France’s president Francois Hollande smiles during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

France’s cash-strapped government was attacked from left and right today over plans to cut family benefit payouts by tying them for the first time in (...)

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(...)

Former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac who swore to the French president, prime minister and finance minister that he had never had a bank account abroad. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Left-leaning website Mediapart first reported that Jérôme Cahuzac, then French budget minister, had a Swiss bank account last December 4th, (...)