Nicolas Sarkozy et Alain Juppe

List of candidates for French right-wing presidential primary unveiled

Election authorities on Wednesday unveiled a list of seven candidates competing for France’s conservative presidential nomination, a race that is widely expected to become a duel between ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé. Touted as the country’s centre and right-wing presidential primary, the contest in fact includes six members of the main opposition […]

Jacques Chirac former French President

French media on alert as Chirac remains hospitalised

Jacques Chirac remains in a Paris hospital one week after being admitted for a lung infection, with the charismatic former president’s declining health continuing to dominate the front pages in France. On September 18, the 83-year-old Chirac was rushed to the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in the French capital, sparking widespread rumours and fevered speculation. Former government […]

Spain Mariano Rajoy pp

Spain’s ruling party maintains majority in regional elections

Spain’s regional elections reinforced the centre-right People’s Party (PP) on Sunday while dealing a blow to the opposition Socialists, early results showed, but failed to signal a clear path to avoid a third nationwide vote in December. Two inconclusive general elections in December and June have plunged politicians into months of fruitless negotiations to try […]