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Politics of France

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.

Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 3:14am

Cope, Fillon in acrimonious but undecided battle to succeed Sarkozy

As the candidates argued over the result, an empty podium at the headquarters of the UMP in Paris seemed to say it all. Photo: Reuters

The battle to succeed former president Nicolas Sarkozy at the helm of France's main opposition party, the UMP, was left undecided early yesterday after both candidates claimed victory amid allegations of ballot rigging.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

French President Francois Hollande defiant in face of criticism

President Hollande shares his ideas with the press. Photo: AFP

France's president just cannot seem to win.

Six months after sweeping to power on an anti-austerity wave, polls say Socialist President Francois Hollande is increasingly disliked. Leftists are disappointed he is not spending more state money to create jobs. Critics on the right say he is raising too many taxes.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:57am

Anti-sexism classes for chauvinist French ministers

Cecile Duflot, minister for equality of territories and housing, addressing parliament in "that dress". Photo: AP

First there was Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who allegedly referred to women as "material", then catcalls in the French parliament just because a female minister wore a floral dress.

But when the agriculture minister - in an interview last month about promoting gender equality - suggested women couldn't get their heads around technical jobs, that was too much.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault flip-flops on 35-hour week

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. Photo: AFP

France's gaffe-prone Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault yesterday created a storm by saying the once untouchable 35-hour work week was open to review, before immediately backtracking.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:46am