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  • Sarkozy risks jail in corruption probe

    07/02/2014 9:28:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/02/2014 @ 09:28 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy could face up to five years in prison and a €500,000 fine on allegations of corruption and influence peddling. The embattled center-right politician was released from police custody late Tuesday (1 July) and is now under formal investigation. Sarkozy is suspected to have attempted to obstruct an investigation into the financing of his 2007 presidential campaign. He denies any wrongdoing and says the accusations are politically motivated. …
  • French Ex-President Sarkozy Held for Questioning: Legal Source

    07/01/2014 12:38:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 1, 2014
    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was held on Tuesday for questioning into suspicions that a network of informers kept him abreast of a separate inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign, a legal source said. Local media said it was the first time a former head of state had been held for questioning in modern French history. The conservative politician denies wrongdoing in a string of investigations which could derail his hopes of a come-back after his 2012 presidential election defeat by Francois Hollande. Sarkozy arrived early Tuesday to be quizzed by investigators at their offices in Nanterre,...
  • French President Sarkozy Calls Obama Insane (Pam Geller: He's not insane ...he wants jihad to win.)

    04/12/2010 5:00:27 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 19 replies · 1,227+ views
    atlasshrugs2000 ^ | 4/12/2010 | Pam Geller
    Look how the power madman is pointing, talking down to an ally. Would he dare treat his Islamic masters with such disrespect? President Sarkozy called him "a madman," "a lunatic." Perhaps, I don't know -- but one thing is for sure: Hussein is a muhammadan. He 's not insane ...........he wants jihad to win. That's what he is doing. Of course, to the western mind, the rational mind, the logical mind, the American mind, that is insane.
  • Obama going off the deep end

    04/11/2010 12:44:08 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 75 replies · 3,400+ views
    Obama going off the deep end FLOYD AND MARY BETH BROWN, COMMENTARY April 9, 2010 A recent analysis by Roger Simon of PJTV Media maintains that Obama is showing signs of mental illness. A wide variety of commentators have observed that Obama displays severe narcissism. Obama is conceited, and he is demonstrating a serious disassociation from reality. A recent case in point was Obama's bizarre and meandering 17-minute, 2,500-word answer to the simple question about how he could justify raising taxes for ObamaCare during a recession when citizens are already overtaxed. Obama's wildly inappropriate answer left the audience stunned and...
  • Could Barack Obama be Insane? Plus, a Quiz!

    09/05/2010 7:41:12 AM PDT · by jim byrd · 37 replies
    www.jimbyrd.com ^ | 09/05/210 | Jim Byrd
    If you are, as I am, a perusing cogitator of the Democratic Party's purveying of balderdash, then you most certainly have been left scratching your head in a state of bewilderment as to how a brain, or collective brains, larger than a walnut, could produce such poppycock outside an asylum for the maniacal. It's as if the entire collective Democratic Party and our dear President Obama have gnawed their way out of restraints, moved to Washington, DC, and set up shop. At last, relief appears to be cresting the horizon. All in possession of gumption, intelligence, and old fashioned horse-sense...
  • Sarkozy future boosted as French party funding case dropped

    10/07/2013 10:15:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada / Reuters ^ | October 7, 2013 | Claude Canellas
    BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) - French magistrates abandoned a long-running party funding investigation against former president Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday, buoying his chances of a political comeback in 2017. Sarkozy, whom most conservatives want to see lead the centre-right in the 2017 presidential race, was targeted with others in a judicial inquiry into his UMP party's ties with France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. At issue were allegations that Sarkozy, 58, took advantage of the mental frailty of billionaire Bettencourt to obtain money for his 2007 presidential campaign. He has denied wrongdoing.....
  • Sarkozy's party fundraising drive boosts comeback hopes

