Nicolas Sarkozy

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the President of France Succeeding Jacques Chirac

Nicolas Sarkozy, born Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa on 28 January 1955 in Paris, France, is a French politician. Sarkozy was elected as the President of the French Republic on 6 May 2007 after defeating Socialist Party contender Ségolène Royal during the 2007 election, and will take office on 17 May.

Sarkozy is known for his conservative stance on law and order issues and his admiration for a new economic model for France, suggesting that the country should have a more liberalised economy, inspired by the American and British examples. Until 26 March 2007, he served as the Minister of the Interior of France. He is often nicknamed Sarko by both his supporters and opponents.

The power transfer from Jacques Chirac is scheduled for May 16 in the afternoon at the Elysée palace, where he will be given the nuclear codes of the Force de frappe and be presented the Grand Master's Collar, symbol of his new function of Grand Master of the Legion of Honor. At that point he will become President.

A public ceremony in Paris is also foreseen afterwards. The same day, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin will resign and a new Prime Minister will be appointed by President Sarkozy.

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