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Spotlight on ex-first lady Bruni as France's Sarkozy eyes comeback

By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - As he quietly bides his time preparing a possible 2017 political comeback, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has a winning asset very much in the spotlight - his wife. Beaming from billboards, magazines and the stage, singer-songwriter and ex-supermodel Carla Bruni has embraced her post-first lady life in a very public way, resuming her career while generating media buzz over the future plans of her husband.

French judges want Sarkozy heard in kickbacks probe

Judges investigating alleged kickbacks from French arms sales want ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy to testify before a special court, a lawyer representing civil parties in the case said Friday. Olivier Morice told AFP that investigating magistrates in the "Karachi Affair" want the Cour de Justice de la Republique (CJR), which hears cases of ministerial misconduct, to take up the case. They also want the CJR to summon Sarkozy, who was budget minister in 1994 when the sales took place, as an "assisted witness" -- a status that implies he could face charges.

French judges want Sarkozy heard in kickbacks probe

Judges investigating alleged kickbacks from the sale of French submarines to Pakistan want ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy to testify before a special court, a lawyer representing civil parties in the case said Friday. Olivier Morice told AFP that investigating magistrates in the "Karachi Affair" want the Cour de Justice de la Republique (CJR) -- which hears cases of ministerial misconduct -- to take up the case and summon Sarkozy, budget minister at the time, as an "assisted witness". jac-arb/mm/ric

French judges want Sarkozy heard in kickbacks probe

Judges investigating alleged kickbacks from French arms sales want ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy to testify before a special court, a lawyer representing civil parties in the case said Friday. Olivier Morice told AFP that investigating magistrates in the "Karachi Affair" want the Cour de Justice de la Republique (CJR), which hears cases of ministerial misconduct, to take up the case. They also want the CJR to summon Sarkozy, who was budget minister in 1994 when the sale took place, as an "assisted witness" -- a status that implies he could face charges.

Sarkozy sees comeback chance in Hollande's public and private woes

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has spoken out about his successor's turbulent love life in the latest sign that the right-winger is bent on a comeback to the political frontline. Sarkozy withdrew from public life and stepped down from the leadership of his UMP party after losing the presidential election to the Socialist Party's Francois Hollande in 2012. At the time, it appeared he had been serious about his campaign pledge that, in the event of a defeat, "you won't hear from me again".

New Madagascar leader accused of plagiarising Sarkozy speech

Just days after taking office, Madagascar's new president was accused Monday of plagiarising parts of a speech by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy for his inaugural address. Hery Rajaonarimampianina used his maiden speech Saturday to urge reconciliation on the crisis-ridden island, but for some sections of the Malagasy press his call sounded familiar.

New Madagascar leader accused of plagiarising Sarkozy speech

Just days after taking office, Madagascar's new president was accused Monday of plagiarising parts of a speech by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy for his inaugural address. Hery Rajaonarimampianina used his maiden speech Saturday to urge reconciliation on the crisis-ridden island, but for some sections of the Malagasy press his call sounded familiar.

Hungary addresses Holocaust after accusations it 'whitewashed' past

By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarians collaborated with Nazis in sending nearly half a million Jews to their deaths, Hungary's president said on Sunday in a rare public acknowledgement of a war-time past that Jewish groups say is often glossed over. Earlier on Sunday, an American historian said he was returning an award he received from the previous head of state in protest at what he called the government's attempt to erase Hungary's role in the Holocaust.

US scholar returns Hungary award over Holocaust 'whitewashing'

An American professor and prominent Holocaust scholar said Sunday he was handing back a Hungarian state award in protest at the government's "falsification of history". "After following developments in Hungary in recent years, it is with heavy heart that I have made this decision," Randolph L. Braham, a professor at the City University of New York, wrote in a letter to the Hungarian state news agency MTI.

French advertisers have a laugh over president's affair

As French President Francois Hollande wades through the fallout of revelations he has been having an affair with an actress, companies are looking to drum up business by having a laugh at his expense. Hollande has had a rough two weeks both personally and politically since glossy magazine Closer published pictures of him hopping off the back of a motor scooter, his head clad in a large black helmet, for an apparent rendezvous with actress Julie Gayet at an apartment near the presidential palace.
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