    08/03/2013 4:23:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | Sophie Louet
    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of a political comeback got a boost on Tuesday after a fundraising campaign he spearheaded to avert a financial crisis for his conservative UMP party raised 8.3 million euros in less than a month. The national drive to refill the UMP coffers -- dubbed "Sarkothon" by the media -- underscores Sarkozy's continued star appeal among centre-right voters despite his loss of the presidency to Socialist Francois Hollande in May 2012. With the UMP's finances now largely repaired, Sarkozy can more easily prepare for a possible presidential bid in 2017. For this, he will have...
  • (Former Prez) Sarkozy's plans 'to dodge new 75% French tax rate by moving to London

    01/22/2013 11:47:59 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 27 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | January 22, 2013 | Peter Allen In Paris
    Suddenly a handshake from David Cameron probably seems an awful lot more inviting. Former president Nicolas Sarkozy could become the next wealthy Frenchman to flee to Britain over his country’s looming tax hikes on the rich. Mr Sarkozy – who famously snubbed the Prime Minister’s attempt to shake his hand after Mr Cameron vetoed changes to the EU treaty in 2011 – is reportedly planning to move to London to set up a £800million investment fund. The 57-year-old, who was ousted from office last June, has amassed a fortune from £150,000-an-hour public speaking engagements and is now said to be...
  • Will Sarkozy be France’s latest tax refugee?

    01/22/2013 2:11:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The effort by François Hollande to get the wealthy to fund his Socialist agenda isn't off to a propitious start, needless to say. The announcement of Hollande's 75% tax rate for high-income earners has panicked the business and investment communities in France that Hollande needs to generate economic growth. It drove France's greatest living actor (and perhaps overall artist) to abandon his native country for the greener pastures of Belgium … or perhaps Russia: Gerard Depardieu, the French actor awarded Russian citizenship this month, is shopping for land near a provincial capital where he plans to settle down after a...
  • Sarkozy's plans 'to dodge new 75% French tax rate by moving to London with wife Carla

    01/22/2013 9:17:17 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    daily mail ^ | 1-22-13 | peter allen
    Nicolas Sarkozy is preparing to move to London to set up a billion pounds plus investment fund, it was claimed today. If the move goes ahead, the controversial Frenchman will become the latest to escape a potential top tax rate of 75 per cent in his home country. He and his former supermodel third wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy would be likely to settle in an affluent district like South Kensington – so becoming the most high profile Gallic celebrity couple in the city.
  • Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Hugo Chavez

    01/04/2013 4:53:56 PM PST · by SteelToe · 27 replies
    Voltaire Net ^ | January 3, 2013
    The Venezuelan Minister of Correctional Services, Iris Varela, has announced on her Twitter account the expulsion of a French citizen known as Frédéric Laurent Bouquet, December 29, 2012 Mr. Bouquet (photo) had been arrested in Caracas on June 18, 2009, with three Dominican nationals in possession of an arsenal. In the apartment he had acquired, forensic police seized 500 grams of C4 explosives, 14 assault rifles including 5 with telescopic lenses, 5 with laser sighting and one with a silencer, special cables, 11 electronic detonators, 19,721 cartridges of different calibers, 3 machine guns, 4 hand guns of different calibers, 11...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy 'took £40m from Colonel Gaddafi to fund 2007 election campaign'

    A massively wealthy arms dealer with close links to Britain is set to provide proof that Nicolas Sarkozy received millions in illegal cash from Colonel Gaddafi. Ziad Takieddine, 62, insists that the former Libyan dictator funded the former French president’s election campaign in 2007. ....................... Takieddine’s explosive testament follows similar claims from other witnesses, all of whom insist that Sarkozy was a corrupt head of state. French law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above £6,300, but it is claimed that Gaddafi’s donations were laundered through bank accounts in Panama and Switzerland. An Arabic language document made public last year...
  • French Center-Right Party Declares Sarkozy Protégé as Leader

