(doesn't he already look like a character from SNL?)
France's president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy casts himself as a moderniser, championing a clean break with the country's traditional ruling elite.
In a hotly-contested presidential campaign he fought an intriguing contest with Socialist candidate Segolene Royal.
As a highly combative interior minister and UMP leader he has sharply divided opinion in France - not least by adopting a tough stance on immigration.
Great role model there Nick.
One of his main political influences is not French but British, according to his other biographer, Nicolas Domenach.
"He admires Tony Blair hugely - for many reasons," he says.
"Tony Blair was able to seduce the media, in the way Sarkozy does. And Sarkozy looks at how Tony Blair was able to sell his political ideology."