PARIS – French President Nicolas Sarkozy has formally declared he will stand for re-election in the presidential polls on 22 April, BBC informs. Mr Sarkozy’s candidacy has never been in doubt but he issued the confirmation during an interview on France’s TF1 channel.
Mr Sarkozy’s main challenger in the election is the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande. Opinion polls suggest Mr Hollande will win both the first round and a run-off.
There are fewer than 10 weeks to go to election day, and Mr Sarkozy said his decision had been “serious” and “not automatic”. But he said he believed he had the right policies for France over the next five years.
He said: “I took this decision because France, Europe and the world have for the last three years seen a series of unprecedented crises, which means that not seeking a new mandate from the French people would be abandoning my duties.”
Mr Sarkozy criticised Mr Hollande for concentrating too much on attacking him.