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
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.
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.
July 3, 2012 - Police raid Sarkozy's home and office amid an investigation into claims of illegal campaign financing, focused on whether L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt illegally helped Sarkozy during his 2007 presidential campaign.
March 21, 2013 - Is placed under formal investigation for breach of trust. Sarkozy is accused of taking advantage of Bettencourt to help fund his 2007 campaign.
June 28, 2013 - French authorities announce they are taking steps to drop the breach of trust investigation against Sarkozy.
July 2, 2014 -
Is placed under formal investigation over alleged corruption.
Speaking to French broadcasters TF1 and Europe 1, Sarkozy says he is "deeply shocked" by the investigation. Sarkozy says that he "never committed any act contrary to republican principles or the rule of law."
November 29, 2014 - Is elected head of the UMP party.