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Sarkozy denies reports of illegal funding

President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday denied allegations that his party had received illegal campaign donations in cash from France's richest woman.

Former French premier goes on trial over smear scandal

Dominique de Villepin went on trial on Monday, accused of conspiring to smear Nicolas Sarkozy in 2004 and wreck his chances of becoming president.

Ferrari fight on after French court defeat

Ferrari hit back on Wednesday after a French court rejected their bid to prevent Formula One's governing body introducing controversial new rules.

Ferrari fails in bid to stop F1 budget cap

A French court has thrown out a bid by Ferrari to prevent Formula One's governing body from introducing controversial new rules next season.

Court frees trader Kerviel pending probe

A Paris court on Tuesday freed Jerome Kerviel, the trader accused of causing record losses at French bank Société Générale, pending investigation, his lawyers said. Société Générale unveiled €4,9-billion (,64-billion) of losses in January in the biggest trading scandal in recent history.

Société Générale probe widened

A French inquiry into a €4,9-billion trading loss at Société Générale widened to a second broker on Friday as investigators sought to establish whether rogue trader Jerome Kerviel acted alone. The news emerged as a court prepared to rule on whether Kerviel should be taken into custody.

Total found guilty in 1999 French oil-spill case

A court ruled on Wednesday that French oil giant Total was responsible for the 1999 sinking of the oil tanker Erika, and ordered it to pay damages for one of France's worst environmental disasters. Total, the world's fourth largest oil group, which chartered the Erika, was fined€375 000.

Son of Chad president found dead in France

Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno's son, Brahim, was found dead on Monday morning in the underground parking lot of a building he lived in near Paris, police and court officials said. President Déby sacked Brahim as his adviser in June 2006 after the then 27-year-old was arrested in a Paris discotheque for possessing an illegal firearm and drugs.

French PM questioned in scandal case

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said on Friday he had been the victim of ''calumny and lies'', as he emerged from 17 hours of questioning by magistrates over an apparent smear campaign against a political rival. Villepin was heard as a witness, not a suspect, in the so-called Clearstream affair.

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