Nicolas Sarkozy

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French prime minister Manuel Valls: he said EU states must “progress towards common European tax rates”

France is under pressure from a number of other EU states over its failure to reform its patent box system despite agreeing to do so in 2014. The co(...)

François Hollande: the president called his January 2014 break-up with Valérie Trierweiler “the worst personal moment” of his five years in office. Photograph: Reuters/Yoan Valat/Pool

French president François Hollande often seems to mistake extreme verbosity for communication. His press conferences last 2½ hours. His interview in (...)

Marine Le Pen, leader of the  Front National, during a recent rally. “The influence of Le Pen continues to grow,” says political scientist Pascal Perrineau. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Prof Pascal Perrineau, one of France’s leading political scientists, says it’s 95 per cent certain that Marine Le Pen, the leader of the extreme right(...)

IDA chief Martin Shanahan said “Ireland does not do tax deals. We have never done tax deals.” Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Chief executive of the Investment and Development Agency (IDA) Martin Shanahan spends much of his time abroad, persuading foreigners to invest in Irel(...)

French president Francois Hollande visiting Calais on Monday. Neither Nicolas Sarkozy nor Hollande went to the “Jungle”, as it has become a lawless zone deemed too dangerous for senior politicians. Photograph: Getty Images

President François Hollande made what can only be described as a rash promise on Monday to demolish the entire camp known as the Calais “Jungle” befo(...)

Former French president and candidate for next year’s presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy: “The climate has been changing for 4.5 billion years. Man alone is not responsible for this change,” he declared in a speech for the Institut de l’enterprise seen by AFP. Photograph:    Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Former French president and candidate for next year’s presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy has joined the ranks of Donald Trump and Danny Healy-Rae a(...)

Political advisor,  business consultant and intellectual Hakim El Karoui: In July, he drafted an open letter published by the Journal du Dimanche. “We who are French and Muslim are ready to assume our responsibilities,” it began. The text was signed by 41 Muslim academics, business people, scientists and cultural figures, and was widely noted by media and politicians. Photograph:  Matthieu alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

Hakim El Karoui was not predisposed to become a spokesman for the silent majority of French Muslims. “I never played the role of the minority kid from(...)

French president François Hollande: His Socialist Party faithful gave him a standing ovation before he started  his speech in Paris on Thursday  entitled “Democracy Facing Terrorism” but a recent poll suggests that 88 per cent of French voters do not want him to seek re-election. Photograph: Christophe Ena/Pool/Reuters

Hundreds of Socialist Party faithful assembled in a theatre near the Arc de Triomphe on Thursday to hear François Hollande’s speech entitled “Democrac(...)

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(...)

French business owners and locals blockade the main road into the Port of Calais as they await the arrival of a convoy of trucks protesting against “The Jungle” migrant camp. Photograph by Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Three processions of French lorry drivers, farmers, shopkeepers and port workers converged at the mouth of the Eurotunnel on Monday and threatened to (...)

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