The Facebook account of French President Nicolas Sarkozy was hacked over the weekend to post a fake announcement that he will not be running in the next election.
"Dear compatriots, taking into account exceptional circumstances facing our country, I decided in my soul and conscience not to represent myself after my first term in 2012" the poorly spelled fake message said.
Posted on Sunday evening, the fake announcement also linked to a separate page, "Farewell to Nicolas Sarkozy", inviting well wishers to a “leaving drinks” on 6 May 2012 at Le Fouquet's cafe on the Champs Elysees, the AFP reports.
The message was quickly taken down and the account reclaimed within 15 minutes, but not before over 120 people ‘liked’ the message.
Acknowledging the breach, Sarkozy said: "My Facebook account was hacked tonight, perhaps to remind me that no system is foolproof. I will make a note of the writing and spelling lesson, but disagree with the hasty message's conclusion.”
“Thanks to those who have recognised the error, and thank you again for your support," he added.