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French ex-President Jacques Chirac guilty of corruption

On December 15, 2011, in Leadership, by Editor

A French court has given former President Jacques Chirac a two-year suspended prison sentence for diverting public funds and abusing public trust. – The BBC, UK Mr Chirac, 79, was not in court to hear the verdict because of ill-health but denied wrongdoing. President from 1995 to 2007, he was put on trial on charges […]

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Nicolas Sarkozy: Obsessive David Cameron acting like stubborn child

On December 14, 2011, in Leadership, by Editor

The rift between Britain and Europe grew wider when Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly accused David Cameron of behaving ‘like an obstinate kid with a single obsession’. – By John Higginson, The Metro, UK The French president said the prime minister had suffered a ‘political defeat’ following last week’s summit in which he vetoed a EU treaty […]

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Liars, damn liars and Netanyahu: Sarkozy’s unfortunate gaffe

On November 9, 2011, in Leadership, by Editor

The French President’s diplomacy is again being questioned following his latest off-the-cuff remark. – By John Lichfield, The Independent, UK The French and English interpretation of the conversation between Mr Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama was accidentally broadcast to journalists. According to a French media website, Mr Sarkozy said of the Israeli Prime Minister […]

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Silvio Berlusconi named ‘sex trafficker’ in US government report

On October 30, 2011, in Leadership, by Editor

Silvio Berlusconi has been named in a US report on people trafficking as a result of his infamous ‘bunga bunga’ parties, it has emerged. – The Metro, UK Mr Berlusconi is accused of having underage sex with dancer Karima El Mahroug at one of the parties he hosted at his villa when she was 17. […]

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Europe’s political differences – a very personal matter

On October 25, 2011, in Leadership, by Editor

National leaders need to be friends to deal with the euro crisis but sometimes carefully hidden emotions burst out. Peter Popham probes the real relationships at the top of the European family. – By Peter Popham, The Independent, UK For a continent shattered by two world wars, it has always been important that Europe’s leaders […]

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Nicolas Sarkozy tells David Cameron to ‘shut up’ in euro clash

On October 24, 2011, in Leadership, by Editor

Germany and France go some way towards détente, as Sarkozy targets the bulk of his anger at ‘interfering’ UK Prime Minister. – By Rob Hastings and John Lichfield, The Independent, UK David Cameron was given a vicious dressing down by French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, yesterday as tensions reached boiling point among European leaders arguing over […]

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Sleazy Berlusconi is a disgrace to modern Italy

On October 11, 2011, in Leadership, by Editor

National leaders need to be friends to deal with the euro crisis but sometimes carefully hidden emotions burst out. Peter Popham probes the real relationships at the top of the European family. – By Alex Fusco, Reported by ‘The Independent’, UK Berlusconi. The Italian Premier – the national disgrace that permeates every nook of Italian […]

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DSK to face Tristane Banon in another rape accusation

On September 26, 2011, in Rape, by Editor

Former IMF chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn will be brought face-to-face on Thursday with the young French writer who has accused him of trying to rape her, according to a source close to the investigation. – Agence France-Presse The politician will encounter 32 year old Tristane Banon in an interview suite in the Paris police criminal investigation […]

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