>> The former French president holding his first rally since announcing that he would run for the top job again. It's a move that one seemed unthinkable. He left office in 2012 with rock bottom approval ratings.
But successor Francois Hollande has since proved even more unpopular. Now Sarkozy is trying to win over anxious voters.>> The elite doesn't understand your daily life, it doesn't interest them. They and their families don't have to feel afraid when they go on public transport or when they go back to their neighborhood.
>> Security and immigration emerging as key issues in the race, that after France suffered a spate of terror attacks. Sarkozy is running on a hardline law and order platform in response. He's also backing the controversial ban on burkini swimwear on the Riviera and says he would extend it to the whole of France.
Some of his supporters want him to go further.>> He is a man I admire. He might be a bit authoritarian but that's what is needed. If anything, he's not authoritarian enough. We almost need a dictator at the moment in France.>> France's conservative Republican Party will hold a primary in November to choose its candidate.
Sarkozy's chief rival likely to be veteran politician Alain Juppe, a one time prime minister. Whoever wins will face a battle to win back votes from the far right National Front. That means the rhetoric is unlikely to get any softer.