Nicolas Sarkozy

  • French government faces key confidence vote 5 days ago

    Paris: The French Socialist government faces a key parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday as the country battles political and economic crises and with President Francois Hollande's popularity at a record low. Prime Minister Manuel Valls will outline the government's work programme in the National Assembly and submit it to a vote,...
  • Chinese hackers spied on Europeans before G20 meeting: Researcher December 13, 2013

    Chinese hackers eavesdropped on the computers of five European foreign ministries before last September's G20 Summit, which was dominated by the Syrian crisis, according to research by computer security firm FireEye Inc The hackers infiltrated the ministries' computer networks by sending emails to staff containing tainted files with titles such as...
  • World leaders pay homage to Nelson Mandela -'giant of history' December 10, 2013

    Nearly 100 world leaders including President Pranab Mukherjee and US President Barack Obama came together in an unprecedented act of homage to Nelson Mandela describing him as a "giant of history". Sanskrit shlokas were read out from Hindu scriptures in a moving ceremony in the FNB stadium in Soweto, the nerve...
  • France's Sarkozy investigated in party-funding affair March 22, 2013

    Bordeaux (France): Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Thursday for "abuse of weakness" in a 2007 party funding case involving elderly L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, the public prosecutor said. The risk for Sarkozy, unseated May last year but considered a potential conservative candidate in the 2017...
  • Police raid Sarkozy's home in funding probe July 4, 2012

    Paris: Police raided the home and offices of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday as part of a judicial inquiry into financial relations between his political camp and the richest woman in France, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. It was Sarkozy's first legal tangle since he was unseated in a May...
  • Lightning hits new French President's plane May 16, 2012

    Paris: Socialist Francois Hollande took over as France's President on Tuesday and jetted off to Berlin hours later for talks on Europe's debt crisis - only to have his plane struck by lightning. No one was hurt. It was a startling beginning for a man who promised to be a more...
  • Francois Hollande takes oath as France's President May 15, 2012

    Paris: Francois Hollande became the President of France after a ceremony on Tuesday at the Elysee Palace in central Paris - the country's first Socialist leader since Francois Mitterrand left office in 1995. Hollande, 57, was elected to a five-year term earlier this month after voters ousted incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy after...
  • The Last Word: What does Hollande's victory mean for Europe, India? May 7, 2012

    Francois Hollande swept to victory in France's presidential election on Sunday in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe and promised to start a pushback against German-led austerity policies. ...
  • Francois Hollande: The next President of France May 7, 2012

    Paris: Socialist Party leader Francois Hollande who defeated incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's decisive presidential runoff in France, has never held a government post at the national level. The bespectacled Hollande will be the second left-wing president, after Francois Mitterrand, founder of the French Socialist Party, served two seven-year terms...
  • France: Hollande's win marks end of Sarkozy's 5-year term May 7, 2012

    US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have congratulated Francois Hollande on his win. ...
  • Francois Hollande is the new French President May 7, 2012

    Paris: France handed the presidency on Sunday to leftist Francois Hollande, a champion of government stimulus programs who says the state should protect the downtrodden - a victory that could deal a death blow to the drive for austerity that has been the hallmark of Europe in recent years. Mild and...
  • Sarkozy loses French presidential polls: reports May 6, 2012

    Paris: Polling agency projections suggest Socialist Francois Hollande has won France's presidential election against conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. A Hollande victory could change how Europe tackles its debt crisis - with more stimulus and less austerity. Partial official results also showed Hollande ahead. More details awaited. ...
  • Hollande favourite as French prepare for vote May 6, 2012

    Paris: Overseas voters cast early ballots on the eve of an election expected to make Francois Hollande France's first Socialist leader in two decades, despite polls showing President Nicolas Sarkozy clawing back some ground. Sunday's election, which coincides with parliamentary polls in Greece, may prove decisive for Europe as Hollande has...
  • France's Sarkozy in vote appeal as margin narrows May 5, 2012

    Paris: Conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy made an impassioned final appeal to voters on Friday, saying that a Socialist victory could send France spiralling the way of Greece, as polls showed him narrowing his challenger's lead two days before the vote. Final opinion polls put Francois Hollande's advantage at as little as...
  • Sarkozy courts French far right after Hollande win April 24, 2012

    Paris: French President Nicolas Sarkozy appealed directly to far right voters on Monday with pledges to get tough on immigration and security, after a record showing in a first round election by the National Front made them potential kingmakers. Polls show centre-right leader Sarkozy on course to become the first French...
  • Sarkozy challenges Hollande to public debates April 23, 2012

