Nicolas Sarkozy

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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to politics, saying ‘I am a candidate for the presidency of my political family’. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to politics on Friday, declaring he would seek the leadership of the opposition UMP par(...)

French president François Hollande during  a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris where he outlined plans for the rest of his five-year term. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

President François Hollande yesterday attributed the strength of the pro-independence movement in Scotland to the failings of the European Union. “Eur(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF): placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapie financial scandal. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapi(...)

 IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under official investigation by French Magistrates for her alleged role in a corruption probe. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (centre) arrived with police by car at the financial investigation unit in Paris.  He was held for questioning for 15 hours yesterday over suspicions he used his influence to secure leaked details of an inquiry  into his 2007 election campaign. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has accused France’s justice system of trying to “humiliate” and “destroy” him, after he was charged in a corruption (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Under French law, he can be detained for 48 hours. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday became the first former president in the history of France to be detained for questioning, in an investigation into alleged (...)

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France’s ban on wearing face-covering veils in public places. Woman addresses media as she demonstrated against full-face veil ban in 2011.  Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France’s ban on wearing face-covering veils in public places. The Strasbourg court decided by a majority(...)

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was being held today for questioning over suspected influence-peddling, a legal source said.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was held today for questioning over suspicions that a network of informers kept him abreast of a separate inqu(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has given a humorous hint that he may be interested in the European Commissioner post believed to be ear-marked for Fine Gae(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will hold talks with Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte tomorrow evening on the appointment of the next European Commission president, amid continuing disquiet about the candidacy of Jean-Claude Juncker.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will hold talks with Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte tomorrow evening on the appointment of the next European Commission presiden(...)

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