Sarkozy to stand trial in illegal campaign financing case
PARIS (AP) — France's highest court ruled that former President Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial on charges of illegally financing his 2012 presidential campaign.
France detains soccer great Platini in 2022 World Cup probe
PARIS (AP) — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel...
Former FIFA head Blatter: Sarkozy meeting key to Qatar vote
GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the arrest of soccer great Michel Platini as part of a French corruption probe lends weight to his version of how the United States lost the...
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French investigation involving Michel Platini (all times local):
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he insisted for years that a meeting...
Former French PM Fillon and wife to stand corruption trial
PARIS (AP) — Investigating judges have ordered that former Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his wife stand trial on corruption charges, a judicial official said on Tuesday.
PARIS (AP) — French tycoon Bernard Tapie is facing a criminal trial over a fraudulent 404 million-euro ($450 million today) arbitration package linked to his sale of sportswear company Adidas in...
Thousands rally in France to oppose recent anti-Semitic acts
PARIS (AP) — Rallies against anti-Semitism attracted crowds of thousands in Paris and other French cities Tuesday following a series of aggressive acts with Jewish targets, including a cemetery...
The Latest: French rally to say ‘No’ to anti-Semitism
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on events condemning anti-Semitism in France(all times local):
A crowd of thousands have gathered on Paris' famed Republic Plaza to say "No" to...
French court upholds prison sentence for Sarkozy former aide
PARIS (AP) — The French court of cassation has upheld a two-year jail sentence, including one suspended, against ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy's former aide for misappropriation of public funds.
Claude Gueant had challenged a 2017 ruling that he misused money worth 210,000 euros from a secret police fund used to pay police informers between 2002 and 2004.
At the time, Gueant was the chief of staff for Sarkozy, who served then as interior minister.
Morocco unveils Africa’s first ever high speed train line
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco's King Mohammed VI have inaugurated Morocco's first high-speed rail line, the first ever such line in Africa.
Known as the LGV, it will connect the economic hubs of Tangier and Casablanca in 2 hours 10 minutes at a speed of up to 320 kph (199 mph) instead of almost 5 hours on a regular train.
Sarkozy loses appeal in illegal campaign financing case
PARIS (AP) — In another judicial setback, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost an appeal Thursday against an earlier legal decision and could stand trial on charges of illegally financing his 2012 presidential campaign.
A Paris appeals court confirmed a decision last year ordering Sarkozy to face a trial over alleged fraud during his failed 2012 re-election bid.
Sarkozy's lawyer, Thierry Herzog, said his client will appeal the ruling to the Court of Cassation, France's highest court.
France pays tribute to late singer Charles Aznavour
PARIS (AP) — France paid tribute to Charles Aznavour on Friday in a solemn and subdued ceremony that contrasted sharply with the singer's joyful character.
One of France's most famous personalities, Aznavour died earlier this week at 94.
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Macarons in Macron’s birthplace
CHARTRES, France (AP) — Macarons will be an appropriate treat to try in the birthplace of French president Emmanuel Macron on Saturday as the Tour de France arrives in Amiens at the end of Stage 8 on Bastille Day.
Made of sugar, honey, almonds and egg whites, macarons have been a specialty of the northern city since the 16th century, when they were introduced by Catherine de Medici.
French politician Simone Veil honored with Pantheon burial
PARIS (AP) — Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, who repeatedly broke barriers for women in French politics and spearheaded the fight to legalize abortion, was buried at the Pantheon on Sunday, an honor reserved for French heroes.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reacted angrily to a group of some 300 well-known French personalities who urged prominent Muslims to denounce anti-Jewish and anti-Christian references in the Quran.
Addressing a ruling party meeting on Tuesday, Erdogan described the group that includes actor Gerard Depardieu, singer Charles Aznavour and the former president, Nicolas Sarkozy, as "despicable" and accused them of attacking scriptures sacred to Muslims.
Accused of new anti-Semitism, French Muslims speak out
PARIS (AP) — French Muslim leaders are rejecting suggestions that the Quran is to blame for resurgent anti-Semitism in France, and are urging imams and non-Muslims to work together to fight extremism.
Thirty mosque rectors and other prominent Muslims published an appeal in Le Monde saying Islam is being "confiscated by criminals."
French performers, politicians decry ‘new anti-Semitism’
PARIS (AP) — Actor Gerard Depardieu, singer Charles Aznavour and former President Nicolas Sarkozy are among some 300 well-known French people urging national action to counter a "new anti-Semitism" that they blame on rising Islamic radicalism.
