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

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.

Christine Lagarde accused over Bernard Tapie ‘fraud’

France Telecom’s CEO has said the IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, was fully briefed before approving a “fraudulent” arbitration process that saw the tycoon Bernard Tapie awarded a huge payout in 2008.

Bernard Tapie and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy

French business tycoon Bernard Tapie arrested for questioning over alleged conspiracy with former President Nicolas Sarkozy to 'defraud' the state

The French business tycoon, Bernard Tapie, 70, has been arrested for questioning about an alleged conspiracy with former President Nicolas Sarkozy to “defraud” the French state.

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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’

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Japan GDP is revised up

Gaddafi, Tapie and Bettencourt: Nicholas Sarkozy's scandals are catching up as he talks about return to political stage

Fresh allegations emerge over former French President's link to the Libyan dictator amid further controversies

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.

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.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde leaves her apartment building before appearing in a Paris court

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde in court over money to disgraced tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008

Former finance minister allegedly bought Tapie's support for Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential bid

Tears and cheers as David Beckham ends glittering career after helping PSG to final win

The whole Paris team surrounded the former England captain before he left the pitch

Former Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, denies money laundering

Cash deposits of former Nicolas Sarkozy aide come under fresh scrutiny

The former Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, denies money laundering

James Ashton: Time for us to team up with the Germans after their fallout with France?

Europe’s grand alliance of France and Germany is crumbling like a fresh chèvre. The leaked memo from Angela Merkel’s coalition partners this week only confirmed what everyone else suspects about the French economy under the stewardship of François Hollande.

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.

Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, pictured with wife Cristina, has left L’Oréal

Former leader of L'Oréal 'deserved' his €100m gift

British businessman who drove cosmetics firm to the top regrets that payment was kept secret

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.

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