Keyword: presidential elections

Eric Cantona stages presidential election bid

Former footballer Eric Cantona launches a bid for the French presidency in an attempt to draw atention to the housing crisis in France.

Hollande reportedly brands Sarkozy 'nasty piece of work'

Socialist Party presidential candidate François Hollande causes uproar among Right after reportedly branding Nicolas Sarkozy "a nasty piece of work".

Left rages as Sarkozy finds best friend in crisis

President Nicolas Sarkozy launches re-election strategy on economic and social failures, which he says his opponents have no experience to remedy.

The urgent message of this austerity-fuelled recession


Like the rest of the eurozone countries, France is entering a recession, according to the latest quarterly report released this month by the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE). Mediapart co-founder Laurent Mauduit argues here why the INSEE report is both an indictment of President Nicolas Sarkozy's economic policies and a warning for the Left opposition, ahead of next year's presidential elections, that austerity measures do nothing but fuel the crisis.

French opposition anger at lacklustre voter registration campaign

As deadline to register for 2012 presidential elections looms, the government is accused of deliberately not encouraging new voters to register.

Unemployment surge weighs on Sarkozy re-election hopes

New figures show French unemployment has reached a 12-year high amid an austerity drive that leaves Nicolas Sarkozy little room to manoeuvre.

Dominique de Villepin to stand for president

Former French prime minister and centre-right politician Dominique de Villepin announces he will stand for president in the 2012 election.

Hollande-Sarkozy gap narrows in latest poll

Socialist Party presidential candidate François Hollande loses some of his poll lead over Nicolas Sarkozy, but is still tipped to win the 2012 vote.

Front National leader Le Pen to campaign for French exit from euro

Far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen has made leaving the euro one of the main planks in her 2012 presidential election programme.

Socialist presidential candidate Hollande plans deficit drive

Socialist presidential election candidate François Hollande, leading opinion polls, plans a 50 billion-euro package of tax hikes and spending curbs.

Hollande to take on Sarkozy after winning Socialist primaries

François Hollande has been elected French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential vote when he is expected to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarkozy re-election snarled by probes, threatening euro role

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election threatened by corruption probes involving his associates, his popularity rating close to record low.

How Greek bailout 'benefits Sarkozy'

The €360 billion Greek debt crisis has, among other things, boosted French President Nicolas Sarkozy's chances of re-election next year.

France offers Socialist sunrise

While Europe has turned en bloc to the right, France remains a land apart, says The Guardian, which sees a Socialist elected as president in 2012.

The myth and reality of 'President' Strauss-Kahn


Opinion polls have unanimously elected International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (pictured) as France's next president. His huge popularity scores in the surveys show he would beat any fellow Socialist Party rival to become its candidate, and crush incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in the vote itself. Or could it all be, as some experts warn, just a load of media hype?