They signed a manifesto published Sunday in Le Parisien newspaper, joining politicians from the right and left, as well as Jewish, Muslim and Catholic leaders.
Ex-aide to Gadhafi fears arrest over Sarkozy corruption case
CAIRO (AP) — A top aide to former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi said on Monday he fears arrest if he returns to Libya over what he may know about corruption allegations against France's ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy and Gadhafi's alleged financial support to the former France leader.
Moftah Missouri, Gadhafi's chief interpreter and also his adviser since 1996, told The Associated Press that he attended a meeting in 2005 between France's then-Interior Minister Sarkozy and Gadhafi.
France’s ex-president Sarkozy to face a corruption trial
PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being ordered to stand trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling, in yet another humbling knockdown to the hard-charging conservative leader.
Sarkozy has faced multiple corruption investigations since leaving office in 2012. He was handed preliminary charges just last week in the most shocking affair: accusations that he took millions in illegal campaign financing from then-Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's lawyer says he will "prove the innocence" of his client, suspected of illegal campaign funding financed by the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Thierry Herzog said Friday on RTL radio he is going to appeal against the judicial supervision imposed on Sarkozy.
The former president is banned from traveling to Libya, Egypt, Tunisia or South Africa and from meeting with nine people involved in the case.
French ex-leader Sarkozy decries ‘mad allegations’
PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy defended himself Thursday against the "mad allegations" that he accepted millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
"It's an ignominious act, not (just) a lie," Sarkozy said during a live television interview on French station TF1. "I owe the French people the truth: I never betrayed their trust."
Gadhafi’s cousin calls Sarkozy’s woes ‘God’s punishment’
CAIRO (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's cousin said Thursday that the corruption allegations against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy are "God's punishment" for his role in the NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed the longtime Libyan leader.
Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, a close aide to Gadhafi based in Cairo, told The Associated Press that he was aware of the millions of euros Gadhafi's government allegedly gave to Sarkozy.
France: Ex-leader Sarkozy charged over Libyan money claims
PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was handed preliminary charges Wednesday over allegations he accepted millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
A judicial official told The Associated Press that investigating judges overseeing the probe gave the ex-president charges of illegally funding his successful 2007 campaign, passive corruption and receiving money from Libyan embezzlement.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (all times local):
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been handed preliminary charges over allegations he took millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
French tycoon faces extradition from UK over fraud claims
LONDON (AP) — A French businessman is appearing in a London court to face extradition proceedings over allegations of fraud and money laundering.
Alexandre Djouhri is due at Westminster Magistrates' Court Wednesday for a bail hearing.
British police say Djouhri was arrested Sunday at Heathrow Airport on a warrant issued by France "for offenses of fraud and money laundering."
President Macron of France solemnly marks Armistice Day
PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron cut a solemn figure on Paris' Champs-Elysees as he commemorated his first Armistice Day as French president — marking the end of combat during World War I.
During Saturday's events, Macron paid homage to the wartime French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau by laying a wreath at his statue on the famed avenue. Clemenceau was a key architect of peace between the great powers.
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has received pop singer and philanthropist Bono at the Elysee Palace in Paris for talks about poverty.
Bono met with Macron for over an hour Monday to discuss the U2 front man's non-governmental organization ONE, which — its website says — takes "action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa."
Ex-Gitmo inmate among 6 detained from French jihadi network
PARIS (AP) — A former Guantanamo Bay inmate is among six people from an alleged jihadi recruiting network linked to the Islamic State group who were detained on Tuesday, a French judicial source said.
Among the suspects arrested was Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar, who was freed from the U.S. detention center in Cuba in 2009 after France agreed to accept him, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the case.
PARIS (AP) — France's presidential election reaches its climax Sunday with the winner-takes-all runoff vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. The intense, suspenseful and surprising campaign saw prime ministers and presidents losing out in early voting and two outsiders capturing the public's support.
French election: Turning points
PARIS (AP) — France's presidential election reaches its climax Sunday with the winner-takes-all runoff vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. The intense, suspenseful and surprising campaign saw prime ministers and presidents losing out and two outsiders capture the public's support.
Nov. 20, 2016 — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy fails in bid to win conservative party presidential ticket, making him the first victim of French voters' deep desire for change.
France honors police officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack
PARIS (AP) — France's top officials and presidential candidates attended a national ceremony Tuesday to honor the police officer killed by an Islamic extremist on the Champs-Elysees.
Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, who are facing off in the May 7 presidential runoff, were present at the ceremony at the Paris police headquarters. Others present were Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the first round of France's presidential election (all times local):
Emmanuel Macron is celebrating his victory in France's first-round presidential election at a Left Bank eatery frequented by Ernest Hemingway and other artistic dignitaries.
