French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday he would quit politics if he loses his re-election bid, Reuters reports. But he promised to fight with everything he had to ensure that didn’t happen. “I will fight with all my strength to win your confidence, to protect and lead you and build a strong France, but if that is not your choice I will bow out, that’s the way it is, and I will have had a great life in politics,” he said in an interview with RMC Radio.
Sarkozy, who is currently at 28 per cent in the polls, compared to the frontrunner, Socialist Francois Hollande, who is at 30 per cent, said Hollande’s lack of ministerial or international experience was a problem at a time of economic turmoil.
“I worry when I look at the Socialist candidate’s programme… and I worry about this dearth of experience in such a troubled period. But if the French people do not put their faith in me, do you really think I would carry on in politics? The answer is no,” Sarkozy said, indicating he would step aside to give younger politicians the opportunity to take charge. “These careers that never end, this leads to young people who can not climb,” he said, Le Monde reports.
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