Sarkozy Articles

Report: Sarkozy 'to Move to London' to Avoid France's High Taxes

8:12 AM, Jan 22, 2013

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.

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Obama Says Bye to Sarkozy, 'Very Best Wishes ... [in] Future Endeavors'

2:31 PM, May 07, 2012

President Obama called French president Nicolas Sarkozy to say thanks and good bye, the White House press secretary announced. 

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The Most Hated Man in France

I was a Facebook martyr for the Sarkozy cause.
May 07, 2012


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The French Elections

7:33 AM, Apr 23, 2012

The New York Times reports on the French elections: 

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What a Hollande Presidency Would Mean for the West

11:00 PM, Apr 21, 2012

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.

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‘The Rich People’s President’

Will France’s Nicolas Sarkozy be the next European leader to fall?
Mar 12, 2012

If you understood how French president Nicolas Sarkozy found himself holed up in a barroom in Bayonne last Thursday afternoon, it would take you a long way towards figuring out what is going to happen in France’s two-round presidential election, coming up in April and May. Sarkozy, who heads France’s conservative UMP party, was making a surprise visit to the Basque country, along the border with Spain. The Socialists, who have not held the presidency since 1995, got wind of his visit. Together with local Basque separatists, they succeeded in blocking the center of Bayonne.

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'Derisive' and 'Disgraceful'

10:01 AM, Nov 09, 2011

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.”

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Sarkozy and Obama Trash Netanyahu

9:41 AM, Nov 08, 2011

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.

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Vive la Différence

Are France’s more centrist politics better than ours (and not just for the sex)?
Sep 19, 2011

As Maine is New England’s Texas, France is Europe’s U.S.A. It’s big. It’s ornery. Like us, the French are notably more inward-looking than Europe’s other populous, geographically big, and prosperous states. Despite France’s co-leadership of the European unification project, a new German Marshall Fund study shows the French have the least confidence in EU leadership, are more anti-EU than any other EU country except the U.K., and have the largest percentage who think the euro has been bad for their economy​—​a solid 60 percent majority. France may symbolize cosmopolitanism to the world but doesn’t itself partake. Over 92 percent of the French never leave the hexagone during their long vacations.

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In the Ivory Coast, France Does Regime Change

10:38 AM, Apr 14, 2011

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.”

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French Official: Military Action Against Qaddafi Could Begin in Hours

7:41 AM, Mar 18, 2011

CNN reports:

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.

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G8 Foreign Ministers Not Sure Where U.S. Stands on Libya

9:09 AM, Mar 17, 2011

A disheartening report from Josh Rogin on the G8 foreign ministers' meeting on Libya. "Inside the foreign ministers' meeting, a loud and contentious debate erupted about whether to move forward with stronger action to halt Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi's campaign against the Libyan rebels and the violence being perpetrated against civilians," Rogin reports.

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More Questions on the U.S. Response to Libya

11:39 AM, Mar 10, 2011

The Obama administration has been recklessly cautious -- and has even go so far as to say that the president "doesn’t want to fall into a Libya trap." But the trap in this case might be to do nothing at all.

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