Nicolas Sarkozy

Secret Sarkozy tapes could threaten his political comeback

Nicolas Sarkozy remains a controversial figure and the latest revelations may complicate any bid for the presidency in 2017. Photo: AP

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his supermodel wife have always thrived under the public gaze. But recent scrutiny has given even this French glamour couple reason to squirm.

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 12:58am

French court drops illegal funding case against Nicolas Sarkozy

Corruption charges against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy linked to the financing of his successful 2007 election campaign have been dropped. Photo: AFP

Sarkozy, who was under investigation for allegedly accepting cash from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, 90, was told there was no case to answer and he would not be sent for trial.

8 Oct 2013 - 2:42am

French tycoon's Bernard Tapie assets to be seized in fraud probe

Tycoon Bernard Tapie attends a broadcasted debate on French news channel iTele. Photo: AFP

Judges have ordered a Mediterranean villa and other assets to be seized from a French businessman at the centre of a fraud investigation that could weigh on ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of a comeback.

11 Jul 2013 - 1:47am

Sarkozy hints at return bid in 2017 in first speech since election defeat

Nicolas Sarkozy leaves the UMP party meeting. Photo: Reuters

France's former right-wing president Nicolas Sarkozy has made his first political speech since his election defeat last year, lashing out at the state of France in a move seen as a step towards running for president again in 2017.

10 Jul 2013 - 4:03am

French relish cycle of scandals as Sarkozy-era scores are settled

Nicolas Sarkozy. Photo: AFP

The French love their political scandals, especially when there is a change of power at the Elysee Palace, the presidential seat. Knives come out, grudges get pursued and those whose power was so intimidating a few short months ago face investigations.

24 Jun 2013 - 6:13am

Talking points

ESF board delivers verdict on subvention

ESF board delivers verdict on subvention

18 Jun 2013 - 2:06am 1 comment

Hollande in the pits as French lose faith

Francois Hollande needs more than gestures to win over voters impatient for him to do more to remedy an economic crisis. Photo: Reuters

When he swept to power last May on a wave of discontent, Francois Hollande could hardly have imagined that a year later he would be one of the most unpopular French presidents ever.

2 May 2013 - 4:08am

Obama's gifts include Lincoln statue from Hu Jintao, golf bag from Sarkozy

President Barack Obama listens with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Washington. Photo: AP

A luxury golf bag, a statue of Abraham Lincoln and an Australian rules football jersey formed part of a treasure trove given to US President Barack Obama in 2011. The list of presents given to Obama by foreign governments or dignitaries released by the US State Department on Thursday revealed an Aladdin's cave of gifts, ranging from the modest to the lavish.

27 Apr 2013 - 2:53am

Judge who charged Sarkozy receives death threat and bullet in the mail

French magistrate Jean-Michel Genti. Photo: AFP

The judge who charged former president Nicolas Sarkozy with taking financial advantage of France's richest woman has received a bullet and a death threat in the post, say lawyers.

29 Mar 2013 - 3:35am

Sarkozy hits back over 'unfounded' poll fraud allegations

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Photo: AP

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday denounced charges against him linked to a probe into illegal party funding as "unfair and unfounded". In his first personal reaction to the allegations, Sarkozy used his Facebook page to insist he had not taken advantage of France's richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, when she was weakened by ill health.

26 Mar 2013 - 4:03am

A Bad Week for … , March 24, 2013

Julia Gillard

The embattled Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard bent to pressure from within her party to open her leadership role to challengers, only to find that no one was willing to run.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am

Sarkozy investigated in party-funding affair

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photo: EPA

Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Thursday for “abuse of weakness” in a 2007 party funding case involving elderly L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, the public prosecutor said.

23 Mar 2013 - 3:07am

French woman freed in Mexico heads to hero welcome in Paris

Screengrab of Florence Cassez in flight on her way to Paris. Photo: AFP

A Frenchwoman freed from Mexican jail after a court said police violated her rights by staging her arrest for kidnapping on national television was on her way home on Thursday to a hero’s welcome in Paris.

24 Jan 2013 - 8:53pm

Carla Bruni's dismissal of feminism draws ire

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was caught in the eye of a Twitter storm after telling French Vogue that her generation had no need for feminism.

"In my generation we don't need to be feminist," said the former first lady, who is making a public comeback after her husband Nicolas Sarkozy's removal from power. She guest edited the Christmas issue of the magazine.

30 Nov 2012 - 4:30am

Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy in probe over cash from L'Oreal heiress

Ex-leader Nicolas Sarkozy leaves a Bordeaux court. Photo: AFP

It is a sign of how polarising the former president is for the French: Many were suspicious of his close ties to the wealthy and threw him out of office; supporters see him as the only person able to save the country's economy and wish he would return.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:14am