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Gayet has earned a César nomination for Best Supporting Actress

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has lost popularity

Fake votes mar France’s first electronic election

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s political party, already enfeebled by a chaotic national leadership election last year, faces further ridicule in a Paris town hall primary election which ends tonight.

Marine Le Pen is seriously injured after fracturing her spine in a fall

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen injures back falling into pool

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has broken a bone in her lower spine by falling into an empty swimming pool at her mansion near Paris.

NF founder Jean-Marie Le Pen leads a Paris May Day rally

France takes to the streets as disaffected voters turn to far-right

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of France in traditional May Day rallies marked by calls for an end to President François Hollande’s austerity policies, which many blamed for record numbers of jobless.

Investigators examine Nicolas Sarkozy link to late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi

Prosecutors have begun a formal investigation into allegations that the former President, Nicolas Sarkozy, took more than €50 million (£43 million) from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, it emerged.

Jean-Michel Gentil, the judge involved in criminal investigations against Nicolas Sarkozy, received a bullet and a death threat in the post

Tensions mount over Sarkozy-Bettencourt case as judge Jean-Michel Gentil receives bullet and death threat in post

A death threat and blank bullets have been sent to the judge who last week started criminal investigations against ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Nicolas Sarkozy Claims he “never received a sou” from Liliane Bettencourt

Investigation into Sarkozy is politically motivated, allies say

A political and legal brawl broke out in France today after the former President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under investigation for “abusing” the mental weakness of one of the world’s richest woman.

Mr Sarkzoy said he had visited Ms Bettencourt only once during the 2007 presidential campaign

Nicolas Sarkozy made formal suspect in L’Oréal heiress fraud inquiry

Former President alleged to have abused weakness of France's wealthiest woman to obtain funds

One of France's best-known criminal lawyers Olivier Metzner found dead on beach

Police have discovered the body of one of France's most prominent lawyers washed up on a beach near his home in Brittany.

Nicolas Sarkozy officially retired from public life after last year’s election defeat

Nicolas Sarkozy: 'I would return to politics to save France'

The former president Nicolas Sarkozy says that France is plunging into a deep financial and social crisis which will eventually demand a national saviour – himself.

A protester clashes with police outside Cambridge University’s Student Union yesterday

Drums muffle Marine Le Pen's far-right message on visit to Cambridge

Angry protesters picket French nationalist leader’s speech to debating society

The Cambridge Union is not BBC 'Question Time' – let Marine Le Pen speak

There's a difference between Nick Griffin showboating for votes on national television and Le Pen exposing her views to the ridicule of a few curious students

From Mr Normal to chef-de-guerre: How President Hollande found his appetite for leadership

After an uncertain start, intervention in Mali has bucked the President's approval ratings

'France is totally bankrupt': French jobs minister Michel Sapin embarrasses Francois Hollande with shocking statement on state of the country's economy

Unexpected news came during a radio interview yesterday and calls into further question Hollande's controversial 'tax and spend' policies

Christine Lagarde is being investigated for alleged abuse of public office and “embezzlement” when she was French Finance Minister

IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, is investigated over compensation paid to tycoon

French anti-fraud police have raided the home of a former close associate of the International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde as part of an investigation into alleged abuse of public office and “embezzlement” when she was French Finance Minister in 2008.

Gérard Depardieu as Obelix in the latest Asterix film

Come and live in Russia, Putin tells Depardieu

Vladimir Putin today formally decreed the French actor Gérard Depardieu to be a Russian citizen.

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