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Police suspect former french president Nicolas Sarkozy of accepting millions from mentally ill heiress

Just as rumours about a potential bid by Sarkozy to recapture the presidency in 2017 were swirling, the former French president finds himself suspected of accepting millions in cash from a wealthy heiress suffering from poor mental health. By FRANCE 24 Having announced his retirement from public life in the…

French election campaign on hold after school shooting

PARIS — France effectively put its election campaign on hold Monday after a gunman killed three children and a teacher at a Jewish school and candidates set politics aside to condemn the shocking attack. President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Socialist frontrunner in the presidential race, Francois Hollande, cancelled campaign events…

French Socialist seeks to retake momentum from Sarkozy

PARIS — French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande, facing off against resurgent Nicolas Sarkozy, looked to make up ground Thursday with vows to boost taxes on the rich. In a three-hour appearance on France 2 public television, Hollande sought to cement his left-wing credentials with promises of tax hikes on…

Top French court strikes down Armenian genocide law

PARIS — France’s top court ruled Tuesday that a law backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy to punish denial of the Armenian genocide was unconstitutional as it infringed on freedom of expression. Turkey welcomed the ruling — but Sarkozy, whose right-wing party had put forward the bill, swiftly vowed to draft…

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