France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy is to go on trial facing charges of corruption and influence peddling after losing his final bid to avert appearing in the dock, sources close to the case said Wednesday (19 June).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.