Keyword: Elysée

Ex-economy minister aims for presidential bid to 'transform France'

Minutes after quitting government, former Hollande protégé Emmanuel Macron sets his sights on 2017 presidential election.

Sarkozy aide probed over alleged opinion polls scam

Sarkozy's former chief of staff and interior minister Claude Guéant placed under investigation for complicity in Elysée opinion poll probe.

Sarkozy's ex-advisor under investigation for 'pointless' opinion polls

Patrick Buisson faces claims that his firm pocketed more than 10 million euros for conducting opinion polls serving no public interest.

Hollande and Merkel to meet to discuss Greek referendum outcome

Monday meeting at the Elysée, announced shortly after polls closed in Greece, comes after apparent Franco-German differences on the issue.

Spain's Felipe cuts short French visit after fatal plane crash

Just hours after arriving in Paris, his first trip abroad as monarch, Felipe VI said he was ending his three-day state visit because of jet tragedy.

Unidentified drones fly over Paris at night

Special investigation team set up after the unmanned aircraft flew over the US Embassy, the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks in French capital.

Paris attacks: President Hollande to hold security meeting

Meeting follows Sunday's massive marches but also comes amid questions over how militants known to authorities were able to launch deadly raids.

‘France can transform itself’, Hollande says in New Year’s speech

In traditional TV address to the nation, French president told viewers they had 'every reason' to feel confident about the future after a tough 2014.

Close Hollande aide quits as he faces trial for fraud

By and Emmanuel Morisse
François Hollande et Faouzi Lamdaoui, au premier plan © Reuters François Hollande et Faouzi Lamdaoui, au premier plan © Reuters

Faouzi Lamdaoui, an advisor at the Elysée and a close ally of President François Hollande, has been summoned to appear before a criminal court on charges of  “misuse of company assets”, the “laundering of the proceeds of the misuse of company assets” and “forgery and the use of falsified documents”. The allegations relate to a complex network of companies with which Lamdaoui has been involved, as a manager, director or partner, as revealed by Mediapart earlier this year. His resignation, which follows the departures of other key Hollande allies, junior minister Kader Arif two weeks ago and special advisor Aquiluno Morelle in April, was announced in an Elysée press statement. Lénaïg Bredoux and Emmanuel Morisse report.

Ex-French PM accuses top Hollande aide of lying over Sarkozy 'plot'

François Fillon denies renewed claims he tried to get Hollande's chief of staff to speed up a legal case against his rival Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarkozy and Trierweiler teenagers captivate France with Twitter spat

The 17-year-old sons of former president and ex-partner of current president insult each other in what has been dubbed 'le tweetclash'.

France's neoliberal monarchy

François Hollande et Valérie Trierweiler. © Reuters François Hollande et Valérie Trierweiler. © Reuters

The publication of former 'First Lady' Valérie Trierweiler's book about her relationship with President François Hollande and their bitter break-up has provoked a media storm in France. Ordinarily, says Mediapart's editor François Bonnet, one would not be interested in the “bourgeois vaudeville” on show in 'Merci pour ce moment'. Except for the fact that its description of the president’s failings – his insincerity, political calculations and even lies – chime exactly with the recent statements of a string of politicians and former ministers who have worked closely with Hollande in government. In this respect, argues François Bonnet, the book provides the missing link in the story of François Hollande's “descent into hell”, leads to some important political questions and helps highlight how France has now become, in effect, a neoliberal monarchy.

Ex-French First Lady says President Hollande despises the poor

Valérie Trierweiler's claim that in private François Hollande jokingly refers to poor as 'the toothless' set to damage socialist leader.

France`s scorned former first lady publishes secret memoirs

Publication of Valérie Trierweiler's 'truthful' account of her break-up with François Hollande is unlikely to improve president's image.

Close Hollande ally and advisor probed over 'tax fraud'

By and Emmanuel Morisse
François Hollande et Faouzi Lamdaoui, au premier plan © Reuters François Hollande et Faouzi Lamdaoui, au premier plan © Reuters

Faouzi Lamdaoui, one of François Hollande's advisors at the Elysée and a close ally of the president for many years, has been questioned by detectives investigating allegations of “misuse of company assets” and “tax fraud”. Lamdaoui, who advises the French head of state on diversity and equality issues, has denied any wrongdoing. Nonetheless, an investigation by Mediapart has shown that the advisor has been the shareholder, manager or director in a range of similar companies, two of which have been the target of legal proceedings. Lénaïg Bredoux and Emmanuel Morisse report.