8:12 AM, Jan 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is moving to London to avoid France's high taxes, according to a report in the British Daily Mail. The move would mean that Sarkozy, along with his wife, Carla Bruni, would avoid France's top tax rate of 75 percent.
Nicolas Sarkozy is preparing to move to London to set up a billion pounds plus investment fund," reports the Mail. "If the move goes ahead, the controversial Frenchman will become the latest to escape a potential top tax rate of 75 per cent in his home country. He and his former supermodel third wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy would be likely to settle in an affluent district like South Kensington – so becoming the most high profile Gallic celebrity couple in the city."
But the Mail suggests, in the end, this move might not happen. "But the former president is under investigation for corruption in France, and if he does cross the Channel there will be outrage. Details of the planned move were uncovered during a raid by fraud police on Sarkozy’s Paris mansion last June. It came within weeks of Mr Sarkozy losing his immunity against prosecution after being defeated by Socialist rival Francois Hollande in the May presidential election."
3:31 PM, May 7, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama called French president Nicolas Sarkozy to say thanks and good bye, the White House press secretary announced.
12:00 AM, Apr 22, 2012 • By ANNE-ELISABETH MOUTET
He was never supposed to be president. For years, rather charmingly, François Hollande didn’t even seem to care, unlike, say, the single-minded Nicolas Sarkozy, who had thought of little else since his early 20s.
10:01 AM, Nov 9, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jackson Diehl notes it “is not exactly a bombshell” that “[Israeli prime minister] Binyamin Netanyahu seems to have been the target of some ugly — if off the record — barbs from President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.”
9:41 AM, Nov 8, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Israeli news website Ynet reports:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly told US President Barack Obama that he could not "stand" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that he thinks the Israeli premier "is a liar."
According to a Monday report in the French website "Arret sur Images," after facing reporters for a G20 press conference on Thursday, the two presidents retired to a private room, to further discuss the matters of the day.
Are France’s more centrist politics better than ours (and not just for the sex)? Sep 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 01 • By SAM SCHULMAN
11:38 AM, Apr 14, 2011 • By JOHN ROSENTHAL
Both the so-called Republican Forces loyal to the new Ivoirian president Alassane Ouattara and French officials have been at great pains to insist that deposed president Laurent Gbagbo was captured by Ouattara’s troops and not by French troops. This is not what was initially reported. But, in any case, as an article in Tuesday’s edition of the French daily Libération puts it, “nobody is fooled.”
8:41 AM, Mar 18, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Military action against the Moammar Gadhafi regime could begin in the coming hours, a French government spokesman said on Friday, hours after the U.N. Security Council authorized the use of force to protect besieged civilians in Libya.
Speaking in an interview with RTL radio, Francois Baroin said France plans to participate in what he described as "swift" efforts.
Nicolas Sarkozy and the French-EU Roma controversy.8:00 AM, Oct 8, 2010 • By JOHN ROSENTHAL
The European edition of Newsweek has discovered the face of European extremism. It peers out from the cover of the October 4 issue of the magazine. It consists neither of the hoary features of French National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, nor the fresher look of the blond-coiffed Dutch anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders. “Europe’s New Extreme” reads the headline. And the face on the cover is none other than that of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. “Sarkozy and the Rise of the Hard Right,” the sub-title runs.
Ivan won't take yes for an answer.4:43 PM, Mar 25, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Obama administration was never much bothered by the fact that a NATO ally, France, is selling offensive weapons to a NATO adversary, Russia. Never mind that Russia remains in clear violation of the French-brokered cease-fire to the 2008 war in Georgia – after all, if that doesn’t bother the French, why should it bother us? This administration has made clear that Georgia, and America’s other allies in Eastern Europe (the Czechs and the Poles in particular), will be sacrificed on the altar of ‘reset’ if necessary. Still, as the Obama administration has learned over the last year, dealing with the Russians is a tricky business – you never have a deal until you have a deal, and even then you may not have a deal.