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Gayet has earned a César nomination for Best Supporting Actress

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Detachments of the French and Malian troops who defeated Islamist rebels in Mali earlier this year took pride of place in France’s traditional Bastille Day military parade along the Champs Elysées  today.

Crash course: France's Bastille Day

Raise the Tricolore for France's most important public holiday - 'La Fête Nationale' - when all things Gallic are celebrated with a day off work. Quel dommage that it falls on a Sunday...

François Fillon in La Grande-Motte on Thursday

Fight for the French right: François Fillon goes head-to-head with Nicolas Sarkozy

Ex-Prime Minister battles with former ally for leadership of the UMP

French businessman Bernard Tapie

French judges set to seize hundreds of millions of euros from tycoon Bernard Tapie

French investigating judges plan to seize hundreds of millions of euros worth of assets and bank accounts belonging to the business tycoon Bernard Tapie.

Nicolas Sarkozy may be landed with a multimillion-euro personal bill

Sarkozy may have to repay his UMP party’s millions

Former French President’s failed campaign saddled UMP with huge debts

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy returns to the political stage to appeal for support for his debt-ridden party

France’s Nicolas Sarkozy is back, but for how long?

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy returns to the political stage on Monday to appeal for support for his debt-ridden party, as a poll suggests that three out of five French people are opposed to him running for office.

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

Marine Le Pen faces prosecution

Once struck, twice as deadly: why we should all fear Marine Le Pen

The Front National leader faces prosecution for outrageous comments about Muslims

Ziad Takieddine has confessed to having paid illegal kick-backs to fund the presidential campaign of Edouard Balladur

Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine paid illegal kickbacks to fund former French PM Edouard Balladur’s failed presidential bid

Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine has confessed to having paid illegal kick-backs to fund the presidential campaign of former French prime minister Edouard Balladur.

Marine Le Pen faces prosecution

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen loses immunity to criminal prosecution

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen faces prosecution for “inciting religious hatred” after a European Parliament committee decided to lift her parliamentary immunity.

Gerard Depardieu
Now a Russian national he says Putin likes his ‘hooligan side’

Forget Russia’s problems – it’s France that’s almost Bolshevik, says Gérard Depardieu

Actor claims he’s no tax exile – and that Russian President Vladimir Putin likes his ‘hooligan side’

French prosecutors want to drop Dominique Strauss-Kahn case

Prosecutors in northern France want to abandon the final outstanding legal action against the disgraced former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

French president Francois Hollande tells Japan that eurozone crisis is over

French President Francois Hollande sought reassure Japanese business leaders on Saturday that the eurozone debt crisis is over, but acknowledged that steps to boost the region's growth and competitiveness need to be taken.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet won an outright majority

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is right’s choice to be next Paris mayor

The former French environment minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet was elected on Monday night as centre-right candidate for the Paris mayoral election next year.

David Cameron holds talks with Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is today visiting 10 Downing Street for private talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.

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