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Sarkozy to be tried over 2012 campaign financing

Feb 07, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The prosecution claims Sarkozy spent nearly double the legal limit of 22 5 million euros on his lavish campaign using false billing from a public relations firm called Bygmalion

Le Pen awaits her chance in roller-coaster French race

Feb 02, 2017 - 2:56 PM

Europe s shift to the right the victory of Brexit in Britain and Donald Trump s ability to win over American voters form the backdrop to a contest being watched closely around the world

Head of the far-right party FN and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (C) smiles as she arrives to visit the Salon des Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneurship fair) in Paris on February 1, 2017. Eric Piermont/AFP

Sarkozy knocked out of French presidential race

Nov 21, 2016 - 8:46 AM

Ex president Nicolas Sarkozy is beaten into third place after a stunning upset by Francois Fillon who served as his prime minister with the veteran Alain Juppe finishing second

OUT. Former French President and candidate for the French right-wing presidential primary Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech at his campaign headquarters after the vote's first round, on November 20, 2016 in Paris. Ian Langsdon/Pool/AFP

3-way race as French right holds presidential primary

Nov 20, 2016 - 2:47 PM

The US style primary is the first such contest by the French right organized partly in response to the rise of the far right National Front FN

People wave French flags during a public meeting for one of the candidates for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party primary ahead of the 2017 presidential election in Nice on November 15, 2016. Valery Hache/AFP

Trump looms large over French presidential race

Nov 17, 2016 - 11:57 AM

In the French election mainstream candidates all style themselves as uniquely qualified to prevent a similar upset by the far right

THE NEXT TRUMP? President of the French far-right party and presidential candidate for the 2017 French presidential elections Marine Le Pen smiles during the inauguration of her campaign headquarters in Paris on November 16, 2016. Alain Jocard/AFP

French presidential favorites head for debate showdown

Oct 12, 2016 - 10:40 AM

The brash Nicolas Sarkozy 61 is waging an uphill fight for a return to the office he held from 2007 to 2012 lagging far behind his mild mannered 71 year old rival Alain Juppe in voter surveys

FRONTRUNNERS. A combination of photographs created in Paris on September 21, 2016 shows candidates for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party primaries ahead of the 2017 presidential election, mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppe (L) pictured on January 20, 2012 in Paris and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy pictured on November 30, 2014 in Boulogne-Billancourt. Martin Bureau/AFP

France's Hollande would face wipeout in vote – survey

Sep 07, 2016 - 9:43 AM

Already France s least loved president Hollande would be routed in the first round of voting the survey for newspaper Le Figaro and TV news channel LCI says

French president Francois Hollande delivers a speechin Paris on September 1, 2016. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

Sarkozy announces new bid for French presidency

Aug 23, 2016 - 12:01 AM

The next 5 years will be filled with danger but also with hope writes Sarkozy who makes no secret of his ambition to reconquer the top office

NICOLAS SARKOZY. This file photo taken on February 13, 2016 shows Former French president and Les Republicains (LR) right-wing main opposition party's leader Nicolas Sarkozy giving a speech during the LR National Council in Paris. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

French court allows Sarkozy recordings in graft case

Mar 22, 2016 - 11:40 PM

Sarkozy is accused of conspiring with his lawyer to give a magistrate a lucrative job in exchange for inside information on a different corruption probe against him

SARKOZY. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attends the French League 1 soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Reims in Paris, France, February 20, 2016. File Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

France's Sarkozy publishes 'mea culpa'

Jan 22, 2016 - 6:15 PM

In his new book the former French president points to his failure to get tough on France s famously generous benefits and heavy taxes as the key reason for his 2012 defeat

In this file photo, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during the press conference organized at the party headquarters in Paris following the results of the 2015 Departmental Election, France,  March 29, 2015. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

France's far-right set to make history in first poll since attacks

Dec 06, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Around 44 million people are eligible to vote with France under tight security following its worst ever terror attacks

In this file photo, the president of the Front National (FN) Marine Le Pen delivers a speech in Nanterre, outside Paris, France, March 29, 2015. Ian Langsdon/EPA

US seeks to reassure France on spying, Assange urges action

Jun 25, 2015 - 9:33 AM

Barack Obama speaks by phone with his French counterpart Francois Hollande to assure him the US is no longer spying on European leaders

