Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa
1955 - Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa, born on the 28th of January in Paris, France. He is a French politician.
1944 - The Sárközy family fled to Germany.
1973 - He obtained a bachelor's degree in law from the Université Paris X Nanterre.
1977 - His political career began at the age of 22, when he became a city councillor in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a wealthy and exclusive western suburb of Paris (in the Hauts-de-Seine département).
1983 - 2002 - He was the youngest ever mayor of any town in France with a population of over 50,000.
1988 - He became a deputy in the National Assembly.
1993 - He was in the national news for personally negotiating with the “Human Bomb”, a man who had taken small children hostage in a kindergarten in Neuilly.
1993 - 1995 - He was Minister for the Budget and spokesman for the executive in the cabinet of Prime Minister Édouard Balladur.
1995 - He spurned Chirac and backed Balladur for President of France.
1997 - He came back after the right-wing defeat at the parliamentary election, as number 2 of the RPR.
1999 - When the party leader Philippe Séguin resigned, he took the lead of the Neo-Gaullist party.
2002 - After his re-election as President of the French Republic, Chirac appointed him as French Minister of the Interior in the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, despite the widely acknowledged friction between the two.
2004 - In November, he has been president of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), France's major right political party, and he was Minister of the Interior in the government of Dominique de Villepin, with the honorific title of Minister of State, making him effectively the number three man in the French State after President Jacques Chirac and the prime minister.
2005 - He was made Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by President Chirac in February.
2007 - He was chosen by the UMP to be its candidate in the presidential election.
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