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.

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.

Sarkozy under fire over funding scandal

Nicolas Sarkozy came under fresh pressure over an election funding scandal on Wednesday as France`s Socialist government demanded full disclosure of the former president`s campaign financing.

Nicolas Sarkozy ally grilled over controversial Tapie payout

A right-hand man to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was detained for questioning on Monday over his role in a highly controversial state payout to disgraced former tycoon Bernard Tapie.

Hollande axes PM after election debacle

French President Francois Hollande has reacted to a humiliating setback at the polls by appointing popular Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister, sources said.

Lawyer grabs at lifeline as Sarkozy fights for survival

Nicolas Sarkozy was fighting for his political survival Thursday as his lawyer grasped for a lifeline by accusing France`s Socialist government of orchestrating a plot to destroy the former President.

French justice minister urged to quit over Sarkozy phone-taps

France`s opposition conservatives called on Wednesday for Francois Hollande`s justice minister to quit after it emerged the government knew that ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy`s phone was being tapped, contrary to her earlier statement.

Fresh setback for Sarkozy as French court rejects diary plea

A French court threw out a plea by Nicolas Sarkozy against the seizure of his diaries by judges probing a corruption case.