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Sarkozy Already Planning Comeback: "I'm Doing It For My Country"



PARIS - In an exclusive interview with right-wing magazine Valeurs Actuelles, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that he was thinking about a political comeback.

After his defeat at the last presidential elections, Sarkozy had said he was leaving politics for good.

According to Rue 89, the interview will be published in tomorrow's edition of Valeurs Actuelles.

In the interview, Sarkozy says: “There will be, unfortunately, a moment where the question is no longer "do you want to?" but "do you have a choice?" In which case, I won't be able to tell myself anymore: I am happy, I take my daughter to school and I take part in conferences around the world. And so when that does happen, I will have to come back. Not by choice, but by duty to my country.”

Rue89 notes that Sarkozy's daughter must be very precocious if is already in school at 17-months. French children usually start school when they are three years old and potty-trained.

Nicolas Sarkozy goes on to say he hates politics: "It should be clear that I really don't want to deal with the political world, which bores me to death. And look how I was treated! ... Do you really think I want to come back? Don't forget how they treated my wife."

Sarkozy's wife is former Italian-born model Carla Bruni.

The 58-year-old former French president tells Valeurs Actuelles that the only reason he is coming back into the spotlight is because of the severity of the crisis: “There will be a social crisis. And then we will have a most violent financial crisis and it will create political havoc. French people are more afraid than they are angry right now.”

However, in a poll published last month by BVA, 62% of people said they didn't want Sarkozy to run for the 2017 presidential elections.

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Nicolas Sarkozy. Photo by: Moritz Hager

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Black Sea Survivor: Tale Of A Ukrainian Special Agent Thrown Overboard In Enemy Waters

This is a tale of a Ukrainian special forces operator who wound up surviving 14 hours at sea, staying afloat and dodging Russian air and sea patrols.

Black Sea Survivor: Tale Of A Ukrainian Special Agent Thrown Overboard In Enemy Waters

Looking at the Black Sea in Odessa, Ukraine.

Rustem Khalilov and Roksana Kasumova

KYIV — During a covert operation in the Black Sea, a Ukrainian special agent was thrown overboard and spent the next 14 hours alone at sea, surrounded by enemy forces.

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The agent, who uses the call-sign "Conan," agreed to speak to Ukrainska Pravda, to share the details of nearly being lost forever at sea. He also shared some background on how he arrived in the Ukrainian special forces. Having grown up in a village in a rural territory of Ukraine, Conan describes himself as "a simple guy."

He'd worked in law enforcement, personal security and had a job as a fitness trainer when Russia launched its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, 2022. That's when he signed up with the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Main Directorate of Intelligence "Artan" battalion. It was nearly 18 months into his service, when Conan faced the most harrowing experience of the war. Here's his first-hand account:

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