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16/05/2007 Nicolas Sarkozy takes office as President of France

Nicolas Sarkozy is a French politician who served as the President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012. During his term, he faced the late-2000s financial crisis and the Arab Spring. In the 2012 election, the Socialist François Hollande defeated Sarkozy by 3.2%.


  • Essentials 

  • Transfer of power 

  • Appointment of the government 

  • First international actions 

  • French local elections 2008 

  • Foreign policy decisions 

  • 2009 events 

  • European elections 

  • Main members of Sarkozy's staff 

  • Opinion polling