France's Sarkozy sets return to politics with "new project"

September 19, 2014 2:58 PM

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France's Sarkozy sets return to politics with "new project"

PARIS (Reuters) - France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to politics on Friday, declaring he would seek the leadership of the opposition UMP party in a move that would position him for a 2017 presidential bid.

The announcement on his Facebook page ends months of local media speculation that the 59-year-old conservative would return to the fray after his defeat by Francois Hollande in 2012.

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