Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy waves to reporters on Sunday as he leaves France Television headquarters in Paris after announcing his political comeback. Photograph: AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy won a small victory yesterday when it was announced that the Paris appeals court has suspended an investig(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF): placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapie financial scandal. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapi(...)

 IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under official investigation by French Magistrates for her alleged role in a corruption probe. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Under French law, he can be detained for 48 hours. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday became the first former president in the history of France to be detained for questioning, in an investigation into alleged (...)

French businessman Bernard Tapie. Despite a tax break worth tens of millions of euros granted by Nicolas Sarkozy’s former budget minister, he has again claimed he is a victim. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

Most people, if awarded €405 million in what magistrates have since called a “sham arbitration”, would probably have paid the 33.3 per cent corporate (...)

Nicolas Sarkozy has been cleared of the “unfair” and “abominable” – in the words of his friends – allegation that he abused the senile dementia of Fra(...)

French businessman Bernard Tapie: under formal investigation on suspicion of fraud. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

Judges investigating the arbitration process that resulted in the payment of €403 million to the businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008 have begun seizing (...)

French businessman Bernard Tapie claims he was the victim of a plot to discredit Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

A few nights ago, I was surprised to hear an 82-year-old grandmother from the Parisian grande bourgeoise defending Bernard Tapie at a family dinner. “(...)

France’s former finance minister Christine Lagarde and her then head of cabinet Stephane Richard in 2008. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The magistrates who are investigating the €403 million settlement awarded to a friend of the former president Nicolas Sarkozy have concluded that the (...)

The chairman and chief executive officer of French telecommunications operator France Telecom-Orange, Stephane Richard.

Stéphane Richard, chief executive of France Telecom, was taken into custody yesterday for questioning over his role in an arbitration process that led(...)