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Charlie Hebdo team bites back with new issue

More than a month after jihadist gunmen massacred much of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff, the magazine is back at work with another savage swipe at its favourite enemies.

Paris attacks jump-start Merkel-Hollande motor: Analysts

 It was a gesture that surprised many who view the German chancellor as an unemotional, calculating woman: On seeing the French president after the January attacks that killed 17, she rested her head on his shoulder, a touching display of compassion and empathy.

Strauss-Kahn denies knowledge of prostitutes at sex parties
Strauss-Kahn denies knowledge of prostitutes at sex parties

Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday denied knowing the women he had orgies with were prostitutes and said paying for sex would be too great a risk for a man who was head of the International Monetary Fund.

Nicolas Sarkozy under fire for 'Abu Dhabi conference'

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy came under fire Thursday after a media report alleging he was at a paid conference in the Middle East while his party is in turmoil.

Ex-party head charged in Sarkozy campaign finance scandal

The former head of France's right-wing UMP party was charged on Tuesday with "abuse of confidence" over a campaign finance scandal dating back to Nicolas Sarkozy's run for the presidency in 2012.

Immigration `not linked to terrorism but complicates things`: Sarkozy

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday in the wake of Paris terror attacks that immigration, "if it is not linked to terrorism... complicates things".

French President Hollande gets labrador puppy for Christmas

French President Francois Hollande is the latest leader to discover there is nothing quite like a cute puppy to perk up the corridors of power.

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.