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Former Sarkozy advisor charged with embezzling state funds

Paris - A one-time advisor to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was charged with abusing his position to profit from state funds, as part of an inquiry into alleged fraud in awarding contracts to opinion polling companies.

Sarkozy criticised in France, Italy over migrant remarks

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy came under fire in France and Italy on Friday over comments he made comparing the influx of migrants into Europe to water gushing from a burst pipe.

EU parliament lifts immunity for Sarkozy aide

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday lifted the immunity of a French lawmaker wanted for questioning by judges over a scandal relating to the funding of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign.

Sarkozy under fire for 'Abu Dhabi conference'

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy came under fire Thursday after a media report alleging he was at a paid conference in the Middle East while his party is in turmoil.

Ex-party head charged in Sarkozy campaign finance scandal: judicial source

Paris - The former head of France's right-wing UMP party was charged Tuesday with "abuse of confidence" over a campaign finance scandal dating back to Nicolas Sarkozy's run for the presidency in 2012.

'#JeSuisNico' trends after Sarkozy weaves to front of Paris rally

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was the butt of Internet jokes on Monday after he managed to shimmy his way to the front of the historic march in Paris on Sunday.

Sarkozy: 'Bling-bling' comeback king

Paris - Bruised by a humiliating election loss and ensnared in a tangle of legal woes, when Nicolas Sarkozy vowed he was moving on from politics French voters thought they had seen the last of him.

Sarkozy says France's gay marriage law should be scrapped

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has embarked on a political comeback, on Saturday said France's gay marriage law should be scrapped, in his strongest comment yet on the controversial issue.

French opposition in turmoil amid 'plot' over Sarkozy

Paris - France's former prime minister Francois Fillon Sunday complained of a "plot" against him, amid media revelations he sought to interfere in legal procedures against Nicolas Sarkozy, a rival in the right-wing opposition.

French campaign funding scandal snares Sarkozy ally

Paris - A judicial enquiry into Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign on Thursday snared a close ally of the former French president, who announced a triumphant return to front-line politics only last month.

Court 'suspends' Sarkozy corruption probe

Paris - A French court has suspended a probe into corruption and influence-peddling targeting former French president Nicolas Sarkozy -- days after he dramatically announced a political comeback.

Sarkozy-bashing may not be panacea for French left

Paris - On the face of it, the return to France's political stage of unpopular right-wing former president Nicolas Sarkozy is welcome news for the beleaguered left.

France's Sarkozy takes to Facebook to announce comeback

Paris - Former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to French politics Friday, taking to Facebook to offer disenchanted voters a "new political choice" amid a deep economic crisis.

Hollande denies influencing justice system in Sarkozy scandal

Paris - French leader Francois Hollande on Monday denied having influenced the justice system in a corruption scandal surrounding Nicolas Sarkozy after the former president claimed he was the victim of "political interference.

France's Sarkozy hit by new phone tap leaks

Paris - A corruption scandal surrounding former French president Nicolas Sarkozy deepened further on Saturday with fresh leaks of telephone conversations purporting to show he offered to get a judge a plum job in return for favours.

French govt denies meddling in Sarkozy corruption case

Paris - 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.

Sarkozy hits back at 'political' corruption charges

Paris - France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy hit back after being charged with corruption, denying he broke the law and suggesting his political enemies were interfering with the French justice system.

Sarkozy denies breaking law, denounces 'political interference'

Paris - Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday denied he had broken the law after being charged with corruption-related offences and denounced what he said was political interference in the case.

Sarkozy held in landmark detention over criminal probe

Paris - 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.

Sarkozy's lawyer detained in French corruption probe

Paris - Nicolas Sarkozy's lawyer and two magistrates were detained Monday for questioning in one of a raft of corruption probes embroiling the former president of France.

Sarkozy under fire over funding scandal

Paris - Nicolas Sarkozy came under fresh pressure over an election funding scandal Wednesday as his ousted successor as leader of the opposition UMP party admitted that it had "paid some bills it shouldn't have.

France's Sarkozy wants end of Europe's visa-free Schengen area

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy called for the end of Europe's visa-free Schengen area and the creation of a Franco-German economic bloc at the heart of the eurozone, in an opinion piece in Le Point magazine published Thursday.

Lawyer grabs at lifeline as Sarkozy fights for survival

Paris - 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.Sarkozy's hopes of a comeback in the 2017 presidenti...

France's Sarkozy hit by judges revelations

Paris - Nicolas Sarkozy appeared to sink deeper into trouble Wednesday after fresh evidence emerged of an alleged attempt to influence judges involved in one of a string of corruption cases the former French president is embroiled in.Investigative news website...

‘Sarkoleaks’ scandal spells disaster for Sarkozy

A revelation akin to 1974’s Watergate scandal is rapidly developing in France: members of the administration of current president François Hollande are accused of tapping the phone of Nicolas Sarkozy, Hollande's predecessor and political opponent.

French court rejects Sarkozy plea against diary seizures in graft probe

Paris - A French court on Tuesday threw out a plea by Nicolas Sarkozy against the seizure of his diaries by judges probing a corruption case, in what has the potential to destroy his chances of a political comeback.The former French president appears increasin...

Sarkozy, Carla Bruni seek to block secret tapes

Paris - Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni on Thursday launched a legal bid to prevent any further publication of tapes secretly recorded during his 2007-12 term as French president.In a move that will inevitably fuel speculation the tapes could contain ...

Op-Ed: France — Judgment day is nigh! Or is it?

London - Yesterday, President Hollande was booed during a WWI tribute at the Arc de Triomphe, and 70 people with links to extremist groups were arrested by the police. The dark side of the French Society is not hiding any longer. The Pandora box is now wide open.

IMF chief’s home searched over ‘illegal’ payout under Sarkozy

Paris - The Paris home of IMF Chief, Christine Lagarde, is being searched by French authorities, over a probe into a multi-million-dollar payout to a supporter of the French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Mocking Sarkozy not a crime, says European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg - In a judgement issued yesterday the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has over-ruled an earlier decision of a French court which resulted in a man who had mocked former French President Nicolas Sarkozy being given a suspended fine of €30.
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