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    Sarkozy pledges to win voters back from French far-right

    Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday night vowed to wrest votes back from France’s far-right National Front party “one by one” and to...

  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. September 16, 2014

    French government faces second confidence vote

    France’s socialist government is facing its second confidence vote in less than six months, with President François...

  3. September 14, 2014

    Hollande confronts mounting sense of crisis in France

    French president François Hollande is to host an international conference on Iraq in Paris on Monday in a welcome break from...

  4. September 5, 2014

    Poll shows Le Pen beating Hollande in presidential run-off

    Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, would beat struggling incumbent François Hollande in a run-off...

  5. September 4, 2014

    France links Russian warship delivery to Ukraine peace deal

    France has stressed it could resume the suspended supply of a warship to Russia within weeks if Moscow backs moves to...

  6. August 31, 2014

    French prime minister Manuel Valls appeals for party unity

    French prime minister Manuel Valls has launched a strong appeal to the ruling Socialist party to rally behind President...

  7. 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...

  8. August 28, 2014

    François Hollande steps up call for EU budget flexibility

    François Hollande has called for a special eurozone summit to agree measures to boost growth and soften the tempo of budget...

  9. 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,...

  10. August 27, 2014

    Emmanuel Macron symbolises Hollande’s bet on economic reforms

    Emmanuel Macron, France’s precocious new economy minister, was full of praise for his ousted predecessor when he formally...

  11. August 27, 2014

    European Council presidency race is wide open with six contenders

    The mounting consensus that Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini will be chosen as the EU’s next foreign policy chief...

  12. August 26, 2014

    Hollande replaces firebrand economy minister with former banker

    President François Hollande has unveiled a rehashed Socialist government, stripped of leftwing dissidents, charged with...

  13. The A-List

    August 26, 2014

    The French crisis reflects the eurozone's woes

    As soon as the latest gross domestic product figures emerged, showing that the French economy was becalmed in the second...

  14. August 25, 2014

    After decades of stalling, a day of reckoning for France

    After two years of compromise, France’s President Normal has met his moment of truth. The stand-off between François...

  15. August 25, 2014

    Arnaud Montebourg: clever and loud with presidential ambitions

    Fiery and flamboyant in equal measure, Arnaud Montebourg never strays from controversy. As President François Hollande’s...

  16. August 25, 2014

    Insurrection forces François Hollande to act

    François Hollande, a politician renowned for his caution, acted with uncharacteristic speed on Monday to shake up his...

  17. August 25, 2014

    François Hollande purges government after leftwing revolt

    François Hollande has purged his embattled Socialist government of leftwingers opposed to EU austerity after a revolt led by...

  18. August 24, 2014

    Slide in French construction highlights François Hollande’s woes

    François Hollande has promised to unveil measures this week to fire up France’s flatlining economy, including moves to...

  19. 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...

  20. August 19, 2014

    François Hollande faces gloomy ‘rentrée’

    François Hollande will reconvene his cabinet on Wednesday after a holiday in the south of France, with ministers already...

  21. 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...

  22. July 29, 2014

    Orange stabilises as cost-cutting efforts bear fruit

    Orange showed further signs of stabilising in the second quarter as cost-cutting and smaller revenue declines stemmed...

  23. July 28, 2014

    Crisis-hit France finds source of pride in La Grande Guerre

    Standing on a hill in rolling countryside on the edge of champagne country, a 30m tall monument testifies to one of the...

  24. July 24, 2014

    François Hollande’s mood frays over stalled economy

    François Hollande is known for his bonhomie, his wisecracks – and a relentless optimism in the face of adversity. But for...

  25. July 23, 2014

    François Hollande’s baby steps of reform in France

    No government, rocked by midterm electoral setbacks, finds it easy to press on with economic reforms that squeeze money from...

  26. July 22, 2014

    Row erupts over French warship ahead of European sanctions talks

    A dispute over two warships France is building for Russia is threatening to overshadow a high-stakes meeting of EU foreign...

  27. July 21, 2014

    Paris riots prompt French crackdown on pro-Palestinian protests

    The French government has moved to clamp down on protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza after pro-Palestinian...

  28. July 15, 2014

    Hollande in search of that regal touch

    If François Hollande was having difficulty seeing his way out of his troubles he has no excuse now. The French president has...

  29. July 14, 2014

    François Hollande pledges tax cuts to boost reforms

    François Hollande has promised tax cuts for “hundreds of thousands” of French taxpayers next year as he pledged to...

  30. July 11, 2014

    Fortunes of wealthiest French keep growing

    An annual survey of France’s 500 wealthiest individuals and families published this week showed their fortunes grew 15 per...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. July 7, 2014

    Hollande tackles labour market reform

    President François Hollande has opened a new front in his bid to deepen reforms of France’s sclerotic economy, seeking to...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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,...

  37. 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...

  38. June 26, 2014

    Corsican independence group to disarm

    Corsica’s largest armed independence group has said it will lay down its weapons in favour of conventional political...

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