Nicolas Sarkozy

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Patrick Buisson: former adviser’s tapes are more embarrassingly banal than damaging. Photograph: Reuters

The former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and his wife, Carla Bruni, are suing for breach of privacy after conversations recorded by a clos(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, referred to in private as “the short one” by Patrick Buisson on recordings made by the adviser. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Eighteen days before municipal elections the French right hopes to win, the “Sarko leaks” scandal broke yeste(...)

French UMP president Jean-Francois Copé says he is the victim of a “plot” to discredit him and has sworn to sue Le Point magazine. Photograph:  Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images)

Did Jean-Francois Copé, the leader of the conservative UMP party, overcharge then president Nicolas Sarkozy a(...)

Even now, despite CDU support, Berlin officials are concerned that Jean-Claude Juncker’s  outspoken style has put many noses out of joint in other European capitals. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has backed Jean-Claude Juncker to lead Europe’s conservative bloc in May’s E(...)

A file photograph of French first lady Valerie Trierweiler, as she attends the Bastille Day Military parade. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

France’s first lady has thanked her supporters after leaving hospital after a more than week-long stay following gossip magazine reports about an all(...)

French Elysee presidential palace chef Bernard Vaussion (right) and his successor Guillaume Gomez (left) pose in the kitchen at the Elysee palace in Paris. Photograph:  MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernard Vaussion has spent his whole life in the kitchen. The top chef at the Élysée Palace retired recently at the age of 60. He’d been a pastry appr(...)

David Cameron, the British prime minister, addresses the key health ministers in all G8 countries about the fight against dementia. Photograph: Crown Copyright

For those who care about a better life for those affected by dementia, an early Christmas present came from an unexpected source. The G8, the group of(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “I made little progress with Trichet,” he says. “Draghi was the man I made progress with.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Rush-hour traffic on Merrion Street in Dublin is just about audible within the Department of Finance as Michael Noonan quietly muses on the lessons le(...)

The hearse carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela travels through a street in Pretoria, this morning, on its way to the Union Buildings, where his coffin will lie in state for three days. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nelson Mandela’s coffin has arrived at South Africa’s main seat of power for public viewing.The streets were lined with people who had gathered to wat(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande at the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

When French president François Hollande invited his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy to accompany him to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral, the inv(...)

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