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Francois Hollande: New Hope For Europe?

The outcome of the French presidential elections this weekend marked the end of the Merkozy era and a possibly a pivotal point in Europe’s political and economic landscape.
Francois Hollande: New Hope For Europe?
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Who Won Last Night’s French Presidential Debate?

[credit provider=”Youtube/actupolitique”] In case you failed to tune in to Wednesday’s facts-and-figures-filled, mud-slinging shouting match that was the French presidential debate, Le Monde and Le Parisien discuss it in great detail. But if you want to know who won, the jury’s still sort of out, although most agree it probably won’t change […]
Who Won Last Night’s French Presidential Debate?
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The EU Wants To Come Up With Its Own ‘Marshall Plan’ To Beat The Crisis

[credit provider=”Flickr/Andrea Guerra”] The ground is shifting in Europe’s debt crisis. The edifice of economic austerity built under the guidance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is starting to wobble.There’s a new buzz in Brussels about pumping hundreds of billions into a Marshall Plan-inspired fund to get Europeans back to work, […]
The EU Wants To Come Up With Its Own ‘Marshall Plan’ To Beat The Crisis
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Sarkozy Says He Won’t Team Up With Marine Le Pen For The French Presidential Election

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons/European People’s Party/NdFrayssinet”] French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ruled out any election pact between his party and the far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen, but insisted that its voters should not be demonized.Although both Sarkozy and his Socialist Party François Hollande received more votes than Le Pen […]
Sarkozy Says He Won’t Team Up With Marine Le Pen For The French Presidential Election
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WAKE UP! It’s Absurd To Say That Austerity In Europe Is Coming To An End

[credit provider=”Wikipedia” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Grand_Knout.gif”] Financial media and analysts in the last few days have begun to espouse the idea that German-led austerity in Europe is finally facing some backlash amid the collapse of the Dutch ruling government and mounting support for Socialist French presidential candidate Francois Hollande.While these developments constitute important […]
WAKE UP! It’s Absurd To Say That Austerity In Europe Is Coming To An End
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Sarkozy’s Party Is Already Sucking Up To Le Pen Supporters

[credit provider=”Getty Images News / Pool”] Rachida Dati, the glamorous yet controversial UMP politician and key Sarkozy ally, is now trending worldwide on Twitter after apparently sucking up to Marine Le Pen’s FN supporters.Speaking to France2, Dati said that Le Pen’s far right party had defied “the media and the […]
Sarkozy’s Party Is Already Sucking Up To Le Pen Supporters
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Voting Has Begun For The Next President Of France…

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=francois%20hollande&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower%3Areversealphabetical&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1334842607&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=3402271ff4384d61b37fdceac9a7d373&dbm=PThirtyDay&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] PARIS (AP) — Voting began Sunday in France in President Nicolas Sarkozy’s uncertain bid for re-election, with polls showing that many French are dissatisfied with his response to concerns about the economy and jobs.The voting will winnow down a list of 10 candidates from across the […]
Voting Has Begun For The Next President Of France…
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DENNIS GARTMAN: Sarkozy Will Be ‘Trampled By The Left’

[credit provider=”Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images” url=”http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/french-president-nicolas-sarkozy-speaks-during-the-ump-news-photo/139320283″] French presidential elections have entered their final day of campaigning ahead of Sunday’s vote. The presidential elections generally take place over two rounds and latest polls show that President Sarkozy is catching up with the Socialist Party’s candidate Francois Hollande. With neither likely to get an […]
DENNIS GARTMAN: Sarkozy Will Be ‘Trampled By The Left’
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This Is Not The Nicolas Sarkozy You Thought You Knew

[credit provider=”(Photo by Franck Prevel/Getty Images) “] The French premium over Germany rose yesterday to a three-month high. rumours of a rating downgrade proved wide of the mark, but it reflects the market’s anxiety about the outlook for France going forward.As we have argued, the challenges of the euro zone […]
This Is Not The Nicolas Sarkozy You Thought You Knew
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Europe Is On The Cusp Of A Potentially Huge Political Realignment

[credit provider=”AP”] If the first quarter was about absorption of the ECB’s LTRO, the second quarter will be about politics. This weekend’s first round of the French presidential election kicks of the quarter that will include:* Greek national elections, where polls warn that the current coalition government may not be […]
Europe Is On The Cusp Of A Potentially Huge Political Realignment
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The Big Rift Between Germany And France