    11/27/2012 2:20:15 PM PST · by Cincinna · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 26, 2012 | NICOLA CLARK
     After more than a week of wrangling over the outcome of its hotly contested party election, the leadership of France’s center-right opposition party on Monday confirmed Jean-François Copé, a right-leaning protégé of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, as the party’s new chief, staring down a last-minute legal challenge from his centrist rival, François Fillon.  The disputed election has sown confusion and embarrassment across France and in particular within the already bruised party, known as the U.M.P. The drawn-out battle, which has played out on live television and via social media networks, follows Mr. Sarkozy’s loss in the presidential race in May,...
  • French Right descends into farce with bitter battle to become Sarkozy's heir

    11/19/2012 12:02:48 AM PST · by Cincinna · 12 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 11/19/2012 | Henry Samuel
    A bitter election battle to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as new leader of France’s main centre-Right party, UMP, has gone down to the wire in a contest that could decide whether or not the group swings farther Right. Jean-Francois Cope, the party’s firebrand secretary-general, was more than 3,000 votes ahead of the moderate Francois Fillon, with some 155,000 ballots counted from the election among the party’s 300,000 members. With the outcome still unclear, the surprise of the night was the higher-than-expected score of Mr Copé, 48, who was expected to finish well behind Mr Fillon, 58. Last night members of the...
  • Fillon and Cope claim win in French UMP vote

    11/18/2012 6:51:12 PM PST · by Cincinna · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | Staff
    Both candidates have claimed victory in the race to become France's next opposition leader, in a contest marred by allegations of vote-rigging. Hundreds of votes are said to separate right-wing candidate Jean-Francois Cope and ex-PM Francois Fillon. As the neck-and-neck result emerged, supporters of both UMP candidates made accusations of vote fraud. The party has been without a leader since Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated in the May presidential election. Mr Cope has been secretary general of the conservative UMP since 2010 while his rival was prime minister for five years during Mr Sarkozy's presidency. More than 50% of the party's...
  • Honeymoon over, outlook worse for French president

    08/13/2012 11:20:35 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 13, 2012 | Angus MacKinnon
      Francois Hollande will celebrate 100 days since his election as French president on Tuesday knowing his honeymoon with the electorate is over and that life is not going to get easier any time soon.   Record unemployment and an economy headed back into recession provide a sombre backdrop to an event Hollande will mark by interrupting his summer break to visit police officers in a village where two of their female colleagues died in a shootout in June. The village, Pierrefeu-du-Var, is located close to the Fort de Bregancon presidential retreat where Hollande has been on holiday with his glamorous journalist...
  • French President Wants Private Lives Kept Private

    07/15/2012 6:41:46 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 14, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
      The new French president, François Hollande, said Saturday that he had told those close to him to keep their private lives private and to resolve their conflicts away from the news media. Mr. Hollande, who campaigned for France’s highest office on a pledge to be “a normal president,” has been embarrassed by the evident strain between his partner, Valérie Trierweiler, and his four children, whom he fathered with a former Socialist presidential candidate, Ségolène Royal. “Private affairs are resolved in private,” Mr. Hollande said in a 45-minute, nationally televised interview on the French national holiday Bastille Day. “And I have...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy's home raided by French police

    07/03/2012 12:02:06 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 23 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | July 3 2012 | Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
    French police have raided the home and offices of the former president Nicolas Sarkozy as part of an investigation into allegations of illegal campaign-financing by France's wealthiest woman. Police searched the mansion rented by Carla Bruni in a chic gated community in the west of Paris early on Tuesday morning. She and Sarkozy have lived there since their marriage, in 2008. Detectives also searched the office of the legal firm where Sarkozy is a partner and the office he moved into after losing the presidential election to the Socialist François Hollande in May. The couple were not present as they...
  • Jew Hunting Season Open in France

