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Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault came clean on Tuesday night. Photograph: EPA

For two weeks, French socialists had been rubbing their hands with glee. In the run-up to the first round of nationwide municipal elections on (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: datebooks are relevant to several financial scandals in which he is under investigation. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

In yet another setback for the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the Court of Cass(...)

The then French president Nicolas Sarkozy makes a phone call at a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels in December 2009. Mr Sarkozy’s phone was tapped during a judicial investigation into the financing of his 2007 election campaign, Le Monde newspaper reported today, a move denounced by his lawyer as “monstrous”. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

The telephones of France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy, his lawyer and two of Mr Sarkozy’s former interior ministers were tapped last year by (...)

Patrick Buisson: former adviser’s tapes are more embarrassingly banal than damaging. Photograph: Reuters

The former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and his wife, Carla Bruni, are suing for breach of privacy after conversations recorded by a clos(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, referred to in private as “the short one” by Patrick Buisson on recordings made by the adviser. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Eighteen days before municipal elections the French right hopes to win, the “Sarko leaks” scandal broke yeste(...)

French UMP president Jean-Francois Copé says he is the victim of a “plot” to discredit him and has sworn to sue Le Point magazine. Photograph:  Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images)

Did Jean-Francois Copé, the leader of the conservative UMP party, overcharge then president Nicolas Sarkozy a(...)

Even now, despite CDU support, Berlin officials are concerned that Jean-Claude Juncker’s  outspoken style has put many noses out of joint in other European capitals. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has backed Jean-Claude Juncker to lead Europe’s conservative bloc in May’s E(...)

A file photograph of French first lady Valerie Trierweiler, as she attends the Bastille Day Military parade. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

France’s first lady has thanked her supporters after leaving hospital after a more than week-long stay following gossip magazine reports about an all(...)

French Elysee presidential palace chef Bernard Vaussion (right) and his successor Guillaume Gomez (left) pose in the kitchen at the Elysee palace in Paris. Photograph:  MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernard Vaussion has spent his whole life in the kitchen. The top chef at the Élysée Palace retired recently at the age of 60. He’d been a pastry appr(...)

David Cameron, the British prime minister, addresses the key health ministers in all G8 countries about the fight against dementia. Photograph: Crown Copyright

For those who care about a better life for those affected by dementia, an early Christmas present came from an unexpected source. The G8, the group of(...)

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