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French President Nicolas Sarkozy concedes the presidential election to Socialist challenger François Hollande.

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Personality, not economics, lost Sarkozy the presidencyupdated: Tue May 08 2012 05:31:00

Two hours before the official results of the French presidential elections, no Paris visitor could ignore that a historical political change was about to happen. Down Paris' Left Bank boulevards, throngs of flag-waving young and not-so-young people were flocking towards the Socialist headquarters near the National Assembly. Cyclists were ringing their bells, cars blowing their horns and François Hollande's sympathizers chanting "Victoire!" Nicolas Sarkozy had just canceled a planned celebration at Concorde and the place, where the guillotine once stood, was alarmingly quiet and deserted.

Sarkozy: Tough in campaign, gracious in defeatupdated: Sun May 06 2012 17:41:00

Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday conceded defeat in his bid for re-election as French president, accepting the blame for the result.

French presidential rivals enter final day of campaigningupdated: Fri May 04 2012 07:24:00

The two contenders for the French presidency entered the final day of campaigning Friday, with opinion polls giving challenger Francois Hollande the edge over President Nicolas Sarkozy.

French presidential rivals trade insultsupdated: Fri May 04 2012 07:24:00

In a combative televised debate, President Nicolas Sarkozy and challenger Francois Hollande focused on the economy.

French presidential candidates clashupdated: Thu May 03 2012 13:49:00

The two men vying to be the next French president bicker during a televised debate. Jim Bittermann reports.

Report: Gadhafi gave to Sarkozy's 2007 campaignupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 18:43:00

The campaign of French presidential front-runner Francois Hollande called for a criminal investigation into President Nicolas Sarkozy after a media report Saturday accused the president of taking 50 million euros ($66.3 million) for his 2007 campaign from then-Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

France: Hollande, Sarkozy quizzed on immigrationupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 07:20:00

French presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande vowed Friday to crack down on illegal immigration, as he and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy battle to win over the public ahead of a second-round vote.

Only a miracle can save Sarkozyupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 18:19:00

The lessons of the first round of the French presidential elections are multiple and somewhat contradictory.

Five things to know about the French electionupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 18:53:00

It has been 17 years since France had a president from the left, but that might be about to change.

Fareed Zakaria talks French electionsupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 18:53:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria takes a look at the candidates in this year's French elections, their platforms and the big issues.

France's Sarkozy reaches out to far-right votersupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 11:57:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy courted far-right voters Monday in advance of a May 6 runoff against Socialist Francois Hollande, who won the most support in the first round of France's presidential elections.

French elections down to the wireupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 11:43:00

France's presidential hopefuls make last-minute pitches a week before first balloting. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Re-election: Mission impossible for Sarkozy?updated: Mon Apr 23 2012 06:31:00

Pollsters had told us that the French were bored by a dull campaign which had seen more personal attacks flying than issues being debated. They were wrong.

French candidates rally support onlineupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 12:07:00

French presidential candidates are utilizing social media as never before. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

French election contenders wrap up campaigningupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 12:07:00

France's presidential contenders are making their final appeal to voters Friday on the last day of campaigning before they go to the polls Sunday.

Why social media will reveal French election winnerupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 10:01:00

Can an election be won on social media? That question is being increasingly asked in France, before the first round of the presidential election.

Sarkozy calls for unity in Franceupdated: Thu Apr 12 2012 08:34:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls for unity after the death of a man suspected in a string of shootings.

Will shootings affect French election?updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 06:24:00

Re-election to the Elysée Palace was looking like mission impossible for President Nicolas Sarkozy: Trailing far behind the socialist candidate François Hollande in the polls for months, Sarkozy had only just recently narrowed his rival's lead, but only at the price of a pugnacious and robust few weeks of campaigning, exploiting the extreme right's favorite themes, immigration and halal meat.

France on high security alert after 4 killed in shooting at Jewish schoolupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 00:08:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday night put the country's southwest region on the highest possible security alert level, hours after a teacher and three children were gunned down at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

French president: 'Too many foreigners'updated: Tue Mar 13 2012 10:30:00

CNN's Jim Bittermann says Nicolas Sarkozy's "too many foreigners" statement is a blatant play for extreme right voters.

Sarkozy announces French presidential re-election bidupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 06:09:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy officially announced Wednesday that he is running for re-election.

France's Hollande attacks rival Sarkozy over economyupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 13:48:00

French presidential candidate Francois Hollande opened the new year with a shot across the bow of rival President Nicolas Sarkozy Tuesday.

