Eight months after his defeat in the presidential election,continues to haunt us right where some, like Alain Juppé, lend him "desire" to be run again in 2017 even if he himself says nothing of his intentions.
Wednesday mid-afternoon, the former number two in the government of Mr Sarkozy said "feel" a "desire" in it to be a candidate in 2017. Immediately, the fabric ignites. Supporting semantic shift, it ensures that Nicolas Sarkozy "wants" to be present at the next presidential election.
But his entourage is categorical: "Nicolas Sarkozy is set back from the political life. His mindset is the same as it eight months ago."
Even his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, all busy preparing the release of his next album, April 1, is tapped. "In five years, Marine Le Pen will face Francois Hollande (...) Nicolas France could avoid the terrible duel," he does say on Atlantico.fr.
Assertions which surprised the entourage of the former first lady, who attended Wednesday night, the festival of San Remo. "Carla has made no statement. It is completely removed from politics".
The little phrase mayor of Bordeaux in any case provoked sarcasm from the UMP. In the Assembly, Wednesday, everyone went to his commentary acid "Alain Juppé Madame Soleil is it?" Questioned including Luc Chatel.
Among them - and they are many - who attend 77 rue de Miromesnil, where Mr. Sarkozy has offices since leaving the Elysee Palace, nevertheless detect some believe in him, as Mr. Juppé, a "craving" for 2017.
"He did not say anything but the way he speaks makes me think he has the desire to return, but not now. He did not want to mingle with the stories of the UMP," confided AFP recently one of those visitors.
End of November, at the height of the battle between Jean-Francois Cope and François Fillon for the presidency of the UMP, Sarkozy had banged his fist on the table. Without result. The lesson seems to have been chosen because since the former president takes care not to intervene, at least on the front of the stage.
Whether MM. Cope and Fillon, or other caciques of the UMP, Nicolas Sarkozy receives a lot and it is much consulted, in addition to lectures and trips abroad (Brazil, United States, Britain, Qatar, Russia. ..) and interviews with "people of all backgrounds," according to his entourage.
One of his visitors Parisian supports today "if the UMP has no line, no work, no team is because it is hard to organize with Nicolas Sarkozy in the background. " The tutelary shadow of the former president would prevent the main opposition party to exist fully.
"I think the reason for this agitation is partly the fact that the French President Holland are insufficient, on the other hand the opposition is totally evanescent. So people obviously think Nicolas Sarkozy" wants to believe Frédéric Lefebvre, politburo member of the UMP, remained close to the former head of state.
But "2017 is far away. Nicolas Sarkozy is the master of his word and of his schedule, he does not need a spokesperson. All that is not on the agenda," said he to AFP.
Meanwhile, the Association of Friends of Nicolas Sarkozy, chaired by Brice Hortefeux, most loyal, on its website that promotes the action of the former president while attacking that of his successor, is responsible for the flame . It will organize a conference on February 20, but fail to recall the last Ipsos. Nicolas Sarkozy appears in the first position among right-wing voters.