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How A Populist Lost His Popularity - Failure Of The Sarkozy Experiment

Essay: With his hyperactivity and "cop-in-chief" attitude, Nicolas Sarkozy was unlike any French president before him. His failure to win a second term is due to his own mistakes and an economic crisis he couldn't contain. Now F

Sarkozy during the 2007 campaign. He couldn't repeat that victory Sunday after five tumultuous years (G. Paumier)
Sarkozy during the 2007 campaign. He couldn't repeat that victory Sunday after five tumultuous years (G. Paumier)

PARIS - On Sunday, May 6, Nicolas Sarkozy, the man with a bruising temperament and boundless energy, suffered the worst setback of his 30-year career – and may be set to leave politics altogether.

The hyperactive president, who ultimately was unpopular like no head of state before him, looked back on his record, which he considered to be satisfactory in the face of repeated crises that France has faced during his five years in office.

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A man walks on a tank left behind by Russian troops, on display in Kyiv’s Mykhailivska Square.

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Welcome to Tuesday, which marks three months since the war in Ukraine started. Meanwhile, BoJo is in trouble again, and millionaires at Davos ask to be taxed more. Persian-language, London-based media Kayhan explores what the future of Lebanon could look like after the election defeat of Iran-backed Hezbollah.

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