Nicolas Sarkozy

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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(...)

A stock quotation board displaying Japan’s Nikkei share average outside a brokerage in Tokyo. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

James Carville, adviser to president Bill Clinton, once said that were he reincarnated, he would choose to return as the bond market: he could then in(...)

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault makes the case for intervention in Syria on moral grounds during a parliamentary debate at the national assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

The French national assembly debate over military intervention in Syria turned preconceptions of a pacifist left and hawkish right upside down. The s(...)

French banking executives were alarmed in 2012 when François Hollande said his ‘real adversary’ was not Nicolas Sarkozy but ‘faceless finance ’. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/ AFP/ Getty Images

Cyril Roux, the French official who will become the financial regulator on October 1st, worked for insurance giant Axa and for the French treasury bef(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, with French UMP party head Jean-François Cope and party member Nadine Morano, leave party headquarters in Paris after their meeting last Monday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

When he lost the presidential election in May 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy promised to leave public life. He withdrew to the villa of his wife Carla Bruni in(...)

French businessman Bernard Tapie: under formal investigation on suspicion of fraud. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

Judges investigating the arbitration process that resulted in the payment of €403 million to the businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008 have begun seizing (...)

French businessman Bernard Tapie claims he was the victim of a plot to discredit Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

A few nights ago, I was surprised to hear an 82-year-old grandmother from the Parisian grande bourgeoise defending Bernard Tapie at a family dinner. “(...)

Laetitia, a 30-year-old unemployed Frenchwoman and member of CVStreet group, uses a brush to paste posters of herself and others unemployed people in the streets of Marseille. The main idea is to break the anonymity for the unemployed by posting their portraits in the street.

French governments have struggled with the jobless young issue since 1977, when then prime minister Raymond Barre launched the “pact for youth employm(...)

French president François Hollande: wants to establish a “personal training account” for the unemployed. Photograph: Andrew Winning/PA

President François Hollande prides himself on being a man of dialogue and consensus. So it is in character for him to launch France’s second annual s(...)

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