Nicolas Sarkozy booted out of office (15)

Nicolas Sarkozy who rode to office five years ago promising a historic “rupture” was on Sunday night booted out of office having exhausted his nation.

The “Sarko show”, a five-year rollercoaster ride of political and private highs and lows frequently rendered France open-mouthed in disbelief or wonder.

The French took a risk in electing a high-wire, hardline interior minister with a refreshingly pro-market approach.

He was on the back foot from the start after spending an ill-advised electoral soirée in Le Fouquet’s, the Champs-Elysées bar.

More eyebrows were raised when the “bling bling president” jetted off in aviator shades to a billionaire friend’s luxury yacht, cancelling plans to spend a couple of days meditating in a monastery.

Used to an aloof leader, the French quickly realised they were in for front line politics after Mr Sarkozy dubbed his bit-part prime minister a mere “collaborator”.

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Afternoon Updates:

12:02 pm EDT, May 7th, 2012 – Britain is shackled to the corpse of Europe

12:03 pm EDT, May 7th, 2012 — Germany rules out reworking EU’s ‘fiskalpakt’

12:04 pm EDT, May 7th, 2012 — Sarkozy, fini

12:05 pm EDT, May 7th, 2012 – Short victory party for Hollande 

12:06 pm EDT, May 7th, 2012 — A New French President Predestined to Disappoint

12:07 pm EDT, May 7th, 2012 — For Chancellor, Torturous Months Lie Ahead

12:08 pm EDT, May 7th, 2012 — Salafists and Right Wing Populists Battle in Bonn

12:09 pm EDT, May 7th, 2012 – Greek far-right leader savors electoral success

12:10 pm EDT, May 7th, 2012 — France, Greece and Germany election results send austerity shockwaves through Europe

12:11 pm EDT, May 7th, 2012 — Francois Hollande has ten weeks to avert a French bond crisis

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