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Curtains for Sarkozy in politics?


Illegal campaign donations, influence peddling and corruption: France's ex-president Sarkozy is at the centre of several investigations. New statements could reinforce speculation about a conspiracy against Sarkozy. Will the embattled politician still be able to make a comeback?



Libération - France | Monday, 10. November 2014

Sarkozy can play the victim again

The chief of staff of France's presidential palace, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, announced on Sunday that the former French prime minister François Fillon forced him to speed up investigations against ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy for cronyism. Even though there is no indication that the accusations of government interference in judicial matters will hold water, Sarkozy will capitalise on the affair, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: » more


El País - Spain | Tuesday, 23. September 2014

Sarkozy copying Berlusconi's tactics

French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's announced comeback reminds the left-liberal daily El País of Italian ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's opportunistic manoeuvrings: » more


Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 3. July 2014

French judiciary too political

In view of the investigations against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy the conservative daily Le Figaro rejects talk of a conspiracy but voices concern about the neutrality of the French judiciary: » more



Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 12. November 2014

Le Pen reaps the benefits of state scandals

France continues to debate alleged intrigues against Nicolas Sarkozy: » more


Le Nouvel Observateur - France | Wednesday, 2. July 2014

Sarkozy casts himself as victim

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday denounced his arrest and questioning as a conspiracy on the part of the government and judiciary. The liberal weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur doubts he'll be successful with his claims: » more


Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Thursday, 3. July 2014

At least French justice works

In an interview on Wednesday former French president Nicolas Sarkozy rejected the allegations of corruption he faces and criticised the "political instrumentalisation of the judiciary". The developments at least show that equality before the law still applies in France, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias comments approvingly: » more


Newsweek Polska - Poland | Wednesday, 2. July 2014

The end of all presidential dreams

Nicolas Sarkozy's interrogation puts a definitive end to all his dreams of making a comeback, but it also shows what a sorry state France is in, the news magazine the Newsweek Polska writes: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 2. July 2014

Comeback still possible

Despite his arrest Nicolas Sarkozy could still make a political comeback for the presidential elections in 2017, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes, recalling that he's not the first French president to get on the wrong side of the law: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 1. July 2014

UMP needs new candidate

Not just because of his legal problems but also because of his poor performance as president, the UMP would be ill advised to make Nicolas Sarkozy its leading candidate in the 2017 presidential elections, the conservative daily the Financial Times comments: » more


L'Opinion - France | Tuesday, 1. July 2014

A bad sign for democracy

The arrest of a former president is so unusual that it also raises questions about whether the steps taken by the French judiciary are justified, the liberal business paper L'Opinion suggests: » more


Le Journal du Centre - France | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

French conservatives on the edge of the abyss

In the latest episode of the Bygmalion affair, which has shaken the conservative UMP to its roots in France, the lawyer of the PR agency that received preferential treatment has admitted that the agency received faked invoices from the party. It appears that these were used to cover up vast over-spending on Nicholas Sarkozy's 2012 election campaign. For the regional daily Le Journal du Centre, the UMP is in free fall: » more


Libération - France | Monday, 10. November 2014

Sarkozy can play the victim again

The chief of staff of France's presidential palace, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, announced on Sunday that the former French prime minister François Fillon forced him to speed up investigations against ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy for cronyism. Even though there is no indication that the accusations of government interference in judicial matters will hold water, Sarkozy will capitalise on the affair, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: » more


El País - Spain | Tuesday, 23. September 2014

Sarkozy copying Berlusconi's tactics

French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's announced comeback reminds the left-liberal daily El País of Italian ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's opportunistic manoeuvrings: » more


Slate - France | Saturday, 20. September 2014

Sarkozy comeback no blessing for the left

France's ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed his return to politics on Sunday in a televised interview. But the return of the Socialists' favourite foe is by no means good news for the left, the online magazine Slate warns: » more


Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 3. July 2014

French judiciary too political

In view of the investigations against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy the conservative daily Le Figaro rejects talk of a conspiracy but voices concern about the neutrality of the French judiciary: » more


Libération - France | Tuesday, 18. March 2014

Sarkozy again at the centre of bugging affair

New recordings of conversations incriminating French President Nicolas Sarkozy have come to light. He is said to have tried to influence judges who were investigating illegal party donations. The investigative news website mediapart.fr published the recordings on Tuesday. Finally the media are focussing on what's really at stake, the left-liberal daily Libération writes in delight: » more



 

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