It seems scarcely believeable but the Sunday Telegraph carries a report today suggesting that Jacques Chirac is considering running for a third term as President de la Republique. He's 73 but seriously believes that his country still needs him. I am by no means an expert on French politics but I find it hard to think of a single thing he could rightly call an achievement during his tenure.
The press is getting carried away by Sego-mania following the selection of Segolene Royal as the Socialist Party candidate. Most commentators are relishing a Sego-Sarko contest on the assumption that Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the UMP candidate. Indeed, it is the antipathy towards Sarkozy by many centrists within the UMP that is the main driving force behind a further Chirac candidacy. None of the other putative candidates (de Villepinnor Michele Alliot-Marie) are strong enough to beat Sarkozy.
Royal and Sarkozy are each at 50% in the polls, so this could be one of the most gripping Presidential elections in any country for years.