Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's phone tapped over Muammar Gaddafi link

Henry Samuel in Paris Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, had his phone tapped for the past year by a senior judge investigating allegations that he used donations from Muammar Gaddafi for his 2007 election...

Nicolas Sarkozy seething after aide secretly recorded him while in office

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Corinne Delpuech and Nadege Puljak A trusted adviser of the former French president recorded hundreds of hours of conversations during his time in office, including Nicolas Sarkozy mocking the capacities of some of his ministers.

Bush art: Dubya, brush in hand, captures fellow leaders

Peter Baker A dour Vladimir Putin glares ever so frostily, full of menace, free of mirth, ready to annex any passer-by unwise enough to get too close.

Mary-Kate Olsen engaged to Olivier Sarkozy

Michael Idato Former child star Mary-Kate Olsen is to marry the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Paris police accused of wiping 19,000 crimes off books

French police are accused of making themselves look more efficient by obscuring crimes.

Henry Samuel Police authorities in the French capital "systematically" wiped tens of thousands of crimes from their books as part of a decade-long cover-up to make the capital seem safer than it was, according to...

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

French president Fran?ois Hollande.

Nick O'Malley You don’t hear talk of “cheese eating surrender monkeys” in Washington, DC, these days.

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

Nick O'Malley You don't hear talk of "cheese eating surrender monkeys" in Washington, DC, these days. With the French President Francois Hollande in town for a state visit the focus is on the warmth of the...

First among men

Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde has made it to the top of law, politics and now global finance - but she's had to pay a price. The French head of the International Monetary Fund talks to Peter Wilson.

No more first ladies, says Hollande

Painful times ... French President Francois Hollande is said to have begun

Henry Samuel After the furore over his alleged affair with an actress, French President Francois Hollande wants "no more first ladies in the Elysee", it emerged on Monday.

Francois Hollande announces separation from Valerie Trierweiler

Split: French President Francois Hollande with Valerie Trierweiler in May last year.

Emmanuel Jarry French President Francois Hollande has announced his separation from first lady Valerie Trierweiler following a media storm over allegations he was having an affair with an actress.

Hollande rebuffs Britain's shift on EU

Alice Ritchie The French President has dealt a blow to David Cameron's hopes of renegotiating Britain's EU membership.

Caribbean countries demand compensation for slave trade

British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Stephen Castle London: In a 2008 biography he wrote of an anti-slavery campaigner, Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, described the trade in human beings as an indefensible barbarity, "brutal, mercenary...

Who's who at Mandela memorial includes Obama, Bush, Cameron, Abbott

President Barack Obama

Leaders attending memorial for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg

French President Francois Hollande accused of having affair with actress Julie Gayet

Rumours: Julie Gayet pictured at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.

Henry Samuel Francois Hollande, the French president, is facing a private and political crisis after a celebrity magazine published photographs alleging a "secret love affair" with a film actress almost 20 years...

French first lady in hospital after reports of Hollande affair


Geert De Clercq and Elizabeth Pineau Paris: French first lady Valerie Trierweiler has been admitted to hospital following reports of an affair between President Francois Hollande and an actress, but will be discharged on Monday, sources...

London-Beijing tiff could cost UK billions

dalai lama

Malcolm Moore and James Quinn David Cameron has effectively been barred from visiting China because Beijing is so angry at the Prime Minister for meeting the Dalai Lama last year.

Sarkozy on shaky ground as French voters decide

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy

Karen Kissane, Paris France has started voting in the first round of a presidential election that is widely expected to see conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy toppled by socialist candidate Francois Hollande.

Le Pen's strong result shocks French rivals

France's President and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) candidate for the 2012 presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy acknowledges the audience on April 22, 2012 prior to delivering a speech at the Mutualite in Paris, following the announcement of the estimated results of the first round of the French 2012 presidential elections. Socialist challenger Francois Hollande won the first round of the French presidential vote on April 22, setting himself up for a May 6 run-off with right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.    AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

Karen Kissane Marine Le Pen is expected to force the rhetoric of President Nicolas Sarkozy further right.

Hollande beats Sarkozy in French vote, both in second round


Karen Kissane Socialist champion Francois Hollande stamped his authority on the French presidential race Sunday, winning the first round of polling and setting up a May 6 run-off with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarkozy in appeal to far-right voters

Francois Hollande, Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, attends a campaign rally in Lorient, April 23, 2012 the day after the first round of the 2012 French presidential election.   REUTERS/Laetitia Notarianni (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Henry Samuel, Paris Gains for right in first round of elections that Socialist Francois Hollande is tipped to win.