Nicolas Sarkozy

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Uefa president Michel Platini  has come under scrutiny amid renewed corruption claims over  Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup.

The Uefa president, Michel Platini, insisted yesterday that Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup was never mentioned in a meeting between him and t(...)

A police car passes in front of the headquarters of France’s centre-right UMP political party in Paris.  Photograph: Charles Platiau

The implosion of French political life precipitated by the victory of the far right-wing National Front (FN) in Sunday’s European elections continued (...)

Marine Le Pen, France’s National Front political party leader, reacts to results after the polls closed in the European Parliament elections.  Photograph: Remy de la Mauviniere/AP

National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen inherited her father Jean-Marie’s self-assurance, deep voice, and the way he throws back his head and guffaws(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy reacts as he arrives in the tribune for Paris St Germain’s French Ligue 1 soccer match against Stade Rennes’ at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy weighed into the European Parliament election campaign today, calling for tighter controls on immigration and a t(...)

A poll published this month showed French support for EU membership has dropped 16 percentage points in a decade, from 67 per cent in 2004 to 51 per cent at present. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Disillusionment with Europe has grown across the EU but the phenomenon is particularly marked in France, which prides itself on being the cradle of th(...)

If Marine Le Pen leads her National Front party to victory, she improves her chances of making it to the 2017 presidential run-off. Photograph: Reuters

France will elect 74 MEPs on Sunday week. The government has not organised a civic information campaign, as it usually does for elections. Nearly two-(...)

Siemens knows from bitter experience how difficult the French government can be. In 2004 it weighed a bid for Alstom’s energy assets but was stymied by Nicolas Sarkozy, then French finance minister.  Photograph:  Etienne Laurent/EPA

Siemens’s chief executive Joe Kaeser sketched the outlines of a plan that could transform Europe’s energy and transport businesses in February,(...)

Manuel Valls (51) has been compared with “New Labour” former British premier Tony Blair both for his pro-business ideas and his dashing style.  Photograph: Reuters

French president François Hollande chose centrist interior minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister yesterday, a coalition source said, (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: “Who could have imagined that, in 2014 in France, the right to privacy would be violated by telephone taps?” Photograph: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday retaliated against magistrates who are inve(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy at a Paris St Germain match at the weekend. He bought  a second mobile phone after being tipped off that he was being bugged, but the new one was also tapped.  Photograph: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Summaries of seven recorded telephone conversations between the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer (...)

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