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      Air France risks being relegated to a second-tier global airline if it does not get to grips with its troublesome...

    2. March 22, 2016

      French court clouds Sarkozy’s presidential prospects

      France’s highest court has dealt a setback to Nicolas Sarkozy’s efforts to return to the presidency with a ruling that...

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    1. March 20, 2016

      EDF’s nuclear troubles rooted in caution

      If there is a single person responsible for the troubled efforts to build the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a...

    2. March 18, 2016

      Hollande faces public scepticism over concession to Turkey

      President François Hollande faces a fresh challenge on his return home from the EU summit in Brussels: explaining to a...

    3. March 16, 2016

      Les Républicains battle it out in the bookstores

      As America’s Republicans reach the critical stage of an exceptionally eccentric primary season, a more intellectual...

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      March 11, 2016

      Obama, Cameron and the Libya blame game

        What are we to make of President Barack Obama’s on-the-record criticism of the role of UK Prime Minister David...

    5. March 10, 2016

      Obama criticises ‘free riding’ allies in 2011 Libya campaign

      US President Barack Obama partly blamed the UK and France for the “mess” in Libya that followed the 2011 fall of...

    6. March 9, 2016

      EU leaders recoil from Turkey’s demands

      The EU’s latest migration master plan rests on a huge promise to Ankara that could prove impossible to fulfil —...

    7. February 23, 2016

      Paris Notebook: Woe betide a French politician who is not well read

      In French politics, your knowledge of literature — or the apparent lack thereof — can make or break a career. This...

    8. February 16, 2016

      Nicolas Sarkozy suffers setback over €18m campaign funding scandal

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to win the centre-right presidential nomination suffered a heavy blow when judges decided to...

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      February 16, 2016

      Sarkozy under scrutiny

      Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (C) arrives at the Pole Financier (the financial section of Paris court house)...

    10. February 5, 2016

      French parliament debates terror reforms

      When President François Hollande addressed a joint session of France’s two houses of parliament days after terror...

    11. February 4, 2016

      Sarkozy vows to slash French taxes to revive election hopes

      Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to slash taxes and pare back public spending if he is elected France’s president in 2017, as...

    12. February 1, 2016

      ‘Symbol of evil’ Tapie weighs another reinvention

      After recently being ordered by a French court to repay €400m and triggering a scandal that is now threatening the...

    13. January 27, 2016

      Bettencourt Boulevard, Théâtre de la Colline, Paris — ‘Richly complex writing’

      The “Bettencourt affair”, which first came to light in 2010, was a perfect storm. Centring on L’Oréal heiress Liliane...

    14. Brussels Blog

      January 25, 2016

      Brussels Briefing: The Left also rises?

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      January 25, 2016

      Brussels Briefing: The Left also rises?

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    16. January 24, 2016

      Sarkozy admits he should have been bolder . . . and more polite

      Nicolas Sarkozy should have been bolder, more focused — and more polite. Those are the lessons the French centre-right...

    17. January 8, 2016

      Deal talks put Orange networker’s charisma to the test

      In a sector where egos are big and the main protagonists dislike each other with a passion, Stéphane Richard is, in one...

    18. December 17, 2015

      Christine Lagarde to stand trial over Tapie corruption affair

      A French court has ordered Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, to face trial over her role...

    19. December 15, 2015

      Glorious defeat not enough for David Cameron to stave off Brexit

      A curiosity of British public opinion is that a prime minister can return from Brussels in failure and still enjoy the...

    20. December 14, 2015

      The battle against Marine Le Pen is far from won in France

      The growing popularity of Marine Le Pen and France’s far right National Front has provoked unease among mainstream...

    21. December 14, 2015

      French election victory for Sarkozy fails to silence critics

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right party has emerged as the official winner of Sundays’ regional elections in France...

    22. December 14, 2015

      Anti-National Front voters turn out to deny Le Pen

      French voters turned out in droves on Sunday to repel the far-right National Front, which failed to win control of any...

    23. December 10, 2015

      France’s mainstream ties itself in knots as National Front rises

      Christian Estrosi opposed the same-sex marriage law when France’s Socialist government passed it in 2013. But the mayor...

    24. December 7, 2015

      The presidential threat posed by Le Pen in France

      Marine Le Pen and the National Front have once again delivered a shock to France’s political system. In recent years,...

    25. December 7, 2015

      France needs a better way to unseat its ruling clique

      The National Front has emerged as the big winner in France’s regional elections. By the time the second round is over...

    26. December 3, 2015

      Bernard Tapie ordered to repay €403m to French state

      The businessman Bernard Tapie must pay back more than €400m he received from the French state in a contentious...

    27. November 30, 2015

      We deride chances of Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump at our peril

      I have a nightmare vision for the year 2017: President Trump, President Le Pen, President Putin. Like most nightmares,...

    28. November 26, 2015

      Paris attacks: Sarkozy shifts right with swipe at multiculturalism

      Nicolas Sarkozy has a plan for national recovery after the deadliest Islamist terror attacks on French soil: bring back...

    29. November 15, 2015

      Paris attacks: Sarkozy demands new foreign policy

      Any sense of political unity following France’s deadliest terrorist attack was shortlived with former president Nicolas...

    30. November 13, 2015

      André Glucksmann, philosopher and activist, 1937-2015

      André Glucksmann liked to recount the moment during the German occupation when his mother saved him and his two sisters...

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      November 10, 2015

      Fortress Europe is the biggest threat to Ukraine’s future

      The European Union finds itself in the midst of multiple crises. It might be torn apart by the refugee crisis, the rise...

    32. November 9, 2015

      Le Jardin Français, Paris

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    33. September 8, 2015

      French television: ad break

      Quelle horreur! French cultural sensibilities may be offended by the idea (floated by the finance minister) that...

    34. September 8, 2015

      How Sarkozy turned French presidents’ private lives public

      Nicolas Sarkozy had a wonderful summer and, like it or not, he made sure you knew about it. The former French...

    35. August 16, 2015

      Member states must back their jointly chosen EU leaders

      In August seven years ago I was with Carl Bildt, then the Swedish foreign minister, and Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt, his...

    36. August 9, 2015

      Democracy at the heart of fight for Greece

      The biggest question raised by Syriza’s election victory last January was not about Greece. It was whether any national...

    37. August 5, 2015

      France and Russia settle over scuppered Mistral contract

      France and Russia have reached an agreement to break the contract for two Mistral helicopter carrier ships that were...

    38. July 14, 2015

      The discreet redemption of Strauss-Kahn

      I was nibbling petits fours a few days ago at the Rencontres Economiques d’Aix-en-Provence — where the Parisian...

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