In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (R) meets with French President Francois Hollande (L) as part of the NATO Summit 2014 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, Britain, September 5, 2014. Yoan Valat/Pool/EPA

France calls US spying 'unacceptable' after WikiLeaks claims

Jun 24, 2015 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED The documents – appearing to reveal spying on Jacques Chirac Nicolas Sarkozy and Hollande from 2006 to 2012 – are published by WikiLeaks in partnership with French paper Liberation and the Mediapart website

WIRETAPPED. A combination created on June 23, 2015 shows (from L) pictures of former French presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy and French President Francois Hollande. AFP photo

US says not targeting Hollande's communications in new WikiLeaks furore

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:21 AM

UPDATED France is to convene a meeting of its defense council after the communications – classed as Top Secret and revealing spying from 2006 to 2012 – are published online by WikiLeaks

US and French flags are displayed at Orly airport, south of Paris on June 5, 2009. Boris Horvat/AFP

French right deals major blow to ruling Socialists in local elections

Mar 30, 2015 - 10:49 AM

Right wing parties spearheaded by Sarkozy s UMP win a thumping victory taking between 65 and 71 councils out of a possible 98 according to projections

FRANCE DECIDES. A voter casts his vote during the second round of 2015 French departemental election at the Evry's polling station in the south of Paris, France, 29 March 2015. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Sarkozy, Hollande clash over gay marriage law

Nov 16, 2014 - 10:01 PM

A survey reveals 68 of the French are in favor of same sex unions and 53 support adoption by homosexual couples

REPEAL GAY LAW? Though officially a secular republic, France is overwhelmingly Catholic and the issue of gay adoption and marriage – a key campaign pledge of Nicolas Sarkozy's successor Socialist President Francois Hollande – sparks a deeply divisive debate in the country. File photo by AFP

Sarkozy says France's gay marriage law should be scrapped

Nov 16, 2014 - 7:56 AM

But according to a poll 68 of the French are in favor of same sex unions and 53 support adoption by homosexual couples

Three allies of France's Sarkozy charged in fraud probe

Oct 04, 2014 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED French former president Nicolas Sarkozy has always denied any wrongdoing in the Bygmalion affair

CORRUPTION? A file photo dated 10 February 2014 of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attending a campaign rally for Union For a Popular Movement (UMP) political party candidate for Paris' mayoral election in Paris, France. Ian Langsdon/EPA

Sarkozy corruption probe suspended – source

Sep 24, 2014 - 3:48 PM

The Paris appeals court decides to freeze the probe pending a study of a request by Sarkozy to have it dismissed a source close to the enquiry told Agence France Presse

File photo of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Brussels, Belgium, 27 March 2013. Julien Warnand/EPA

France's Hollande denies influencing Sarkozy case

Jul 14, 2014 - 9:03 PM

The French leader issues this statement after Nicolas Sarkozy denounced political interference in his case

RIGHT TO PRIVACY. French President Francois Hollande (C) stands with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (2ndL) and Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (2ndR) on January 9, 2014 in Paris. Alain Jocard/AFP Photo

France's Sarkozy hit by new phone tap leaks

Jul 12, 2014 - 9:41 PM

The former French president who was charged two weeks ago with corruption and influence peddling in a case related to his campaign to win the presidency in 2007 claims he is the victim of a grotesque set up

File photo of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy by Etienne Laurent/EPA

Sarkozy hits back at 'political' corruption charges

Jul 03, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Sarkozy: I have never committed any act contrary to the values of the republic or the rule of law

CHARGED. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (Rear-C) leaves his home on July 2, 2014 in Paris. Jacques Demarthon/AFP

French ex-president Sarkozy charged with corruption

Jul 02, 2014 - 8:59 AM

UPDATED Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with corruption and influence peddling in a criminal investigation

CHARGED. A file photo dated 10 February 2014 of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attending a campaign rally for Union For a Popular Movement (UMP) political party candidate for Paris' mayoral election in Paris, France. Ian Langsdon/EPA

Ex-French president Sarkozy held in detention over criminal probe

Jul 01, 2014 - 3:11 PM

UPDATED Nicolas Sarkozy is detained for questioning in a widening corruption probe in an unprecedented move against a former French president

