By Drew MacKenzie
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is planning to make a political comeback, according to one of his biggest supporters and confidantes.
In an interview with Europe 1 radio reported by The Guardian, former French First LadyBernadette Chirac said Sarkozy planned to stand again for the presidency in 2017.
Chirac, whose husband, Jacque Chirac, was president of France from 1995 to 2007 when he was succeeded by Sarkozy, at first said she was “not allowed to say” whether the center-right politician would run again. But then she admitted that he would likely challenge current President Francois Hollande, the socialist who beat him in the 2012 election, the Guardian reported.
“He’s going to tell me off for this,” Chirac added.
Sarkozy, 58, retired from politics after his loss to Hollande, but Chirac said in the radio interview that he has had a change of heart.
Although Sarkozy has not publicly declared his political intentions, The Guardian noted that it was hardly a secret across France that he is considering another run for office. The newspaper noted that he has reached out to acquaintances to inform them that he leaning toward joining the race for the next presidential election.
Sarkozy had remained out of the public eye for more than 18 months until he recently posted a picture of himself drinking coffee on his Instagram account.
“Happy new year to the businesses of the area, and thanks for the coffee,” he wrote.
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