Nicolas Sarkozy

Ex-French leader Sarkozy to stand trial in campaign finance case

A judge ordered former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial over accusations that he exceeded the legal spending limit in his failed 2012 re-election campaign, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Former French premier Fillon beats Sarkozy in presidential primary

Former French prime minister Francois Fillon has won the race to become the conservative candidate in next year's presidential election, beating former president Nicolas Sarkozy, according to preliminary results from primaries on Sunday.

France's centre-right primary

For the first time leading up to a presidential campaign season, France will host an open primary to choose the nominee who will go on to represent the political centre-right on the national ticket.

French prosecutor requests trial for Sarkozy over campaign funds

The French prosecutor's office said on Monday that former president Nicolas Sarkozy should be tried in court over accusations that he exceeded the legal limit for spending in his failed 2012 election campaign.

French PM says far-right win would open road to civil war

"Let me remind the prime minister that the war being waged against France today is being waged by Islamist fundamentalists bottle-fed by a laxist, sectarian Socialist Party," she said.