Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday attempted to revive his flagging campaign to reconquer the French presidency next year, vowing to defend the common man if returned to the top office.
“My aim is the resurrection of the French people,” Sarkozy told a packed rally in Paris as his main rival for the conservative nomination, Alain Juppe, stretched his poll lead.
Sarkozy accused the ruling Socialists of presiding over the “downgrading” of the economy and vowed he would not “stand by and watch”.
The right-winger, who showed a taste for the high life as president between 2007 and 2012, cast himself as the champion of the suffering “silent majority” against an “elite for whom everything is fine”.
He promised to hold two referendums within days of taking office if elected.
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Time For Truth: (Yahoo News) – Struggling Sarkozy campaigns as champion of 'silent majority'