Rachida Dati

Revenant Sarkozy takes to stage in conservative bid for Paris city hall

France — Report

France holds nationwide local elections beginning next weekend, in the most significant test of the country’s political parties since Emmanuel Macron’s election as president in 2017 and the thumping victory of his LREM party in ensuing parliamentary elections. In the two-round polling, the prize catch will be Paris, where the conservative Les Républicains hope to wrestle power from socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo. Their candidate, Rachida Dati, held her last campaign meeting this week when her political mentor, Nicolas Sarkozy, made a rare public appearance. Despite being under investigation in several serious corruption probes, the former French president, surrounded by his old guard, received a rock-star reception from an enraptured audience. Lucie Delaporte witnessed the extraordinary scenes.

French polemicist says those with Arab first names are 'less French'

France — Link

Right-wing commentator Eric Zemmour said choice by ex-minister of North African origin to give her daughter an Arab name was 'outragious' and that those with names like Zinedine Zidane were 'less French' than himself.

Ex-French justice minister Rachida Dati blames 'plot' for expenses revelations

France — Link

State audit court rejects 190,000 euros of ministry's lavish expense claims, including for luxury gifts and clothing such as Hermès scarves.

Rachida Dati warns French to stop Far Right by turning out in European polls

France — Link

Former justice minister and Sarkozy protegée says high turnout can help combat threat of 'ultra-violent, ultra-racist and populist' parties.

Former French minister says: Wear lipstick and you lose credibility

France — Link

Rachida Dati, who wants to be mayor of Paris, says she is nothing like her pin-up image and claims powerful women are given a hard time in France.

French luxury hotel boss to submit to DNA test over Dati child claim

France — Link

French court orders hotel and casino chain boss Dominique Desseigne to undergo DNA test to establish if he fathered former justice minister's child.