Nicolas Sarkozy hacked on Facebook to say he won’t seek re-election

Graham Cluley
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Facebook fans of Nicolas Sarkozy must have got a shock on Sunday night, as the French president appeared to announce that he would not be seeking re-election to the post.

It would obviously be big news if the French head of state announced his resignation, and many francophiles passed the message on to their friends.

According to reports, a poorly spelt update on Sarkozy’s Facebook page said:

“Dear Compatriots, given the exceptional circumstances facing our country I have decided not to put myself up for re-election in 2012.”

The post went on to link to another Facebook page, “Farewell to Nicolas Sarkozy”, which suggested people meet outside Le Fouquet’s restaurant in Paris on May 6, 2012, to celebrate his resignation.

In 2007, Sarkozy celebrated his election to French president with…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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