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Nicolas Sarkozy DID take $50 million of Muammar Gaddafi's cash, French judge is told

Documentary proof exists that France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy took more than €50m from the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, a French judge has been told.

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France’s electoral finance watchdog rejects ex-president’s claim for expenses

Nicolas Sarkozy 'exceeded campaign spending limits'

France's electoral finance watchdog rejects ex-president's claim for expenses

They gave us esprit de corps. But where’s theirs?

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French opposition party agrees uneasy truce following internal battle over 'fraudulent' leadership election

An uneasy peace has broken out in the month-old conflict which threatened to tear apart the main French opposition party.

In France of all places, the slurs against Rachida Dati shows men at their most hypocritical

The former Justice Minister has been victim to a prolonged and sinister campaign of implied abuse because of her love life. Why did ever expect better of French men?

Newly-elected President of the right-wing UMP opposition party, Jean-Francois Cope(l), who beat former Prime Minister, Francois Fillon (r) in a shambolic battle to lead France's right-wing opposition.

Sarkozy steps in to stabilise dispute between French centre-right rivals

After two weeks of fraternal menaces, insults and accusations, peace appears to be breaking out on the French centre-right.

Despite an attempt to intervene by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, the rivals to succeed him as leader of the centre-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) extended their destructive fraternal quarrel into the courts

Political party of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy go to war over who should succeed him

Union pour un Mouvement Populaire is accelerating towards self-destruction

The News Matrix: Friday 23 November 2012

Government stands firm on prison votes

France’s richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, gave money to Mr Sarkozy

Sarkozy questioned over claims he cheated L'Oreal heiress

The French centre-right yesterday suffered one of the most miserable days in the history of any political movement in the democratic world.

French right in disarray after hardliner wins leadership

Claims of ballot rigging mar Jean-François Copé's victory as race to succeed Sarkozy ends in acrimony

François Fillon and Jean-François Copé are vying for the UMP job

Sarko without the talent or Mr Wait-And-See? French right decides who will succeed Nicolas Sarkozy

If Copé wins, it is possible the UMP will split and moderate figures will drift to a new centre party

Members of a feminist collective stage a fake gay wedding at the Basilique Sainte-Clotilde in Paris

French President Francois Hollande keeps his vow to legalise gay marriage

Outcry from Catholic Church and the right, but latest poll shows 65% of French approve

Give me time, begs Hollande as his popularity plummets

President François Hollande, facing an unprecedented meltdown in his popularity, today criticised the impatience of French voters but promised that his softly-softly approach would triumph in the end.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French President, appeared to quash speculation that he might return to politics

Sarkozy quashes comeback talk as he joins lucrative lecture circuit

Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French President, appeared to quash speculation that he might return to politics when he gave his first speech on the lucrative global lecture circuit for ex-statesmen in New York on Thursday night.

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