    Paris: President Nicolas Sarkozy has challenged socialist Francois Hollande, who won the first round of France's presidential poll, to hold three public debates with him before the second round of the vote. "I propose that three debates be organised. The French have the right to truth and clarity," Sarkozy said Sunday,...
  • French election gag sparks fun and fury on web April 23, 2012

    Paris: France tried but failed to stop premature leaks of first round presidential election results on Sunday, setting the web-warped world of Twitter alight with jibes, jokes and cryptic messages recalling coded World War Two radio communications. Police opened inquiries into several media outlets after national news agency Agence France-Presse and...
  • Hollande edges Sarkozy in French elections April 23, 2012

    Paris: Far-rightist Marine Le Pen threw France's presidential race wide open on Sunday by polling nearly 19 per cent in the first round - votes that may tip a runoff between Socialist favorite Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande led Sarkozy by 28.2 per cent to 27.0 per cent...
  • Hollande tops Sarkozy in French vote, Le Pen surges April 23, 2012

    Paris: Far-rightist Marine Le Pen threw France's presidential race wide open on Sunday by scoring nearly 20 per cent in the first round - votes that may determine the runoff between Socialist favourite Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande led Sarkozy by about 29 to 26 per cent in...
  • Economy could doom Sarkozy as France heads to polls April 22, 2012

    Paris: France votes on Sunday in round one of a presidential vote, with a feeble economy that could make Nicolas Sarkozy the country's first president to lose a fight for re-election in more than 30 years. In a contest driven as much by a dislike of Sarkozy's showy style and his...
  • Jail those who browse terror websites: French Prez March 23, 2012

    Paris: France's president proposed a sweeping new law on Thursday that would jail those who visit extremist web sites, one of several tough new measures floated in the wake of a murderous shooting spree. The proposed rules, unveiled by Nicolas Sarkozy after the death of an Islamist fanatic wanted for a...
  • French gunman jumps to his death in hail of bullets March 22, 2012

    Toulouse, France: A 23-year-old gunman suspected of killing seven people in southwestern France in the name of Al Qaeda, jumped from a window to his death in a hail of bullets after police stormed his apartment on Thursday. "At the moment when a video probe was sent into the bathroom, the...
  • France fears Jewish school gunman could strike again March 20, 2012

    Los Angeles: French police stepped up the search on Tuesday for a gunman who filmed his carnage as he shot dead three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school, fearing the killer could strike again. Officials believe the scooter-riding gunman is a trained marksman with "extremist" views who may also...
  • Assad is a killer, must face world court: Sarkozy March 14, 2012

    Paris: French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday said that Syria's leader is acting like a murderer and should be sent to the International Criminal Court. With diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria faltering, the French leader urged humanitarian corridors to allow refugees out and aid in to the...
  • The PM added you. Accept or decline? March 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The delicious irony in the Prime Minister's YouTube channel that had audio trouble with its debut video was hard to miss. Twitter users targeted the gaffe with savage fury, making it the butt of jokes centred on Manmohan Singh's usual reserve. Compared to the flamboyant Nicolas Sarkozy or the...
  • Booed, French president takes refuge in cafe March 2, 2012

    Bayonne: Several hundred angry protesters have booed President Nicolas Sarkozy, forcing him to take refuge in a cafe protected by riot police as he campaigned in France's southwest Basque country. Riot police surrounded the Bar du Palais where Sarkozy took refuge Thursday from the protesters who booed him throughout his visit...
  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy joins Twitter February 15, 2012

    Paris: President Nicolas Sarkozy has opened a personal Twitter account as France buzzes with speculation that he plans at last to announce his long-expected candidacy for re-election. The conservative leader who is trailing Socialist Francois Hollande in the polls also tweeted that he would appear on France's biggest prime-time news program...
  • Brussels Summit: UK rejects Eurozone deal December 10, 2011

    European leaders reached a new deal on Friday to try and resolve the Eurozone debt crisis without UK's approval. ...
  • Brussels Summit: EU leaders agree on fiscal pact December 9, 2011

    Brussels: European Union leaders sealed a new fiscal pact ensuring tougher budget discipline but failed to agree on a treaty change to enshrine the rules, meaning a deal may now involve the 17 euro zone nations plus any others that want to join, diplomats said. An agreement involving all 27 EU...
  • Brussels Summit: EU meets to end financial crisis December 9, 2011

    At the two day summit in Brussels, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called for treaty changes including tighter budgetary rules and deficit caps. ...