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...
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.
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.
Michael Idato Former child star Mary-Kate Olsen is to marry the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
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...
Nick O'Malley You don’t hear talk of “cheese eating surrender monkeys” in Washington, DC, these days.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Alice Ritchie The French President has dealt a blow to David Cameron's hopes of renegotiating Britain's EU membership.
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...
Leaders attending memorial for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg
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...
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...
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.
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.
Karen Kissane Marine Le Pen is expected to force the rhetoric of President Nicolas Sarkozy further right.
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.
Henry Samuel, Paris Gains for right in first round of elections that Socialist Francois Hollande is tipped to win.