French photographer François-Marie Banier (right) with his lawyer Laurent Merlet as they leave the Bordeaux courthouse yesterday. Photographer: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images

The five-week trial of 10 people accused of swindling France’s richest woman out of hundreds of millions of euro, ended yesterday in Bordeaux. (...)

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, (...)