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=merkel%20sarkozy&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower%3Areversealphabetical&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1318606099&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=f668d8ffeb984c8b893d8c7754f3ee56&dbm=PY2011&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Perhaps 100,000 people swarmed over the Place de la Concorde in Paris on Sunday, one week before the first round of elections, to hear French President Nicolas Sarkozy beg for his job, and politicians were listening warily … in Germany.He’d already shocked them on March 11 […]
The Big Rift Between Germany And France
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OK, Now You Know That Sarkozy Is Desperate…

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nicolas_Sarkozy,_2010.jpg”] As Nicolas Sarkozy’s re-election situation looks more and more dire, he’s doing what all desperate candidates do: start blasting various rigid institutions.For example, he’s blasting the ECB for not doing more to promote growth.
OK, Now You Know That Sarkozy Is Desperate…
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Sarkozy’s Comeback Bid Falters As The Economy Hits The Skids

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nicolas_Sarkozy,_2010.jpg”] As goes the French economy, so goes the reelection chances of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Although Sarkozy leads in round one, polls show that lead is shrinking at a pace that suggests he will not carry round one. More importantly, Sarkozy is trailing again by double […]
Sarkozy’s Comeback Bid Falters As The Economy Hits The Skids
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What The French Elections Mean For The Eurozone

[credit provider=”AP”] She was supposed to be a star of the French elections, but as the campaign enters its final countdown to the first-round vote on April 22, Angela Merkel has been noticeably absent from the political maneuvers west of the Rhine.The German chancellor had announced she’d campaign in France […]
What The French Elections Mean For The Eurozone
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A Rising Star From The Left Could Change Everything In The French Election

[credit provider=”AP/Jacques Brinon”] There may be another obstacle to Socialist Francois Hollande becoming President of France, and this time.Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a fiery leftist with a vehemently anti-capitalist agenda (he plans to cap earnings at €360,000 ($480,000) and impose a 100% tax on anything more) has gained four percentage points in […]
A Rising Star From The Left Could Change Everything In The French Election
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Sarkozy Is Counting On The Tragic Shooting To Revive His Campaign

[credit provider=”AP/Eric Cabanis, Pool”] The gunman responsible for seven deaths, including that of four people outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, was only finally brought down and killed by French police a few hours ago, but President Nicolas Sarkozy is already back on the campaign trail, using the shooting […]
Sarkozy Is Counting On The Tragic Shooting To Revive His Campaign
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Why Angela Merkel Is Desperate To Keep France’s Nicolas Sarkozy In Power

[credit provider=”rmc.fr”] France, tangled up in a presidential election with major implications for the Eurozone, has gotten used to watching President Nicholas Sarkozy getting clobbered in a historic fashion by socialist François Hollande.But on Tuesday, the country woke up to the news—quelle horreur—that their presumed and possibly written-off loser was […]
Why Angela Merkel Is Desperate To Keep France’s Nicolas Sarkozy In Power
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France’s Presidential Candidates Are Engaging In Some Election Year Euro-Trashing

[credit provider=”AP/Michel Euler, Pool”] This post originally appeared in Global Post.Incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy blames the European Union for overloading France with immigrants. Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande complains it’s stifling growth. The hard left blasts Europe for undermining workers’ rights, while the far right sees a European “dictatorship” menacing French sovereignty.
France’s Presidential Candidates Are Engaging In Some Election Year Euro-Trashing
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Sarkozy Has Finally Pulled Ahead Of Hollande In First-Round Polls

[credit provider=”AP”] Nicolas Sarkozy may finally have a sliver of good news. The French presidential incumbent, who has been trailing Socialist Francois Hollande in the presidential polls from the start, is finally marginally ahead in first-round voting intentions, according to a new poll. Sarkozy now leads Hollande by 28.5 per […]
Sarkozy Has Finally Pulled Ahead Of Hollande In First-Round Polls
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Marine Le Pen Will Run In Upcoming French Election

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marine_le_pen.jpg”] Despite worries to the contrary, National Front leader Marine Le Pen has collected 500 signatures from elected officials, the BBC reports — meaning that she will be running in the upcoming French election, scheduled for 22 April.That could be bad news for incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, who […]
Marine Le Pen Will Run In Upcoming French Election
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Why The Outcome Of The French Election Next Month Really Doesn’t Matter

