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    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 French...

    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 and...

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    1. June 22, 2015

      Pérol in Paris court for BPCE conflict of interest trial

      François Pérol, the chairman of BPCE, France’s second-largest retail bank, said he always maintained the highest ethical...

    2. The Exchange

      June 9, 2015

      Cameron needs to woo Hollande over EU reform

      “We must fundamentally reform our European policy … at least half of the Union’s competencies should be removed, leaving...

    3. June 2, 2015

      Change to party name cannot hide rift between Sarkozy and Juppé

      The rally was meant to show the newfound unity of France’s main opposition party, rebranded “Les Republicains” by its chief,...

    4. May 30, 2015

      France’s Nicolas Sarkozy rebrands UMP party as ‘Les Republicains’

      Nicolas Sarkozy has sought to get his centre-right UMP party a facelift by rebranding it ‘Les Republicains’ two years before...

    5. May 28, 2015

      Sarkozy ally found not guilty in Bettencourt exploitation case

      A French court handed down prison sentences and hundreds of thousands of euros in fines to several people found guilty of...

    6. May 18, 2015

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s bruising battle with the Twitter trolls

      Nicolas Sarkozy is embracing Twitter — for better or worse. With his 750,000 or so followers, the former French president...

    7. May 12, 2015

      Henri Proglio accuses France of treating him as a Russian spy

      Henri Proglio, one of France’s top businessmen, has accused the socialist government of treating him as a spy and a traitor...

    8. May 7, 2015

      Former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s political comeback suffers blow

      Nicolas Sarkozy suffered a judicial setback threatening to spoil his political comeback when a court dismissed his request...

    9. April 30, 2015

      France to sell 24 Rafale fighter jets to Qatar

      France is to sell 24 Rafale fighter jets to Qatar, the third export order for the aircraft in less than three months after...

    10. April 3, 2015

      Hollande reveals measures to kick-start investment

      François Hollande has sought to mollify critics within his ruling Socialist party without reneging on his pro-business...

    11. March 30, 2015

      Poll defeat highlights splits in François Hollande’s Socialists

      François Hollande’s reform drive may at last be starting to yield economic results and earning goodwill abroad. But the...

    12. The World

      March 30, 2015

      French lessons

      Manuel Valls, French prime minister, hit the nail on the head when giving his explanation for the resounding defeat suffered...

    13. March 29, 2015

      Nicolas Sarkozy the winner as French local polls deal blow to Socialists

      France’s centre-right UMP party and its allies made large gains in local elections on Sunday, delivering a blow to President...

    14. March 23, 2015

      Sarkozy answers comeback critics with strong local poll result

      Months after he announced his return to French political life, Nicolas Sarkozy may finally be back. After complaints that...

    15. March 22, 2015

      Personal blow to premier Manuel Valls as Socialists come third in local elections

      François Hollande’s ruling Socialist party has suffered another defeat in local elections, a political setback that...

    16. March 18, 2015

      Ukraine ceasefire talks revive Franco-German entente

      It remains to be seen whether the ceasefire agreement struck in Minsk last month after dogged efforts by François Hollande...

    17. February 18, 2015

      Reform row underlines splits in France’s ruling party

      The resort to a rarely used constitutional blunderbuss to force a rather modest deregulation package through a recalcitrant...

    18. February 9, 2015

      Socialists win French by-election but National Front gain ground

      The surge in support for France’s far right National Front in a by-election in eastern France has overshadowed the narrow...

    19. February 6, 2015

      BPCE chairman François Pérol to stand trial

      François Pérol, chairman of France’s second-biggest retail bank, BPCE, is to stand trial over alleged conflicts of interest...

    20. February 2, 2015

      Socialists’ surprise showing creates dilemma for Sarkozy

      The unexpected presence of the Socialist Party in the second round of a French parliamentary by-election has rekindled hopes...

    21. January 26, 2015

      Bettencourt case set to grip France

      Strip out the family name of Bettencourt and the location of Bordeaux, and the trial that begins this week in southern...

    22. January 13, 2015

      Lessons for politicians from the Sage of Omaha

      “The trick is, when there’s nothing to do, do nothing.” That is the homespun wisdom of the decidedly unexcitable Warren...

    23. January 12, 2015

      France deploys 10,000 troops as focus moves to security flaws

      Heightened security in France The French government said it would deploy 10,000 troops to bolster security at vulnerable...

    24. December 14, 2014

      Cameron aims for 2017 ‘sweet spot’ for EU deal

      David Cameron is eyeing a deal on Britain’s EU relationship just months before his mooted referendum, as diplomats work...

    25. December 3, 2014

      Sarkozy returns to the fray but he lacks Abe’s arrows

      From a distance, it may appear that the French mainstream right is on the road to political and organisational unity with...

    26. December 1, 2014

      Obama is a lonely western liberal on immigration

      What should western politicians be most worried about: growth, inequality, the environment, education? To judge from today’s...

    27. November 30, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy wins UMP leadership election

      Former president Nicolas Sarkozy seized back control of France’s centre-right UMP party in leadership elections but without...

    28. November 30, 2014

      The resistible return of France’s Nicolas Sarkozy

      Nicolas Sarkozy won a vital battle at the weekend in his as yet undeclared campaign to seize back the French presidency in...

    29. The World

      November 30, 2014

      Sarkozy, the presidency and the threat from Le Pen

      Nicolas Sarkozy is back as leader of France’s centre-right UMP party. The stage is set for him to run for the presidency in...

    30. November 30, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy wins leadership of the centre-right UMP

      Nicolas Sarkozy has won the leadership of the centre-right UMP party, in a victory widely seen as a first step in a plan to...

    31. November 28, 2014

      France’s UMP party stumbles in its search for direction

      Nathan Rubens trudged along the damp streets of his native Lille in northern France one evening this week to attend a small...

    32. November 19, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy gay marriage vow highlights shift to right

      When Nicolas Sarkozy took to the stage to tell members of France’s conservative Common Sense group that a law passed last...

    33. November 18, 2014

      Notebook: Hollande really needs to press his reset button

      François Hollande’s policies have attracted plenty of criticism. But the French president’s biggest slips so far have had...

    34. November 10, 2014

      Alleged Sarkozy plot rocks French political establishment

      Leading figures from France’s two traditional parties have been enmeshed in a fresh political scandal involving former...

    35. November 4, 2014

      Notebook: French parties by any other name will smell no sweeter

      When you start life with a bad name, it makes sense to change it. You may not love “Google”. But it is better than BackRub,...

    36. The World

      October 29, 2014

      The French culture minister who doesn't read books

      Since a cabinet reshuffle in August instigated by President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, France has...

    37. October 21, 2014

      Epitaph for France does a lively trade

      If you want an indication of the collective mood in France at the moment, try this for a best-selling book title: Le Suicide...

    38. October 15, 2014

      French government ousts Proglio at EDF

      France’s socialist government is to oust Henri Proglio as chief executive of EDF, replacing him with Jean-Bernard Lévy, the...

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