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French budget minister Gérald Darmanin: police are studying an exchange of text messages which indicate that Sophie Spatz pleaded with him to write the promised letter. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty

The French budget minister Gérald Darmanin has come under pressure to resign after Le Monde newspaper revealed he is under preliminary investigation f(...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: delights in pointing out how difficult it will be to disentangle the UK from the EU. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Few European politicians have ever been as important to Ireland as Michel Barnier, a silver-haired, urbane Frenchman. How he conducts the Brexit nego(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of surpassing the €22.5m legal ceiling on campaign expenditure by spending at least €42.8m on his 2012 campaign. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to appeal a judge’s decision to send him for trial with 13 other people for the illegal financing of Mr(...)

Colleagues say Barnier is far from the arch-federalist bureaucrat that enemies portray. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

In 2010 the Daily Telegraph ran a story about France’s European Union commissioner at the time. It didn’t pull any punches, its headline asking, “Mich(...)

  Presidential candidates ex-prime minister Alain Juppe, Nathalie Kosciusko- Morizet, and ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy  during the  Les Républicains TV debate. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/ AFP/Getty Images

It feels as if the French presidential election is taking place this autumn rather than next spring, because much of the electorate is convinced that (...)

Nicolas Sarkozy, former head of the Les Republicans political party and former French president, leaves his campaign headquarters in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The former president and 2017 presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy could be fined €3,750 and imprisoned for a year if, as recommended by the Paris p(...)

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.  While technically the union can trundle on and is not obliged to respond to the vagaries of general elections, the anti-establishment vote is, in part, an expression of frustration at EU as well as national elites.   AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

In October last year, Enda Kenny took to the stage at the European People’s Party congress in Madrid and told the tale of Ireland’s return to economi(...)

‘Forty years on, this very French, eclectic gathering, lubricated by copious wine and fromages to die for, provided some telling snapshots of the country’s, and particularly its left’s, uncertain, confused, and depressed mood and the langueur of its politics.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Paris in the springtime. Around the tables in the country garden on this balmy evening, pals, old schoolfriends, and family celebrated last weekend on(...)

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 (...)

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