DETAINED. Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is reportedly detained for questioning in relation to a corruption probe. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Hollande axes French PM after election debacle

Apr 01, 2014 - 12:41 AM

French President Francois Hollande decided to axe current Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault after his Socialist Party lost more than 150 towns and cities to the main opposition and far right in municipal elections on Sunday

FRENCH PRIME MINISTER Jean-Marc Ayrault. Photo from his public figure page on Facebook

Judges tapped ex-president Sarkozy's phones

Mar 07, 2014 - 11:33 PM

French judges tapped the phone calls of former President Nicolas Sarkozy as part of a probe into allegations former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign

France feared US hacked president, was Israel involved?

Oct 25, 2013 - 10:18 PM

The leaked document published by Le Monde underlines that NSA officials were anxious not to cause any further offence to their angry French counterparts

Sarkozy investigated over Kadhafi funding claims

Apr 19, 2013 - 10:03 PM

The formal probe could lead to Sarkozy facing a second set of corruption related charges arising from his campaign

Sarkozy in corruption charge

Mar 22, 2013 - 8:02 AM

France s former president is accused of taking financial advantage of a wealthy heiress

CASH ENVELOPES. Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (middle) leaves Bordeaux' courthouse after a hearing. Sarkosy is accused of accepting envelopes stuffed with cash from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt to illegally finance his 2007 election campaign.  AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BERNARD

Sarkozy calls for re-vote in French right showdown

Nov 27, 2012 - 7:35 AM

Ex president Nicolas Sarkozy called Monday November 26 for a fresh vote to resolve the bitter leadership battle that has left France s main right wing opposition party the UMP on the verge of collapse

Hollande sworn in as French president amid euro turmoil

May 15, 2012 - 4:55 PM

Francois Hollande was sworn in as France s president Tuesday becoming the country s first Socialist leader in 17 years

MERCI BEAUCOUP. France's president-elect Francois Hollande gestures to the crowd at the victory rally after he was proclaimed winner of the French presidential runoff election, at the Bastille in Paris, France, May 7 2012. Photo courtesy of the Parti socialiste (Socialist Party of France).

Libya funded Sarkozy 2007 campaign: ex-Libya PM's lawyers

May 03, 2012 - 10:29 PM

Lawyers for former Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al Mahmudi said the Khadafi regime helped bankroll the 2007 campaign of French president Nicolas Sarkozy

French vote debate fierce but no knock-out blow

May 03, 2012 - 7:00 AM

French President Nicolas Sarkozy launches fierce assaults on his Socialist rival Francois Hollande in their pre poll debate

Struggling Sarkozy pins re-election hopes on French TV duel

May 02, 2012 - 6:21 PM

Nicolas Sarkozy makes a last ditch bid Wednesday May 2 to turn the tide against Socialist Francois Hollande when they go head to head in the French presidential election s one and only television debate

LA FRANCE FORTE. French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy addresses the crowd at a political rally of the center-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) party at the Trocadero in Paris, May 1, 2012. Photo by the Nicolas Sarkozy campaign

Meet Francois Hollande, the anti-Sarkozy

Apr 23, 2012 - 6:46 AM

Socialist Francois Hollande is the exact opposite of Nicolas Sarkozy but recent weeks have also exposed his weaknesses

MONSIEUR LE PRÉSIDENT? Francois Hollande at a political rally in Bourget, France, 22 Jaunary 2012. Photo courtesy of the Francois Hollande official website

Hollande beats Sarkozy in French first round voting

Apr 23, 2012 - 1:17 AM

Socialist Francois Hollande beat right wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in France s first round presidential race Sunday

France votes as Sarkozy era hangs by thread

Apr 22, 2012 - 9:33 AM

France s first round poll on Sunday April 22 is between two frontrunners Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy

Socialist favored as France heads for presidential vote

Apr 19, 2012 - 10:58 AM

Nicolas Sarkozy faces serious threat from Socialist candidate Francois Hollande in France s first round of presidential election

FRANCE'S NEXT PRESIDENT? Francois Hollande (center) at a rally at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris, March 18, 2012. Photo courtesy of the Francois Hollande campaign website.

French keen on abstaining in polls

Apr 02, 2012 - 10:34 AM

A record number of French voters are frustrated with a lackluster presidential campaign