Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sarkozy's Comeback

The Conseil Constitutionnel seems to have granted Nicolas Sarkozy the opportunity he was waiting for. By rejecting his campaign accounts, the CC gave him an excuse to resign and inject himself back into the political fray. What's more, it gave his party an excuse to welcome him. Not that the rank-and-file didn't want him. He remains very popular among ordinary UMP voters. But the leadership? Fillon has attacked him in the past, and Copé surely has no use for an even more powerful rival for the next presidential candidacy. Yet the party is Sarko's for the taking--if only the judges and the courts would leave him alone. Alas, he is involved in so many scandals, that he is unlikely to have a tranquil time ahead. But his return to center stage is likely to be fracassant.