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  1. 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 France’s...

  2. 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 years....

  1. 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 hundred or...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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 so....

  5. 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 a...

  6. 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...

  7. 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 illicit...

  8. 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 tall...

  9. 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 poll...

  10. 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 Iraq...

  11. 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 tension...

  12. 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...

  13. May 3, 2012

    French business braced for Hollande

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

  14. 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 leader of...

  15. 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...

  16. 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 François...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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 was...

  20. 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, Paul-Mortimer...

  21. 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” (March...

  22. 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 expected, be...

  23. 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...

  24. 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 Labrador of...

  25. 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 away,...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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 to...

  30. 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 Clearstream...

  31. 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...

  32. September 11, 2011

    Chirac and de Villepin accused over cash

    A former adviser to Jacques Chirac and Dominique de Villepin has accused the former French president and prime minister of...

  33. September 8, 2011

    The dangers of American retreat

    The opening years of the present century saw a world running scared of an over-mighty America. The organising narrative of...

  34. September 5, 2011

    Chirac trial to be held in his absence

    The corruption trial of Jacques Chirac can go ahead without the presence of the former French president, a court has...

  35. June 29, 2011

    Sarkozy U-turn over Lagarde replacement

    Nicolas Sarkozy, France‘s president, has ended a bitter battle within his government over who should replace Christine...

  36. June 29, 2011

    Sarkozy prepares to name Lagarde successor

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, was on Wednesday putting the final touches to the reshuffle that would follow the...

  37. June 9, 2011

    Western hopes for Assad dashed

    In the international debate on Syria, France has stood out, dispensing with the political ambiguity of partners and telling...

  38. May 22, 2011

    Le Pen’s challenge

    Nine years ago Jean-Marie Le Pen, the irascible leader of the far-right National Front, stunned Europe by coming second with...

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