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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, with French UMP party head Jean-François Cope and party member Nadine Morano, leave party headquarters in Paris after their meeting last Monday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

When he lost the presidential election in May 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy promised to leave public life. He withdrew to the villa of his wife Carla Bruni in(...)

French businessman Bernard Tapie: under formal investigation on suspicion of fraud. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

Judges investigating the arbitration process that resulted in the payment of €403 million to the businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008 have begun seizing (...)

French businessman Bernard Tapie claims he was the victim of a plot to discredit Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

A few nights ago, I was surprised to hear an 82-year-old grandmother from the Parisian grande bourgeoise defending Bernard Tapie at a family dinner. “(...)

Laetitia, a 30-year-old unemployed Frenchwoman and member of CVStreet group, uses a brush to paste posters of herself and others unemployed people in the streets of Marseille. The main idea is to break the anonymity for the unemployed by posting their portraits in the street.

French governments have struggled with the jobless young issue since 1977, when then prime minister Raymond Barre launched the “pact for youth employm(...)

French president François Hollande: wants to establish a “personal training account” for the unemployed. Photograph: Andrew Winning/PA

President François Hollande prides himself on being a man of dialogue and consensus. So it is in character for him to launch France’s second annual s(...)

France’s former finance minister Christine Lagarde and her then head of cabinet Stephane Richard in 2008. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The magistrates who are investigating the €403 million settlement awarded to a friend of the former president Nicolas Sarkozy have concluded that the (...)

W hen Carla Bruni ceased to be first lady of France last year, many thought that was the last the Elysée Palace would see of the former supermodel and(...)

The chairman and chief executive officer of French telecommunications operator France Telecom-Orange, Stephane Richard.

Stéphane Richard, chief executive of France Telecom, was taken into custody yesterday for questioning over his role in an arbitration process that led(...)

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who will be presented with the Moreau report on Friday.  Photograph: Reuters

The French government has begun to test the waters for the most explosive reform it will undertake, by leaking key provisions of the Moreau report on (...)

IMF chief Christine Lagarde arrives for the second day of a hearing by French magistrates in Paris into  her role in a €285 million arbitration agreement with a supporter of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters.

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde began testifying for a second day at a Paris court investigating her decision t(...)

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