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  1. December 30, 2009

    The year weary voters chose Thatcher

    The first woman prime minister in the country's history and the start of a new era for politics, economics and society: 1979...

  2. November 21, 2009

    Leaders turn their backs on Giscard's vision

    Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was not happy yesterday. When the former French president embarked on his mission seven years ago...

  1. November 21, 2009

    Leaders turn their backs on Giscard's vision

    Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was not happy yesterday. When the former French president embarked on his mission seven years ago...

  2. November 4, 2009

    ‘Chairman’ doesn't have quite the ring

    From Mr Stephen Reynolds. Sir, Further to Quentin Peel’s cogent comments about the role of president of the European Council...

  3. June 20, 2008

    Why the Irish were right to say No

    If you are looking for examples of nonsense on stilts you could hardly find a better instance than the reactions of the...

  4. January 22, 2008

    Look beyond Blair

    The prospect of Tony Blair as a candidate to be the European Union's first full-time president, backed by France's Nicolas...

  5. January 18, 2008

    French old guard wary of Blair bid

    Tony Blair's possible candidacy for the post of president of the European Union has run into opposition from France's...

  6. January 18, 2008

    French old guard wary of Blair bid

    Tony Blair's possible candidacy for the post of president of the European Union has run into opposition from France's...

  7. August 27, 2007

    Prime minister unafraid of unpopularity

    Raymond Barre, the former French prime minister and eminent economist, who has died at the age of 83, was a strong believer...

  8. June 20, 2007

    This is a cynical plan for an unnecessary European treaty

    "Wouldn't it be easier to dissolve the people and elect another in their place?" This satirical comment from Bertolt...

  9. June 18, 2007

    EU citizens want referendum on treaty

    Plans by Europe's leaders to push a reworked European Union constitution on to the statute book without further referendums...

  10. May 7, 2007

    How Mitterrand lashed Giscard

    From Mr Daniel E. Connor. Sir, In your article "Royal has chance to switch voters' views in TV clash" (May 2), you...

  11. May 7, 2007

    Sarkozy's sure-footed pursuit of success

    Election victories - like murders - require three elements: means, motives, and opportunities. It does not need Inspector...

  12. May 7, 2007

    Asian monetary integration poses many questions

    If you replace the "E" in some our European acronyms with an "A", you get to the nutshell of one of the hottest debates in...

  13. May 5, 2007

    Reformers' plans could fall victim to allure of the Elysée

    Shortly before his election victory in 1995, Jacques Chirac attacked the "monarchical drift" of the presidency under...

  14. May 2, 2007

    Royal has chance to switch voters' views in TV clash

    More than half of France's 44m voters are expected to turn on the television tonight to see whether Ségolène Royal can...

  15. April 24, 2007

    France deserves a contest of ideas

    Sunday's electoral uprising in France was, as Le Monde pointed out, a clear message that the French are determined to...

  16. April 20, 2007

    Constitutional treaty: Key dates

    *DECEMBER 2001EU leaders agree need for new treaty to modernise the Union and reconnect it with its citizens *MARCH...

  17. March 31, 2007

    The people's choices

    France has had five presidents in the 49-year history of the Fifth Republic. Each has been very different in character and...

  18. March 13, 2007

    SocGen's smart hedge on Sarko or Sego victory

    Société Générale is using its savoir-faire in derivatives to develop a sophisticated yet simple financial tool to give...

  19. November 24, 2006

    Observer: France honours its American war hero

    There is likely to be an ambience of schadenfreude at the chateau de Tocqueville in northern France next week, when Colin...

  20. November 7, 2006

    Club Med makes first-class move upmarket

    Life has been no picnic for Henri Giscard d'Estaing since the son of the former French president took charge of Club...

  21. October 9, 2006

    Both leading contenders for French presidency at odds with party barons

    With six months to run before the French presidential elections, the country is already obsessed by the race. The faces of...

  22. September 27, 2006

    Europe should fill the global leadership gap

    When America falters, European governments come under pressure to step into the breach. The Bush administration is...

  23. July 4, 2006

    Ségolistes bring new hope to France's disillusioned Socialists

    Yann Houedry is convinced that he has just witnessed history in the making. After watching Ségolène Royal, the rising star...

  24. June 1, 2006

    CDC key to a pause for reflectionon Euronext

    European Union leaders have given themselves an extended "pause for reflection" on the adoption of a grand constitution,...

  25. May 23, 2006

    Giscard calls for second chance for treaty

    France should give a second chance to the European constitutional treaty that was rejected a year ago in a tempestuous...

  26. April 10, 2006

    Chirac backs down over labour law

    Jacques Chirac, the French president, on Monday said the controversial labour reforms that have brought millions of people...

  27. March 17, 2006

    Germany aims to rebrand rejected treaty

    France and Germany are discussing an imaginative new strategy for reviving Europe's half-dead constitutional treaty:...

  28. March 17, 2006

    Germany aims to rebrand rejected treaty

    France and Germany are discussing a strategy for reviving Europe's half-dead constitutional treaty: rebranding the unloved...

  29. February 1, 2006

    Patronising Paris

    It is all very well for Paris and Arcelor to say Mittal Steel's bid for its European steel rival is 150 per cent hostile....

  30. October 7, 2005

    Bonhomie conceals tensions between old adversaries

    France and Britain have been described as the "best of enemies" and their centuries-old rivalry will resurface once again...

  31. October 6, 2005

    Bonhomie conceals tensions between old adversaries

    France and Britain have been described as the "best of enemies" and their centuries-old rivalry will resurface once again...

  32. October 3, 2005

    Europe can learn from Turkey's past

    In the tormented run-up to the start of Turkey's membership negotiations with the European Union, the ghosts of the past...

  33. September 28, 2005

    Giscard criticism of UK presidency unfair

    From Mr Bryan Cassidy. Sir, Giscard d'Estaing's criticism of Britain having achieved "very little" during its presidency so...

  34. September 23, 2005

    Blair berated for poor leadership of EU presidency

    Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the former French president, has joined a growing chorus of criticism of Britain's presidency of...

  35. September 22, 2005

    Giscard says UK achieved ‘very little' in presidency

    Valery Giscard d'Estaing, former French president, on Thursday joined a chorus of criticism of Britain's presidency of the...

  36. June 16, 2005

    Indigestible

    Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the former French president who oversaw the drafting of the European constitution, is still...

  37. June 5, 2005

    Britain should pursue the single market

    The foreign secretary has in the past come to the House of Commons to praise the European constitution; today he will come...

  38. May 31, 2005

    Martin Wolf: Forget the hymns and fix the economy

    An earthquake has hit Europe. The move towards ever closer union turns out not to be inevitable. This is a source of both...

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