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Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy (pronounced [ni.kɔ.la saʁ.kɔ.zi] ( listen), born Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa; 28 January 1955) is the 23rd and ... More »Nicolas Sarkozy (pronounced [ni.kɔ.la saʁ.kɔ.zi] ( listen), born Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa; 28 January 1955) is the 23rd and current President of the French Republic and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra. He assumed the office on 16 May 2007 after defeating the Socialist Party candidate Ségolène Royal 10 days earlier. Before his presidency, he was leader of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP). Under Jacques Chirac's presidency he served as Minister of the Interior in Jean-Pierre Raffarin's (UMP) first two governments (from May 2002 to March 2004), then was appointed Minister of Finances in Raffarin's last government (March 2004 to May 2005) and again Minister of the Interior in Dominique de Villepin's government (2005–2007). Sarkozy was also president of the General council of the Hauts-de-Seine department from 2004 to 2007 and mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, one of the wealthiest communes of France from 1983 to 2002. He was Minister of the Budget in the government of... [ Wikipedia ]

Nicolas Sarkozy 'tried to seduce Valerie Trierweiler after he became president'

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy tried to seduce Valerie Trierweiler, the former partner of his successor President Hollande, it has been claimed. Mr Sarkozy allegedly approached political journalist Ms Trierweiler at a Bastille Day garden party two months after being ...

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French Premier Presents New Brand of Socialism

They have a way of life that is extremely different from ours.” His blunt language about the Roma, and to a lesser extent other immigrants, was less harsh than that of Mr. Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, a conservative who also served as interior minister. But Mr. Valls’s stance ...

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With unemployment unlikely to fall in France, François Hollande knows his job will go too

Two, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Nicolas Sarkozy have run and lost. During his successful campaign to unseat Mr Sarkozy in 2012, Mr Hollande promised, among other things, to “reverse the rising tide” of unemployment by the end of last year. He has failed to do so. The French ...

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François Hollande's Cohabitation Problem (No, It's Not What You Think)

Recent polls show the Socialists lagging the center-right UMP party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as the far-right National Front headed by Marine Le Pen. The drubbing taken by Socialists in municipal elections during March is what spurred Hollande to shake up his cabinet ...

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Fast Facts

Was considered to be the leading contender to run against Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency of France. 2008 - Is reprimanded by the IMF for a relationship with a subordinate, Piroska Nagy. May 14, 2011 - Is escorted off an Air France flight headed to Paris and taken to a Manhattan ...

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France freezes pensions, salaries and benefits of staff

... means," Valls said in a statement following the Council of Ministers, and recalled that government spending accounts for 57% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the debt had increased from 50% of GDP in 2002 to 90% at the end of the term of former President Nicolas Sarkozy [Unlink] in May 2012...

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Silvio Berlusconi – a career in pictures

Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images Back in the Villa Madama, Berlusconi shares a word with Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP Here Berlusconi feigns illness after tasting buffalo mozzarella at a meeting with the Italian agricultural lobby Coldiretti. Photograph: ...

Africa's most luxurious safaris

Royal Malewane (Kruger National Park, South Africa) Nicolas Sarkozy, Bono and Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen have all stayed at this luxurious safari camp, where highlights include private infinity pools, enormous, window-side baths and personal butlers, rangers and trackers. Even the ...

France, Islam and the 'Spreading Hatred'

As a candidate, former President Nicolas Sarkozy promised affirmative action but dropped it once on the job—just as Mr. Valls in 2011 called for an end to the 35-hour French workweek, then backed off...

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Caught on camera: Moment brazen cashpoint thieves swarm around middle-aged tourist near Notre Dame c...

' Prime Minister Valls has continued a policy started by former president Nicolas Sarkozy of razing Roma camps, and trying to deport as many of their occupants as possible. This has led to protests from a number of human rights groups, including Amnesty International, which points out ...

Ultra-chic Mary-Kate Olsen ditches her heels to wear comfortable Converse sneakers... but still dons...

The mini mogul was seen holding a cigarette as she left the vehicle Missing from the equation was Mary-Kate's reported fiance Olivier Sarkozy, 44, the half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Exemplifying her luxurious taste, the style icon's reported engagement ring is ...

John Mellencamp and Five Other Musicians Who Yanked Songs From Political Campaigns

Indie duo MGMT have demanded compensation from French President Nicolas Sarkozy for using their song "Kids" in two online videos and at his party's national congress in 2009...

Nobel Laureates Amartya Sen And Joe Stiglitz Reject Embrace By Anti-Europe Populists

Those ideas have entered the mainstream discourse, notably in former President Nicolas Sarkozy's push to ban face-covering Islamic veils and keep halal meat out of public cafeterias. He also made reducing immigration a pillar of his presidency. The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom ...

France's Hollande approval at record low, prime minister far ahead

The dominance in the approval rating of the prime minister over that of the president was at a record high, Ifop noted in its statement, with the second biggest gap attributed to Francois Fillon and Nicolas Sarkozy...

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Mary-Kate Olsen Mary-Kate Olsen wants private home

'' Mary-Kate and Olivier, the half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, are apparently happy to search for their dream pad in a less trendy location if it means more privacy, and are ''even looking in Turtle Bay''. The publication also recently reported the couple, who ...

Springtime in Paris fails to dispel clouds over Hollande

Then, Mr Hollande beat both incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and Ms Le Pen in the first round of the election and went on to oust his centre-right rival from the Elysée Palace in the decisive second round. Two years later, after an often chaotic presidency marked by big tax increases, rising ...

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France Gets a Young Blood | Dr. Charles G. Cogan

He had been communications director for François Hollande's successful presidential campaign against Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012. Before that he was a close aide of Hollande's ex-partner, Ségolène Royal, who has now come full circle and has entered the Valls Government in the No. 3 position ...

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