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"The match has begun!" declared right-wing presidential hopeful Alain Juppé on Sunday
21/09/2014 - France

French right-wing presidential hopefuls square up to Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy’s main rivals as right-wing candidate in France’s 2017 presidential election squared up to the former president on Sunday after his political comeback on Friday.


French weekly magazines review 21 September 2014

The weeklies are relishing the return to politics of one of France’s most divisive figures – Nicolas Sarkozy.
Comeback kid? Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy
20/09/2014 - Analysis: France

Could Sarkozy be French president again?

To nobody’s surprise, France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to active politics, declaring himself a candidate for the leadership of the right-wing UMP party, ...
With friends like these ...Jean-François Copé (L) Alain Juppé (C) François Fillon (R)
10/06/2014 - Explainer: France

Sarkozy comeback looms over UMP crisis meeting

Sarkozy seems set to shave but will not ride a white horse.


French press review 28 May 2014

UMP's Fillon and Copé, Shakespeare's Juliet and nuclear power prices are all in today's papers.

Jean-Françaois Copé speaks to RFI
28/02/2014 - France

New corruption accusations hit French right

France's mainstream right party, the UMP, is in trouble again after its leader, Jean-François Copé, has been accused of handing out juicy contracts to his friends during Nicolas ...
Morocco's King Mohamed VI
25/02/2014 - France - Morocco

Hollande phones Moroccan king to smooth diplomatic tensions

French president François Hollande telephoned Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Tuesday to smooth diplomatic relations following civil lawsuits filed in Paris on Thursday, which accused Morocco's ...
Jean-François Copé (middle) at the UMP national meeting on Saturday.

French opposition party UMP calls for unity at national meeting

France’s main opposition party UMP  (Union for a Popular Movement) is calling for unity, a year after a leadership battle exposed major rifts in the right-wing party.

French Women's Rights Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
22/01/2014 - France

French MPs back abortion bill on first reading

French MPs approved a controversial abortion bill that will scrap a requirement that women prove they are in distress if they want to terminate a pregnancy on Tuesday.

How was 2013 for them? French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (L) and President François Hollande
24/12/2013 - France in 2013

Good year/bad year? How did 2013 work out for 14 famous French folk?

What with economic crisis in Europe and international instability, 2013 was not the best of years for many of us.