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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(...)

A poll published this month showed French support for EU membership has dropped 16 percentage points in a decade, from 67 per cent in 2004 to 51 per cent at present. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Disillusionment with Europe has grown across the EU but the phenomenon is particularly marked in France, which prides itself on being the cradle of th(...)

If Marine Le Pen leads her National Front party to victory, she improves her chances of making it to the 2017 presidential run-off. Photograph: Reuters

France will elect 74 MEPs on Sunday week. The government has not organised a civic information campaign, as it usually does for elections. Nearly two-(...)

Siemens knows from bitter experience how difficult the French government can be. In 2004 it weighed a bid for Alstom’s energy assets but was stymied by Nicolas Sarkozy, then French finance minister.  Photograph:  Etienne Laurent/EPA

Siemens’s chief executive Joe Kaeser sketched the outlines of a plan that could transform Europe’s energy and transport businesses in February,(...)

Manuel Valls (51) has been compared with “New Labour” former British premier Tony Blair both for his pro-business ideas and his dashing style.  Photograph: Reuters

French president François Hollande chose centrist interior minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister yesterday, a coalition source said, (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: “Who could have imagined that, in 2014 in France, the right to privacy would be violated by telephone taps?” Photograph: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday retaliated against magistrates who are inve(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy at a Paris St Germain match at the weekend. He bought  a second mobile phone after being tipped off that he was being bugged, but the new one was also tapped.  Photograph: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Summaries of seven recorded telephone conversations between the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer (...)

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault came clean on Tuesday night. Photograph: EPA

For two weeks, French socialists had been rubbing their hands with glee. In the run-up to the first round of nationwide municipal elections on (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: datebooks are relevant to several financial scandals in which he is under investigation. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

In yet another setback for the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the Court of Cass(...)

The then French president Nicolas Sarkozy makes a phone call at a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels in December 2009. Mr Sarkozy’s phone was tapped during a judicial investigation into the financing of his 2007 election campaign, Le Monde newspaper reported today, a move denounced by his lawyer as “monstrous”. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

The telephones of France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy, his lawyer and two of Mr Sarkozy’s former interior ministers were tapped last year by (...)

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