Strauss-Kahn to take the stand in pimping trial

2015-02-10 12:25

Disgraced ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose presidential hopes were torpedoed by a sex scandal, takes the stand at a French pimping trial.

French pair jailed for Israel hit-and-run

2014-12-04 16:33

A Frenchman who killed a young Israeli woman in a hit-and-run accident in Tel Aviv and immediately fled the country, has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Legal woes, rivals hamper Sarkozy's comeback

2014-10-02 16:11

Announced with much fanfare, the return of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to front-line politics has quickly become bogged down by legal woes and sniping from rivals.

French president’s public, private life in trouble

2014-09-06 16:02

Things can't get much worse for French President Francois Hollande: The economy is lagging; his new government is already under fire; and his private life has just been exposed.

Sarkozy corruption probe a blow to comeback hopes

2014-07-02 10:41

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign.

Sarkozy phone tap scandal backfires on govt

2014-03-13 07:07

A scandal that landed former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy in hot water has boomeranged on to the Socialist government.

Was Mugabe jealous of Mandela's popularity?

2013-12-09 10:25

As SA prepares for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela, a report has revealed a “strained relationship” that existed between the struggle icon and Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.

No longer illegal to be rude to president

2013-07-25 18:25

The French parliament has agreed to amend legislation dating back to 1881, saying it was no longer an offence to be rude to the French president.

Victoria Beckham in tears for David's last game

2013-05-20 15:58

Victoria Beckham let her emotions show as her husband, David Beckham, played his last ever professional soccer match in Paris over the weekend.

France slams Merkel despite flexibility

2013-04-30 12:08

An attack by French Socialists on Angela Merkel coincides with concessions by the German chancellor on austerity, but five months from elections she is loathe to trumpet her flexibility.


France's first vote since Paris attacks raises tensions

2015-02-08 10:00

France’s resurgent far right is vying for a shining moment this weekend, when the National Front is facing the Socialists in an election for a vacant seat in parliament.

Sarkozy is back but can he regain the presidency?

2014-11-28 22:32

Nicolas Sarkozy is the frontrunner as French conservatives choose their new leader over the next two days, a crucial step in his bid to win back the country's presidency.

Scandal-hit Sarkozy set to announce comeback

2014-09-17 09:16

Nicolas Sarkozy, who leapt to power in 2007 before suffering a humbling defeat five years later, is poised to make his comeback this week.

Sarkozy hits back at 'political' corruption charges

2014-07-03 09:49

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy has hit back after being charged with corruption, denying he broke the law and suggesting his political enemies were interfering with the French justice system.

Sarkozy, Gaddafi corruption probed

2014-07-01 17:38

Ex-president Sarkozy has been detained in the French corruption probe linked to campaign funding.

Sarkozy, Bruni try to block secret tapes

2014-03-06 20:58

Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni have launched a legal bid to prevent any further publication of tapes secretly recorded during his 2007-12 term as French president.

Pension reform strike to hit rail services

2013-09-09 15:00

French train services face disruption from a strike over plans to reform the country's indebted pension system, but most international links will operate normally.

IMF boss avoids charges in payout scandal

2013-05-25 11:00

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has avoided charges but has been named an "assisted witness" after French prosecutors grilled her over a state payout to a disgraced tycoon when she was finance minister.

Hollande plans strategy on anniversary

2013-05-06 15:04

Under fire from right and left, French President François Hollande has spent the first anniversary of his election triumph, hunkered down with ministers to thrash out a comeback strategy.

Protests as France legalises gay marriage

2013-04-24 09:00

France has legalised gay marriage after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep conservatism in the nation's heartland and triggered huge demonstrations.

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