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.
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.