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  1. November 14, 2010

    French government resigns ahead of reshuffle

    PARIS, Nov 13 – France’s government resigned on Saturday in a procedural move designed to allow President Nicolas Sarkozy to...

  2. August 27, 2010

    Roma reveal a rootless Europe

    Last week in Lille a Catholic priest announced that he was praying that French president Nicolas Sarkozy would have a heart...

  1. July 20, 2010

    Woerth stands ground over job scandal

    One of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s key ministers has insisted he will not resign after new revelations in a scandal...

  2. July 20, 2010

    Woerth insists he will not resign over Bettencourt scandal

    One of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s key ministers on Tuesday insisted he would not resign after new revelations in a scandal...

  3. July 18, 2010

    Sarkozy shake-up plan unsettles ministers

    Public harmony: President Nicolas Sarkozy with his prime minister, François Fillon, as chief of defence staff Gen Jean-Louis...

  4. July 6, 2010

    Sarkozy urged to act over donation claim

    Latest claims come at a bad time for the French president Nicolas Sarkozy faced demands from his UMP party on Tuesday to...

  5. February 8, 2010

    Paris declares war of words to keep French as language of diplomacy

    Senior French officials are mounting a rearguard action to defend the use of French at the UN and other international...

  6. February 8, 2010

    Tough talk at UN over French language

    Senior French officials are mounting a rearguard action to defend the use of French at the United Nations and other...

  7. February 7, 2010

    French language losing its cachet? Au contraire!

    Senior French officials are mounting a rearguard action to defend the use of French at the UN and other international...

  8. November 6, 2009

    President admits error over support for son

    Nicolas Sarkozy, French president, yesterday admitted he had made a mistake by supporting his 23-year-old son's bid to run...

  9. November 6, 2009

    Rebellion in the ring at Sarkozy's circus of contradictions

    It is autumn in Paris and, just as every year, the circus has come to town. Over on the vast grassy expanse that is the...

  10. November 5, 2009

    Sarkozy admits error over support for son

    Nicolas Sarkozy, French president, on Thursday admitted he had made a mistake by supporting his 23-year-old son’s bid to...

  11. November 5, 2009

    Rebellion in the ring at Sarkozy’s circus of contradictions

    It is autumn in Paris and, just as every year, the circus has come to town. Over on the vast grassy expanse that is the...

  12. December 11, 2008

    Sarkozy to bypass parliament in overhaul of public broadcaster

    President Nicolas Sarkozy is to bypass parliament and enact controversial law that critics say will neuter France's public...

  13. December 10, 2008

    Sarkozy to bypass parliament and pass TV bill

    President Nicolas Sarkozy is to bypass parliament and enact controversial lawthat critics say will neuter France’s public...

  14. August 12, 2008

    French are left out in the 'froid'

    France is not having the best of times so far in this Olympics. The country had yet to register its first gold medal by the...

  15. August 12, 2008

    French are left out in the 'froid'

    France is not having the best of times so far in this Olympics. The country had yet to register its first gold medal by the...

  16. August 11, 2008

    French are left out in the froid

    France is not having the best of times so far in this Olympics. The country had yet to register its first gold medal by the...

  17. March 18, 2008

    Sarkozy set to change style of presidency

    President Nicolas Sarkozy of France will seek to regain the political initiative after a heavy defeat in Sunday's local...

  18. March 17, 2008

    Sarkozy to change presidency style

    President Nicolas Sarkozy of France will seek to regain the political initiative after a heavy defeat in Sunday's local...

  19. The World

    May 8, 2007

    France braced for a stiff dose of Thatcherism

    The election of Nicolas Sarkozy as the next president of France was greeted with a light smattering of riots across the...

  20. May 8, 2007

    France braces itself for a stiff dose of Thatcherism

    The election of Nicolas Sarkozy as the next president of France was greeted with a light smattering of riots across the...

  21. May 7, 2007

    France braced for stiff dose of Thatcherism

    The election of Nicolas Sarkozy as the next president of France was greeted with a light smattering of riots across the...

  22. April 12, 2007

    Drive and energy fail to offset mercurial character traits

    Since Ségolène Royal became president of the regional council of Poitou-Charente in 2004, relations between business and...

  23. April 11, 2007

    Royal’s management style draws criticism

    Since Ségolène Royal became president of the regional council of Poitou-Charentes in 2004, relations between business and...

  24. December 26, 2006

    Sarkozy breaks silence over scandal

    A fresh row over the Clearstream affair has erupted between the two most senior ministers in the French government, sowing...

  25. November 23, 2006

    JEAN-FRANCOIS CIRELLI

    A wicked wit and sharp mind set Jean-Francois Cirelli apart, but in recent weeks this former civil servant has also shown a...

  26. November 18, 2006

    Even opponents salute decisive victory

    Ségolène Royal was showered with praise yesterday, even from some of her fiercest critics, after she won a crushing...

  27. November 18, 2006

    France's gazelle sees off the old guard elephants

    Few people agree on exactly when Ségolène Royal metamorphosed from just another peripheral Socialist politician into a...

  28. November 17, 2006

    France’s gazelle sees off old guard elephants

    Few people agree on exactly when Ségolène Royal metamorphosed from just another peripheral Socialist politician into a...

  29. November 17, 2006

    Socialists unite around Royal victory

    Ségolène Royal was showered with praise on Friday, even from some of her fiercest critics, after she won a crushing majority...

  30. September 15, 2006

    Contender Royal squares up to the elephants

    Ségolène Royal, the rising star of France’s opposition Socialist party, will face her rivals in the race to become the...

  31. August 23, 2006

    Raffarin predicts comeback for Chirac

    Jean-Pierre Raffarin, France’s former prime minister, warned on Wednesday that next year’s presidential election could defy...

  32. July 14, 2006

    Observer: Political football

    Zinédine Zidane's infamous head-butt in the World Cup final has transported France's football hero and figurehead for its...

  33. April 19, 2006

    China poses Confucian challenge for Europe

    Remember Jean-Pierre Raffarin? After all, he was still prime minister 12 months ago before he was forced to resign last May...

  34. April 18, 2006

    European Comment: Confucian challenge for Europe

    Remember Jean-Pierre Raffarin? After all, he was still prime minister 12 months ago before he was forced to resign last May...

  35. April 7, 2006

    De Villepin rules out resignation over labour reforms

    Dominique de Villepin, France's prime minister, yesterday attempted to salvage his premiership, promising to lead the battle...

  36. March 21, 2006

    Springtime in Paris

    Dominique de Villepin spent the first day of spring trying to defuse what risks turning into one of those typical...

  37. March 11, 2006

    Roussely might be pivotal on Suez

    François Roussely, who was thwarted by the French government in his ambition to lead a part-privatised EDF, could yet have...

  38. March 4, 2006

    Contrasting styles of the men at the centre of merger storm

    The head of Gaz de France holds up a picture of his baby daughter, a round-cheeked, mischievious looking toddler not unlike...

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