France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy has been elected the head of his right-wing UMP party, fueling speculations as to his resurgent presidential aspirations, Press TV reported.
On Saturday, the 59-year-old garnered 64.5 percent of the vote by members of the Union for a Popular Movement, the country's main conservative party.
In doing so, Sarkozy defeated former government ministers Bruno Le Maire and Herve Mariton
The party will choose its presidential nominee in two years.
The Saturday victory marked a replay of his election to the head of the party in 2004, which laid the groundwork for his winning the presidential race three years later.
Before running for president in 2017, he has likely rivals to reckon with. The rivals are his own Prime Minister Francois Fillon, and Alain Juppe, another former premier and a longtime ally and protégé of President Jacques Chirac, for the presidential nomination in 2016.