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
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
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
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
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