Nicolas Sarkozy is emerging as one of the front runners in next year's French Presidential election. Super Frenchie has coverage of an interview that Le Monde recently conducted with Mr. Sarkozy.
I do not have time to review it completely here and now, but read what Frenchie has posted on it and follow his links. I cannot vote in the French election, for obvious reasons. But if I could, I'd give this guy a good look.
Note-I am currently working on some material on a French-American relations post that I will get to, when I can find some time to finish it up. So watch for it.