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  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. May 17, 2012

    Hollande balances politics and reform

    François Hollande has a reputation for consensus building. True to his nature, the new French president this week chose a...

Special Reports

  1. Business locations in France 2011

    Youngsters speed up growth of dotcoms: a new generation is shaking off the country’s s...
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  1. May 16, 2012

    Hollande turns to experience to fill French posts

    François Hollande, France’s new president, has turned to experienced hands for key positions in his government, sending...

  2. December 15, 2011

    Lille: Local politicians’ national ties pave way for prosperity

    Martine Aubry chose a former goods station in Lille to announce her intention to compete on the Socialist ticket for the...

  3. December 2, 2011

    Clash of styles in race to save single currency

    To Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, the race to save the euro is a marathon, a process that could take years, to tackle...

  4. October 19, 2011

    France’s socialists pin their hopes on a revival of the ‘soft left’

    A few months ago, the running joke in the French left was that François Hollande would need an aeroplane carrying Dominique...

  5. October 17, 2011

    Hollande takes on tough challenge

    When François Hollande strode out in front of Socialist party headquarters in Paris on Sunday night to enjoy the cheers of...

  6. October 16, 2011

    Hollande to run against Sarkozy after primary win

    François Hollande, a stalwart of the centre left, will challenge under-fire incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s French...

  7. October 14, 2011

    French Socialists set for final battle

    After weeks of studied fraternal civility among the candidates, the battle to be the French Socialist candidate in next...

  8. October 10, 2011

    Primary concerns

    France’s Socialist party has scored its first victory of the 2012 presidential election campaign. In a country where...

  9. October 10, 2011

    Protectionist wins key role in French Socialist primary

    A youthful, articulate lawyer who champions protection against the impact of globalisation has overnight become the key...

  10. October 9, 2011

    Hollande takes first round in Socialist race

    François Hollande, a leading party veteran, has won the first round of an unprecedented open primary held on Sunday to elect...

  11. October 7, 2011

    France’s battle to understand banks and banlieues

    This was supposed to be the weekend when the French centre-left got to choose the most powerful politician in Europe. The...

  12. September 26, 2011

    French socialists sense change after Senate vote

    France’s Senate, the upper house of parliament based in the splendid Luxembourg palace in Paris, is not usually the scene of...

  13. September 22, 2011

    Group Arnault CEO faces funds enquiry

    Nicolas Sarkozy, French president, risks being caught up in a growing political scandal less than a year away from the...

  14. September 21, 2011

    French Socialists jostle for position

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, this week declared he was “a candidate for...

  15. July 27, 2011

    IMF warns France on budget deficit

    The International Monetary Fund has warned that France will miss its target of cutting its budget deficit to 3 per cent of...

  16. July 25, 2011

    Avignon’s precarious progress amid cuts

    Parachuting into the Avignon Festival during its final week makes an interesting change. The febrile buzz of expectation has...

  17. July 4, 2011

    Weakness must be overcome on road to high office

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn said it himself just days before being arrested for alleged assault on a New York chambermaid in May....

  18. July 3, 2011

    Women hold key to Strauss-Kahn comeback

    It was the talk of the weekend in France: can Dominique Strauss-Kahn make a political comeback, if he can clear his name in...

  19. July 1, 2011

    Release revives DSK’s presidential hopes

    The French political scene was in turmoil after Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest as New York...

  20. 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...

  21. June 29, 2011

    Aubry declares

    Unlike the father, the daughter is going for it. In December 1994 Jacques Delors was the shining star in the firmament of...

  22. June 28, 2011

    Aubry enters race to challenge Sarkozy

    Martine Aubry, the leader of France’s opposition Socialist party, declared her ambition on Tuesday to challenge Nicolas...

  23. June 27, 2011

    Hollande courts centrists in bid to beat Sarkozy

    François Hollande, the French left’s greatest hope to beat Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s presidential election, is looking...

  24. May 17, 2011

    French anger over Strauss-Kahn images

    The publication of photographs of a handcuffed Dominique Strauss-Kahn has stirred anger in France, where such images are...

  25. May 17, 2011

    Strauss-Kahn faces pressure to quit

    Senior European officials on Tuesday called on Dominique Strauss-Kahn to quit as head of the International Monetary Fund...

  26. May 16, 2011

    Left looks to Hollande to challenge Sarkozy

    François Hollande, the genial former leader of the Socialist party, is emerging as the left’s best hope to challenge...

  27. May 16, 2011

    Strauss-Kahn denied bail by NY court

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn standing with lawyer Benjamin Brafman (centre) listening to assistant district attorney Artie...

  28. The World

    May 15, 2011

    The arrest of Strauss-Kahn

    The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of attempted rape strikes me as one of those pieces of news that is...

  29. May 15, 2011

    IMF head’s arrest hits debt talks

    Talks on the Greek sovereign debt crisis and French presidential politics were both thrown into disarray after Dominique...

  30. 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...

  31. The World

    March 8, 2011

    France's first woman president?

    One poll can be dismissed as a freak. But now a second opinion poll in France has suggested that Marine Le Pen, the new...

  32. February 8, 2011

    Sarkozy orders ministers to holiday in France

    President Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered his ministers to take their holidays in France in future, in a bid to stem an...

  33. February 2, 2011

    French foreign minister faces calls to resign

    Michèle Alliot-Marie, the French foreign minister once tipped to be prime minister, has faced calls for her resignation for...

  34. November 30, 2010

    Strauss-Kahn pressed on political plans

    Ségolène Royal said on Tuesday she would seek her party’s nomination for a second bid in the presidential election in 2012...

  35. September 23, 2010

    France hit by fresh wave of strikes

    Private and public sector workers attend a demonstration over pension reforms in Nice. The placard shows French President...

  36. September 15, 2010

    French spy claims spark political row

    The French government’s claims that it was legitimate for a spy agency to investigate the source of leaks to Le Monde...

  37. August 29, 2010

    Socialists ready to challenge Sarkozy

    Martine Aubry, Socialist party leader, is seen as the perfect antidote to a mercurial, impulsive and swaggering French...

  38. 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...

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