Paul Taylor

Sarkozy fails to down Hollande in French vote duel

By Paul Taylor
May 2, 2012

PARIS, May 3 (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy
and Socialist Francois Hollande clashed repeatedly in their only
television debate but the conservative incumbent failed to land
a knockout blow to shake his challenger’s lead for Sunday’s
runoff.

Sarkozy, Hollande trade barbs in TV debate

By Paul Taylor
May 2, 2012

PARIS, May 2 (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy
and Socialist challenger Francois Hollande clashed repeatedly in
their only televised debate on Wednesday, wi th the co nservative
incumbent so unding angry and on the defensive fo ur days before
the vote.

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.