CNNMoney: France and Germany outline fiscal pactupdated: Mon Dec 05 2011 14:59:00

Ahead of a key summit this week, the leaders of France and Germany agreed Monday on a new fiscal pact that they say will help prevent another debt crisis.

German, French leaders meet ahead of crisis summitupdated: Mon Dec 05 2011 14:50:00

France and Germany would like heads of state to meet monthly to look at the economic governing of the eurozone, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday.

Merkel and Sarkozy want to change EU treatiesupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 05:23:00

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed on Thursday to put forward an overall plan to change the EU's treaties.

Successful business in Europeupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 05:23:00

CNN's Juliet Mann talks with EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht about succeeding in European business.

French humanitarian workers in Yemen to be reunited with family soonupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 12:57:00

Three French humanitarian workers who were set free after being held captive for more than five months will soon be reunited with their families, a statement from the French Minister for Foreign and European affairs said Monday.

French president: 3 humanitarian workers freed in Yemen after months-long ordealupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 22:30:00

Three French humanitarian workers held for more than five months were set free Sunday evening, according to a statement from France's president.

Obama, Sarkozy not alone in mic gaffeupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 13:01:00

Presidents Obama and Sarkozy may regret their private opinions of the Israeli PM, but they aren't the first mic gaffes.

Merkel, Sarkozy hold talks amid euro crisisupdated: Sun Oct 09 2011 19:43:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel presented a united front Sunday in the face of regional economic woes, but offered few details about how they would solve financial problems.

Eurozone crisis at heart of meetingupdated: Sun Oct 09 2011 19:43:00

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports on the meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF Chief Christine Lagarde.

Sarkozy: Syrian president's actions are 'irreparable'updated: Wed Aug 31 2011 21:27:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad had committed "irreparable" damage in his government's crackdown on anti-government protests in recent months.

Merkel and Sarkozy huddle as euro strugglesupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 07:32:00

The leaders of Europe's two most important economies meet Tuesday to try to help the battered euro, even as new figures show economic growth on the continent is stalling.

Sarkozy attacker gets suspended jail sentenceupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 16:41:00

The man who grabbed French President Nicolas Sarkozy by his shoulder and pulled him up against a barricade was given a six-month suspended sentence Friday and allowed to leave the court freely.

French president grabbed by assailantupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 16:41:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was grabbed and nearly pulled to the ground by an unknown assailant in Brax, France.

Man grabs French president before being tackled by securityupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 14:17:00

A man grabbed French President Nicolas Sarkozy by his shoulder and pulled him up against a barricade Thursday before being tackled by security officers.

Sarkozy: We will never abandon the euroupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 10:02:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy insists Europe will never give up on the euro, despite widespread fears for the currency's future.

Obama to meet with Sarkozyupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 13:57:00

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the White House on January 10, according to a White House statement released Tuesday.

French to help build 2 Russian navy shipsupdated: Fri Dec 24 2010 12:36:00

Top officials in Moscow have accepted a French offer to help supply the Russian navy with two new amphibious assault warships, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Friday.

Sarkozy shuffles cabinetupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 14:29:00

France's president shuffled his cabinet, keeping his prime minister but replacing others. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Sarkozy reappoints French prime minister amid cabinet reshuffleupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 14:29:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy reappointed Francois Fillon as prime minister on Sunday, but named new defense and foreign ministers in a cabinet reshuffle ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

Sarkozy signs pension reform bill into lawupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 07:28:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed the country's controversial pension reform bill Wednesday, the last step in making the bill a law.

French still protesting pension reform, but in smaller numbersupdated: Sat Nov 06 2010 14:32:00

Demonstrators returned to the streets across France Saturday to protest changes to the country's retirement law, but the numbers of marchers were lower than they had been in previous weeks.

France steps toward raising retirement age to 62updated: Wed Sep 15 2010 10:47:00

France's National Assembly passed a controversial bill to raise the national retirement age Wednesday after a tumultuous legislative session that ran through the night and included insults and name-calling on both sides.

French workers take to the streetsupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 02:00:00

A plan to reform the national pension plan in France lead to disruptions on the streets. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

French protests target president's anti-crime proposalsupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 15:59:00

Hurling insults against French President Nicolas Sarkozy, crowds of demonstrators marched through the boulevards of eastern Paris to protest his anti-crime measures.

'Get tough' approach on immigrantsupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 15:59:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's crackdown on immigrants draws fire at home and abroad. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

French hostage executed, Sarkozy confirmsupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 06:30:00

French hostage Michel Germaneau has been executed by his al Qaeda-linked captors in the north African country of Mauritania, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday.

