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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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