Keyword: Michel Rocard

Shamed ex-minister implicates former French PM in tax fraud case

Jérôme Cahuzac claimed in court he opened his first secret Swiss bank account in 1992 to fund political activities of the late Michel Rocard.

France bids farewell to 'great and good' ex-PM Rocard

At Paris ceremony President Hollande praised Rocard, premier for 3 years from 1988, as a 'brilliant intellectual' and 'citizen in awe of the world'. 

Former French PM Michel Rocard dies aged 85

Rocard, who served served as prime minister for three years from mid-1998 under François Mitterrand, was noted for his pro-European views.

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

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France's three surviving presidents (left to right): Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac. © Reuters France's three surviving presidents (left to right): Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac. © Reuters

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.

A French message to Britain: get out of Europe before you wreck it

Former French premier Michel Rocard argues the UK is stopping the European Union from finding the democratic force and legitimacy it needs.

France 'should give Snowden asylum' urges petition

Prominent figures including a former prime minister have backed calls for the American whistleblower to be given refuge by French government.