Sarkozy defends minister from funding claimsupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 05:35:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday defended his labor minister amidst of allegations of illegal campaign contributions.

French politics mired in accusationsupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 05:35:00

French president Nicolas Sarkozy defends his labor minister from allegations of illegal campaign contributions.

Heiress' accountant claims cash destined for Sarkozyupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 11:02:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy spoke out Tuesday after being linked to alleged illegal payments from France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

Sarkozy agrees with Merkel on how to handle financial illsupdated: Thu May 20 2010 22:52:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree on how to handle Europe's financial woes.

Sarkozy visits the U.S.updated: Tue Mar 30 2010 19:02:00

France's president discusses a wide range of topics during a speech in New York. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

Obama, Sarkozy discuss Iran sanctions, global economyupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 19:02:00

President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday pledged mutual support for tougher U.N. sanctions against Iran over Tehran's refusal to comply with international regulations regarding its nuclear energy program.

Sarkozy's party battered in French electionsupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 10:15:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right party emerged badly battered after regional elections on Sunday, Interior Ministry figures showed Monday.

Sarkozy makes landmark visit to Haitiupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 11:41:00

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy made a landmark visit to Haiti Wednesday, announcing more than $100 million of additional aid to the former French colony where 212,000 people were killed by an earthquake five weeks ago.

Sarkozy targets banksupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 17:11:00

CNN's Richard Quest analyzes French President Nicolas Sarkozy's opening remarks at the World Economic Forum.

Sarkozy lays down gauntlet with reformist speech at Davosupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 17:11:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy walked into the lion's den of capitalism in Davos Wednesday and rammed his message of reform down the throats of the world's bankers and chief executives.

Sarkozy calls for reform amid 'crisis of globalization'updated: Wed Jan 27 2010 17:11:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy threw his weight behind Barack Obama's bank reform plan as he delivered his keynote speech at the 40th World Economic Forum at Davos Wednesday.

Sarkozy criticizes capitalismupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 17:11:00

At the World Economic Forum, French Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy calls for tighter financial regulations, including pay limits.

Sarkozy tells France he is in good healthupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 09:46:00

President Nicolas Sarkozy tried to reassure France Wednesday that his health was in no danger following an emergency trip to a hospital on Sunday.

Sarkozy health scare: What is vasovagal syncope?updated: Mon Jul 27 2009 11:02:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's collapse while jogging and subsequent hospitalization prompted speculation and concern Monday in France over the 54-year-old's state of health.

Sarkozy leaves hospital after health scareupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 10:57:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was released from hospital Monday morning following a night spent under observation after he collapsed while jogging in woodlands near Paris.

Sarkozy hospitalized after jogging scareupdated: Sun Jul 26 2009 21:56:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy became faint while jogging late Sunday morning and was taken to a hospital, the presidential office said.

French debate relaxing Sunday shopping banupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 11:22:00

The French Senate began debate Tuesday on a law that would mark a significant cultural shift -- allowing many more shops across the country to open on Sundays.

Bruni pats Sarkozy's derrière during love-inupdated: Wed May 20 2009 08:08:00

It's the perfect romantic scene. A dashing world leader drops in on his model wife, she touches him affectionately as their dogs play at their feet.

Sarkozy talks tough over G-20 regulationupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 15:14:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy insisted Wednesday that new financial regulation is a "non-negotiable" aim of the G-20 Summit in London, as world leaders gathered for the event.

Faces of the economic crisisupdated: Tue Mar 31 2009 21:43:00

In France, young, old and those in-between will be watching the G-20 leaders carefully. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Sarkozy walkout threats at G-20, reports sayupdated: Tue Mar 31 2009 21:43:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants a "real transformation" of international financial regulations out of this week's G-20 summit in London, a spokesman said Tuesday amid reports that Sarkozy will walk out of the gathering if he's not satisfied. French President's Taste for Bling Begins to Stingupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 11:19:00

Press compares First Lady Carla Bruni to Marie-Antoinette after lavish vacation

France's Sarkozy in Iraq to rebuild tiesupdated: Tue Feb 10 2009 09:48:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a surprise visit to Baghdad Tuesday on a trip seen as aimed at raising his country's stake in Iraqi reconstruction and easing frictions with Washington over the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

Sarkozy meets Dalai Lamaupdated: Sun Dec 07 2008 18:42:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy held his long-awaited meeting with the Dalai Lama, despite warnings from China.

