Patrick Buisson

Sarkozy stays silent in witness box at Paris trial of former aides

France — Link

Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy appeared on Tuesday, as he was ordered to, as a witness at the trial of his former aides accused of misuse of public funds, but refused to answer questions, arguing that he was accountable 'to the French people, not to a court'.

Ex-French president Sarkozy told to testify in polling fraud trial

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Sarkozy, who benefits from presidential immunity in the case, had said he would not appear as a witness in the case after being tried and convicted twice this year in separate affairs.

How elections debunked myth that France is lurching to the Right

France — Chronicle

The fact that a party that did not even exist just over a year ago has just won an absolute majority in the French National Assembly has inevitably excited surprise among commentators. But, argues Hubert Huertas, one remarkable aspect of the recent presidential and legislative votes has largely gone unnoticed: the death of the notion that French society was on some inevitable path towards the far right. This theory, which was enthusiastically adopted by Nicolas Sarkozy and exemplified by the Front National, has been comprehensively demolished, he says.

Sarkozy claims 'common values' with far-right claims ex-aide

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In 'explosive' book, former advisor says ex-president asked him to meet Front National's Jean-Marie Le Pen in name of those 'common values'.

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

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

French website ordered to remove secret Sarkozy tapes

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Judges also sentenced former top aide Patrick Buisson to pay damages for making recordings, some of which involved Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni.

Sarkozy and Bruni launch legal action to block secret tapes

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The couple hope to stop any further publication of secret recordings of Sarkozy's confidential conversations made during his time as president.

Advisor secretly taped Sarkozy when president

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The Canard Enchaîné begins publishing embarassing secret recordings while the former president's entourage fear far more damage to come.

How Sarkozy's UMP gave legitimacy to the far-right Front National

France — Interview

After the defeat of Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party in France's presidential and parliamentary elections, various prominent party figures have publicly questioned the former president's tactic of lurching to the right in a bid to poach votes from the far-right Front National (FN). Joël Gombin, a researcher at the University of Picardy who specialises in studying the FN's electorate, says this policy should be abandoned, not only because it so manifestly failed - but also because it legitimised the Front National. He spoke to Marine Turchi.

Support for Hollande will crumble, predicts Sarkozy's oracle

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Nicolas Sarkozy's strategy guru Patrick Buisson predicts socialist presidential election rival Hollande will fare worse than Ségolène Royal in 2007.