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Posted at 2:59 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Sarkozy's Facebook hacked; intruder wrote French president would resign in 2012

By Melissa Bell
President Nicolas Sarkozy (Michel Spingler/AP)

Over the weekend, fans of French President Nicolas Sarkozy received a surprising update in their Facebook news stream: "Dear compatriots, given the exceptional circumstances our country is experiencing, I have decided in my spirit and conscience not to run for office again at the end of my mandate in 2012," a message read on Sarkozy's page, AFP reports.

The note also invited fans to come celebrate his resignation over drinks on May 6, 2012. A hundred people liked the note, which contained a number of misspellings.

A few hours later, the note was removed and a new note replaced it. It poked fun at the spelling errors, saying Sarkozy appreciated the writing lesson, but that the conclusion of the message was a bit too hasty. "My Facebook account has been hacked tonight, perhaps to remind me that no system is foolproof ... Thanks to those who have recognized the error, and thank you again for your support," the message read.


By Melissa Bell  | January 24, 2011; 2:59 PM ET
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