Alain Juppé

Rivals snub Sarkozy policy speech

France — Link

Conservative presidential election rivals did not attend the opposition party leader's keynote speech at the end of weekend policy meeting.

The staggering perks paid to France's former presidents and prime ministers

France — Investigation

Mediapart has gained access to a detailed account of the annual payments made to former French presidents and prime ministers in a lifelong system of perks and privileges that beggars belief. With items ranging from newspaper and dry-cleaning costs to the payment of staff, offices and vehicles, the country’s three surviving former heads of state cost the taxpayer a yearly 6.2 million euros. Former prime ministers, meanwhile, receive tens of thousands of euros annually for staff and vehicles, including one who left office 25 years ago. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

Nicolas Sarkozy unites the French Right – against him

France — Analysis

The end of the regional elections in France last weekend was the starting gun for another contest – to choose the Right's candidate for the next presidential election. Already, ahead of this primary scheduled for the autumn of 2016, two clear ideological lines have emerged as have a host of competing candidates. Just one factor seems to unite them all and that is hostility towards their own leader, Nicolas Sarkozy, who is widely blamed for assisting the rise of the far-right Front National. Ellen Salvi reports.

The French Right's lost year

France — Analysis

The return of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to front-line politics in 2014 was supposed to breathe new life into the Right, bringing unity and cohesion ahead of the 2017 presidential election. Instead, a year later, the ex-president's political movement looks fractured, fractious and short on new ideas as political life resumes after the summer break. Ellen Salvi reports.

Tycoon Vincent Bolloré takes aim at French satire show

France — Link

Billionaire head of media group Vivendi has stirred up political row over reports he wants to axe 'Les Guignols' puppet show on Canal Plus.

Centre-right in revolt over Sarkozy's plan to rename UMP as Les Republicains

France — Link

Some opponents fighting plans to bulldoze the new title through a party conference at the end of May claim the name is 'too American'.

How Nicolas Sarkozy wants to claim the Right's electoral win as his personal victory

France — Analysis

It was a bad night for France's ruling Socialist Party and a very good night for the opposition alliance of the right-wing UMP and the centrist UDI. The Right and its allies won control of 25 département or county councils from the Left in Sunday's local elections and will now control 66 councils. A clear victory for sure - but who should take the credit? One of the key factors in the Right's win was its alliance with France's centrist parties, a strategy advocated in particular by former prime minister and current mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppé. In any case, the Right had already done well in the local and European elections in 2014, well before Nicolas Sarkozy's comeback as president of the UMP. But as Ellen Salvi reports, none of this has stopped the former president and his supporters from claiming that he is the man who has transformed the Right's electoral fortunes.

Sarkozy’s UMP struggles to stay united after by-election defeat

France — Link

Rather than urging electorate to vote against Front National candidate, Sarkozy says voters can 'decide for themselves', to dismay of some members.

Former PM Alain Juppé's star rises amid French leadership void

France — Link

Despite a criminal conviction and failures as a prime minister, polls show Bordeaux mayor is country's most respected politician in office.

Nicolas Sarkozy's impending return piles pressure on François Hollande

France — Link

Friends of ex-president say he is about to announce bid for leadership of UMP opposition party to pave way for 2017 presidential elections.

Juppé presidential bid throws Sarkozy comeback off kilter

France — Analysis

Former French prime minister Alain Juppé on Wednesday announced he will run to be his conservative UMP party’s candidate in presidential elections due in 2017. The surprise declaration by the 69 year-old Gaullist veteran has upstaged his main rival, Nicolas Sarkozy, who was widely expected to announce a return to political life in the coming weeks. More importantly, Juppé has forced Sarkozy into a primary contest the latter hoped to avoid, and which threatens his ambition of re-claiming the presidency he lost in 2012. Hubert Huertas analyses the upset caused by the risky move of a man who as at last taken the lead after playing second fiddle during almost 40 years in politics.

Former French conservative PM Juppé announces presidential bid

France — Link

The move by Alain Juppé, 69, has upstaged an expected imminent similar bid by Nicolas Sarkozy to run as the UMP party's 2017 candidate.

Poll suggests French voters don't want Nicolas Sarkozy back

France — Link

Though activists in opposition UMP party favour former president, public would prefer alternative candidate such as ex-premier Alain Juppé.

Sarkozy allies urge him to return and lead divided French opposition

France — Link

Supporters of the former president have queued up to say he should stand for leadership of conservative UMP party which is engulfed by crisis.

Rwanda: the dishonour of France

International — Opinion

The French government pulled out of the commemorations on Monday April 7th that marked the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. This abrupt decision was provoked by the recent comments of Rwandan president Paul Kagamé about “the direct role of Belgium and France in the political preparation of the genocide, and the participation of the latter in its actual execution”, remarks which have sparked outrage in France. But though France's reaction was in line with former foreign minister Alain Juppé's demand that the government should “defend France's honour”, Mediapart's Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel argues that the decision not to attend the commemorations is instead a sign of France's dishonour over the tragic affair.