[credit provider=”AP”] The first round of presidential elections in France are already beginning to generate significant chatter, with Socialist candidate Francois Hollande poised to oust incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.Analysts have feared that Hollande’s proposals could be radical—for example, he supports a 75 per cent tax on the highest French earners—however in […]
Why The Outcome Of The French Election Next Month Really Doesn’t Matter
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SCANDAL: Sarkozy Son Pelts Police Officer With Tomato

[credit provider=”AP”] A French police woman made an official complaint on Thursday after harassment at the Elysee Palace, Connexion reports.The problem? Young Louis Sarkozy, the 15-year-old son from the French president’s second marriage, was pelting her with tomatoes.
SCANDAL: Sarkozy Son Pelts Police Officer With Tomato
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Sarkozy Wants To Close French Borders

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=sarkozy&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower%3Areversealphabetical&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1326470585&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=86ddd3ab3d984998b14960994b76368c&dbm=PThirtyDay&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president and upcoming election hopeful, has announced a dramatic threat to pull out of the visa-free Schengen zone.”In the coming 12 months, [if] there is no serious progress towards this [reforming Schengen], France would then suspend its participation in the Schengen accords […]
Sarkozy Wants To Close French Borders
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Sarkozy Is The Best-Known But Least-Liked European Leader, Says New Poll

[credit provider=”AP/Remy de la Mauviniere”] French President Nicolas Sarkozy may have the support of European leaders, but he isn’t as popular with European citizens, a new poll has found.BVA Opinion conducted an online poll for 20 Minutes, a French newspaper in France, Spain, Germany, the UK, and Italy, and found […]
Sarkozy Is The Best-Known But Least-Liked European Leader, Says New Poll
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Sarkozy Says He Will Quit Politics If He Isn’t Re-Elected

[credit provider=”rmc.fr”] French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday he would quit politics if he loses his re-election bid, Reuters reports. But he promised to fight with everything he had to ensure that didn’t happen. “I will fight with all my strength to win your confidence, to protect and lead you […]
Sarkozy Says He Will Quit Politics If He Isn’t Re-Elected
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Sarkozy Apologizes To France For His Endless Series Of Gaffes

[credit provider=”Mario Tama / Getty”] French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in a conciliatory mood while being interviewed on the France 2’s  show ‘Des Paroles et des Actes (‘Words and Deeds’), even owning up to numerous mistakes he has made in the past, The Telegraph reports.In the spirit of mea culpa, […]
Sarkozy Apologizes To France For His Endless Series Of Gaffes
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SARKOZY: There Are Too Many Foreigners In France

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=sarkozy&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower%3Areversealphabetical&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1326470585&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=7092ba69a05d49cca6badbb009fcdc9f&dbm=PThirtyDay&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS Sarkozy has said there are too many immigrants in France and that he will halve the number of arrivals to the country if he is re-elected next month.Speaking during a televised debate last night, Sarkozy said that integration is failing and that France […]
SARKOZY: There Are Too Many Foreigners In France
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REPORT: Sarkozy and Hollande May Be Distant Cousins

[credit provider=”AP”] French politicians Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande may not have much in common when it comes to how they think the country should be run, but they may have one unassailable connection: a common ancestor.Sarkozy and Hollande, both of who are running for president in May, are descended […]
REPORT: Sarkozy and Hollande May Be Distant Cousins
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A Secret Pan-European Conservative Alliance Wants To Keep Hollande Out Of Power

[credit provider=”AP”] Veit Medick at Der Spiegel has a great scoop today on a secret agreement between the conservative governments of Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain to not support Francois Hollande, the Socialist candidate in this year’s coming French election.Unsurprisingly, German chancellor Angela Merkel is said to have been […]
A Secret Pan-European Conservative Alliance Wants To Keep Hollande Out Of Power
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In France, Election Year Is All About Spreading Anti-Muslim Sentiment

[credit provider=”commons.wikimedia.org” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Front_National_2010-05-01_n03.jpg”] You know it’s an election year in France when the far-right presidential candidate starts talking about meat and Muslims.Marie Le Pen, leader of the National Front, recently alleged that French President Nicholas Sarkozy had bowed to “Islamic radicals,” in particular about how Muslims butcher animals for consumption.
In France, Election Year Is All About Spreading Anti-Muslim Sentiment
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France’s Highest Court Has Declared The Armenia Genocide Bill Unconstitutional

