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France’s former finance minister Christine Lagarde and her then head of cabinet Stephane Richard in 2008. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The magistrates who are investigating the €403 million settlement awarded to a friend of the former president Nicolas Sarkozy have concluded that the (...)

W hen Carla Bruni ceased to be first lady of France last year, many thought that was the last the Elysée Palace would see of the former supermodel and(...)

The chairman and chief executive officer of French telecommunications operator France Telecom-Orange, Stephane Richard.

Stéphane Richard, chief executive of France Telecom, was taken into custody yesterday for questioning over his role in an arbitration process that led(...)

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who will be presented with the Moreau report on Friday.  Photograph: Reuters

The French government has begun to test the waters for the most explosive reform it will undertake, by leaking key provisions of the Moreau report on (...)

IMF chief Christine Lagarde arrives for the second day of a hearing by French magistrates in Paris into  her role in a €285 million arbitration agreement with a supporter of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters.

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde began testifying for a second day at a Paris court investigating her decision t(...)

IMF chief Christine Lagarde arrives to be questioned by a French magistrate in Paris over her role in a €400 million arbitration payment made to a supporter of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde is facing questions at a special Paris court today over a controversial financial deal that(...)

Migrants wait to disembark from an Italian navy ship  in Sicily after being rescued from a Turkish cargo ship in 2009.  Photograph: AP

When the Arab spring surged into full force, most Europeans hailed the revolutionary events as a t(...)

People walk past the Apple logo near an Apple Store at a shopping area in central Beijing. Photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

The tax inquiry by a powerful US Senate subcommittee into computer giant Apple and the financial advantages it enjoys in Ireland comes as bad n(...)

Germany calling: Enda Kenny at a press conference in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

A senior Fine Gael figure smiles as he muses on Enda Kenny’s reluctance to fill the vacancy for junior agriculture minister, a post that has be(...)

French president François Hollande replies to questions after his speech at the Élysée Palace yesterday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

In what was only the second press conference of his presidency, François Hollande yesterday promise(...)

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