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Nicolas Sarkozy
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23rd President of the French Republic
In office
16 May 2007 – 15 May 2012
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Jacques Chirac
Succeeded by François Hollande
Co-Prince of Andorra
In office
16 May 2007 – 15 May 2012
Served with Joan Enric Vives Sicília
Prime Minister Albert Pintat
Jaume Bartumeu
Pere López Agràs (Acting)
Antoni Martí
Representative Philippe Massoni
Emmanuelle Mignon
Christian Frémont
Preceded by Jacques Chirac
Succeeded by François Hollande
Personal details
Born 28 January 1955 (1955-01-28) (age 66)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Political party UMP
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Spouse(s) Marie-Dominique Culioli
(m. 1982-1996)
Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz
(m. 1996-2007)
Carla Bruni
(m. 2008-present)
Relations Guillaume Sarkozy (brother)
Olivier Sarkozy (half-brother)
Children Pierre, Jean, Louis, Giulia
Residence Élysée Palace
Alma mater University of Paris X: Nanterre
Occupation politician, lawyer

Nicolas Sarkozy, born on 28 January 1955 in Paris, France, is a French politician who served as the 23rd President of France and, by the virtue of that position, ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 16 May 2007 to 15 May 2012 succeeding Jacques Chirac.

He was the leader of the UMP, and was elected President of the French Republic on 6 May 2007. He defeated Ségolène Royal, of the Socialist Party.

Sarkozy was known for his conservative law and order politics and his admiration for a new economic model for France during his presidency. He wanted a more liberalised economy for France because he saw the United States and the United Kingdom as positive examples. Until 26 March 2007, he served as the Minister of the Interior of France. His nickname Sarko was used by both supporters and opponents. On 6 May 2012, Sarkozy was defeated in the 2012 election by Socialist François Hollande by a margin of 3.2%, or 1,139,983 votes. After leaving the office, Sarkozy retired from political life. As a former president, Sarkozy is entitled to de jure membership in the Constitutional Council.

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