The choice to dine in La Rotonde in the Montparnasse neighborhood fits with Macron's literary leanings — he quotes poets and philosophers in his campaign rallies.
Benefactor who bought suits for French candidate named
PARIS (AP) — An official says the benefactor who bought French presidential candidate Francois Fillon two suits worth 13,000 euros ($14,000) last month is an unofficial adviser for African and French presidents.
Lawyer Robert Bourgi had close links to former French presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as the former leaders of Senegal and Gabon.
The judges who already were investigating Fillon have extended their probe to include the suits he says he received as a gift.
PARIS (AP) — French conservative candidate Francois Fillon has unveiled new senior positions in his campaign team following the resignation of some members last week amid a corruption allegations scandal.
Fillon on Thursday named Francois Baroin, a former finance minister, "in charge of political unity" in his campaign team.
Baroin was mentioned last week as a potential Plan B for The Republicans party to replace Fillon. He is seen as close to former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
David Douillet running for French Olympic committee top job
PARIS (AP) — Former Olympic judo champion David Douillet will run for the French Olympic committee presidency later this year.
Douillet, a gold medalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and a four-time world champion, told L'Equipe newspaper that he will challenge current president Denis Masseglia in the May election.
After retiring, Douillet embraced a political career and was briefly sports minister under former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Former French president Sarkozy to face trial for fraud
PARIS (AP) — Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in an inquiry into alleged campaign finance fraud during his failed 2012 re-election bid, the Paris prosecutor's office said.
Sarkozy and 13 other "protagonists" will go to court on the order of a magistrate to answer allegations that his presidential campaign spent well above the legal ceiling of 22.5 million euros ($24 million) and tried to cover it up fraudulently, the office said.
French presidential hopeful Fillon refuses to drop out
PARIS (AP) — Francois Fillon on Monday defiantly refused to drop out of the race to be France's next president despite an investigation into whether well-paid political jobs he gave his wife, son and daughter were genuine, a scandal that has knocked him from his perch as favorite in the April-May voting.
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French presidential race heats up: A look at the candidates
PARIS (AP) — France's presidential campaign is heating up, as candidates from the anti-immigrant far right to the Trotskyist far left join the race for election five months away.
Now that Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced his candidacy, here's a look at top contenders, and what's at stake for this nuclear-armed, leading world economy in the April-May election:
Fillon wins France’s conservative presidential primary
PARIS (AP) — Francois Fillon won France's first-ever conservative presidential primary Sunday after promising drastic free-market reforms and a crackdown on immigration and Islamic extremism, beating a more moderate rival who had warned of encroaching populism.
"President! President!" chanted the former prime minister's supporters as he declared victory over Alain Juppe in a nationwide runoff election.
Ex-premiers vie to be conservative choice in French election
PARIS (AP) — Sunday's primary runoff to select a conservative candidate for the French presidential election pits a champion of free-market economics and traditional family values against a moderate who accuses his rival of pandering to the far right.
Longtime No. 2 beats Sarkozy in French conservative primary
PARIS (AP) — It was as if Robin suddenly trounced Batman: The longtime No. 2 of French conservative politics, the low-key Francois Fillon, unexpectedly beat his world-famous former boss Nicolas Sarkozy in a presidential primary.
It was a huge blow to Sarkozy but not to the country's likely shift to the right, since Fillon shares Sarkozy's hard-line stance on immigration and security.
AP PHOTOS: Rise and fall: Sarkozy’s presidential dream
PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Sarkozy injected glamour and energy into the French presidency — and yet also inspired so much anger and resentment that French voters refuse to let him have it back.
Sarkozy has now failed twice to win re-election, and says he's going to concentrate on his "private passions" instead of political ones. However, the unorthodox and outspoken 61-year-old has said that before.
France’s Sarkozy loses primary with hard-line on immigration
PARIS (AP) — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his populist, hard-line stand on Muslims and immigration went down in defeat Sunday in France's conservative primary for president. Two ex-prime ministers will instead meet in a runoff next week for the nomination.
The race was seen as an early measure of how the terror attacks in France over the past two years and the nationalist wave sweeping Europe and the U.S. have shaped the country's political landscape.
A look at the candidates of France’s conservative primary
PARIS (AP) — Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe came out on top of the first round of voting in France's first-ever conservative presidential primary Sunday, and now face a runoff election Nov. 27. Here's a look at who they are and what they promise for France:
Background: 62, prime minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 to 2012.