Keyword: François Fillon

Copé wins leadership of UMP party

Jean-François Copé is winner of elections for leadership of France's conservative UMP party, but his short victory threatens a future split on the Right.

UMP party leadership contest slips into farce amid fraud allegations

Former French Prime Minister François Fillon and his rival Jean-François Copé both claim victory for leadership of the conservative UMP party.

In the shadow of Sarkozy, UMP picks new leader

The conservative UMP will on Sunday choose between François Fillon and Jean-François Copé to lead the party in opposition.

Fillon fans attacks on French foreign policy

Former French PM François Fillon joins conservative attacks on President François Hollande’s foreign policy, calling Syria approach 'bare minimum'.

Former French PM Fillon in Rome hospital after moped fall

Former French prime minister François Fillon breaks his foot in a moped accident while holidaying on Capri, Italy, with Ferrari's chairman.

French Right head for parliamentary elections amid split over party leadership

France's mainstream Right head for parliamentary elections amid a fratricidal battle for control of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party.

French prime minister defends police handling of gunman Merah

Police had no grounds on which to arrest gunman Mohammed Merah before he carried out three attacks in which seven people died, says PM.

Sarkozy rushes to cut labour costs

The French government's reform of welfare funding, shifting the burden from employment charges to sales tax, will reach parliament in February.

Fillon says no further austerity packages planned before 2012 elections

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon says no third raft of austerity measures are due unless 2012 first-quarter growth is less than forecast.

Economic policy - between austerity and a Rocky Horror Show...


The Prime Minister François Fillon has just announced a series of new austerity measures to produce a further 12 billion euros in savings for the government in 2011 and 2012. This follows a downgrading in the forecast for economic growth for both years. The measures include a new reduction in the benefits afforded by a variety of tax breaks and a temporary 3% tax on those with massive incomes. But, argues Laurent Mauduit, the overall package is just another sign of the government's incoherent and crazy economic policy. And one which he says risks tipping France back into recession.

Greek deal to raise French debt by 15 bln euros

France's contribution to the Greece rescue package will increase its debt by some 15 billion euros, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said.

Fillon crash-lands into 'Air Dictator' row

F. Fillon et H. Moubarak en 2007. © Reuters F. Fillon et H. Moubarak en 2007. © Reuters

First there was the scandal of French foreign minister Michèle Alliot-Marie's holidays in strife-torn Tunisia, now comes that of Prime Minister François Fillon's sojourn in Egypt courtesy of President Hosni Mubarak. The revelations have stunned opinion in France and made headlines around the world, prompting President Nicolas Sarkozy to tell ministers they must holiday in France from now on. Marine Turchi reports on the parliamentary turbulence caused by the latest jet-set holiday disclosures.

Spotlight on the French government reshuffle

In: Alain Juppé (left) with Nicolas Sarkozy. © Reuters In: Alain Juppé (left) with Nicolas Sarkozy. © Reuters

The French ministerial reshuffle in November appeared to announce the start of the 2012 presidential election campaign and an attempt to kickstart a government engulfed by scandals and social unrest. The new ministerial line-up saw a strengthening of ministers loyal to President Nicolas Sarkozy, a return of old-school Gaullists and the re-appointment of François Fillon as prime minister. It also saw the exit of the Centrists and figures from the renegade Left. Click here for Mediapart's reports and commentary, and the complete list of the new government team.

Weakened? Sarkozy has other plans


Many observers have interpreted the recent French government reshuffle as a sign of weakness on the part of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. On the contrary, argues Mediapart editor François Bonnet, the president has prepared a savvy tactic for re-election.

The ins and outs of the French government reshuffle

In: Alain Juppé (left) with Nicolas Sarkozy. © Reuters In: Alain Juppé (left) with Nicolas Sarkozy. © Reuters

The long-awaited French government reshuffle, completed Sunday evening, has ushered in a ministerial team largely composed of President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party stalwarts, in a move that appears to launch the president's bid for re-election in 2012. Out go the Centrist movement heavyweights, along with the few renegades from the Left. Géraldine Delacroix and Michaël Hajdenberg sketch who's who and who's no more, and present the complete list of new government members.