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Former French president's phone reportedly bugged

Former French president's phone reportedly bugged

PARIS, March 8 (UPI) -- Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's phone was tapped in an investigation into his alleged dealings with Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, a report says.
Mary-Kate Olsen's engagement ring worth $81,000

Mary-Kate Olsen's engagement ring worth $81,000

NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) -- Mary-Kate Olsen's engagement ring from fiance Olivier Sarkozy is worth $81,250.
Aileen Graef
Former French president Sarkozy, wife sue over leaked conversations

Former French president Sarkozy, wife sue over leaked conversations

PARIS, March 6 (UPI) -- Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife announced Thursday they will sue over the leak of taped conversations made by a former political adviser.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 6, 2014.
By United Press International
Former French Pres. Sarkozy may be heading back into politics

Former French Pres. Sarkozy may be heading back into politics

PARIS, March 4 (UPI) -- Experts say former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's recent return to political work may be too early if he wants to be re-elected three years from now.
Mary-Kate Olsen steps out with enormous ring days after engagement rumors

Mary-Kate Olsen steps out with enormous ring days after engagement rumors

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- Mary-Kate Olsen was spotted sporting a large diamond ring days after rumors started to buzz that the star and Olivier Sarkozy are engaged.
Annie Martin
Mary-Kate Olsen engaged to Olivier Sarkozy

Mary-Kate Olsen engaged to Olivier Sarkozy

NEW, March 1 (UPI) -- Actress Mary-Kate Olsen has been dating French banker Olivier Sarkozy for two years.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy get engaged

Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy get engaged

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen has gotten engaged to French banker Olivier Sarkozy, UsMagazine.com reported Friday.

French 'red caps' clash with police in protest over eco-tax

BRECH, France, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A weekend protest by anti-tax "red caps" in France's Brittany region turned into a riot resulting in four injuries, French media reported.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.
By United Press International
Sarkozy visits Lyon, France, with possible political comeback in mind

Sarkozy visits Lyon, France, with possible political comeback in mind

LYON, France, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy drew roars of applause at his wife's concert in Lyon, France, amid speculation he will return to the political arena.

Police suspect Rome bombings tied to French president's visit

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Italian police said Friday they were checking whether a series of bombings and threats in Rome were tied to a visit to the Vatican by the president of France.

Riyadh's $3B arms aid for Lebanon boosts French defense sales

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia's decision to provide Lebanon's armed forces with $3 billion to buy French weapons is a major boost for President Francois Hollande's drive to step up French defense exports to the Arab world, particularly the Persian Gulf monarchies.
1,067 cars set on fire on New Year's Eve in France

1,067 cars set on fire on New Year's Eve in France

PARIS, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Ministry officials said 1,067 cars were set on fire in France on New Year's Eve, a 10 percent decrease from last year.

Former Sarkozy aide Gueant held for questioning in corruption probe

PARIS, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Former French Interior Minister Claude Gueant was held for questioning Tuesday by the Paris prosecutor's office in a corruption investigation.

France replaces ambassador to Central African Republic

PARIS, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- France said it will replace its ambassador to the Central African Republic, Serge Mucetti, who was appointed by former President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012.

It's Typhoon vs. Rafale in Emirates jet joust

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Britain and France, longtime allies, are locked in a high-stake contest for a $10 billion contract for up to 60 combat jets in the United Arab Emirates, a big prize in a global defense market now driven by exports.

British launch big drive in Emirates to see Typhoon jets

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has launched a major lobbying campaign to sell up to 60 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to the United Arab Emirates, a deal worth up to $10 billion.

S&P downgrade puts Hollande on the defensive

PARIS, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande met with international banking officials after France's credit rating was cut and a poll showed his support at a record low.
Hollande is not welcome in the Knesset after snubbing it for students

Hollande is not welcome in the Knesset after snubbing it for students

JERUSALEM, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said Wednesday French President Francois Hollande is not welcome in his Legislature.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
By United Press International

Judge dismiss corruption charges against former president Sarkozy

PARIS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A two-judge panel Monday dismissed corruption charges against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the so-called Bettencourt affair.

Berlusconi's revenge

ZURICH, Switzerland, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Italy has rung the bell to launch the next round of the euro crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Roma families face wholesale expulsion from France

PARIS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The latest French government crackdown on the Roma communities in France has drawn protests from rights advocacy groups but not from the European Union itself, which is usually quick on the draw over any human rights controversies outside the EU.
Trials of Gadhafi son, spy chief, could expose secrets

Trials of Gadhafi son, spy chief, could expose secrets

TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Moammar Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam and the late Libyan dictator's former intelligence chief are slated to stand trial Thursday on murder charges related to the country's 2011 civil war and it's likely that some of the ancien regime's darkest secrets may finally see the light of day.
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