Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is hoping for a political comeback in his bid to lead France's right-wing UMP party. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A round of applause as Nicolas Sarkozy prepares for his political comeback. Earlier this month the former French President signaled that he is ready to return to the political ring in his bid to lead the right wing UMP party. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH FORMER PRESIDENT AND CANDIDATE TO THE PRESIDENCY OF THE FRENCH RIGHT-WING UMP PARTY, NICOLAS SARKOZY, SAYING: "The clearer the mandate you give me the quicker we will get our family back on its feet." Polls show Sarkozy is the favorite to win the party's chairmanship race November 29th. While the UMP party has been weighed down by a funding scandal, its new leader will hope to benefit from the current unpopularity of the incumbent Socialist president Francois Hollande. Half-way into his five-year term, Hollande's popularity hit a new low this month with a 12 percent approval rating. A shrewd politician, Sarkozy may well have him in his sights.