Sarkozy promises $33B to relaunch economyupdated: Thu Dec 04 2008 11:10:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he will commit €26 billion -- $33 billion -- to relaunch the French economy, as the cost of doing nothing would be far worse. Muted Hopes for Global Finance Summitupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 01:40:00

Talking can't hurt, but experts say neither the US nor developing economies are ready to sign up for stiffer global rules

Who are Europe's winners and losers?updated: Mon Oct 20 2008 08:26:00

It's been pretty scary for the rest of us. So just imagine what it is like as a president or prime minister, waking up to hear the headlines on the latest stock market nosedive or threatened national bankruptcy -- and knowing that you have actually got to DO something about the situation.

Leaders on financial crisisupdated: Mon Oct 20 2008 08:26:00

President Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet to discuss the financial crisis. CNN's Kathleen Koch reports.

Bush to meet Sarkozy, EU on finance crisisupdated: Sat Oct 18 2008 10:34:00

U.S. President George W. Bush plans to host French President Nicolas Sarkozy and EU President Jose Manuel Barroso at Camp David Saturday to discuss the global financial situation. Is Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Soft on Terror?updated: Thu Oct 16 2008 08:00:00

Italy is outraged over the French government's decision not to extradite a convicted left-wing terrorist

European leaders agree on financial dealupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 23:03:00

The leaders of 15 European nations agreed on Sunday to shore up troubled banks as part of a broad plan to ease the global financial crisis.

Eurozone 'A unified front'updated: Sun Oct 12 2008 23:03:00

Leaders of 15 Eurozone nations held an emergency meeting in Paris. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports

CNNMoney: World rushes to a fixupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 18:40:00

The world's leading nations stepped up their efforts Sunday to stem the fallout from the worst global financial crisis in decades. European Nations Guarantee Bank Refinancingupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 17:00:00

Nations in Europe's single-currency zone agreed Sunday to temporarily guarantee bank refinancing

CNNMoney: European banks get government helpupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 16:18:00

The leaders of 15 European nations agreed on Sunday to a plan to ease the global financial crisis by shoring up troubled banks. Europe's Conservatives Sour On the Free Market updated: Fri Sep 26 2008 16:00:00

France's conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy finds himself echoing long-standing positions of his Socialist opposition Sarkozy vs. the Corsicansupdated: Thu Sep 04 2008 14:00:00

Heard the one about the film comedian, the transferred policeman and the French President? It's not funny, fume critics

NATO denies airstrike killed French troopsupdated: Thu Aug 21 2008 12:46:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited French troops outside the Afghan capital on Wednesday as they mourned the deaths of 10 soldiers killed in fighting with Islamic militants. Sarkozy Backpedals to Beijing updated: Thu Aug 07 2008 12:00:00

Not only has the French president backed down on threats to boycott the Olympics opening ceremony, he's also called off a meeting with the Dalai Lama Nude Shots of First Lady? In France, No Problemupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 16:00:00

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says her husband was not upset when he learned of all the nude photos she did during her modeling days

Sarkozy shrugs off Irish EU treaty rejectionupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 11:15:00

The European Union will not draft a new treaty after Irish voters rejected the existing one last month, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday.

Analysis: Bad start for Sarkozy's EU Presidencyupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 12:22:00

Nicolas Sarkozy had intended to take Europe by storm with an exciting new agenda when France inherited the six-month revolving presidency of the EU on July 1. Instead he is being buffeted by storms of others' making, forced into a patch-and-mend role on the European constitution. Sarkozy's EU Challengeupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 08:35:00

France has officially taken over the six-month presidency of the European Union from Slovenia, and the French President has already promised an action-packed program

Israeli police: Suicide sparks Sarkozy scareupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 11:34:00

An Israeli soldier committed suicide at Tel Aviv's airport during a departure ceremony for French President Nicolas Sarkozy, prompting security guards to whisk Sarkozy and his wife into their plane. Sarkozy-Bush: No-Popularity Contest updated: Fri Jun 13 2008 17:00:00

The French President's recent guest list of world leaders hasn't done a lot for his approval ratings. The American President's last visit probably won't either

Strikes hobbles train servicesupdated: Thu May 22 2008 16:00:00

A day of protests over pension reform plan brings train services across France to a halt. Sarkozy Suffers Legislative Blowupdated: Wed May 14 2008 13:05:00

The French President loses a vote on genetically modified crops, revealing divisions within the French right

Video shows pirates pursued, captured updated: Tue Apr 15 2008 19:50:00

Dramatic video released by the French defense ministry this week shows French helicopters pursuing Somali pirates through the desert as they tried to escape following a weeklong hijacking. Sarkozy's Ministers Face Offupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 14:00:00

A new spate of domestic woes -- such as the spectacle of his own cabinet engaging in a public spat -- risk dragging him down

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