ARTICLES RELATING TO NICOLAS SARKOZY

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.

Libyan link to Sarkozy campaign probed

2013-04-19 14:07

French prosecutors have opened a probe into allegations the Libyan regime contributed to the 2007 campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy, who went on to become president, a judicial source says.

Sarkozy probe judge gets bullet in post

2013-03-28 09:03

The judge who charged former president Nicolas Sarkozy with taking financial advantage of France's richest woman has received a bullet and a death threat in the post, say lawyers.

Mexico frees Frenchwoman

2013-01-24 09:00

A Frenchwoman who became a cause celebre in her homeland after she was sentenced to 60 years in a Mexican prison for kidnapping has been freed after a court ruling that her trial was tainted.

Algeria wants 'dynamic' ties with France

2012-12-11 12:59

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika says Algeria wants "strong and dynamic" relations with France ahead of a visit to Algiers by French President Francois Hollande.

Sarkozy escapes charge, probe continues

2012-11-23 08:12

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has escaped indictment but will continue to be investigated over allegations that his 2007 election campaign was financed with illegally secured funds.

Battle to lead French opposition collapses

2012-11-19 11:06

The battle to succeed former president Nicolas Sarkozy at the helm of France's main opposition party, the UMP, has been left undecided after both candidates claimed victory.

Hollande praises Merkel and Obama

2012-07-06 11:09

French President Francois Hollande has offered words of praise for US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a magazine interview.

Socialists sweep French parliament

2012-06-17 21:16

France's Socialists have won control of parliament in a run-off vote, handing President Francois Hollande the convincing majority needed to push through a tough tax-and-spend agenda.

French Socialists poised to take control

2012-06-11 11:00

French President Francois Hollande's Socialists and their allies are knuckling down to campaigning ahead of a crucial parliamentary run-off flush with their first-round success.

Hollande sworn in as French president

2012-05-15 11:28

Socialist leader Francois Hollande has been sworn in as president of France at a solemn ceremony overshadowed by the catastrophic debt crisis threatening to unravel the eurozone.

Hollande to be sworn in, dash to Berlin

2012-05-15 09:45

Socialist Francois Hollande is to be sworn in as France's president before naming a prime minister and dashing to Germany to battle with Berlin over how to tackle Europe's debt crisis.

Merkel to meet newly elected Hollande

2012-05-11 15:32

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a first round of talks on the eurozone crisis with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin after his inauguration, says her spokesperson.

Merkel to welcome Hollande 'with open arms'

2012-05-07 15:00

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will welcome French president-elect Francois Hollande "with open arms" when he visits Berlin after his inauguration.

Sarkozy - another scalp for the debt crisis

2012-05-07 13:00

Nicolas Sarkozy is the latest national leader toppled by Europe's debt crisis after the fall of governments in Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, Greece, Spain and the Netherlands.

World leaders reach out to Hollande

2012-05-07 08:59

European and world leaders have reached out to France's Socialist Francois Hollande, whose election win has been built in part on a pledge to renegotiate Europe's austerity pact.

Hollande win heralds money U-turn

2012-05-06 23:18

Socialist Francois Hollande has defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy to become France's next president, heralding a change in how Europe tackles its debt crisis.

French polls close, Hollande ahead

2012-05-06 20:26

Polling stations have closed across France for the final round of a presidential election that estimations said gave victory to Socialist challenger Francois Hollande over incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

France holds breath ahead of tight vote

2012-05-05 22:37

France is holding its breath on the eve of a presidential election that Socialist Francois Holland is predicted to win despite incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy closing the gap after wooing the far-right.

 

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
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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.

Attack on French embassy 'an act of terror'

2013-04-23 14:06

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel Aziz has branded the attack on the French embassy in Tripoli a "terrorist" incident.

France reeling from tax scandal

2013-04-03 16:55

France's government was reeling from an explosive tax fraud scandal, as critics questioned how much President Francois Hollande knew about a former budget minister's secret bank account.

Sarkozy charged for illegal party funding

2013-03-22 07:41

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with taking financial advantage of France's richest woman, the allegations could shatter his hopes of a political comeback.

France returns as player on global stage

2013-01-22 13:07

It spearheaded the international campaign that led to Muammar Gaddafi's downfall, and now its troops are battling Islamists in Mali.

Sarkozy: Heiress 'never gave me a penny'

2012-11-24 19:01

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy has denied receiving "a penny" in campaign funds from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, according to reports.

Sarkozy in court over campaign funds

2012-11-22 10:00

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is due to appear before a magistrate to respond to charges that his 2007 electoral campaign was financed with funds secured illegally.

Hollande, Cameron laugh off differences

2012-07-11 11:00

French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron have tried to laugh off a rocky start to their relationship despite differences over the eurozone crisis.

Cops raid Sarkozy office

2012-07-03 19:10

French police have searched Nicolas Sarkozy's offices and home as part of their probe into claims that he was involved in illegal political campaign financing, his lawyer says.

Tweet livens up French campaign

2012-06-15 11:00

French President Francois Hollande's Socialists look set to win a parliamentary majority after an election campaign most marked by an incendiary tweet fired off by the first lady.

Olsen twin dating Sarkozy brother

2012-05-30 21:40

Mary-Kate Olsen is reportedly dating former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's brother, Olivier Sarkozy, and the fashion designer is said to have fallen "head over heels" for him.

Strauss-Kahn files $1m suit against maid

2012-05-15 11:02

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1m countersuit against the New York hotel maid at the centre of last year's explosive sexual assault allegations, says a report.

Hollande worth $1.5m, he says

2012-05-11 18:31

Francois Hollande, the Socialist "Mr Normal" who will be sworn in as French president next week, says he is worth almost €1.2m, considerably less than his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

Hollande, Sarkozy show rare unity

2012-05-08 17:16

France's president-elect Francois Hollande has stood shoulder to shoulder with ousted opponent Nicolas Sarkozy, showing a united front after months of bitter rivalry.

French media salute 'Francois II'

2012-05-07 14:00

French media have saluted Francois Hollande's election as president, with left-wing newspapers unabashedly cheering the end of the Nicolas Sarkozy era.

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Hollande win 'a turning point for Europe'

2012-05-07 07:25

The European and international press have described the victory of Socialist Francois Hollande in the French presidential election as a turning point for Europe, but warned of major challenges ahead.

Sarkozy concedes defeat

2012-05-06 20:32

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he won't lead his right-wing UMP party into June's parliamentary polls, as his campaign spokesperson conceded defeat in the presidential vote.

Pessimistic France votes for leader

2012-05-06 13:22

Grey skies and scattered downpours have failed to deter grimly determined French voters as the nation voted for a leader to shelter them from a chill wind of austerity.

Polls show Sarkozy gaining on Hollande

2012-05-04 10:00

A number of surveys show President Nicolas Sarkozy trimming Socialist Francois Hollande's lead for France's presidential runoff vote.

 
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