About: Nicolas Sarkozy

Energy 08-11-2017

France backtracks on nuclear phase-out pledge

The French government has postponed a long-held target to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the country’s power production after grid operator RTE warned it risked supply shortages after 2020 and could miss a goal to curb carbon emissions.

Global Europe 21-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: EU summertime blues

At the time when many in the EU bubble are getting ready for holidays, it is helpful to remember that the summer period is a fertile time for coups, geopolitical earthquakes and big blunders.

Politics 03-05-2017

French researcher: Hollande could have been much ‘more proactive’

A failure on domestic issues, but a success on security. Or at least more so. As the second and final round of the French presidential elections is about to take place, Christian Lequesne spoke to EURACTIV Slovakia about François Hollande's legacy.

Senior Arab diplomat derides EU migrant discourse

A distinguished Arab diplomat remarked that EU politicians and think tank representatives did not make use of keywords such as “Iraq” or “Islam” while discussing the Union’s relations with its neighbours and the refugee crisis for several hours.

Languages & Culture 24-02-2017

Parlez-vous English, French politicians?

The French are known for their laissez-faire attitude toward speaking English and political leaders are no exception to this cliché. The French presidential hopefuls' familiarity with the language of Shakespeare also varies from the capable to the shambolic.

Euro & Finance 20-12-2016

IMF chief guilty of negligence, keeps job

Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde escaped punishment and kept her job yesterday (19 December) despite being found guilty of negligence over a state payout made while she served as France's finance minister in 2008.

Lagarde appears in court to answer negligence charges

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde will be appearing in court today (12 December) accused of negligence in a case related to compensation paid out when she was French finance minister. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Elections 02-12-2016

Hollande will not stand for re-election, acknowledges unpopularity

President François Hollande shocked France yesterday (1 December) by announcing he would not seek a second term next year, acknowledging his deep unpopularity and making way for another leftist candidate to take on conservative François Fillon and far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Elections 22-11-2016

Europhiles worried by Fillon’s lead over Juppé

Soigneusement évitée durant la primaire de la droite, la question européenne devrait s’inviter dans le débat pour le second tour. Le sujet représente en effet une ligne de fracture majeure entre les deux candidats en lice.

Elections 21-11-2016

Fillon takes big lead in French election primary, Sarkozy knocked out

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy crashed out of the presidential election last night (20 November), suffering a humiliating defeat in the first round of the centre-right primary.

Elections 16-11-2016

Ex-minister Macron to run for French presidency

Former economy minister Emmanuel Macron will announce on Wednesday a run for the French presidency, a source close to him said - a long-awaited move that could disrupt other campaigns on both the left and the right.

The Brief: Martin Schulz is in the running for three jobs

Pressure is mounting on Martin Schulz. He wants to stay on for a third term as president of the European Parliament. But can he?

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Climate change 15-11-2016

Berlin, Brussels dismiss call for CO2 tax on Trump’s US

Germany and the European Commission rejected on Monday (14 November) calls by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to impose taxes on imports from the United States if President-elect Donald Trump quits a global agreement for fighting climate change.

Le Pen's National Front is being shunned by organisers of Sunday's republican march in Paris.
Elections 10-11-2016

Le Pen hopes Trump victory will sweep National Front to power

The election of a populist US president means "the supposedly impossible is possible", Marine Le Pen said after Trump's victory. But the French electoral system may stop the National Front rising to power. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 04-11-2016

The Brief: Is the EU now a dirty word?

There was a debate last night between the seven candidates competing for the French right's presidential nomination and Europe barely came up at all. That wouldn't be so surprising if the EU hadn't been touted as one of the main topics of the debate for weeks in advance.

Elections 04-11-2016

Europe notable in its absence from French right-wing debate

The seven candidates vying for the French right's presidential nomination squared off again in their second televised debate last night (3 November). But European issues were largely absent from the proceedings. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 05-10-2016

Emmanuel Macron unveils plans to ‘bring European democracy to life’

Though not yet an official candidate for the French presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron this week (4 October) presented plans for sweeping changes to the French – and European – system of representative democracy. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 03-10-2016

Sarkozy and Europe: Separating the half-truths from the lies

EURACTIV has analysed the positions of French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy on the major European issues and found that his rhetoric is dominated by falsehoods and contradictions. EURACTIV France reports.

21-09-2016

The Brief: Roaming U-turn not worth the effort

The European Commission today set out its latest plan to abolish EU mobile roaming charges by 2017.

Euro & Finance 21-09-2016

French right plans to deepen the deficit in 2017

During François Hollande's five years as president, France has tightened its belt and brought its budget deficit down to within EU limits, Michel Sapin said on Tuesday (20 September). But the opposition appears ready to abandon austerity. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 14-09-2016

Alain Juppé promises a pro-EU presidential campaign

The candidate for France's right-wing presidential primary has pledged to defend the European Union in his campaign. This sets him apart from his competitors Nicolas Sarkozy, Bruno Le Maire and François Fillon. EURACTIV France reports.

Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

As elections near, French politicians renew assaults on EU budget rules

Nobody yet knows the winner of France's presidential election next year, but the smart money is on one loser: the 3% cap on government deficits enshrined in eurozone rules.

Trade & Society 08-09-2016

Sarkozy wants to restart TTIP negotiations in 2017

The French right has called for the TTIP negotiations to be restarted after the 2017 elections in Germany, the United States and France. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 05-09-2016

Sarkozy promises to move Calais ‘Jungle’ across the Channel

Nicolas Sarkozy, the Republican frontrunner for the 2017 French presidential election, told la Voix du Nord that he wants to create a "hotspot" in the UK for migrants hoping to cross the channel. EURACTIV France reports.