    06/24/2012 11:49:12 PM PDT · by bd476 · 12 replies
    Gatestone Instiute ^ | June 19, 2012 at 4:30 am | by Guy Millière
    Jew Hunting Season Open in France by Guy Millière June 19, 2012 at 4:30 am These organizations remain blindly silent : for them, Muslims are "victims of racism" and therefore cannot be racist. France is presently prey to one of the worst waves of anti-Semitism in its history ; this wave is not receding, rather, it is intensifying. According to the annual report published by the Protection Service of the Jewish community, 2011 was a bad year; 2012 will be worse. Since the killing of three children and a rabbi in the courtyard of a school in Toulouse on...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy 'Laughed Uncontrollably' When He Heard DSK Was Caught In An Orgy With Prostitutes

    06/08/2012 12:12:35 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 7 2012 | Henry Samuel 
    Nicolas Sarkozy "laughed uncontrollably" when told Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been caught partaking in an orgy with prostitutes but swore his aides to silence and went on to name him IMF head, a new book claims. Les Strauss-Kahn, written by Raphaëlle Bacqué and Ariane Chemin, journalists at Le Monde, provides fresh details about Mr Sarkozy’s knowledge of Mr Strauss-Kahn’s sexual practices, his proximity to the Socialist and decision to protect his reputation. Mr Sarkozy was interior minister late in 2006 – a few months before his election to the presidency – when Alain Gardère, the public security chief of Paris, told...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy 'bored' three weeks after leaving office

    06/04/2012 2:19:54 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 3 2012 | Henry Samuel
    Nicolas Sarkozy is said to be "bored" after spending a three-week post-election break with his wife and children in Morocco in which he was constantly on the phone to politicians back in France, according to reports. Mr Sarkozy, his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and their daughter Giulia, returned to Paris on Saturday, where he was spotted jogging in the Bois de Boulogne, after unwinding at King Mohammed VI's expense in one of his luxury private residences in Marrakesh. The Right-winger intends to remain "durably discreet" after losing to Socialist François Hollande in his presidential re-election bid on May 6, one of...
  • Facing election shipwreck, Sarkozy 'friends' rise up

    06/01/2012 4:38:45 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 3 replies
    France24.com ^ | June 1 2012 | Joseph Bamat
      With the right-wing UMP party predicted to lose upcoming parliamentary elections, former interior minister Brice Hortefeux and other French conservatives are embracing recently departed president Nicolas Sarkozy. As conservative leaders in France contemplate a likely defeat in parliamentary elections in June, some among them have rallied around an unlikely figure: defeated former president Nicolas Sarkozy.  The Friends of Nicolas Sarkozy Association was formally established in Paris on Wednesday, fuelling ongoing speculation about the uncertain future of France’s political right. Sarkozy, who lost the May 6 presidential runoff to Socialist rival François Hollande, repeated before and after the vote that he...
  • Francois Hollande becomes France's new president

    05/15/2012 12:14:55 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 16 replies
    BBC News, Paris ^ | May 15 2012 | Hugh Schofield
    François Hollande has been sworn in as president of France, becoming the first Socialist leader in 17 years to occupy the Elysee Palace. He named close aide Jean-Marc Ayrault as his PM. Mr Hollande is now to visit Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. Mr Hollande called for "a compromise" over the German-led focus on austerity as the way out of the eurozone crisis. Stock markets and the euro have fallen amid continuing political uncertainty in Greece. The handover of presidential power in France is a strange mixture of tradition and improvisation. There is tradition in the quasi-monarchical ceremonies, such as...
  • France says 'au revoir' to the Sarkos as Francois Hollande is sworn in as the new President...

    05/15/2012 5:39:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 15, 2012 | Peter Allen
    Francois Hollande was this morning sworn in as the new Socialist President of France - before getting drenched on an embarrassing open-topped drive up the Champs Elysee. The 57-year-old was inaugurated in a simple ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, nine days after defeating the conservative Nicolas Sarkozy in a nationwide election. But it was during his 'triumphant' drive up France's most famous avenue that everything started to go wrong. As he poked his head out of the sunroof of a Citroen DS5, heavy rain started to pour, and there was no effort made to pull back the sunroof.
  • France's Hollande: Sarkozy underplayed budget woes (Hussein II - here we go again)

