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Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president of France in 2007, running on a center-right platform promising to liberalize the French economy. The charismatic and image-conscious president has thrust himself into international negotiations over the release of political prisoners and the Middle East conflict.

Back to the Future: Alain Juppé's Star Is Rising in France

Back to the Future: Alain Juppé's Star Is Rising in France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2016

Many see Alain Juppé as boring. But the conservative former French prime minister is still the best liked candidate ahead of next year's presidential elections. He could thwart Nicolas Sarkozy's comeback and send President François Hollande into retirement. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

The Hapless President: Is François Hollande Re-Electable?

The Hapless President: Is François Hollande Re-Electable?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 09, 2015

François Hollande is already viewed as the most unsuccessful president in recent French history. His hapless leadership has enabled the rise of Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National. He plans to run again in 2017, but does he stand a chance? By Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]


He's Back: Sarkozy Eyes a Return to French Presidency

He's Back: Sarkozy Eyes a Return to French Presidency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2015

After an extended break from politics, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is ready to make a comeback. Former advisors say he is more patient and a better listener. Critics, though, say he has drifted even further to the right. Is France ready for the sequel? By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

France's 'Leftist Sarko': Popular Minister Rankles Ailing Socialists

France's 'Leftist Sarko': Popular Minister Rankles Ailing Socialists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2013

While President Hollande's authority crumbles, his interior minister, Manuel Valls, has become France's most popular politician -- much to the chagrin of his own party. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]


Sarkozy's Back: Ex-President Takes Aim at Hollande's Policies

Sarkozy's Back: Ex-President Takes Aim at Hollande's Policies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2013

While French President François Hollande deals with dismal jobless figures and turmoil surrounding the recent legalization of gay marriage, his upbeat predecessor goes on the thinly veiled offensive in Montreal. "When I look at those who succeeded me," Nicolas Sarkozy says, "I feel very good." more... Comment ]

Sarkozy Scandal: An 'Unflattering Picture' of French Democracy

Sarkozy Scandal: An 'Unflattering Picture' of French Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2013

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is under investigation for exploiting the country's richest woman to raise campaign funds. Edwy Plenel, founder of Mediapart, the online news magazine that broke the scandal, tells SPIEGEL that there could be more such cases to come. more... Comment ]


Peugeot on the Brink: How Paris Is Killing French Industry

Peugeot on the Brink: How Paris Is Killing French Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2012

French carmaker Peugeot is fighting for its survival. But, by keeping its plants in-country and supporting wage hikes, the government is ignoring the rules of survival in the age of globalization. In the end, the workers it is trying to help might be the biggest losers. By Dietmar Hawranek and Isabell Hülsen more... Comment ]

France's New President: François Hollande Must Quickly Hit His Stride

France's New President: François Hollande Must Quickly Hit His Stride

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2012

On the night of his victory, France's new president seemed exhausted and overwhelmed by the size of his task. François Hollande has little time to master the transition from candidate to president. He faces important tests at home and abroad, including finding a way to get along with Angela Merkel. By Mathieu von Rohr in Paris more...


Hollande Prevails over Sarkozy: A New French President Predestined to Disappoint

Hollande Prevails over Sarkozy: A New French President Predestined to Disappoint

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2012

The French chose François Hollande because he promised to be a different president than Nicolas Sarkozy. He just won one of the most difficult jobs on earth: to reform France. To succeed he will have to disappoint many of his supporters. But Hollande is a pragmatist, not an ideologue -- and this might even help him to bond with Angela Merkel. An Analysis By Mathieu von Rohr in Tulle, France more... Comment ]

Voters Say 'Au Revoir' to Sarkozy: Socialist Hollande To Become Next French President

Voters Say 'Au Revoir' to Sarkozy: Socialist Hollande To Become Next French President

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2012

France has elected François Hollande as its next president. Incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy has become the first president in 31 years not to get elected to a second term. Hollande's election is also expected to have a major impact on European Union policies. more...