Carla Bruni, the worm in Sarkozy's mouldy apple?

François Hollande’s journalist girlfriend Valérie Trierweiler has been described as his “lucky charm". What about Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife, beauty-turned-Botox queen Carla Bruni? Is she a hindrance or a help to his campaign?

Socialists don’t know 'real work': Sarkozy’s desperate Mayday call

With five days to go till election day, a desperate Nicolas Sarkozy was faced with a dilemma Wednesday when France’s annual leftwing mass-gathering took hold of the capital. Solution? Gatecrash the party! And insult the Socialists, naturally...

Revealed: Le Pen’s love for non-French music

Thanks to one of Pâté’s top secret sources, we’ve acquired damning video evidence of National Front leader Marine Le Pen’s taste for non-French music sung by a non-white musician. Quelle horreur! Don’t believe us? Watch the video...

"We'd save the planet, then the music industry"

After 25 years in the French music industry, you’d expect Igor Stanislas and Manu MacManus to be fighting for stricter laws against illegal downloading. Not quite... They’d rather see the government tackling animal rights abuses and pollution.
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French celeb threatens to flee country if Hollande wins

“If Hollande wins the election, I'm leaving the country.” That’s what tantruming French celebrity Françoise Hardy is threatening after Socialist candidate François Hollande suggested taxing millionaires 75% earlier in his campaign.

‘I’d put the person back into teaching’

Working with troubled children in an area of France best known for its high rate of teenage pregnancy and low level of youth employment, teacher Séverine thinks that putting the human side back into learning could make all the difference.

The Paris tour of campaign headquarters

Presidential candidates have to choose their campaign HQ carefully. A crucial equation involving policemen, tobacconists, Lebanese restaurants and dog turds must be achieved to generate voter approval. Team Pâté went to investigate.
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'I’d spend less on defence and more on research'

Célia is a 22-year-old biology student at the Sorbonne, Paris. She hopes to work in research once she graduates in 2013. That is, if she manages to find a job and move out of her parents’ house before she reaches 30…

Brigitte Bardot: Loves dogs, hates Muslims

Once upon a time, she was France’s most alluring actress and a source of Gallic pride. Today, she’s deemed a pesky old bag and an embarrassment to her country. One thing’s for sure – Brigitte Bardot is still a great source of entertainment.

'I’d ban the French from whingeing'

When we set off for France’s indoor farm convention this week, we went in search of a farmer. But after endless moos and baas from hundreds of model livestock, we found something much better. An eccentric mayor who says he would like to ban…moaning.