[credit provider=”Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian”] The French bill that would have criminalized the denial of the Armenian genocide has hit a roadblock. France’s highest legal authority ruled that the bill was unconstitutional, Reuters reports.The decision by France’s Constitutional Council invalidates the bill, which it said was against the principles of freedom […]
France’s Highest Court Has Declared The Armenia Genocide Bill Unconstitutional
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Sarkozy Has Got His Diversity Darling Back In His Corner

[credit provider=”Getty Images News / Pool”] Rachida Dati, once the star of Nicolas Sarkozy’s multi-ethnic UMP government, returned to the French President’s side to campaign last night, the BBC reports.Of course, that the Muslim woman is brought back to campaign in the ethnically diverse city of Lille is seems a […]
Sarkozy Has Got His Diversity Darling Back In His Corner
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Twitter Keeps Censoring Accounts That Mock Nicolas Sarkozy

[credit provider=”@nicolassarkozy” url=”https://twitter.com/#!/nicolassarkozy”] Just last week, I published an article on digital side of the French presidential elections. At the time, French President Nicolas Sarkozy didn’t have an official Twitter account. After announcing his intention to run for reelection on February 12th, he and his social media team got their act together. […]
Twitter Keeps Censoring Accounts That Mock Nicolas Sarkozy
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Why It’s Over For France’s Nicolas Sarkozy

[credit provider=”Mario Tama / Getty”] And the next French President will be…the Socialist Party’s candidate François Hollande. A month ago, any prediction uttered with such certainty would have sounded imprudent, if not foolish. Uncertainty prevailed.Four candidates dominated the competition, and no one would have dared to predict which two will […]
Why It’s Over For France’s Nicolas Sarkozy
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The Next Real Battle In Europe Will Be François Hollande Versus Germany

[credit provider=”AP”] The Eurozone debt crisis has frayed a lot of nerves, particularly among Greek politicians, whose country is on the verge of bankruptcy, and German politicians, who no longer trust Greek politicians—they’d misrepresented deficits and debt in order to accede to the Eurozone, and had continued to do so […]
The Next Real Battle In Europe Will Be François Hollande Versus Germany
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Nicolas Sarkozy Confirms He Will Run For Second Term As French President

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=sarkozy&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower%3Areversealphabetical&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1326470585&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=7092ba69a05d49cca6badbb009fcdc9f&dbm=PThirtyDay&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] This post originally appeared at TheJournal.ieNicolas Sarkozy has used Twitter to confirm that he plans to run for re-election as president of France in April.
Nicolas Sarkozy Confirms He Will Run For Second Term As French President
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Nicolas Sarkozy Has Joined Twitter

[credit provider=”@nicolassarkozy” url=”https://twitter.com/#!/nicolassarkozy”] Ahead of today’s upcoming announcement that, yes, he will be running for president again, Nicolas Sarkozy has taken a bold PR move — and joined Twitter.The account appears to be verified, though after the Wendi Deng incident we know this is not always reliable.
Nicolas Sarkozy Has Joined Twitter
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A French Presidential Candidate Wants The Other Candidates To Help Marine Le Pen Get On The Electoral Ballot

[credit provider=”commons.wikimedia.org” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MARINELEPEN.jpg”] Centrist presidential candidate Francois Bayrou has called on France’s mainstream political parties to help ensure that the far-right’s Marine Le Pen is eligible to be on the electoral ballot, France 24 reports.She is still about 140 mayoral signatures short of being allowed to declare her candidacy.
A French Presidential Candidate Wants The Other Candidates To Help Marine Le Pen Get On The Electoral Ballot
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The Real Battle For The French Presidency Is About To Begin

[credit provider=”AP”] Nicolas Sarkozy looks set to finally announce his candidacy for a second term as French President on Wednesday, sources have told the Telegraph.Sarkozy has 10 weeks to get campaigning, though recent polls suggesting the French right winger faces a tough fight if he wants to stay in the […]
The Real Battle For The French Presidency Is About To Begin
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Forced Austerity May Be Germany’s Most Dangerous Export

