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Europe's Conservatives Sour On the Free Market

France's notoriously divided and ideologically marooned Socialist opposition has long struggled to find a leader capable of selling a modern leftist vision that...

Why China Keeps Picking on Sarkozy

In much of the world, President Nicolas Sarkozy enjoys a reputation for being something of a diplomatic dynamo. In China, the energetic French leader has a...

Why Pro-Arab France Is Warming Up to Israel

Watching France run interference for Israel in the run-up to the recent U.N. vote on the Goldstone inquiry into last winter's Gaza war, Arab governments may...

Sarkozy's Big Plans for a Greater Paris

The frightful Battle of Paris that many observers expected has been averted — at least for now. In unveiling mammoth plans to modernize and reorganize France's...

French Strikes Escalate as Sarkozy Remains Defiant

France's escalating conflict over pension reform entered money time on Tuesday, as opponents of the measure staged the sixth wave of demonstrations in as many...

Beware of Riling France's President

What's French for "be careful what you wish for?" Just ask the 19 million voters who flocked to the straight-talking, populist presidential candidate Nicolas...

Sarkozy Makes Eyes at NATO

It is an episode of Gallic exceptionalism branded into the French national consciousness: in 1966, then-President Charles De Gaulle Charles De Gaulle flounced...

Europe's Hopes for G-20 Summit Risk Being Dashed

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is not the sort to let a grim outlook undermine his trademark determination. So despite the chorus of warnings against...

France: The Palace Provocateur

In a country where politicians generally prefer evasion to bluntness, Nicolas Sarkozy makes a point of being an anomaly. As mobs of disaffected youths rampaged...

Why France Is Selling Warships to Russia

As Russian President Dmitri Medvedev wound up a three-day state visit to Paris on Wednesday, he had to be pleased with the results. After all, he virtually...

Is Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Soft on Terror?

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is used to his decisions sparking street demonstrations, but he probably hadn't counted on Italian citizens flocking to...

More French Strike. Where's Sarkozy?

During his first six months in office, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has repeatedly shown his talents as a captivating performer on the world stage. In...

Sex and the Single President

Having marketed his marriage as an integral part of his presidential appeal, President Nicolas Sarkozy has had to endure the agony of its breakup in the full...

Royal, Sarkozy: Toe-to-Toe in France

Nicolas Sarkozy came to Wednesday night's key presidential campaign debate with Socialist Segolene Royal with a reputation for aggression: The former Interior...

France Moves Closer to Banning the Burqa

By ordering his cabinet to table a law banning the full face- and body-covering veils worn by some Muslim women, French President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared to...

Mon Dieu! Chirac More Popular Than Sarkozy

Call it Chirac's Revenge. Less than two years after he left office with nearly record low approval ratings, former French President Jacques Chirac finds himself...

Dig For Victory

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 The scandal engulfing France's ruling duet, Dominique de Villepin and Jacques Chirac, is intensifying this week, with every day bringing...

McCain's Paris Romance

If Senator John McCain wasn't the secret favorite of French President Nicolas Sarkozy among all American candidates to the White House, he certainly should be...