Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (centre) arrived with police by car at the financial investigation unit in Paris.  He was held for questioning for 15 hours yesterday over suspicions he used his influence to secure leaked details of an inquiry  into his 2007 election campaign. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has accused France’s justice system of trying to “humiliate” and “destroy” him, after he was charged in a corruption (...)

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 (...)

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France’s ban on wearing face-covering veils in public places. Woman addresses media as she demonstrated against full-face veil ban in 2011.  Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France’s ban on wearing face-covering veils in public places. The Strasbourg court decided by a majority(...)

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was being held today for questioning over suspected influence-peddling, a legal source said.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was held today for questioning over suspicions that a network of informers kept him abreast of a separate inqu(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has given a humorous hint that he may be interested in the European Commissioner post believed to be ear-marked for Fine Gae(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will hold talks with Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte tomorrow evening on the appointment of the next European Commission president, amid continuing disquiet about the candidacy of Jean-Claude Juncker.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will hold talks with Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte tomorrow evening on the appointment of the next European Commission presiden(...)

Uefa president Michel Platini  has come under scrutiny amid renewed corruption claims over  Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup.

The Uefa president, Michel Platini, insisted yesterday that Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup was never mentioned in a meeting between him and t(...)

A police car passes in front of the headquarters of France’s centre-right UMP political party in Paris.  Photograph: Charles Platiau

The implosion of French political life precipitated by the victory of the far right-wing National Front (FN) in Sunday’s European elections continued (...)

Marine Le Pen, France’s National Front political party leader, reacts to results after the polls closed in the European Parliament elections.  Photograph: Remy de la Mauviniere/AP

National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen inherited her father Jean-Marie’s self-assurance, deep voice, and the way he throws back his head and guffaws(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy reacts as he arrives in the tribune for Paris St Germain’s French Ligue 1 soccer match against Stade Rennes’ at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy weighed into the European Parliament election campaign today, calling for tighter controls on immigration and a t(...)