[credit provider=”Sean Gallup / Getty”] In recent months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been using the urgency posed by the euro zone’s debt crisis to reshape Europe’s economies, largely to conform with a particular quirk of German economists: disdain for government debt.For now, Merkel appears to be getting her way. […]
Forced Austerity May Be Germany’s Most Dangerous Export
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Sarkozy’s Former Budget Minister Charged With Corruption

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=sarkozy&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower%3Areversealphabetical&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1326470585&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=86ddd3ab3d984998b14960994b76368c&dbm=PThirtyDay&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Another day, another blow for Nicolas Sarkoy’s 2012 re-election campaign.Today, Eric Woerth — once Sarkozy’s budget minister and treasurer of his UMP party — was charged with peddling influence, AFP reports.
Sarkozy’s Former Budget Minister Charged With Corruption
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Angela Merkel’s Desperate And Risky Gamble

[credit provider=”AP”] Following the German-French council of ministers in Paris on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy gave a joint press conference about the crisis in Greece, among other topics.They agreed on everything. They urged the Greek government and all political parties to implement structural reforms and meet […]
Angela Merkel’s Desperate And Risky Gamble
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Sarkozy’s Brother Is A Carlyle Group Managing Director And He Just Sold His NYC Townhouse for $8.9 Million

[credit provider=”Business Insider with AP”] Carlyle Group Managing Director Olivier Sarkozy just closed on his Upper East Side townhouse for $8.9 million. And yes, he’s related to French President Nicolas Sarkozy—they’re half brothers. [via Bloomberg]Sarkozy reportedly bought the house in 2005 for $6.5 million and originally listed the townhouse for $10.5 […]
Sarkozy’s Brother Is A Carlyle Group Managing Director And He Just Sold His NYC Townhouse for $8.9 Million
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Sarkozy’s Annual Budget Is $150 Million — That’s More Than The Queen Of England

[credit provider=”AP Images”] As the French presidential elections draw closer, the Sarkozy-bashing continues to intensify.A new book released by Socialist Member of Parliament (MP) Rene Dosiere details Sarkozy’s astonishingly extravagant lifestyle at a time when he has urged greater restraint in transparency in government spending, The Daily Mail reports.
Sarkozy’s Annual Budget Is $150 Million — That’s More Than The Queen Of England
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MERKEL: It’s Only ‘Natural’ For Me To Support Sarkozy

[credit provider=”AP/Remy de la Mauviniere”] It looks like Angela Merkel’s campaign to get Nicolas Sarkozy re-elected has officially begun.”I support Nicolas Sarkozy across the line as we belong to friendly (political) parties,” Merkel said in an summit in Paris on Monday, the Telegraph reports.
MERKEL: It’s Only ‘Natural’ For Me To Support Sarkozy
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KEY SARKOZY ALLY: ‘For Us, All Civilisations Are Not Of Equal Value’

[credit provider=”Julien M. Hekimian / Getty”] Claude Gueant, the French interior minister and a key Sarkozy ally, has caused controversy after telling students “all civilisations are not of equal value”.The speech was made on Saturday, and a copy of the comments were obtained by AFP. Amongst the comments made by […]
KEY SARKOZY ALLY: ‘For Us, All Civilisations Are Not Of Equal Value’
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Last Night Nicolas Sarkozy Claimed He Had Saved The Eurozone

[credit provider=”Mario Tama / Getty”] Last night Nicolas Sarkozy made some big claims in a nationally broadcast appearence on French TV.We’ve mentioned already his plans for new, German-like employment standards, and his announcement for something approaching a French financial transactions tax (see why that’s probably not a great idea here […]
Last Night Nicolas Sarkozy Claimed He Had Saved The Eurozone
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The Tobin Tax Has Been Tried Before, And It Was A Total Disaster

There is massive theoretical as well as actual real life evidence that financial transaction taxes will backfire, but that never stops politicians hell-bent on plowing ahead with “it’s different this time” horrendous ideas. Via Google Translate from Les Echos, please consider Sarkozy’s stock exchange tax as of August 1
The Tobin Tax Has Been Tried Before, And It Was A Total Disaster
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OOPS: French Presidential Hopeful Quotes ‘Wrong’ Shakespeare

[credit provider=”en.wikipedia.org” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Socialist_rally_Zenith_2007_05_29_n3.jpg”] French presidential hopeful Francois Hollande made a grand speech to a 20,000-strong crowd on Sunday, who were impressed when Hollande seemingly quoted a Shakespearean passage as he promised to restore egalitarian idealism to France. “And I will quote Shakespeare, who recalls this universal law,” the Socialist candidate said, […]
OOPS: French Presidential Hopeful Quotes ‘Wrong’ Shakespeare
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Even Sarkozy Doesn’t Think He Can Win The Upcoming French Election

