Gunshots that killed the man responsible for the deaths of seven people, including three children at a Jewish school, had barely stopped ringing when candidates in France’s presidential election began flinging charges and countercharges on the case and its handling.
France’s opposition Socialists may cast out Segolene Royal, their 2007 presidential nominee, when they begin choosing a candidate to lead them against Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s election, a poll shows.
French President Francois Hollande, in the midst of the worst political crisis since entering office in May, dismissed speculation of a cabinet reshuffle after a minister he’d charged with fighting tax evasion admitted to a secret overseas bank account.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy took his reelection drive to Georgia, seeking to enhance his reputation as a statesman in the Black Sea country where he brokered a ceasefire to end a 2008 war with Russia.
Nicolas Sarkozy has reasons other than his first daughter’s birth to remember this week: Clashes with his two biggest neighbors, a warning that France may lose its top credit rating and polls showing he won’t be re-elected.