Nicolas Sarkozy

Born Jan 28, 1955

Nicolas Sarkozy is a French politician who served as the 23rd President of the French Republic from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012. Before his presidency, he was leader of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).

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1955 Birth Born on January 28, 1955.
1959 4 Years Old They were married in the Saint-François-de-Sales church, 17th arrondissement of Paris, on 8 February 1950 and divorced in 1959. … Read More


1973 18 Years Old His family then sent him to the Cours Saint-Louis de Monceau, a private Catholic school in the 17th arrondissement, where he was reportedly a mediocre student, but where he nonetheless obtained his baccalauréat in 1973. … Read More


1979 24 Years Old After graduating from university, Sarkozy entered Sciences Po, where he studied between 1979 and 1981, but failed to graduate due to an insufficient command of the English language. … Read More
1982 27 Years Old Sarkozy married his first wife, Marie-Dominique Culioli, on 23 September 1982; her father was a pharmacist from Vico (a village north of Ajaccio, Corsica), her uncle was Achille Peretti, the mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine from 1947–1983 and Sarkozy's political mentor. … Read More
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Sarkozy was also mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, one of the wealthiest communes of France, from 1983 to 2002. … Read More


1988 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1988, she left her husband for Sarkozy, and divorced Martin one year later.
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In 1993, Sarkozy was in the national news for personally negotiating with the "Human Bomb", a man who had taken small children hostage in a kindergarten in Neuilly. … Read More


1995 40 Years Old In 1995, he spurned Chirac and backed Édouard Balladur for President of France. … Read More
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Sarkozy divorced Culioli in 1996, after they had been separated for several years.
1997 - 1999 2 More Events
2002 47 Years Old In 2002, however, after his re-election as President of the French Republic (see French presidential election, 2002), Chirac appointed Sarkozy as French Minister of the Interior in the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, despite Sarkozy's support of Edouard Balladur for French President in 1995. … Read More
Before his presidency, he was the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party. During Jacques Chirac's second presidential term he served as Minister of the Interior except between March 2004 and May 2005 when he was minister of Finances.


Sarkozy was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by President Chirac in February 2005.
2006 51 Years Old In early 2006, the French parliament adopted a controversial bill known as DADVSI, which reforms French copyright law. … Read More
Sarkozy was a likely candidate for the presidency in 2007; in an oft-repeated comment made on television channel France 2, when asked by a journalist whether he thought about the presidential election when he shaved in the morning, Sarkozy commented, "Not just when I shave".
He married Italian-French singer-songwriter Carla Bruni on 2 February 2008 at the Élysée Palace in Paris. … Read More
2009 54 Years Old 1 More Event
On 5 January 2009, Sarkozy called for a ceasefire plan for the Gaza Strip Conflict. … Read More
In March 2011, after having been criticized for his unwillingness to support the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, and persuaded by the philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy to have France actively engage against the forces of the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, Nicolas Sarkozy was amongst the first Heads of State to demand the resignation of Gaddafi and his government, which was then fighting a civil war in Libya.
Sarkozy was one of ten candidates who qualified for the first round of voting. François Hollande, the Socialist Party candidate, received the most votes in the first round held on 22 April election, with Sarkozy coming second, meaning that both progressed to the second round of voting on 5–6 May 2012. … Read More
2014 59 Years Old 1 More Event
After leaving the Presidential office, Sarkozy vowed to retire from public life before coming back in September 2014, being subsenquently reelected as UMP leader (renamed The Republicans in 2015). … Read More


2015 60 Years Old Led by Sarkozy, UMP won over two-thirds of the 102 local departements in the nationwide elections on March 29, 2015. … Read More
In January 2016, Sarkozy published the book La France pour la vie.
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