France's Sarkozy returns to political stage
PARIS (AP) - A little over a year after he declared he would leave politics for good, France's Nicolas Sarkozy is back in the spotlight.
The combative ex-president attended a meeting of his troubled Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party on Monday where he was welcomed like a star. It could mark his first step toward candidacy in the next presidential election in 2017.
The 58-year-old Sarkozy had not made a political appearance since he lost the presidency to Socialist Francois Hollande in May 2012, after just one term in office. He also had not attended a UMP party meeting since 2007, when he was elected president.
Some 800 UMP politicians were invited to Monday's event, closed to the media.