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  • Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves his house in Paris, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Sarkozy, his lawyer and a magistrate are facing preliminary charges in a corruption investigation linked to allegations that he took 50 million euros ($67 million) in illegal campaign funds from Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, after a night of questioning by judicial officials. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    Nicolas Sarkozy charged with corruption

    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has reportedly been charged with corruption and influence peddling after being held for questioning for 15 hours.

  • FILE - This March 10, 2014, file photo shows Former french President Nicolas Sarkozy during the inauguration of the Foundation Claude Pompidou in Nice, southeastern France. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained and is reportedly being questioned by financial investigators in a corruption probe that is rattling France’s conservative political establishment. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

    Nicolas Sarkozy held by police in corruption probe

    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into police custody for questioning as authorities investigate corruption allegations against him.

  • This June 9, 2009 photo shows Patrick Buisson, a former aide of President Nicolas Sarkozy, in his office outside Paris.  Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his singer-songwriter wife Carla Bruni are asking a judge for an emergency injunction Monday March 10, 2014, barring any publication of private conversations secretly recorded by former aide Patrick Buisson, also including discussions between Sarkozy and his inner circle. Buisson made the recordings, which his lawyer said were to help the aide keep accurate records. (AP Photo/Patrick Iafrate)

    France's Sarkozy: Secret recordings cloud future

    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his pop-star-supermodel wife have always thrived under the public gaze. But recent scrutiny has given even this French glamour couple reason to squirm.

  • ** FILE ** Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. (Associated Press)

    'Use me': IMF chief's 'pledge of allegiance' to ex-president Sarkozy baffles French

    A handwritten letter leaked to the French press that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde wrote to former President Nicolas Sarkozy has baffled the French, raising further suspicions over fraud at the highest levels of government, AFP reported Tuesday.

  • Carla Bruni backs gay marriage _ but not feminism

    France's former first lady Carla Bruni says she disagrees with her conservative husband Nicolas Sarkozy and supports a plan to allow gay marriage and adoption.

  • Feminism is passe, says Carla Bruni

    France's former first lady Carla Bruni called feminism outdated in an interview with the French edition of Vogue for its December issue.

  • Carla Bruni supports French gay marriage plan

    France's former first lady Carla Bruni says she disagrees with her conservative husband Nicolas Sarkozy and supports a plan to allow gay marriage and adoption.

  • France ends combat operations in Afghanistan

    France on Tuesday ended its combat operations in Afghanistan, pulling hundreds of troops from a base in a volatile region northeast of Kabul and fulfilling promises to end its combat role on a faster track than other NATO allies.

  • World Briefs: Protests force city to scrap copper plant

    A Chinese city announced Tuesday it has scrapped plans for a copper plant, apparently in response to thousands of people protesting the project's possible public health risks.

  • French President Francois Hollande prepares for a meeting with his counterpart from Niger, Issoufou Mahamadou, at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday. Mr. Hollande, who was elected last month, wants his political kin to control the powerful lower house of Parliament for the next five years so he can move forward with plans to strengthen the state's role in the economy, create thousands of teaching jobs and tackle high youth joblessness.

    French Socialists eye unity after election result

    Allies of President Francois Hollande mobilized Monday in hopes of securing a crushing parliamentary majority for the Socialists that could bolster him in talks on how to save the embattled euro currency and revive Europe's economic fortunes.

  • Breeze of Arab Spring felt on Cannes red carpet

    The ripples of the Arab Spring are being felt in summery Cannes, where films from Egypt and Syria, as well as a passionate documentary about the overthrow of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, are being screened alongside the latest features from the world's heavyweight directors.

  • **FILE** French President Francois Hollande (Associated Press)

    Lightning hits French president Hollande's plane, none hurt

    Socialist Francois Hollande took over as France's president Tuesday and jetted off to Berlin hours later for talks on Europe's debt crisis — only to have his plane struck by lightning. No one was hurt.

  • Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves after addressing supporters at his Union for a Popular Movement party headquarters after conceding defeat to Socialist Francois Hollande. (Associated Press)

    France's Hollande: Sarkozy underplayed budget woes

    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.

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    GAFFNEY: Farewell to European superstate

    In the space of two weeks, three European governments have fallen, sending shock waves across the Continent and calling into question the experiment that has consumed its elect for decades: the construction of a centralized, socialist superstate known as "Europe."

  • Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy addresses supporters at the headquarters of his Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party after the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential elections were announced in Paris on Sunday, May 6, 2012. The first results showed a 52 percent lead for Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Hollande wins French presidency over Sarkozy

    Socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday to become France's next president, heralding a change in how Europe tackles its debt crisis and how France flexes its military and diplomatic muscle around the world.

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  • But Mr. Sarkozy said lawyers will have to determine whether an amendment to the Lisbon Treaty that formed the EU would be necessary — a messy and time-consuming process that could torpedo the measure.

    EU overspenders may lose voting rights →

  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy said his "first thoughts go out to the victims," and underscored his "solidarity with the inhabitants of the Var region who have had to go through this very difficult natural disaster," according to a statement.

    Floods near Riviera leave at least 19 dead →

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