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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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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    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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,...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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,...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. beyondbrics

      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...

    21. November 9, 2015

      Le Jardin Français, Paris

      Where 112 Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré WiFi Yes Plug sockets Yes Espresso €10 Open 8am to 10pm Privacy 4/5 Nobody goes for...

    22. September 8, 2015

      French television: ad break

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

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. July 5, 2015

      François Pérol trial puts spotlight on ‘revolving door’

      The trial of François Pérol, chairman of BPCE, for conflict of interest in his appointment to France’s second-largest...

    29. July 3, 2015

      Charles Pasqua, French politician and businessman, 1927-2015

      Like all successful power brokers, Charles Pasqua made as many enemies as friends. For the right, he was the last...

    30. 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...

    31. June 24, 2015

      US ‘tapped’ French leaders’ phones

      US intelligence services tapped the phones of French president François Hollande and his predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy...

    32. 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...

    33. 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,...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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