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  1. April 16, 2014

    Taxi cartels will be ‘apped’ to death

    EU states have made huge strides in transport liberalisation over recent decades, especially in areas such as the air...

  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...

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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. March 31, 2014

    Hollande’s drubbing is not a blank cheque for the right

    Traditionally, French municipal elections give the electorate an opportunity to let off steam against the incumbent...

  3. March 31, 2014

    France’s centre-right savours defeat of François Hollande

    Almost two years after the painful defeat of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, his centre-right UMP party has once...

  4. March 30, 2014

    François Hollande poised to react to election blow

    French President François Hollande is expected to launch a rapid shake-up of his Socialist government following a second...

  5. March 24, 2014

    Mainstream French parties split over how to fight far right

    France’s mainstream political parties are at loggerheads over how to react to surging support for the far right as an...

  6. The A-List

    March 24, 2014

    French alienation, abstention and National Front success

    The English Channel narrowed a little overnight. The French woke up this morning to discover that they have been afflicted...

  7. March 21, 2014

    Another outbreak of Blair Disease

    At a reception recently I met the former president of a small post-communist country. I know that’s what he was because he...

  8. March 20, 2014

    Nicolas Sarkozy breaks silence over phone tapping

    Nicolas Sarkozy, former French president, has broken his silence to denounce the bugging of his phone, comparing police...

  9. March 19, 2014

    Christine Lagarde and Orange chief questioned in €400m award case

    Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, was summoned for a new round of questioning on Wednesday by...

  10. March 12, 2014

    Uproar over bugging of Sarkozy phone

    Revelations that French police have been tapping the phone of former president Nicolas Sarkozy have triggered political...

  11. March 7, 2014

    French investigators tapped phones of Nicolas Sarkozy

    French investigators tapped the phones of Nicolas Sarkozy as part of a probe into alleged illegal financing of his 2007...

  12. March 7, 2014

    Spotlight on French military deal with Russia

    Calls for sanctions against Moscow for its actions in Ukraine have cast a spotlight on a controversial €1.2bn contract with...

  13. March 5, 2014

    Nicolas Sarkozy secretly taped when France president

    Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former president, was secretly taped in dozens of meetings while in office by a close adviser, in...

  14. February 16, 2014

    French opposition battles Hollande, the far right and itself

    Alain Juppé, former prime minister and one of France’s most senior centre-right politicians, has half an eye on running for...

  15. 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....

  16. January 22, 2014

    French attractions

    From Dr John Doherty. Sir, What makes François Hollande un homme fatal? Carla Bruni (5’ 10”, 178cm) answered this question...

  17. January 1, 2014

    Speculation mounts over a return by Nicolas Sarkozy

    Will 2014 see the return to frontline politics of Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former centre-right “omnipresident” unseated two...

  18. The A-List

    December 31, 2013

    UK and France: more in common than they dare admit

    The British and French have a remarkable ability to irritate each other. That skill was demonstrated again recently when...

  19. December 29, 2013

    Constitutional council approves Hollande’s 75% tax on high earners

    President François Hollande’s controversial 75 per cent marginal tax rate on high earners has finally been given the green...

  20. November 27, 2013

    Erdogan, the man who divides the Turkish nation

    Turks are in the grip of admiration or dismay at one man: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, who appears to have...

  21. November 20, 2013

    Mistrust overshadows fresh Iranian nuclear talks

    Just over four years ago, President Barack Obama used a Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh to conduct a diplomatic ambush of...

  22. October 25, 2013

    Obama can finally confront the over-mighty spies

    How did Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, tell Barack Obama that she was cancelling a state visit to the US? She sent...

  23. October 13, 2013

    French far right sweeps to victory in local election

    France’s Front National swept to victory over the country’s mainstream centre-right opposition in a closely watched local...

  24. October 7, 2013

    Court drops election funding case against Nicolas Sarkozy

    French judges have dropped a case against Nicolas Sarkozy over allegations that he solicited illegal election funds from...

  25. September 20, 2013

    The meaning of death

    In July, Public Health England, the public health oversight body, distributed a report that revealed that about 23,400 more...

  26. September 10, 2013

    The power of the bond markets is a bluff waiting to be called

    James Carville, adviser to President Bill Clinton, once said that were he reincarnated, he would choose to return as the...

  27. September 2, 2013

    Paris reveals intelligence to quell opposition disquiet on Syria

    France unveiled intelligence reports asserting the Syrian regime’s responsibility for a “massive and co-ordinated” chemical...

  28. 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...

  29. August 30, 2013

    The Syria vote brings to an end decades of delusion

    The game is up. Britain has reached the end of a long arc of delusion. For half a century and more it has clung tenaciously...

  30. August 29, 2013

    France steps up assault on tax havens

    France has stepped up its assault on tax havens by blacklisting Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Jersey, in a sudden move...

  31. July 26, 2013

    Vive la déférence

    Following the repeal of a 19th-century law by France’s parliament this week, the country’s citizens can for the first time...

  32. July 12, 2013

    Vanessa Friedman: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the new face of Bulgari

    One of the more notable moments of the recent Paris couture week occurred at a very fancy party hosted by Bulgari in a...

  33. The World

    July 11, 2013

    FT podcast: World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

    Can President Hollande turn things around? This week the French government announced a multi-billion euro programme of...

  34. July 8, 2013

    Sarkozy rouses supporters in first post-poll political appearance

    Nicolas Sarkozy was cheered by supporters as he made his first political appearance since his election defeat last year,...

  35. July 7, 2013

    Geithner joins top table of public speakers with lucrative appearances

    Tim Geithner, the former US Treasury secretary, has been elevated to the highest rank of public speakers, alongside former...

  36. July 7, 2013

    French far-right marches on as big parties falter

    Tensions between the socialist government of President François Hollande and the French business community boiled over in...

  37. July 5, 2013

    Nicolas Sarkozy paves way for political comeback

    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is paving the way for a return to frontline politics by urging supporters to...

  38. July 4, 2013

    Sarkozy quits top legal council over election funding decision

    Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has quit France’s constitutional council after it ruled his 2012 election campaign had...

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