CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi reports on the secret recordings of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy made by a close aide and the outrage caused in his right opposition party.» Read More
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.
Aware that French government bonds could come under attack if France’s high level of public debt isn’t tackled, French presidential front runners Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande both have pledged to balance the budget.
As Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande race for victory in the French presidential elections, the leader of the country's far right National Front - currently forecast to come third in the race - has a tough fight on her hands.
As Sarkozy struggles to establish a firm lead in the polls, and with France’s euro zone commitments potentially at stake with the election, it has become more important than ever for investors to know his two key rivals are.
Just as Nicolas Sarkozy broke through to the top spot in the polls, France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen announced she would stand in the country’s presidential elections this spring.
Support for extreme political movements is building across Europe as the economy starts worsening again – and analysts and anti-extremist organizations are increasingly worried that parties on the left- or right-wing fringes will gain more political power.