Nicolas Sarkozy was born in 1955 to a Hungarian immigrant father. A leading figure in France's center-right, he served as president from 2007 to 2012.
Nicolas Sarkozy entered national politics as a member of President Jacques Chirac's cabinet in 1993. His own presidency was marked by his marriage to celebrity Carla Bruni and his leadership in the EU's response to the 2008 financial crisis. This is a collection of DW's latest content on Sarkozy.
Alain Juppe has said he's not prepared to be a candidate in the upcoming presidential elections. Many conservatives had favored the ex-prime minister as a potential replacement for embattled candidate Francois Fillon.
IMF Chief Christine Lagarde is standing trial in Paris. She is accused of negligence leading to the misuse of public funds while serving as France's finance minister. Prosecutors say Lagarde improperly approved a decision to allow out-of-court arbitration in a dispute with businessman Bernard Tapie, a supporter of the then President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The 38-year-old Macron is seen as a charismatic political newcomer who may be inclined to shake things up. Almost all of his potential rivals for France's top job have issues, either in terms of governance or in policy.