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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Comeback still possible

Despite his arrest Nicolas Sarkozy could still make a political comeback for the presidential elections in 2017, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes, recalling that he's not the first French president to get on the wrong side of the law: "His predecessor Jacques Chirac was even given a suspended sentence over a financial affair. However Sarkozy - who's as ambitious as he is conscious of his power - has an even bigger reputation than others for believing he's above the law. ... Nevertheless this doesn't necessarily put an end to his plans to return to national politics. The French are generous with their leaders. Debates over virtuous conduct, plagiarised doctorates or extramarital affairs of the kind to be seen in Germany or the US mostly provoke only a shrug of indifference in the land of joie de vivre. And such misconduct rarely ends a political career."

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