    05/11/2012 4:02:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/11/12
    France's Hollande: Sarkozy underplayed budget woesAssociated Press – 8 hrs ago PARIS (AP) — French President-elect Francois Hollande suggested Friday that the government of outgoing leader Nicolas Sarkozy underestimated the country's budget problems and wants a new audit of France's books. But Hollande, a Socialist elected Sunday to lead the world's fifth-biggest economy, said that wouldn't hurt his ability to fulfill campaign pledges. Those include higher taxes on the rich, thousands of new teaching jobs and freezes on some government spending. And Hollande stuck to his own deficit reduction goals despite new European Union figures released Friday that paint a...
  • President-elect makes his bitter ex and mother of his four children country's most powerful woman

    05/11/2012 11:09:11 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 18 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 11, 2012 | Peter Allen
    He  swapped her for a younger woman.  Then she tried to stop him becoming president of France. But Francois Hollande is on course to make former partner Segolene Royal the most powerful female politician in the country, despite the bitterness of their separation after 30 years and four children together.  President-elect Mr Hollande and fellow Socialist Miss Royal still have their personal differences and she does not get on with his current partner Valerie Trierweiler, a journalist 11 years her junior. Only last year, while Mr Hollande and his former partner were contesting the Socialist nomination for the presidency, Miss...
  • Why Barack Sarkozy lost

    05/07/2012 5:44:31 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-07-12 | DrJohn
    It turns out that left wingers really do believe in unicorns. Even in France. François Hollande has defeated Nicolas Sarkozy in the French Presidential election. Honestly, sometimes it's not easy to take the French people seriously. Hollande made a number of campaign promises, including Hollande wants to renegotiate a hard-won European treaty on budget cuts that Germany's Angela Merkel and Sarkozy had championed. He wants more government stimulus, and more government spending in general despite concerns from markets that France needs to urgently trim its huge debts. and Hollande’s win represents a groundshift in European politics; with a socialist president,...
  • Francois Hollande Wins in France and Europe Descends Into No-Man's Land

    05/07/2012 6:35:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/07/2012 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    Socialist candidate Francois Hollande has won the French election as expected. His high-tax, pro-stimulus, welfare-state-protection platform, in effect, scuttles the Eurozone rescue program engineered by Merkel and a reluctant Sarkozy. Hollande’s election leaves the European Union with three stark choices, none of which are good: 1) Germany and the European Central Bank cave and bail out any and all debtor countries under the cover of some fictitious future fiscal discipline, or 2) The Eurozone countries muddle along from one band-aid fix to the next as the bond vigilantes breathe down their necks while they hope to catch a break, or...
  • Obama invites Hollande to White House

    05/06/2012 5:45:18 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies
    AFP ^ | May 6, 2012
    President Barack Obama invited French president-elect Francois Hollande to the White House later this month, expressing hope the pair would work "closely," a spokesman said Sunday. In a telephone call to congratulate Hollande on his election victory, Obama "indicated that he looks forward to working closely with Mr Hollande and his government on a range of shared economic and security challenges," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. Obama and Hollande "each reaffirmed the important and enduring alliance between the people of the United States and France," the statement read.
  • France May Have Elected François Hollande, But She Really Needs A Napoleon Bonaparte

    05/06/2012 1:41:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | May 06, 2012 | Tim Stanley
    France May Have Elected François Hollande, But She Really Needs A Napoleon Bonaparte By Tim Stanley May 6th, 2012 Hollande is the latest in a long line of French politicians to exploit the mob. It looks like Socialist François Hollande has won the French presidency. His platform: raise taxes on business to fund a lower retirement age and more spending. Things don’t look good for poor old France. Either Hollande will stick to his promises and ruin the economy or he’ll U-turn and reveal himself to be a reckless opportunist. Whether he's a fool or a knave, this election cycle...
  • EU: Markets braced for shift away from austerity as Francois Hollande wins French election

