Nicolas Sarkozy

Marine le Pen and the Royal Road to 2017

Professor John Gaffney | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Professor John Gaffney

In France, since the European elections of May 2014, and Marine le Pen's breath-taking 25% of the vote - to the ruling Socialists' paltry 13% - she has said very little. She does not need to; between them, the left and the right are opening up a royal road for her to go through to the second round of the presidential elections in 2017...

Former French President Held For 'Influence Peddling'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained by police over claims corruption claims in what commentators have described as an "unprecede...

Both Sarkozy and Hollande Are Victims of the French Culture of Scandal

Professor John Gaffney | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Professor John Gaffney

France is now seeing widespread political disaffection, dramatic growth in support for the far-right National Front (though they too regularly endure their own scandals), and Hollande's government is regarded by most people as beyond useless. The scandal-riven republic seems to be seriously malfunctioning.

Is it British to Ban the Face Veil?

Sajda Khan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sajda Khan

Why has Britain become so obsessed with an item of clothing known as the niqab worn by a minority of women? In the last few weeks there has been an influx of media commentaries and heightened discourse on this issue.

The French Disgrace as Forced Evictions Soar

Niall Couper | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Niall Couper

I honestly cannot believe what is happening across the channel in France... Amnesty's new report Told to move on: Forced evictions of Roma in France launched on Wednesday in Paris reveals that forced evictions of Roma in France have reached record proportions.

Is France Finished?

Damian Collins | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

On Sunday, the English cyclist Chris Froome swept down the Champs-Élysées to win the 100th Tour de France. He is only the second ever Englishman to carry off the famous yellow jersey, following Bradley Wiggins' triumph last year. But as Froome's fans shout 'allez!' the youth of France are more likely to be crying to each other 'barrez'; which roughly translates as 'scram', 'beat it', 'get out of here'... An open letter published in Le Point magazine by a Sorbonne student called 'Clare G' claimed that half of 18 to 34-year-olds would leave France.

Cameron's Having Sarko Over For Dinner

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Politics

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is today visiting 10 Downing Street for private talks with Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr Sarkozy has rec...

Libya: Divided and Ruled, by Foreign Capital

Giovanni Vimercati | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics
Giovanni Vimercati

The reality is that since the fall of Gaddafi's regime, there hasn't been a single day of peace. Once NATO left and journalists returned to their home bureaus, the situation has steadily worsened. The disarmament plan and the reintegration of militias into the army have failed.

Le Grand Retournement, A Modern Morality Play

Rob Wolfe | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rob Wolfe

The creators would likely respond that the intent of the film, being a dramatization, is merely to present an artistic representation of the French view of the 2009 crisis. But how sequestered is the niche the production hides itself in?

Will Algeria and France Finally Turn the Page?

Imad Mesdoua | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK Politics
Imad Mesdoua

The relationship between France and its former north African Colony Algeria is one tainted by a difficult and bitter colonial past. The two countries' shared history is often the backdrop to fierce debates at the official and societal levels.

Advertising Islamophobia Hits London Railways

Mohammed Ansar | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK
Mohammed Ansar

On Monday 17 December billboards advertising free Qurans, were taken down. I've seen an email from JCDecaux which states the following (my emphasis added): "...rail companies have pointed out that this is not acceptable and we should not have done so."

Carla Bruni: Special Guest for Christmas

Vogue.fr | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Style
Vogue.fr

Model, musician and former First Lady of France, Carla Bruni shares her inspirations, musical delights and nearest and dearest with Vogue Paris for the December 2012/January 2013 double issue.

'We Don't Need To Be Feminist In My Generation': Carla Bruni Talks Feminism And Gay Marriage

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK

France's former first lady Carla Bruni has pledged her support for gay marriage and admitted she is "not an active feminist." The 45-year-old, who...

CAPTION COMPETITION: Merkel And Hollande In Gripping Embrace

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's newly-elected President Francois Hollande, two of the most influential characters in global politics,...

Moodier Than Murray: Is Anyone In League With The Dour-Faced Scot? (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.07.2012 | UK Sport

Not a happy bunny: Andy Murray fails to crack a smile He's braced for his Wimbledon semi-final against Jo Wilfried-Tsong this afternoon, and the...

Is Carla Bruni Pregnant? French Magazines Argue The Toss

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK

Carla Bruni on Thursday: Bun in the oven? Or just a big lunch? A French gossip magazine is reporting former First Lady Carla Bruni is pregnant. ...

‘English Person' Gets A C-Word Google Bomb

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK Tech

Is an English person “an unpleasant or stupid person”? It’s certainly the case according to a Google search for the term “English Person”...

If Britain is Ever to Cease Being the Awkward Partner, it Must Be Possible for the Ordinary Centre-Right Brit to be Both Patriotic and Pro-European

Tom Hunt | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Hunt

The European Union as it stands today is as much a political and cultural failure as much as it is an economic failure. To be eurosceptic is to be sceptical of the European Union, not to be anti-European.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Francois Hollande

Andrea Mann | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Comedy

He's the new kid on le bloque - but how much do you know about the 24th French President? Like the rest of us, we're assuming: very little. So win ...

Hollande Presidential Inauguration (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Politics

Francois Hollande was sworn in as French President on Tuesday morning, the fist socialist to hold the position in 17 years. Hollande secured the pr...

We Need to Talk About Greece

Gareth Edmundson | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK Politics
Gareth Edmundson

We had two major elections in Europe last weekend and yet the column inches devoted to Sarkozy losing to Francois Hollande completely and utterly eclipsed the reports from Greece.

François Hollande, the Accidental President

Ijeoma E. Okoli | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Politics
Ijeoma E. Okoli

Enough French citizens believed that it was time for a change and Hollande now has five years to show France the change for which its citizens are longing. If he is able to pull it off, people will remember him more for being a great president than, rather than an accidental one.

Au Revoir Sarko

Matt Carr | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Even by the dismal standards set by so many European rightwing governments in the last decade or so, Nicolas Sarkozy was a uniquely repellent politician. Brash, vulgar, ostentatious, ruthless and arrogant, his appetite for power was untempered by any moral scruples.

François Hollande is President of the French Republic

Brian John Spencer | Posted 06.07.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Having won the first round of the French presidential elections with 28.63% of the vote the leader of the Parti Socialiste François Hollande has dislodged UMP incumbent Sarkozy with the backing of 51.7% of the French electorate who turned out at a level of 80.2%.

The Meaning of President Hollande

Jeremy Cliffe | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cliffe

Sixteen years after Mitterrand's death, the ghost of the first (and, before now, only) left-wing President of the Fifth Republic looms as large as ever. Over the past weeks, as once more the spectre of a Socialist in the Elysée has haunted Europe, commentators have dredged up the radical programme introduced by Mitterrand on his 1981 election.