Keyword: interview

Veteran socialist bigwig Martine Aubry tells Hollande to turn Left

Lille mayor and former party boss lashes out at socialist government's policies, demanding it reorients economic policy favouring business.

Hollande vows no policy change as economy stagnates

In an interview with Le Monde, the French president said 'zigzagging would make our policies incomprehensible' and would produce no results.

Marine Le Pen has 'respect' for Putin as much as for Merkel

French far-right leader tells Der Spiegel that Russia's president 'puts Russian people first', and that she eyes power in France within ten years.

France 'was on verge of bankruptcy', Hollande says in TV interview

In wide-ranging interview in bid to boost record low ratings, French president says he wants to be judged on results at the end of his 5-year term.

Former French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler to pen a tell-all book

In interview Trierweiler also describes feeling like she had 'fallen from a skyscraper' when she learnt of Francois Hollande's affair with an actress.

Gaddafi funded ‘mentally deficient’ Sarkozy, interview claims

In audio recording Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi says he helped bankroll former French president's 2007 presidential bid.

French minister reveals cancer to 'change attitudes to the disease'

Dominique Bertinotti, 59-year-old minister for families, has revealed to the press she has been fighting breast cancer since February.

Boris Johnson praises France, coy about ambitions on Paris radio

Though known for his repeated “French bashing”, the London mayor was on surprisingly good behaviour during an interview in the French capital.

More of French PM's interview with Mediapart: the TSCG, making EU more democratic, cabinet splits and Muslim anger

In this second and final part of his exclusive interview with Mediapart, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault answers the suggestion that he is railroading the democratic process with the adoption of the European Treaty on Stability, Cooperation and Governance (TSCG), sets out his position on the widespread use of tax havens by big banks and corporations, and for greater representation of national parliaments in EU decision-making. He also answers questions on recent domestic issues, including his government's decision to ban demonstrations in protest at the publication by a French magazine of cartoon caricatures of Prophet Mohammed, and the calling to book of his interior minister over his out-of-step comments on racial profiling and the right to vote of of non-EU nationals.