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 (...)

Former French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac waits for the start of a hearing at the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Jérôme Cahuzac, the socialist budget minister who resigned on March 19th when he was placed under investigation for tax fraud and later confessed to h(...)