Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the corruption investigation into his activities is influenced by politics. CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi reports on what it means for his re-election chances.» Read More
President Nicolas Sarkozy’s hopes of re-election suffered a further knock when the leader of France’s centrist party shifted his support to the Socialist challenger already buoyed by a strong performance in the campaign’s only head-to-head television debate, the Financial Times reports.
The "Squawk on the Street" team and Art Cashin of UBS discuss concerns for Europe and the ADP report.
May Day, Europe’s equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day, is traditionally a protest day, a symbol for workers and trade unions, but upcoming elections in France and Greece are bringing a new level of political importance to the annual holiday.
CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the issues surrounding fiscal austerity and how to bring economic prosperity.
Hedge fund managers make for unlikely supporters of François Hollande, the French socialist presidential candidate, the Financial Times reports.
If Nicolas Sarkozy's government does not prevail, will this have a ripple effect on investors, or are they now more immune to European worries? Quint Tatro, Tatro Capital and Ron Insana, CNBC contributor, offer insight.
The front-runner for the French presidency, the Socialist candidate François Hollande, said on Wednesday that if elected he would ask other European leaders to renegotiate a fiscal treaty in order to promote growth, the New York Times reports.
The euro's recent resilience is baffling some investors, but this strategist has ideas about the causes.
PIMCO market strategist, Tony Crescenzi discusses what needs to be done to create debt sustainability in Europe and its impact on the markets.
Singapore reports inflation and France's election roils Europe - it's time for your FX Fix.
French bonds are definitely not "peripheral" ones, Nick Beecroft, senior markets consultant at Saxo Bank, told CNBC, but "in a period of increasing danger... given the solution to the euro zone debt crisis is going to be political, the upheaval that we've seen in Holland, the move against the incumbent in France, shows that political solutions... are going to be positively more difficult to negotiate," he added.
It now seems difficult for Nicolas Sarkozy to attract enough Marine Le Pen voters to win the French presidential elections, the surprisingly poor results collected by far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon will take some pressure off of Francois Hollande if he were to be elected, Pierre-Yves Gauthier, founding partner of AlphaValue, told CNBC.
A crush of earnings news in the coming week will compete head on with new data on the health of the U.S. economy and worries about Europe’s debt crisis.
Nicolas Sarkozy is in deep trouble and is looking, for now, as if he could be the first one-term French president since 1981. The New York Times reports.
Discussing the French election and its impact on Europe and the euro, with Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School of Government professor.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reports on the latest action in the bond market and next week's French election.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discusses what Americans can expect from the upcoming European elections and its impact on U.S. markets.
CNBC's 'Worldwide Exchange' asked Howard Davies, economics professor at Sciences Po (the French School of Political Science in Paris), whether Sarkozy's and Hollande's anti-business rhetoric was genuine, or just a bid for votes in the countdown to the French general election. "About 60 percent is genuine and 40 percent is politiking in my estimate," he said.
High earners who are worried thattheir rates will rise have more than just the White House and Washington to blame. They can also look to two academically revered, if publicly obscure economists whose work is the subtext for the battle over tax fairness, The New York Times reports.
As the French presidential race enters its final lap, President Nicolas Sarkozy and his socialist opponent Francois Hollande look set to move on to the second round of the elections. But the country's far-left and far-right candidates may cause an upset.