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Sarkozy's comeback book tops bestseller list in France
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Sarkozy's comeback book tops bestseller list in France

The Local · 1 Sep 2016, 16:44

Published: 01 Sep 2016 16:44 GMT+02:00

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"All for France" sold 32,000 copies in the three days after its release last week according to the magazine that publishes the list, Livres Hebdo.

Another book -- "France for Life" -- published in January by the pugnacious rightwinger who led France from 2007 to 2012, has already sold 195,000 copies.

The outspoken politician -- who had been trailing his rival Alain Juppe for the centre-right Republicans' nomination for next year's election -- has seen his poll ratings rise in recent weeks with his hard line on Islam and immigration.

In his new book, Sarkozy -- who has weighed in strongly in support of the controversial burkini ban -- also advocates massive tax cuts and vows to be a ferocious defender of France's secular "way of life".

"France demands that you give her your all," he wrote.

"I feel I have the strength to lead the fight at such a turbulent moment in our history," he added, alluding to the string of terror attacks that have rocked the country since January 2015.

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"The next five years will be filled with danger but also with hope."

The centre-right is in a strong position to win the presidential race next May, with their candidate likely to face Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front (FN), in a second round run-off.

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