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.

Under cloud for corruption, Nicolas Sarkozy says I passionately love France

Reeling under allegations of alleged abuse of power, former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday claimed that he has not betrayed the confidence of people.

Sarkozy innocent until proven guilty, says France`s Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy should be seen as innocent until proven guilty after being charged with corruption and influence peddling.

France`s Sarkozy faces corruption probe in blow to comeback hopes

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday, the prosecutor`s office said, on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign.

Sarkozy held in landmark detention over criminal probe

Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody for questioning in a criminal investigation Tuesday in an unprecedented move that could wreck the former president`s hopes of a political comeback.

European Rights Court upholds French full face veil ban

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a ban imposed by France on the wearing of face-covering veils in public, rejecting arguments that the order violates religious freedoms and bolstering opponents of strict Islamic dress in other parts of Europe, BBC reported.

Sarkozy detained for questioning in French graft probe: Judicial source

Nicolas Sarkozy was on Tuesday detained for questioning in a corruption probe, a judicial source told AFP, in an unprecedented move against a former French president.

Nicolas Sarkozy`s lawyer detained in French corruption probe

Nicolas Sarkozy`s lawyer and two magistrates were detained in custody on Monday for questioning in relation to a corruption probe embroiling the former president of France, judicial sources said.

Blatter ducks Qatar re-vote calls

Football chief Sepp Blatter resisted calls to order a re-vote for the 2022 World Cup, saying no decision could be taken until FIFA completes a probe of Qatar`s winning bid.

Nicolas Sarkozy, Vladimir Putin held `private` meeting

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy said he had a private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, without revealing the nature of the conversation.