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.

Group rape charges to be dropped against Strauss-Kahn

It focused on allegations by a prostitute, denied by Strauss-Kahn, that he and his friends forced her to have sex in a group in Washington in December 2010.

Prosecutors to appeal acquittal of ex-French PM

French prosecutors will appeal a court decision to acquit former premier Dominique de Villepin of plotting to smear Nicolas Sarkozy to torpedo his presidential bid, state prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin said on Friday.