As he posed in Lycra cycling shorts on the French Riviera and unashamedly courted the far right with hardline policy promises on Islam and French national identity, there was a sense of déjà-vu about Nicolas Sarkozy’s summer holiday. But that was exactly how he wanted it: the rightwing former president, one of the most polarising figures in French politics, is about to launch his battle to win back the presidency and return to power in 2017. Only six months ago, Sarkozy’s quest to reconquer the Elysée palace and avenge his 2012 defeat by the Socialist François Hollande seemed the doomed dream of an election addict who once said of politics that “you have to withdraw the needle slowly” but who never managed to kick his habit. Nicknamed “the hyper-president” for his frenetic term in power from 2007 to 2012, Sarkozy still has the approval of a portion of sympathisers in his now renamed party, Les Républicains, but he is … [Read more...] about Le comeback kid? Sarkozy shapes up for presidential run on hardline platform
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When Nicolas Sarkozy held his first comeback rally, he sweated profusely on a small stage in a stuffy and spartan gymnasium in the south of France. The rightwinger’s modest choice of venue last month to launch his campaign to become his party’s 2017 presidential nominee contrasted strikingly with the glitzy, US-style stadium gigs that became a trademark of the man once known as President Bling Bling. In 2012, when Sarkozy ran for re-election and lost to the Socialist François Hollande, his rallies were theatrical mega-productions, slickly coordinated by dedicated film directors, with specially laid carpet for his luxury dressing rooms and tens of thousands of euros spent on French flags to be waved by a sea of adoring fans. Those mega-rallies came back to haunt him this week when the French state prosecutor recommended Sarkozy should face a criminal trial over alleged illegal campaign funding. The case centres on an alleged system of false accounting used by … [Read more...] about Could Nicolas Sarkozy’s legal woes scupper his presidential ambitions?
The five-year-old daughter of a British trainee architect killed in a speedboat crash in France refuses to believe that her mother is dead. Jess Wilkes, 27, was sent flying off the deck and into the River Rhone when the 22ft boat struck a warning beacon in the city of Avignon on Saturday night. The father of Jess's little girl, Alissia, has told her that her mother died in the tragic accident but she cannot accept the news and is convinced the family will be going to the hospital to collect her. Her uncle Phil, 25, told MailOnline: 'Alissia just doesn't understand. She's five so she just doesn't want to process it. 'She thinks my dad and my brother are driving down to pick her up from hospital. It's very hard for a five-year-old girl, you know.' He went on: 'She was one of those completely magnetic personalities. Everyone who met her, loved her. Tragedy: Jess Wilkes, 27, died in a speedboat crash on the River Rhone, Avignon, France, on Saturday night. Her daughter … [Read more...] about ‘She won’t believe her mother is dead’ Girl, 5, of British trainee architect killed in horror speedboat crash is convinced mother is alive in hospital as police launch manslaughter probe
When I turned 23, I bought myself an electric piano. With proper weighted keys, a matching bench complete with leather seat, inbuilt music storage compartment and a beautiful rosewood finish, it remains the most expensive gift I’ve ever given myself. That it was a treat to have my own piano would have confused my younger self. When I first started learning to play the instrument some 15 years earlier, the idea of regular music practice felt like a chore. I was initially taught to play by my father’s aunt, an elderly Catholic nun from the Presentation Sisters order. Auntie Loretta, as we called her, came to our house every week and taught first me and then my brothers on the century-old Griffin foot piano in the room that we called the dining room yet never dined in. In the careless way of children, I did not fully appreciate either her kind heart or the gift she was giving me until many years after it was impossible to tell her how much it meant. Auntie Loretta’s … [Read more...] about How I fell (back) in love with singing
Bachelor winner Anna Heinrich, 32, announced her sister Andrea is pregnant with her first child earlier this month. And Andrea celebrated her gender reveal party with her famous sibling in Sydney last week. In photos shared to Instagram, Andrea and her boyfriend Tynan Diaz looked thrilled to learn they're having a baby boy. It's a boy! Andrea Heinrich celebrated her gender reveal party with boyfriend Tynan Diaz in Sydney last week Andrea looked every inch the glowing mother-to-be in a brown pleated frock. Tynan was smartly dressed in a crisp white shirt and grey chinos and a pair of boots. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Baby joy! The Bachelor's Anna and Tim are set to become... The Bachelor's Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich delay having a... 'I love you with all my heart!' The Bachelor's Tim Robards... Flying solo! Tim Robards cuts a lonely figure as he jets... Share this article Share Held at Centennial Homestead, the venue … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a boy!’ Anna Heinrich’s sister Andrea celebrates gender reveal party with her famous sibling and Tim Robards