Nicolas Sarkozy

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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(...)

A Roma child looks at French police standing guard as Roma families are evicted from an illegal camp near the Var river in Nice, southeastern France. There are only 20,000 Roma in France but they are highly visible in shanty towns around Paris, Lille and Lyon. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

French officials discreetly applauded the British prime minister David Cameron’s proposals this week to restrict immigration from poor EU countries. I(...)

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira attends a parliamentary questions session at the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has filed a lawsuit against the extreme right-wing publication Minute for “racist insults”. If convicted, its (...)

Stephen Schwarzman: has contributed €73 million to his scholarship programme

Wall Street mogul Stephen Schwarzman, whose Blackstone firm is one of the most biggest global players in the private equity business, held a groundbre(...)

Only 73 French people have been interred in the Pantheon in Paris, more than half by Napoleon. “Pantheonisation” is one of the last privileges left to a French president, but like everything else, it has turned into a dilemma for François Hollande. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

It was a day devoted to the quest for heroes, in an age that no longer seems to produce them. Three former prime ministers, six of France’s leading hi(...)

 French National Front leader Marine Le Pen:   If François Hollande faced Le Pen in the 2017 runoff for the presidency, some conservatives predict the right would vote massively for Le Pen. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Marine Le Pen, president of France? It may sound far-fetched, but a victory by the leader of the extreme right-wing National Front (FN) is a frequent (...)

The state has hired an additional 3,347 civil servants since French president François Hollande came to office. Photograph: Reuters

The French government foresees another €18 billion in budgetary adjustments next year, with 80 per cent of this to come from spending cuts and the rem(...)

‘There’s been an acknowledgement that the Celtic Tiger years went too far’: the outgoing French ambassador to Ireland, Emmanuelle d’Achon. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
Not goodbye, but au revoir

Ambassador Emmanuelle d’Achon will return to Paris today, leaving France’s historic friendship with Ireland even warmer and deeper for the care she la(...)

Minister for State Brian Hayes is likely to face some tough questions from colleagues at tomorrow’s discussion on tax evasion. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

It was supposed to be a quiet affair. Today euro zone and EU finance ministers reconvene for the first time since June for an informal meeting in Viln(...)

 Nicolas Sarkozy  and  Francois Hollande: both men have had to grapple with the effects of the downturn

The initial effects of the economic crisis were blunted in France by the dominance of the public sector. Five years later, the weight of government is(...)

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