Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa on January 28, 1955 in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. His father is from Hungary, he left Hungary in 1947 to avoid military service, his mother is a Jewess from Greece. He was the 23rd President of France from May 16, 2007 until May 15, 2012. Hehad defeating Socialist Party contender Ségolène Royal during the second round of the 2007 election. Before his presidency, he was leader of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), a liberal conservative party, inspired by Gaullism. Sarkozy was defeated in the 2012 election by Socialist François Hollande. After leaving the office, Sarkozy retired from political life. As a former president, Sarkozy is entitled to ex officio membership in the Constitutional Council.
He is the son of Pál István Ernő Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa, a Hungarian aristocrat, and Andrée Jeanne "Dadu" Mallah (b. Paris, 12 October 1925), who is of Greek Jewish and French Catholic origin.
Under Jacques Chirac's presidency, he served as the Minister of the Interior in Jean-Pierre Raffarin (UMP)'s first two governments (from May 2002 to March 2004), then was appointed Minister of Finances in Raffarin's last government (March 2004 May 2005), and again Minister of the Interior in Dominique de Villepin's government (2005-2007). Sarkozy was also president of the General council of the Hauts-de-Seine department from 2004 to 2007 and mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, one of the wealthiest communes of France from 1983 to 2002. Furthermore, he was also Minister of the Budget in Édouard Balladur (RPR, predecessor of the UMP)'s government during François Mitterrand's last term.
He also said (in French), “Race-Mixing Enriches Society, Consanguinity Destroys It.” Well he should take that message to Israel and get them to race mix with all the African asylum seekers who want entry.
Being rude to him is a criminal offense
Since he is Jewish, a protester called him a jerk and was imprisoned for antisemitism. In March 2013, the European Court of Human Rights overruled this based on freedom of speech. However in July of that year, French MPs made a new law making it illegal again.
- Schmemann, Serge (15 May 2007). "The New French President's Roots Are Worth Remembering". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/15/opinion/15tue4.html?_r=2&th&emc=th&oref=slogin&oref=slogin. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
- It is the "westernised", or "internationalised", version of his Hungarian name, in which the given name is put first (whereas in Hungarian given names come last), and the French aristocratic particle "de" is used instead of the Hungarian aristocratic ending "-i". This "westernisation" of Hungarian names is frequent, particularly for people with an aristocratic name. Check for example the leader of Hungary from 1920 to 1944, whose Hungarian name is nagybányai Horthy Miklós, but who is known in English as Miklós Horthy de Nagybánya. The French name of Pál Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa from 1948 is Paul Étienne Arnaud Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa, where the given name Pál has been translated into Paul in French, and the acute accents on the "a" of Sarközy and the "o" of Bocsa were dropped as these letters never carry an acute accent (accent aigu) in French. The trema on the "o" of Sárközy was kept, probably because French typewriters allow this combination, whereas it is impossible to write "a" or "o" with an acute accent using a French typewriter.
- "Profile: Nicolas Sarkozy". BBC News. 26 July 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3673102.stm. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
- A Greek book on Nicolas Sarkozy. The European Jewish Press. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved on 2008-04-12.