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  1. Brussels Blog

    May 9, 2014

    French veteran of euro crisis bids au revoir

    After months of speculation, official confirmation finally came on Friday that Ramon Fernandez, one of the central players...

  2. 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...

  1. The World

    March 31, 2014

    Five things to know about Manuel Valls

    French President François Hollande has made an uncharacteristically audacious decision in appointing Manuel Valls, an...

  2. April 20, 2013

    EU group warns Oslo peace process is ‘dying’

    A group of 19 prominent Europeans have warned the European Union’s foreign policy chief that the chances for a peaceful...

  3. 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...

  4. April 20, 2012

    Defiant Sarkozy appeals for support

    A defiant Nicolas Sarkozy issued a passionate appeal for support as he wound up campaigning for Sunday’s first round of...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. July 1, 2011

    French revive DSK’s presidential hopes

    French Socialists on Friday revived hopes of a presidential bid by Dominique Strauss-Kahn after doubts emerged over...

  9. April 26, 2011

    Vote-hunting in France’s whirlpool

    Lionel Jospin, a former premier, once remarked that France’s political centre was like the Bermuda Triangle, because...

  10. April 26, 2011

    A voting system fit to bar Le Pen from power

    An English tabloid in my local newsagent tells me to reject the alternative vote (AV) in the coming referendum. It says the...

  11. April 5, 2011

    French socialists dangle investment carrot

    Companies that reinvest profits instead of paying dividends could benefit from lower tax rates if France’s Socialist party...

  12. March 10, 2011

    We should beware of another Le Pen

    France’s political class cannot say it has not been warned. In 2002, Jean-Marie Le Pen, the veteran chief of the country’s...

  13. October 27, 2009

    French reality drama with tears from TF1

    In politics and business, the French have developed a penchant for cohabitation - even though it invariably ends in tears....

  14. October 26, 2009

    French reality drama from TF1

    Inpolitics and business, the French have developed a penchant for cohabitation – even though it invariably ends in tears....

  15. September 24, 2009

    Consumer seat at EDF board to be abolished

    The French government has decided to end years of tradition at EDF by abolishing the boardroom seat reserved for consumers...

  16. May 11, 2009

    Too soon to declare Sarkozy a failure

    From Mr Hubert Keene. Sir, Zaki Laidi’s article “Hyperactive Sarkozy has failed to deliver” (May 7) suggests that French...

  17. March 12, 2009

    Correction: Hubert Védrine

    * Hubert Védrine was the spokesman of French president François Mitterrand, not foreign minister as stated in an article on...

  18. November 17, 2008

    Socialists in France riven by infighting

    France's opposition Socialists are heading for a prolonged period of infighting after a special congress yesterday ended in...

  19. November 17, 2008

    French Socialists torn after congress failure

    France’s opposition Socialists are heading for a prolonged period of infighting after a special congress on Sunday ended in...

  20. November 15, 2008

    Sarkozy picks tough financial regulator

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, signalled a more muscular approach to financial regulation on Friday by naming his...

  21. September 6, 2008

    French right attacks Sarkozy Robin Hood tax proposal

    President Nicolas Sarkozy triggered a backlash from his centre-right party this week after his government agreed to tax...

  22. September 5, 2008

    Right attacks Sarkozy tax plan

    President Nicolas Sarkozy triggered a backlash from his centre-right party this week after his government agreed to tax...

  23. July 11, 2007

    DSK returns from wilderness

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn's nomination as Europe's candidate to head the International Monetary Fund marks a remarkable...

  24. July 10, 2007

    Return from wilderness for ‘DSK’

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s nomination as Europe’s candidate to head the International Monetary Fund marks a remarkable...

  25. Economists' Forum

    June 19, 2007

    Unfettered finance reshapes the global economy

    “In Rome everything is for sale.” – Prince Jugurtha in Sallust’s ­Bellum Jugurthinum “Yes to market economy, no to market...

  26. June 18, 2007

    Unfettered finance is fast reshaping the global economy

    “In Rome everything is for sale.” – Prince Jugurtha in Sallust’s ­Bellum Jugurthinum “Yes to market economy, no to market...

  27. May 7, 2007

    Royal pays price of party's failure to modernise

    Let the finger-pointing begin. As Ségolène Royal's defeat last night left the French Socialist party in disarray and...

  28. May 6, 2007

    Defeated Socialists search for scapegoats

    Let the finger-pointing begin. Ségolène Royal’s defeat on Sunday night left the French Socialist party in disarray and...

  29. May 3, 2007

    Sarkozy seeks industry edge in EU treaty

    Nicolas Sarkozy plans to use France's bargaining power in efforts to relaunch the European constitution to push French...

  30. April 24, 2007

    Royal counts on hostility to rightwinger

    As a crowd gathered in the primary school courtyard at Melle, Ségolène Royal's home town, waiting for the Socialist...

  31. 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...

  32. April 23, 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 regain...

  33. April 23, 2007

    Unity the key in the next step to Elysée

    The first round of the French presidential elections is about dividing the voters. The second round is about uniting them....

  34. April 22, 2007

    Uniting citizens will hold the key to Elysée

    The first round of the French presidential elections is about dividing the voters. The second round is about uniting them....

  35. April 22, 2007

    French race wide open as voting begins

    France goes to the polls on Sunday in the country’s tightest presidential election for 26 years. Voters will select two...

  36. April 21, 2007

    Calls for left-right showdown lift Royal

    As France's presidential candidates finished their last day of campaigning before tomorrow's first-round vote, Socialist...

  37. April 20, 2007

    Race could throw up some fresh surprises

    As France goes to the polls this weekend for the first round of presidential elections, voters are wondering if the result...

  38. April 19, 2007

    The main candidates’ performance has been dismal

    On Sunday France will vote in the first round to select the two finalists for the presidency in a campaign that has been...

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