« Did you not gain a kilogram? » – when Nicolas Sarkozy criticizes François Hollande’s appearance.

On Tuesday, September 19, Nicolas Sarkozy had lunch with sixteen LR (The Republicans) deputies, at the invitation of former minister Nicolas Forissier. During the meal, the former president from 2007 to 2012 discussed his relationship with his successor at the Élysée, François Hollande, and shared an anecdote about the socialist’s appearance.

Les échanges avec les seize députés ont d’abord porté sur la politique actuelle du Président Macron et de celles des Républicains, avant que Nicolas Sarkozy ne s’en prenne, sans contexte, à l’homme qui l’a battu au second tour de la présidentielle de 2012 : François Hollande.

« Je le méprise »

According to information from Le Parisien, who heard conversations around the dining table, the former right-wing head of state expressed his dislike for his left-wing successor. « It’s not that I hate him, but I despise him, » he declared in front of the parliamentarians.

Nicolas Sarkozy a ensuite vivement critiqué le physique de François Hollande. À chacune de leur rencontre, Nicolas Sarkozy demande à l’ancien premier secrétaire du Parti socialiste : « T’as pas pris un kilo ? ». Un jour, François Hollande lui aurait répondu « Pourquoi tu dis ça ? ». « Parce que c’est vrai ! », lui aurait alors rétorqué l’ancien président des Républicains.

These tensions have been around for a long time.

The two former Presidents go back several years. In 2012, during the transfer of power at the Élysée, Nicolas Sarkozy did not appreciate that his successor did not accompany him to the exit of the palace as tradition dictates. « Republican courtesy is part of the values that are important. I accompanied a President of the Republic to the courtyard of the Élysée, Jacques Chirac. Being courteous is a mark of civilization, » he denounced on Europe 1 in 2016.

According to BFMTV, François Hollande frequently criticizes the statements and character of Nicolas Sarkozy on the other hand.