Nicolas Sarkozy tried to quit politics after losing the French presidency, and instead followed his wife's international singing tours and traveled the speakers' circuit.
He couldn't stay away. "I miss it so much," he said recently of the political scene he once dominated. Sarkozy is almost certain to win leadership of his troubled conservative party in an election starting Friday, a crucial step in a bid to win his old presidential job back.
Also read: A guide to Donald Trump's 'rigged' election