French Senate president Gerard Larcher (left), French president Francois Hollande (centre) and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (right) attend a meeting the day after WikiLeaks revelations of US spying on French presidents, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France summoned the US ambassador on Wednesday to explain allegations by transparency lobby group WikiLeaks of what president Francois Hollande brande(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at UMP party headquarters in Paris. The 212,000 members of the party will vote on the party’s statute and new name. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/Afp/Getty Images

Militants of Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative UMP will officially change their party’s name to “Les Républicains” – the Republicans – on Saturday. With (...)

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 (...)