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  1. September 19, 2014

    Q&A: the return of Nicolas Sarkozy

    Who is Nicolas Sarkozy? Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa was France’s 23rd president, from May 2007 until his...

  2. September 19, 2014

    Sarkozy’s letter to the French people

    Dear friends, On May 6, 2012, the night of the presidential election, I thanked the French people for the honour of allowing...

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  1. September 19, 2014

    Sarkozy announces a return to politics

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the man who led France for five years and then vowed to retire from public life after he was beaten in the...

  2. August 29, 2014

    France: Rock bottom

    A desolate image broadcast live this week to a French public that has all but despaired of his presidency summed up the...

  3. August 27, 2014

    Q&A: The Bernard Tapie affair

    A three-member commission of France’s Cour de Justice de la République, a special court that exists to investigate,...

  4. August 27, 2014

    IMF’s Christine Lagarde placed under formal investigation

    Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation by a French court on...

  5. FT Alphaville

    August 27, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Bob’s back: Paul notes that Wednesday sees a resumption of trading in Atlas Mara...

  6. August 20, 2014

    Alain Juppé lays down French presidential gauntlet to Nicolas Sarkozy

    Alain Juppé, one of France’s most seasoned politicians, has laid down the gauntlet to former president Nicolas Sarkozy by...

  7. August 15, 2014

    The fuse under the Fifth Republic

    France’s national crisis expresses itself in multiple ways. It is about poor economic growth, rising public debt and high...

  8. July 31, 2014

    Marine Le Pen takes poll lead in race for next French presidential election

    The growing threat to France’s mainstream political leaders posed by Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far-right National...

  9. July 9, 2014

    France’s UMP opposition hit by €80m debt

    A week after its former leader Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal suspicion of corruption, France’s scandal-hit UMP...

  10. July 7, 2014

    French fury and dollar dominance

    Ever since Valéry Giscard d’Estaing coined the term “exorbitant privilege” in the 1960s, French politicians have grumbled...

  11. July 4, 2014

    Nicolas Sarkozy’s noisy return will drown out voices of progress

    Late at night in Paris this week, at the terrace of a buzzing café, I overheard a group of a dozen youngsters passionately...

  12. FT Photo Diary

    July 2, 2014

    Sarkozy leaves his residence

    Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves his residence in Paris. Mr Sarkozy was placed under...

  13. July 2, 2014

    Nicolas Sarkozy hits back at formal corruption investigation

    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has hit back angrily at court accusations against him of corruption, denying...

  14. July 1, 2014

    The waning appeal of Nicolas Sarkozy

    Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former president, always provokes wildly contrasting reactions among his nation’s citizens,...

  15. July 1, 2014

    Nicolas Sarkozy probe clouds former president’s comeback decision

    The detention of Nicolas Sarkozy for questioning by an anti-corruption court has added fresh uncertainty to one of the big...

  16. July 1, 2014

    Nicolas Sarkozy held for questioning by French court

    Nicolas Sarkozy was held by police for questioning on Tuesday, in a corruption investigation that threatens the former...

  17. June 25, 2014

    France’s voice barely heard in debate on top EU job

    As Britain’s David Cameron and Germany’s Angela Merkel have wrangled publicly over whether Jean-Claude Juncker should head...

  18. June 11, 2014

    France’s opposition infighting opens way for far right

    Plagued by chronic infighting, wracked by financial scandal and transfixed by the prospect of a comeback by its former...

  19. May 22, 2014

    Sarkozy calls for EU shake-up to fend off populist threat

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, has made a last minute entry into the campaign for Sunday’s European...

  20. May 15, 2014

    ‘If the euro falls, Europe falls’

    As soon as Angela Merkel was handed the piece of paper Barack Obama had just passed around the table, her guard went up....

  21. May 14, 2014

    Inside Europe’s Plan Z

    Every working day since the crisis struck, George Provopoulos, the silver-haired governor of Greece’s central bank, summoned...

  22. May 11, 2014

    How the euro was saved - FT series

    To the astonishment of almost everyone in the room, Angela Merkel began to cry. “Das ist nicht fair.” That is not fair, the...

  23. 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...

  24. May 6, 2014

    François Hollande will not seek re-election unless economy mends

    French president François Hollande, suffering record low approval ratings, has declared he will not stand for re-election if...

  25. May 5, 2014

    François Hollande faces uphill battle to recover popularity

    As François Hollande marks the second anniversary of his election as France’s president on Tuesday, he is already...

  26. April 28, 2014

    Hollande defies history in stance on Siemens-Alstom deal

    There is an irony in the French government’s willingness to consider Siemens as a potential saviour for Alstom, amid public...

  27. April 27, 2014

    Thwarted Immelt heads back to France

    In the autumn of 2009 Jeff Immelt, chief executive of General Electric, flew to Paris twice in an attempt to secure...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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