    05/06/2012 4:54:11 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/6/2012 | Roland Gribben
    Financial markets are braced for a radical shift in economic policy and fresh question marks over a eurozone break-up, as Francois Hollande moves into the Elysee Palace on Monday as the first Socialist president of France for 30 years. Mr Hollande's 'farewell to austerity' programme combines taxing the rich, raising public spending and lowering the retirement age. A confrontation between the new president and Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, is also high on the markets' worry list. However leading economists believe Mr Hollande will attempt a damage limitation exercise to avoid increasing turmoil in a eurozone facing further upheavals, with result...
  • What Sarkozy Loss Really Means for America

    05/06/2012 5:29:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 6, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    The mainstream media will attempt to spin French President Nicholas Sarkozy's loss today to Socialist challenger François Hollande as a rejection of "austerity" policies--and to urge American voters to reject the deficit-cutting politics of the Tea Party when we go to the polls in November. In fact, there are important lessons from France--and they are the precise opposite of what the media is telling us. First, to call Sarkozy's policies "austerity" is to insult both austerity and socialism. The French government--like other European governments--sought to close its budget gap primarily by raising taxes, not by cutting the size and cost...
  • Francois Hollande has ten weeks to avert a French bond crisis

    05/06/2012 3:22:54 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:02PM BST 06 May 2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Fears of a Leftist lurch have been in the price for weeks. The CAC-40 index of French stocks has underperformed Germany’s DAX by 20pc since last August, an ominous divergence for two countries yoked so tightly together. The yield spread of German 10-year Bunds over French OAT bonds has jumped 90 basis points. It reflects a gut feeling in global markets that France is sliding into deep trouble, clinging to a ruinously expensive social model in a Teutonic monetary union and a Chinese trading world. French economists say the moment of danger will come later this summer - whoever is...
  • French Elect Socialist President and Click Ruby Heels Saying “There is No Place Like Greece”

    05/06/2012 2:22:06 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 25 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/06/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Francois Hollande defeated French President Nicolas Sarkozy as voters handed control of the second-biggest European economy to the Socialists for the first time in 17 years. Socialist Hollande’s simple solutions include: =Taxes *Impose a tax on financial transactions. *Impose a 75 percent income tax on earnings above 1 million euros ($1.32 million) and raise the rate to 45 percent for the income bracket between 150,000 euros and 1 million euros per year. *Repeal 29 billion euros of tax breaks over the next five years. *Increase total tax level to 46.9 percent in 2017 from 45.1 percent in 2012 (payroll and...
  • Obama calls new French President-elect Hollande

    05/06/2012 4:16:56 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has called France's new president-elect to congratulate him on winning Sunday's election. The White House says Obama told Hollande that he looks forward to working with him on a range of shared economic and security challenges.
  • Exit polls show Sarkozy has lost in France

    05/06/2012 10:00:27 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 95 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | May 6 2012 | FREDERIC CASTEL AND ROY GUTMAN
    French Socialist Francois Hollande appeared headed to victory over President Nicolas Sarkozy, according to exit polls of voters released by Swiss and Belgian news media. Those polls showed Hollande with 52 to 53 percent of the vote in an election that turned on solutions for Europe's economic crisis amid record unemployment in France. French voters were still headed to cast their ballots when the exit polls were released in the early evening _ the results of exit polls cannot be published in France until voting ends at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Eastern _ but the outcome seemed all but certain.
  • France chooses a new president during tough times (Socialist Francois Hollande?)

