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The former first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is threatening legal action after an online petition asked her to repay nearly €410,000 (£354,000) used to fund her website while her husband was President.

Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, on the campaign trail

Nicolas Sarkozy’s election excess pushes party to the brink of bankruptcy

UMP – already heavily in debt – ordered to pay back €11m state subsidy after campaign overspend

David Beckham is seen at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital for his medical examination in Paris

'Le Spice Boy' comes to Paris! French excitement reaches fever pitch as David Beckham signs for PSG

Excitement and speculation thrived today. Would Victoria also be coming? And all those children with the odd names?

France's 'First Lady' Valérie Trierweiler sends letter to her employer Paris Match threatening legal action if they print photos of her in a bikini

It was the snap that France’s celebrity glossies had been waiting for - the presidential couple in their smalls on their summer break.

The former French president and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy were not at the mansion as it was raided

Sarkozy is not above the law any more

Ex-French president's campaign finances are being probed and he is not getting an easy ride. By John Lichfield

Sarkozy’s home raided by police in campaign funding inquiry

Alleged illegal donations from L’Oréal heiress probed after former leader loses immunity

Valerie Trierweiler insists she will continue to work

A question of protocol for France's new First Lady Valerie Trierweiler

François Hollande and his partner, Valerie Trierweiler, face two pressing questions which usually dog much younger couples. Should they get married? And where will they live?

Carla Bruni Sarkozy's judgement regarding what to wear and when and how to wear it is faultless

Carla Bruni Sarkozy: Au revoir to France's first lady of style

Carla Bruni Sarkozy may have her detractors but never let it be said that she doesn’t know how to dress.

Nicolas Sarkozy with his wife, Carla Bruni

Premières Dames past and present join election pantomime

François Hollande's girlfriend is furious with President Nicolas Sarkozy. So is his former wife, Cécilia.

Alice Cooper was at the Houses of Parliament in London yesterday to sign up as a patron of the Rock the House music competition run by the Tory MP Mike Weatherley. Rock the House is an annual contest which promotes live music and awareness of intellectual property rights

Diary: Is Sarkozy fit for renewal of historic hostilities?

The regrettable spat that has erupted between our Prime Minister and the French President prompts some in the Tory ranks to excitably predict that their man would come out on top in the event of historic hostilities ever having to get physical again.

The birth of First Baby Giulia is greeted with a yawn

Baby, what baby? France, or part of France, greeted the birth of President Nicolas Sarkozy's daughter with an ostentatious yawn yesterday.

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John Lichfield wonders whether Sarkozy was trying to score political points by dashing off to euro crisis talks

France's 'First Baby' arrives – after Sarko departs for summit

It's a girl, and a nation is gripped. Well, all except her father – he had the euro to take care of...

Duchess Catherine among Vanity Fair's Best Dressed

Duchess Catherine has been named one of the world's best dressed women.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy 'expecting baby'

The expectant granddad has spilled the beans: Nicolas Sarkozy's father told Germany's top-selling newspaper that France's model-turned-singer first lady is pregnant.

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