France`s Sarkozy elected chief of right-wing UMP party

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Saturday elected to lead his conservative UMP opposition party, a key battle in the race to presidential elections in 2017.

Sarkozy tipped to lead party in new charge for French presidency

France`s former president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Saturday tipped to win the leadership of his right-wing UMP in party elections, a position seen as a potential springboard back into high office.

 

Nicolas Sarkozy tipped to lead party in first step back to presidency

First the dramatic comeback, then the frenzied campaign, and now France`s ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy is limbering up for his potential springboard back into office: the leadership of his right-wing UMP party.

Sarkozy hopes to crush party rivals in French come-back test

 Nicolas Sarkozy`s hopes of running for a new French presidential term in 2017 face a crucial first test on Saturday as members of his crisis-ridden conservative UMP party vote for a new leader.

France's Sarkozy wants EU to lose half its powers

 The European Union must hand back half of its powers, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy said on Saturday, stepping up his criticism of the 28-nation bloc as he seeks to be elected head of France`s conservative party next week.

France gets power to impeach President

 French lawmakers now have the power to launch a US-style impeachment of their president under a new law passed on Wednesday. 

Sarkozy says France`s gay marriage law should be scrapped

 Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has embarked on a political comeback, on Saturday said France`s gay marriage law should be scrapped, in his strongest comment yet on the controversial issue.

Francois Hollande`s scandal-hit right-hand man wins backing

French President Francois Hollande`s under-fire chief of staff won government backing on Wednesday amid calls for him to step down over a scandal involving former leader Nicolas Sarkozy.

French opposition in turmoil amid 'plot' over Sarkozy

France's former prime minister Francois Fillon on Sunday complained of a "plot" against him, amid media revelations he sought to interfere in legal procedures against Nicolas Sarkozy, a rival in the right-wing opposition.

Legal woes, rivals hamper Sarkozy`s political comeback

 Announced with much fanfare two weeks ago, the return of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to front-line politics has quickly become bogged down by legal woes and sniping from rivals. 

French campaign funding scandal snares Sarkozy ally

 A judicial enquiry into Nicolas Sarkozy`s 2012 presidential campaign Thursday snared a close ally of the former French president, who announced a triumphant return to front-line politics only last month.

Sarkozy launches political comeback bid

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has re-launched his political career with a rally near the city of Lille, media reported Friday.

'Corruption probe into former French president Sarkozy suspended'

An investigation launched in July against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy for corruption and influence-peddling has been suspended, days after he dramatically announced his political comeback.

Battle of opposition titans begins in France after Sarkozy return

"The match has begun," French political veteran Alain Juppe said today after his rival and ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his comeback, as the battle for supremacy over the country's beleaguered opposition kicked off.

Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy announces come-back to French politics

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy Friday announced his return to politics in a statement on his Facebook page, vowing to offer a "new political choice" to disenchanted French voters.

France`s scandal-hit Sarkozy poised to announce comeback

It`s one of the worst kept secrets in French politics: Nicolas Sarkozy, who leapt to power in 2007 before suffering a humbling defeat five years later, is poised to make his comeback this week.

France`s Sarkozy hit by new phone tap leaks

The corruption scandal surrounding former French president Nicolas Sarkozy deepened further today with fresh leaks of telephone conversations purporting to show he offered to get a judge a plum job in return for favours.

Sarkozy hit with new probe over election finances

Nicolas Sarkozy`s legal headaches intensified on Monday as it emerged that the former president is the subject of a fresh legal probe into the financing of his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid.

Most French don`t support Sarkozy candidacy in 2017: Survey

Two in three French voters feel they will not back embattled ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2017 presidential election in 2017 amid corruption probe, a survey revealed Saturday.

According to a BVA poll for the news channel I tele and the daily Le Parisien, 65 percent of respondents did not want to see the conservative politician competing in the race to the Elysee, Xinhua reported.

Government denies meddling in Sarkozy corruption case

France`s Socialist government on Thursday rejected claims it was using the justice system for political ends after ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy accused his enemies of being behind corruption charges.