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PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy is rolling out the welcome mat for thousands of rich French people who fled one of Europe's most onerous tax regimes, but few may heed his call.
His plan to transform France is still a work in progress, but new President Nicolas Sarkozy already has revolutionized the traditionally standoffish relationship between the president and the press in France.
PARIS — French authorities raided the house of former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin yesterday in an investigation of a smear campaign against President Nicolas Sarkozy.
"Vote for the crook, not the kook." That visually parallel phrase assumes that political criminality requires an appreciation of reality and consequences that political fanaticism inevitably lacks. The sleazy opportunist is less dangerous than the obsessed ideologue.
PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party won a clear parliamentary majority yesterday in elections seen as crucial to his vision for opening up France's economy, although the opposition thwarted a landslide victory by capitalizing on voter fears of giving Mr. Sarkozy too much power.