French Prosecutors Investigate Possible Libyan Ties to Sarkozy Campaign

In the midst of the formal investigation launched last month into his campaign finances for the 2007 Presidential Campaign, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has now been accused of accepting illegal funds from Muammar Gaddafi’s government. Sarkozy continues to maintain his innocence and denies any wrongdoing. Sarkozy was first accused of accepting the money in […]

France and Qatar Discuss Conflicting Views on Malian Conflict

French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Qatar February 10 for a brief visit of less than twenty-four hours, just a week after President Hollande visited Mali. France’s recent and heightened military intervention in Mali has drawn criticism from Qatar, and Le Drian met with the Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on […]

France Recognizes the Syrian Opposition Coalition

The announcement arrived on Tuesday November 13 that France recognizes the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition named the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.  In press conference at the Elysée French President Francois Hollande said his government recognizes the coalition “as the sole representative of the Syrian people and thus as the future […]

Analysis: François Hollande’s Arab Policy

With the recent revolutionary wave that swept through the entire Arab world, leading to more instability in the world’s most volatile powder keg, the Maghreb and the Middle-East have acquired a central position in the international community’s priorities. Will the “change” promised by President François Hollande apply to his policy regarding this part of the […]