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    1. 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 president...

    2. May 15, 2015

      Henri Proglio loses his touch with France’s political elite

      Henri Proglio has thrived in a country where politics and business go hand in hand — until now. The son of vegetable market...

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    1. May 14, 2015

      Le Pen: No detox for the National Front’s unapologetic founder

      From his mansion nestled in a leafy enclave of a well-heeled Paris suburb, Jean-Marie Le Pen recalls the days when politics...

    2. 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 traitor...

    3. May 8, 2015

      General election: France must craft EU strategy after Tory win

      When the exit polls flashed on the big screens, the guests at the British Embassy in Paris let out at a collective double...

    4. May 7, 2015

      Former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s political comeback suffers blow

      Nicolas Sarkozy suffered a judicial setback threatening to spoil his political comeback when a court dismissed his request...

    5. May 6, 2015

      The storm over snooping moves to Paris and Berlin

      Few actions have sown more dissension among western nations than Edward Snowden’s revelations about mass surveillance by...

    6. May 5, 2015

      Le Pen drama threatens efforts to rejuvenate far-right party

      Jean-Marie Le Pen’s attempt to steal the show at the National Front’s annual May day rally in Paris was perhaps the straw...

    7. May 5, 2015

      French MPs back controversial surveillance bill

      France’s intelligence services will gain sweeping powers after the country’s legislators backed a controversial bill...

    8. May 4, 2015

      Hollande’s salvation may lie in France’s demography

      For President François Hollande, unemployment has been a plague. Since the Socialist leader was elected three years ago, it...

    9. April 28, 2015

      The populist surge has peaked but it will leave a bitter legacy

      Europe’s populist political tide is on the retreat. Not everywhere and not always for entirely comforting reasons. But the...

    10. April 19, 2015

      French foreign minister criticises Putin for lifting Iranian ban

      France’s foreign minister has warned that Russia’s decision to supply air defence weapons to Iran will strengthen opposition...

    11. April 17, 2015

      A diplomatic test for the Vatican on gay rights

      In the two years that he has occupied the throne of St Peter, Pope Francis has been an inspirational figure for Catholics...

    12. April 13, 2015

      National Front’s Jean-Marie Le Pen gives in to daughter’s demands

      National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has given in to demands from his daughter and party leader Marine Le Pen to step...

    13. April 12, 2015

      French antiterrorism judge leads fight against jihadism

      For Marc Trévidic, the terror attacks that killed 17 in Paris in January hit close to home. As the antiterrorism judge who...

    14. April 10, 2015

      France’s Le Pen political dynasty shows signs of crumbling

      As recently as last year, the different generations of the Le Pen family would have long discussions in the gardens of the...

    15. April 8, 2015

      French companies do not need the ‘Loi Florange’

      In the years since the financial crisis, policy makers have looked hard at the public company to see whether it remains fit...

    16. April 8, 2015

      Marine Le Pen takes steps to oust father from National Front

      Marine Le Pen has taken steps to oust her father Jean-Marie from the party he founded, as the head of France’s far-right...

    17. April 1, 2015

      French government weighs in on proposed Dailymotion sale to PCCW

      France’s Socialist government has weighed in on Orange’s proposed sale of its Dailymotion video platform, insisting that the...

    18. March 30, 2015

      Poll defeat highlights splits in François Hollande’s Socialists

      François Hollande’s reform drive may at last be starting to yield economic results and earning goodwill abroad. But the...

    19. March 29, 2015

      Nicolas Sarkozy the winner as French local polls deal blow to Socialists

      France’s centre-right UMP party and its allies made large gains in local elections on Sunday, delivering a blow to President...

    20. March 29, 2015

      French business still waits for promised economic recovery

      The recovery is looming, according to French president François Hollande. But in the southern city of Avignon, Norbert Zoppi...

    21. March 24, 2015

      Secularism splits opinion in France

      The attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has unleashed an ideological war over laïcité — the strict version of...

    22. March 23, 2015

      A stumble in the march of Europe’s populists

      When the far left Syriza party won the Greek general election at the start of this year, some assumed its victory heralded...

    23. March 22, 2015

      Personal blow to premier Manuel Valls as Socialists come third in local elections

      François Hollande’s ruling Socialist party has suffered another defeat in local elections, a political setback that...

    24. March 20, 2015

      FN pushes on as French Socialists struggle to stem swing to right

      Darida Belaïdi takes a break in the sun after a morning canvassing the poor immigrant suburbs of Avignon, a world away from...

    25. March 16, 2015

      France comes up short on its budget deficit

      The European Union cannot be imagined without its rules. Aspiring members first have to spend years in a virtual boot camp,...

    26. March 11, 2015

      After Charlie Hebdo, a blurring of fiction and fact

      Nagib Azergui is a victim of mistaken identity. His case would be easily fixed if he were mixed up with a lookalike. But the...

    27. March 10, 2015

      National Front in France faces EU probe

      France’s far right National Front (FN) is facing an anti-corruption probe over allegations it fraudulently funnelled money...

    28. March 8, 2015

      Manuel Valls sounds alarm over rise of France’s National Front

      Manuel Valls has warned that National Front leader Marine Le Pen could win the presidential election in two years, as he...

    29. March 6, 2015

      The rising menace of France’s National Front

      Two months after millions of French people mounted a mass demonstration of national unity in horrified reaction to the...

    30. March 5, 2015

      Marine Le Pen lays out radical vision to govern France

      She calls for the collapse of the EU and talks about nationalising banks. She sees the US as a purveyor of dangerous...

    31. February 26, 2015

      Emmanuel Macron vows to push through French economy reforms

      France’s economy minister has vowed to push further economic reforms through parliament if needed to bypass mounting...

    32. February 25, 2015

      France and Italy granted reprieve for breaching budget limits

      Brussels has granted a reprieve to France and Italy after they broke EU budget rules, underlining the bloc’s readiness to...

    33. February 20, 2015

      Emmanuel Macron, French economy minister

      Emmanuel Macron’s political baptism of fire this week was a setback at home but a victory abroad. France’s rookie (he is 37)...

    34. February 19, 2015

      Paris government survives no-confidence vote

      France’s socialist government on Thursday overcame a no-confidence vote in the country’s parliament, winning a vital...

    35. February 18, 2015

      France forces through economic reforms

      France’s economy has been stagnant for years with one of the lowest growth rates in the EU and unemployment hovering around...

    36. February 17, 2015

      French government overrides parliament to ram though reforms

      French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to ram through a package of business-friendly economic...

    37. February 13, 2015

      Cracks appear as Strauss-Kahn caught in media storm

      It was less than an hour into the courtroom analysis of his first orgy with prostitutes that cracks started to appear in...

    38. February 9, 2015

      An unexpected chance for France’s president François Hollande

      François Hollande has been enjoying a boost of popular support after a long period in the doldrums. At the end of last year,...

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