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El País - Spain | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sarkozy copying Berlusconi's tactics

French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's announced comeback reminds the left-liberal daily El País of Italian ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's opportunistic manoeuvrings: "It's clear that France and the rest of Europe are concerned about the high level of support for right-wing extremists in the polls. But Sarkozy's return to active politics raises the suspicion that he is taking the bull by the horns in order to avoid other problems. ... The ex-president is facing a whole series of lawsuits for suspected offences ranging from influence peddling to illegal party financing to having accepted help from the deposed Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi in becoming president for the first time in 2007. Neither Sarkozy's posing as saviour of the nation nor the legal circumstances surrounding his comeback are original. Berlusconi has done it all before in Italy."

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