel 38 victory, is to completely gang up on it in an incredible way. The entire middle east would have to attack it.
Also Rev 17 :12"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." This looks like UfM who will wage war against the "saints, and destroy the "Whore" (Rome controlled EU through an economical ruin of the Euro dollar).
The French meaning of the name Nicolas is "Victorious: Conqueror of the People."
The meaning of Paul is "Little"--a possible reference to the prophecy of the "little horn".
The meaning of Stephane is "Crown or Garland"--note the rider on the white horse in Revelation is given a crown.
The meaning of the name Sarkozy is "prince of darkness (or tribulation)." And the UfM is c urrently headed in a co-presidency by Sarkozy and Egypt!
1"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy." ( Islam denies Jesus' divinity)
Seven heads,ten horns,ten crowns = 27 The number of EU members! With Sarcozy taking the Helm over it and the UfM which also lines up with numerical divine stamping for the Mediterranean (UfM) is a multilateral partnership that encompasses 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin: the 27 member states of the European Union and 16 Mediterranean partner countries from North Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. However, Greece has been stripped of her voting rights while in EU "receivership" and 42, a nummber associated with Antichrist rule.
It was created in July 2008 as a relaunched Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (the Barcelona Process) in 2008, when a plan to create an autonomous Mediterranean Union was dropped. France is approaching a Muslim population well exceeding their Christian. France is actually funding the building of mosques.
The Union has the aim of promoting stability and prosperity throughout the Mediterranean region. Nevertheless, its 2009 and 2010 Summits could not be held due to the stalemate of the Arab-Israeli peace process after the Gaza war.
Sarkozy organizing all these "MANY" together to "Confirm the Covenant could mean the clock has started, and midway through the "WEEK" we will know! Will we see Sarkozy receive a mortal wound (symbolically/politically) to his head and recover?