One of these days soon, he’s going to have to come out and say it. Michel Barnier plans to win the nomination of France’s centre-right Republican Party to be its candidate in next year’s presidential elections. 

Definitely. Probably.  

The former EU Brexit negotiator has been toying with the French press for several months now, never actually confirming that he’s entering the list but hinting like a cut-down version of de Gaulle in 1958 that he is ready, if that is what the people demand, to answer his country’s call.