News President François Hollande and First Lady Valérie Trierweiler

It is understood that she refused to put her name to the declaration

Fifa’s Sepp Blatter reveals Qatar as the hosts of the 2022 World Cup

Fifa president Sepp Blatter claims political pressure from Europe resulted in members voting for Qatar to win the 2022 World Cup

In an apparent swipe at Uefa president Michel Platini, Blatter admits that 'direct political influences' were applied due to economic links with Qatar

Marine Le Pen and her father acknowledge the audience after delivering a speech during the FN summer congress

National Front leader Le Pen gets a double election boost

Far-right party benefits from fatal shooting of armed robber and former PM’s comments

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault addresses the French National Assembly on Syria

Syria crisis: Deep conflicts surface as French debate military strike

Government accused of hitching itself to an American ‘adventure’ without UN backing

‘A brilliant lawyer... very brave, very independent’: Verges at the Palais de Justice in Bastia in 2002

Jacques Vergès obituary: Lawyer whose notorious clients included Pol Pot, Klaus Barbie and Carlos the Jackal

Defending Klaus Barbie, he sought to emphasise what he saw as French collaboration with the Nazis

Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses MPs on June 10th, 2013

There have been protests in both Turkey and Egypt in recent months, but the similarities end there

Instead of recognising Turkey’s European credentials, the United States continues to see Turkey as a possible ‘Islamic democracy’ and example to the Middle East

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.

Fury's Fashion People: Louis XIV, the power dresser

Louis XIV used fashion as political tool, says our style columnist

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

Outrage was voiced after it emerged that Air France treated Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to a first-class plane ticket to New York

Trade union outrage over Air France's VIP treatment for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

'If there are rules they should be for everybody,' says spokesman

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy should be cleared of abusing the mental weakness of France’s wealthiest woman, according to a state prosecutor

Nicolas Sarkozy should be cleared of defrauding Liliane Bettencourt, says prosecutor

Former president stands accused of de-frauding the L’Oréal heiress to finance his 2007 election campaign

France shunts new TGV projects into a siding

France today abandoned ambitious plans which would almost have doubled its network of high speed railway lines over the next two decades.

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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