Here's a look at the life of Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France.
Personal: Birth date: January 28, 1955
Birth place: Paris, France
Birth name: Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa
Father: Pal Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa
Mother: Andree (Mallah) Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa
Marriages: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (2008-present); Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz (1996-2007, divorced); Marie-Dominique Culioli (1982-1996, divorced)
Children: with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: Giulia, 2011; with Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz: Louis, 1997; with Marie-Dominique Culioli: Jean, 1987, Pierre, 1985
Education: Attended the Paris Institute of Political Studies, 1979-1981; University of Paris, Law, 1978
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: Son of a French mother and Hungarian immigrant father.
Grew up in Neuilly-sur-Seine or Neuilly, a suburb of Paris.
Member of the Union for a Popular Movement (UPM) party.
Timeline: 1977 - Elected city councilman of Neuilly.
1983-2002 - Mayor of Neuilly.
1993-1995 - Serves as budget minister of France.
2002-2004 - Interior minister.
March 2004-November 2004 - Finance minister.
2005-2007 - Serves as interior minister again, resigns to run for president.
May 6, 2007 - Defeats Segolene Royal 53% to 47% in the run-off election for French presidency.
May 16, 2007 - Sworn in as president of France.
August 2008 - Helps broker a cease-fire agreement between Georgia and Russia.
February 15, 2012 - Officially announces his candidacy for president via Twitter.
April 22, 2012 - Finishes second, to Francois Hollande, in the first round of France's presidential elections.
May 6, 2012 - Is defeated by Hollande in the presidential election runoff.