Paul Taylor

French will resist reform till things get worse

By Paul Taylor
April 30, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” General Charles de Gaulle famously asked.

Analysis: French will resist reform till things get worse

By Paul Taylor
April 30, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” General Charles de Gaulle famously asked.

Analysis: France’s Hollande plays president, Sarkozy insurgent

By Paul Taylor
April 26, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – To watch them perform, you would think Francois Hollande was already France’s president and Nicolas Sarkozy was an insurgent frantically battling to dislodge him.

Populist surge threatens euro zone consensus

By Paul Taylor
April 24, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – A surge of support for Eurosceptic, anti-immigration populists in the euro zone threatens to upend the mainstream political consensus in favour of austerity and budget discipline.

Analysis: Populist surge threatens euro zone consensus

By Paul Taylor
April 23, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – A surge of support for Eurosceptic, anti-immigration populists in the euro zone threatens to upend the mainstream political consensus in favor of austerity and budget discipline.

Le Pen voters to arbitrate Hollande-Sarkozy duel

By Paul Taylor
April 23, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – Far-right voters may decide who becomes France’s next president after anti-immigration crusader Marine Le Pen’s record first-round score jolted the race between Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

Hollande edges Sarkozy in French vote, Le Pen surges

By Paul Taylor
April 22, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – Far-rightist Marine Le Pen threw France’s presidential race wide open on Sunday by polling nearly 19 percent in the first round – votes that may tip a runoff between Socialist favorite Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarkozy’s last best hopes to get off the ropes

By Paul Taylor
April 19, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – Behind on points, conservative French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s last best hopes of re-election are landing a knockout punch in the sole television debate or an eleventh-hour alliance with a popular centrist.

Analysis: Sarkozy’s last best hopes to get off the ropes

By Paul Taylor
April 19, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – Behind on points, conservative French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s last best hopes of re-election are landing a knockout punch in the sole television debate or an eleventh-hour alliance with a popular centrist.

No simple answer to EU growth vs austerity conundrum

By Paul Taylor
April 16, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – Fierce debate is growing in Europe over whether austerity or growth offers the best strategy to overcome the continent’s sovereign debt crisis. As if it were that simple.