    05/06/2012 9:00:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/06/12 | GREG KELLER
    France chooses a new president during tough timesBy GREG KELLER | Associated Press – 4 mins 30 secs ago PARIS (AP) — France voted in a presidential run-off election on Sunday that could see Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies. The election outcome will impact efforts to fight France's debt crisis, how long the nation's troops stay in Afghanistan and how France exercises its military and diplomatic muscle around the world. Hollande voted in his electoral fief of Tulle, in central France. Live television coverage showed the 57-year-old...
  • Socialist Francois Hollande 'wins French presidency'

    05/06/2012 11:09:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 68 replies
    Socialist Francois Hollande has been elected as France's new president, early estimates say. He got about 52% of votes in Sunday's run-off, according to projections based on partial results, against 48% for centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. Mr Hollande would be the first French socialist president since 1995.
  • FRENCH ELECTION: First results: Holland gave winner with 53% of votes

    05/06/2012 9:27:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    MINUTE BY MINUTE 6:01 p.m. From our special correspondent in Paris, since the room Mutuality (where Sarkozy is speaking): "A diplomatic source, it is our responsibility that the UMP has canceled the planned public gathering tonight Place de la Concorde". 5:30 p.m. The first results indicating a victory of Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande, by 53% against 47%, were confirmed in "Evening" this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. by an informed source close to the Rue de Solferino, the Paris headquarters of the French Socialist Party. 5:06 p.m. According to the French Ministry of the Interior, the turnout would reach 71.96% stake...
  • French Socialists’ joy of election victory will be shortlived (Great Analysis)

    05/05/2012 11:43:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/4/2012 | Ben Brogan
    ....Nervousness about what the future holds has reached deep into Mr Sarkozy’s inner circle, too. One of his small group of close friends who gather around the president for late-night drinks most weeks put it in the starkest terms for me: “Economically, I want him to win because Hollande will be a disaster for France. But for the sake of social stability, it is better if Sarkozy loses.” He recognised that the president has been a divisive figure, and that after a decade in power for the Right the public is angry and has had enough. To hear one of...
  • France’s Turn for the Worse... Europe’s far right has already won

    05/05/2012 8:51:03 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 29 replies
    Slate ^ | 5/4/2012 | Yascha Mounk
    On Sunday, by almost every indication, François Hollande, who has been leading in the polls for months, will defeat Nicolas Sarkozy and become France’s next president. Hollande’s Socialist Party, which hasn’t ousted an incumbent president in over three decades, has every reason to celebrate. But the true winner of this election isn’t France’s left; it’s Europe’s far right. The reason is simple. In this election, France’s establishment has embraced Islamophobic ideas to an unprecedented degree. Right-wing populism, once a fringe phenomenon, has been conquering the bastions of Europe’s political mainstream with frightening speed; even so, most observers failed to predict...
  • Hotel maid can pursue sex-assault lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    05/01/2012 11:26:09 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 14 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 1, 2012 | DANIEL BEEKMAN
    Bronx judge doesn’t buy his claim of diplomatic immunity A New York hotel maid's sexual assault lawsuit against French bigwig Dominique Strauss-Kahn can go forward, a Bronx judge ruled Tuesday.   State Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon decided that the former International Monetary Fund leader is not entitled to diplomatic immunity.   He derided Strauss-Kahn's claim of international protection as the legal equivalent of a "Hail Mary" football pass.    McKeon noted that the disgraced politician didn't cite diplomatic immunity last year when faced with criminal charges for the May 2011 encounter and pointed out that Strauss-Kahn resigned from the IMF long before he...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy rejects Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accusation he orchestrated downfall

    04/30/2012 1:22:44 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | April 29, 2012  | Staff
    Disgraced ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, once tipped to win France's presidential vote, has made a dramatic incursion into the campaign with a claim Nicolas Sarkozy orchestrated his downfall. The accusation came as the battle between Mr Sarkozy and Francois Hollande grew ever more bitter, with the incumbent accusing the front-running Socialist of subjecting him to a “Stalinist trial” over his bid to woo the far right. Mr Strauss-Kahn, in his first major newspaper interview since his disgrace a year ago, told Britain's The Guardian newspaper that his spectacular fall was orchestrated by opponents to prevent him standing as Socialist candidate....
  • Jews to face new challenges in post-elections France