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=sarkozy&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower%3Areversealphabetical&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1326470585&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=86ddd3ab3d984998b14960994b76368c&dbm=PThirtyDay&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] In an uncharistically humble moment, French President Nicolas Sarkozy seems to have admitted to journalists it was possible he would lose the upcoming elections, France 24 reports.”For the first time in my life I am faced with the possibility that my career is coming to an end,” […]
Even Sarkozy Doesn’t Think He Can Win The Upcoming French Election
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France Has Angered Turkey By Passing A Bill recognising The Armenian Genocide

[credit provider=”Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian”] In a historic move, the French Senate has passed a bill making it illegal to deny that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in 1915 Turkey was genocide, the AP reports.Saskya Vandoorne, a CNN reporter in Paris, tweets that the final vote stood at […]
France Has Angered Turkey By Passing A Bill recognising The Armenian Genocide
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Sarkozy’s Re-Election Isn’t Going To Plan (Thanks To Marine Le Pen)

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marine_le_pen.jpg”] French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s struggle to avoid a shock first round exit in the April presidential elections just got a lot harder.A new poll on Thursday of voting intentions showed far-right candidate Marine Le Pen had risen to 21 per cent, just two points adrift of […]
Sarkozy’s Re-Election Isn’t Going To Plan (Thanks To Marine Le Pen)
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FRENCH DOWNGRADE: Bad News For Sarkozy, But Good News For Somebody Else

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=sarkozy&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower%3Areversealphabetical&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1326470585&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=86ddd3ab3d984998b14960994b76368c&dbm=PThirtyDay&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] The fallout from today’s ratings downgrades remains to be seen, with markets little moved.If anything, the move by Standard & Poor’s to cut France’s credit rating one-notch to AA+ brings a cacophonous chorus of market participants to a halt.
FRENCH DOWNGRADE: Bad News For Sarkozy, But Good News For Somebody Else
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The French Rule That The Rwandan Genocide Wasn’t Paul Kagame’s Fault

[credit provider=”Wikipedia”] A reopened French investigation into what set off the 1994 Rwandan genocide has exonerated incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Tutsi allies after Paris had initially accused him of triggering the massacre of 800,000 people in a little over three months, Reuters reported.A team of French investigators […]
The French Rule That The Rwandan Genocide Wasn’t Paul Kagame’s Fault
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10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

[credit provider=”S. Buckley/Shutterstock” url=”http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-842284p1.html”] Good morning. Here’s what you need to know. Overnight trading in Asia started the week mixed, with the Shanghai SE Composite gaining 2.9% as the Nikkei declined by 1.2%. European markets are modestly lower, as U.S. futures point to a flat or slightly negative open. Swiss […]
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning
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France May Go It Alone On The Financial Transactions Tax

[credit provider=”AP/Remy de la Mauviniere”] Yes, its true — France may decide to go ahead a financial transactions tax, even if Germany doesn’t.Henri Guaino, a special adviser to Sarkozy, told the BFMTV news channel about the government’s plans yesterday (via The Local):
France May Go It Alone On The Financial Transactions Tax
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HOLLANDE: Sarkozy Is A ‘Dirty Guy’

[credit provider=”Mario Tama / Getty”] French Socialist candidate Francois Hollande has angered President Nicolas Sarkozy (and his admirers) with an off the cuff insult in front of a room of journalists.Le Parisian reported the remarks, which were made informally (translation via Google):
HOLLANDE: Sarkozy Is A ‘Dirty Guy’
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The UK’s Largest Pub Chain Is Serving A Special ‘Veto Ale’ In honour Of David Cameron

[credit provider=”vissago / Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/vissago/4104758617/”] The UK’s largest pub chain, JD Wetherspoons is reportedly serving a specially brewed beer in celebration of Prime Minister David Cameron rejecting French Nicolas Sarkozy’s EU treaty plans.Eat Out magazine reports that “Veto Ale,” which is made from entirely British ingredients, is now available in […]
The UK’s Largest Pub Chain Is Serving A Special ‘Veto Ale’ In honour Of David Cameron
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