Could Nicolas Sarkozy return to French politics?
Barely a year after Nicolas Sarkozy left office vowing never to return, polls suggest he would easily beat incumbent Francois Hollande.
Mr Hollande has had a difficult 11 months as president, and a recent poll shows only 27% of voters have confidence in him.
Meanwhile, Mr Sarkozy is the preferred candidate of the right for the 2017 election - but that could depend on the outcome of an investigation into allegations that he took illegal party donations for his 2007 campaign.
Christian Fraser reports from Paris.
13 Apr 2013
- From the section Europe