Dominique de Villepin to run for French president
12 December 2011 Last updated at 03:13 GMT
The former prime minister of France, Dominique de Villepin, has declared he will stand in next year's presidential elections.
He will stand against his long-time rival, conservative incumbent President Sarkozy, and the Socialist opposition's Francois Hollande.
But polls suggest Mr de Villepin may only get 1 or 2% of the vote, as many of his former friends and allies now support Mr Sarkozy.
Russell Trott reports.