Latest update: 27/01/2011
Press conferences: the style of French presidents
President Sarkozy presents uneasy New Year greetings to the press. We look back at how his predecessors dealt with and influenced the ritual. We tell you all about the man who's setting out to shake up the left ahead of the 2012 presidential race: Jean-Luc Mélanchon is the new politician to follow. And finally, the state owned Hotel de la Marine could be up for grabs. But government plans to put it up on the market have history buffs and Paris lovers up in arms.