François Hollande seen from London: A charismatic bank-bashing rockstar

François Hollande spent Wednesday in London, eating Yorkshire puddings with his Labour counterpart and posing for photos under Big Ben. How did the British press react to the French presidential frontrunner’s cross-Channel sojourn?

‘I'd make the suburbs my top priority’

Welcome to Les banlieues, where millions of the capital's poorest families squeeze into overcrowded tower blocks. You certainly don’t see any ‘Sarkozy for president’ posters in the windows. But once upon a time, the president had an ally here…

Welcome to the ‘Ministry of Suburbs’

An abandoned city mansion in the centre of Paris found itself some new tenants this week when what Sarkozy would describe as ‘Suburban rabble’ moved in. Find out why François Hollande went round for tea and biscuits...

Throwing food at politicians: A national French pastime

François Hollande getting covered in flour is no big deal for a French politician. Both Nicolas Sarkozy and Ségolène Royal have had cream pies thrown in their faces, and Lionel Jospin once came under attack from a tube of Ketchup. Watch the videos...

'Merkozy' for president – this time it’s serious

Angela Merkel has ruffled French feathers with a pledge to join Nicolas Sarkozy in his campaign for re-election this spring. Merkozy for president? No thanks, say the French.

Centrist candidate Morin time-travels straight out of the race

This blog was not planning on endorsing any candidate in France’s upcoming presidential election, but we've decided we’re officially backing the guy who can time-travel.
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What’s Sarkozy’s screen name? Just check his Facebook

French politicians have been slow to get online and are far from the leaders in web campaigning. A look at six of the most active candidates and their performances at the start of the country’s first ever web-friendly presidential campaign.

Dodgy campaign photos leave Marine Le Pen red-faced

Far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has been left red-faced this week after it was revealed by a French blogger that a “homeless man” she used to slate Sarkozy turned out to be an American actor posing for a photo shoot.

Presidential laughing stock: Five years of Sarkozy gaffes

As far as presidents go, Nicolas Sarkozy has provided more than his fair share of entertainment during his five-year term. Here’s a look back at his ten 'finest' moments.

French Presidential Quiz

French presidential elections are a complicated affair, with dozens of candidates vying for power. As the dash to the Elysée Presidential Palace kicks off, test your French election knowledge with a warm-up quiz.
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