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Presidents of France

Back in the frame?

Many analysts expect a Francois Hollande presidency to bode ill for relations between France and China. That may not come to pass.

Saturday, 19 May, 2012, 12:00am

Austerity revolt shakes Europe

Elections over the weekend have pushed Europe and the euro, and the global economy, to the brink - or abyss - of yet another dangerous crisis. The people have spoken, not merely in France but also in Greece and Britain and even in Germany.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Urgent need for Euro consensus

What Europe needs to get out of the economic crisis threatening the euro and the continent's union is not what its people want. Reforms are the way ahead, but that path was rejected in elections in France and Greece on Sunday, putting German-led austerity measures in jeopardy.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hu tells Sarkozy China has faith in Europe's economy

China still has confidence in the European economy, President Hu Jintao told French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy in hastily arranged talks in Beijing yesterday, while urging European countries to take measures to protect Chinese investment.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Libya and Europe on agenda for Hu and Sarkozy

The latest developments in war-torn Libya, as well as assistance measures to help Europe stave off the lingering sovereign debt crisis, will be the main focal points of a suddenly convened meeting this week between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, analysts said.

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Still a way to go for true European federation

The historical rise of the European nation-state made sovereignty sacrosanct. That became the political model for virtually all formerly colonised states and people aspiring to nationhood around the world. But the supremacy and independence that sovereignty accorded to nations often became causes of war. The last century had been a long fratricidal war among Europeans.

24 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1969

Paris, April 29

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Trade issues overshadow Sarkozy's deals

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has brought home the spoils by sealing business deals on his maiden trip to China, but European concerns over the mainland's currency and trade balance threaten to overwhelm any economic achievements from the visit.

29 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Now it's Sarkozy's time to show iron will

Six months ago France voted for charismatic Nicolas Sarkozy and his plans to modernise France's social and economic traditions rather than make his socialist opponent, Segolene Royal, its first woman president. Now that he has run into fierce resistance to reform he finds himself being compared with a different kind of woman altogether.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Sarkozy's France - back in the US fold

A few short months ago, the US and French governments could hardly conceal their mutual mistrust and contempt; the relationship between the previously close allies had become ice-cold. But how quickly times can change.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

There's a word for Sarkozy - 'shallow'

The time was bound to come when France and the rest of the world would miss former president Jacques Chirac, but who could have guessed it would arrive so soon? It is only three months since Mr Chirac relinquished the presidency, and already he is beginning to look good - if only because his successor, Nicolas Sarkozy, seems so strange.

30 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Saying no to a united Europe for politicians

History in Europe has slowed down. Further European integration has been put on ice; it's a 'non-starter' because in a massive turnout, French voters overwhelmingly said 'non' to a new constitution on Sunday. The Dutch also said 'no' in a referendum on Wednesday.

3 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

French leaders find comfort in Spain's 'yes' to EU charter

French political leaders have welcomed Spain's backing of the EU constitution as a clear sign of victory for the charter in Europe.

'The Spanish people have sent a message of hope for the future of Europe,' declared Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin on the resounding result of the first national referendum on Sunday.

24 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Vain, venal elite is France's ruin, but Le Pen is not the cure

TOMORROW FRANCE GOES to the polls again to choose a president. The choice is between the incumbent Jacques Chirac and Jean-Marie Le Pen.

4 May 2002 - 12:00am

Quote in time

'A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service.'

Said by Georges Pompidou, French statesman, prime minister and president from 1969. Pompidou died in office on this day in 1974.

2 Apr 2001 - 12:00am