Italy’s constitutional court has rejected former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s challenge to a four-year jail sentence and five-year ban from public office handed to him in 2012 for tax fraud on TV rights bought by his Mediaset media empire.
Latest update: 20/09/2012
France's conservative UMP party: who's the boss?
The war for the leadership of France's conservative UMP party is on. Two contenders are facing off in a vote to designate the head of the party in November: former PM François Fillon and current party boss Jean-François Copé. But the next presidential elections will take place in 2017, meaning there is ample time for others to throw their hats into the ring, such as a man who said he was withdrawing from political life: former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
By FRANCE 24
On the set:
- Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Columnist, The Sunday Telegraph;
- Patrick Vignal, Senior correspondent, Reuters French Service.