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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.