Keyword: François Hollande

Verdict on ex-minister Jérôme Cahuzac shows French aversion to jail for tax fraud

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Escaping jail time? Jérôme Cahuzac at the Court of Appeal in Paris on February 12th, 2018. © Reuters Escaping jail time? Jérôme Cahuzac at the Court of Appeal in Paris on February 12th, 2018. © Reuters

After an appeal, former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac has received a reduced sentence for tax fraud, making it now highly unlikely he will serve any time in prison. It was an unexpected and happy outcome for the former minister whose tax dodge was first exposed by Mediapart in 2012. But, as Fabrice Arfi argues, it sends out an unfortunate message in a country which is already reluctant to imprison white collar criminals – especially those in public life.

Ex-minister Cahuzac gets two years for tax fraud - but escapes jail

Judges cut Jérôme Cahuzac's sentence from three years to two, and such jail time is usually reduced in France to community service.

Former French president Hollande in bitter attack on Macron

In a series of interviews to promote his first book after leaving power last year when he was succeeded by Emmanuel Macron, his economy minister who some had maintained was his dauphin, former French president François Hollande accused the new head of state of deepening social inequalities through tax cuts that help the wealthy and business corporations.

How Sarkozy's dealings with Gaddafi went unchecked

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Nicolas Sarkozy with then-president François Hollande at a ceremony marking V-E Day on May 8th 2013. © Reuters Nicolas Sarkozy with then-president François Hollande at a ceremony marking V-E Day on May 8th 2013. © Reuters

The placing under investigation of Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday for corruption, embezzling public funds and illegal electoral funding by the regime of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has come about as the judicial investigation is in its fifth year, and seven years after Mediapart first revealed the former conservative president’s dealings with Tripoli. During the entire period, which includes five years of socialist government, the political powers have regularly turned their backs on the disturbing questions raised by the mounting evidence of Sarkozy’s dubious relations with the dictator, and also the circumstances of France’s subsequent military intervention in Libya, to the point of dismissing repeated calls for a parliamentary inquiry. Antton Rouget reports.

Macron v Macron: president's biggest challenge in 2018 comes from himself

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Addressing the nation: Presisdent Emmanuel Macron on December 31st, 2017. Addressing the nation: Presisdent Emmanuel Macron on December 31st, 2017.

“I did it in 2017....I will do it in 2018”. On Sunday December 31st, President Emmanuel Macron delivered his first New Year goodwill message to the French people. Just 12 months ago no one imagined that he would be the occupant of the Élysée. Even last summer, when he had been elected, no one thought he would be in a strong position. Yet here he is, and his political situation looks robust. But it is a little too early for the new president to get out the bunting just yet. For Hubert Huertas argues that President Macron is about to face his biggest political 'opponent' – himself.

Macron helps rich 'get richer while they sleep' says Hollande

War of words develops between President Macron and his predecessor as latter warns about cutting back on France's wealth tax. 

Macron hits back after Hollande criticism

New French president blasted critics of his plan to overhaul labour law a day after predecessor suggested the reform includes 'useless sacrifices'.

French PM warns of more cuts to contain 'spiralling' deficit

New government faces test to find extra savings deemed necessary by audit office, after the last administration overspent in its final months.

Wanted: diverse National Assembly to counter domination of the presidency

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Elections take place this month for France's National Assembly. © Reuters Elections take place this month for France's National Assembly. © Reuters

Through the havoc it wreaked on the established political system, the recent French presidential election showed the hunger that exists for democratic renewal. But if the Parliamentary elections later this month give Emmanuel Macron's government an absolute majority it would be a retrograde step to presidential supremacy and a compliant Parliament, argues Mediapart’s publishing editor and co-founder Edwy Plenel. That is why, he says, we need a pluralist National Assembly encompassing a diverse, democratic, social and environmental opposition.

Macron joins Hollande for VE Day, to be made president on Sunday

France's president-elect Emmanuel Macron joined outgoing head-of-state François Hollande for VE Day commemorations in Paris on Monday in a public display of friendship between the two men, when it was announced that Macron would be sworn into office next Sunday.

France’s Hollande promises ‘response’ to Macron election hack

President's promise of investigation came after hack of Macron campaign and publication online of thousands of stolen emails and documents.

Hollande urges French to vote Macron for sake of Europe

Warning against policies of Marine Le Pen, outgoing president said the choice of the French people was a choice for France but also the EU.

Hollande calls for unity at tribute to murdered police officer

Xavier Jugelé, 37, was killed with a Kalashnikov rifle while on duty on the Champs Elysées avenue last week.

Macron's first-round win is centrist François Bayrou's revenge

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Veteran politician François Bayrou with Emmanuel Macron. Veteran politician François Bayrou with Emmanuel Macron.

History has a long memory. The upheaval caused by the first-round vote in the French presidential election is the third act in a drama that began in 2007. The fourth act will be the likely success of Emmanuel Macron in the second round and his election as French president on May 7th. Hubert Huertas says Macron's triumph would also represent a final victory for centrist politician François Bayrou who tried but failed to break the two-party stranglehold on French politics a decade ago.

Hollande urges nation to back Macron and reject Le Pen

The current French president said a far-right victory would endanger France and its place in the world.