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    1. July 14, 2015

      For an EU forged in crises, Greece is another opportunity

      Whenever a European summit erupts in angry disputes and concludes with questionable compromises, as did last weekend’s...

    2. July 3, 2015

      Charles Pasqua, French politician and businessman, 1927-2015

      Like all successful power brokers, Charles Pasqua made as many enemies as friends. For the right, he was the last...

    1. June 24, 2015

      France slams US over claims it spied on presidents

      François Hollande has protested to Barack Obama over allegations that US National Security Agency listened to the...

    2. June 23, 2015

      US ‘tapped’ French leaders’ phones

      US intelligence services tapped the phones of French president François Hollande and his predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy...

    3. June 16, 2015

      An emperor’s ambivalent legacy

      When it comes to dealing with Napoleon Bonaparte’s legacy, President François Hollande has an easier job than his...

    4. October 9, 2014

      Lord Bell’s textbook for old school public relations

      “Everyone’s entitled to put their point of view across,” says Lord Bell, reclining at his desk near London’s Sloane...

    5. October 7, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘nuclear shockwave’ prompts Elysée delight

      If there is a glimmer of light in the pall of gloom hanging over President François Hollande, it is surely the...

    6. The World

      April 15, 2014

      Springtime in Paris fails to dispel clouds over Hollande

      François Hollande has had to get used to dismal opinion polls, but the latest one is about as bad as it gets for...

    7. January 30, 2014

      An entente that is not very cordiale

      Britain and France have always had a love-hate relationship. Rarely has this been more visible than in the past dozen...

    8. August 30, 2013

      Think carefully about the point of the Panthéon

      A mausoleum is not usually a place people clamour to get into, but France’s Panthéon is no ordinary mausoleum. A...

    9. August 30, 2013

      France remains ‘ready’ to punish Assad despite British vote

      France woke up on Friday to find itself in the unusual position of standing alone on the apparent brink of a military...

    10. July 19, 2013

      Tribute to a tastemaker: Charles Ratton

      The term “savvy” could have been invented for French art dealer Charles Ratton (1897-1986). His connoisseurship in what...

    11. March 13, 2013

      Judging the honesty of British politics

      One of the great things about the British political system is its extraordinary integrity and honesty. Everyone says...

    12. December 26, 2012

      FT hand devoted to European integration

      Christopher Johnson, who has died aged 81, held several of the most senior jobs at the Financial Times before taking on...

    13. December 9, 2012

      Primer for France’s political right

      My Life in Politics, by Jacques Chirac, with Jean-Luc Barre, Palgrave Macmillan, £30 In politics, only physical death...

    14. November 22, 2012

      Sarkozy in court amid UMP troubles

      Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, was questioned on Thursday by judges probing allegations that he took...

    15. October 5, 2012

      Changing the world on the quiet

      One day some years ago, France’s president Jacques Chirac and Brazil’s president Lula were on a plane together. The...

    16. June 7, 2012

      Hollande faces new election test

      Unemployment has hit 10 per cent, growth has stalled and the eurozone crisis has made an ominous return, but an opinion...

    17. May 21, 2012

      Blair-Bush call details to be made public

      Part of a telephone conversation between Tony Blair and George W. Bush that took place days before the 2003 invasion of...

    18. May 8, 2012

      Defence may be sore point in ties with France

      Since François Hollande’s election as French president on Sunday, much of the focus in Britain has been on potential...

    19. May 7, 2012

      Berlin prepares for pragmatic partnership

      François Hollande’s victory in the French presidential election was greeted in Berlin with a Gallic shrug – at least in...

    20. May 3, 2012

      French business braced for Hollande

      Advisers to François Hollande, the Socialist challenger poised to win Sunday’s French presidential election, are...

    21. April 22, 2012

      Le Pen fille delivers right’s ‘big surprise’

      With an estimated score of nearly 20 per cent in first round of France’s presidential election, Marine Le Pen, the...

    22. April 22, 2012

      Hollande promises ‘a new wind’ for France

      François Hollande said France’s presidential election promised “a new wind for the country and a new engagement with...

    23. April 19, 2012

      Favourites ponder run-off strategies

      As they rally their supporters for Sunday’s first round of the French presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy and...

    24. April 18, 2012

      Le Pen vows to take seat at top table

      Sweeping into a packed Paris hall, blonde hair shimmering atop a black trouser suit, Marine Le Pen promised her...

    25. April 11, 2012

      French election: A tale of two presidencies

      In May 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy, the ambitious son of a Hungarian immigrant, bounded into the gilded salons of the Elysée...

    26. April 10, 2012

      Eurozone comes from extended family

      From Mr William Keegan. Sir, Surely the Mitterrand family is entitled to dispute Paul Ribbins’ attribution (“But theirs...

    27. April 9, 2012

      But theirs was an arranged marriage

      From Mr Paul Ribbins, Sir, In response to Arnab Das and Nouriel Roubini’s proposals for a eurozone divorce,...

    28. March 14, 2012

      Merkel has prevented Le Pen from becoming president

      From Mr Luc Sitbon. Sir, I read with interest Wolfgang Münchau’s article “Well done Merkel on campaigning for Sarko”...

    29. February 15, 2012

      ‘Le candidat’ may yet stumble at Sarko’s feet

      After weeks of teasing French voters, Nicolas Sarkozy fired the starting gun on Wednesday evening. He will, as...

    30. February 6, 2012

      Merkel swings behind Sarkozy poll bid

      Angela Merkel, German chancellor, gave full backing on Monday to Nicolas Sarkozy’s imminent bid for re-election as...

    31. January 6, 2012

      Presidential contenders bidding to win

      François Hollande, Socialist Once described by former president Jacques Chirac as being less well-known than the...

    32. January 6, 2012

      Sarkozy and Hollande lock horns

      President Nicolas Sarkozy has not yet officially declared his candidacy and the first vote is more than three months...

    33. December 21, 2011

      Illegal funding not a subject for the French dinner table

      From Prof Johan Lybeck. Sir, Your editorial on “A French trial” (December 16) is very much to the point. However, you...

    34. December 15, 2011

      A French trial

      What had once been described as “the trial of Vercingetorix” has come to an unexpected end. Jacques Chirac, the former...

    35. December 15, 2011

      Chirac found guilty of corruption

      Jacques Chirac, France’s former president, was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence for political corruption on...

    36. October 14, 2011

      Tyrants’ Paris: the tour

      It’s very near here,” Daniel Lebègue, head of the anti-corruption group Transparency International in France, gestures...

    37. September 14, 2011

      De Villepin wins Clearstream appeal

      A French appeals court has cleared Dominique de Villepin, the former French prime minister, of complicity in the...

    38. September 13, 2011

      Sarkozy pressured over Tobin Tax

      Nicolas Sarkozy should break the global impasse over a so-called “Tobin tax” on financial transactions by unilaterally...

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