    04/28/2012 1:06:24 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 23 replies
    Haaretz.com ^ | April 25 2012 | Richard Presquier
      The challenge is daunting for Nicholas Sarkozy. The second round of the French Presidential elections will be decided by the transfer of votes.   For the French Jewish community, appalled by the murders in the Jewish school in Toulouse, one of the key issues is how willing each candidate is to fight the new anti-Semitism that has developed under the mask of anti-Zionism.   Nicolas Sarkozy has developed strong links with the French Jewish community; he has a deep knowledge of Israel and a deep sympathy for this country, which he uses sometimes for chiding the Israeli government. France has become the...
  • Hollande and Sarkozy Trade Insults as Runoff Nears

    04/27/2012 11:36:58 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 26 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
       With accusations  of fascism and lying, incompetence and imbecility, the French presidential campaign has been one of the nastiest in memory. One legislator from the governing party even compared the partner of the Socialist challenger to a Rottweiler.    With only a week to go before incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy faces off against the favored candidate, the Socialist François Hollande, the insults are flying. Mr. Sarkozy is trying to make up the gap and win back the votes of the far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen, while Mr. Hollande is trying to stay above the fray with professions of...
  • The tide has turned in Europe

    04/23/2012 9:00:51 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 4/23/2012
    For the European press, the first round of the French presidential election has one winner – Marine Le Pen of the far-right Front National – and two losers, the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany. The runoff election which pits Socialist François Hollande and conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy was long anticipated by opinion polls, which, in recent days placed Hollande as the frontrunner. The high score of the far-right National Front candidate, Marine Le Pen, however, came as a surprise. With nearly 20% of the vote, Le Pen will weigh on Sarkozy's campaign. For the Financial Times Deutschland, Nicolas Sarkozy's second...
  • The First French Official (Election) Results Are In

    04/22/2012 1:10:28 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge / Reuters ^ | April 22. 2012 | Tyler Durden
    8 pm has just passed in France, and all the polls are now closed, which means official preliminary data is now allowed - the first results from IPSOS are in, and are as follows: Francois Hollande: 28.4% (28.8% latest) - with victory virtually assured in the runoff round on May 6, it is now Hollande's election to lose. Could he? Yes - read here how Sarkozy can still catch up per DB. Nicholas Sarkozy: 25.5% (26.1% latest) - make the runoff round Marine Le Pen: 20.0% (18.5% latest) - extreme right: much better than expected as nationalism is back with...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy is a victim of his own courage

    04/21/2012 8:17:44 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Apr 2012 | Anne-Elisabeth Moutet
    I shall be sorry to see Sarkozy go. His defeat, if it truly comes to that in two weeks’ time – and nobody should entirely discount his dogged tenacity and sheer bloody-mindedness in the face of adversity – will have been a fiasco of style over substance. Sarko campaigned five years ago by telling the French to their faces that he would not cosset them. Their standard of living would rise, he said, if they worked harder. Even before the financial crisis changed everything in 2008, you should have heard the screams and guffaws of the people who, early on,...
  • ‘Fed up’ French Muslims mobilize to unseat Sarkozy

    04/20/2012 8:54:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2012 | Karine G. Barzegar
    France’s Muslim community is mobilizing voters to reject President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday’s election to punish the conservative leader for his anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric. “[French] Muslims can’t stand it anymore. They are fed up with these debates about national identity, halal meat, the veil or fundamentalism all over the place,” said Francoise Lorcerie, a sociologist with the Institute of Studies on the Arab and Muslim World near Marseille.
  • Sarkozy camp insists race not over as France vote looms

    04/20/2012 1:46:10 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 19 2012 | Michael Mainville
    President Nicolas Sarkozy's camp insisted Thursday that France's election race was far from over as the top candidates sought to lure a large number of undecided and apathetic potential voters. Despite his strong and persistent lead in the opinion polls, Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande urged voters to show up for Sunday's first round, worried that a low turnout could benefit Sarkozy. "It is in these next hours that many in France will make their choice. I can see that there is still some hesitation on whether or not to go out to vote," Hollande told AFP in an interview. "My...