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?