Both women are eyeing the country’s top post. But French presidential candidates Marine Le Pen (right) and Eva Joly (left) have little in common. When they aired their differences this week, it was an acrimonious war of words.
Dominique de Villepin, the suave and sophisticated former PM, is now yet another presidential wannabe. He has the charisma, but does he have the votes? His bid means many of President Sarkozy's allies fear a splintering of right-wing votes. Also, we travel to Nîmes to find out how previous presidential promises to protect purchasing power have proved to be ineffective.
Bringing manufacturing back to France has suddenly become a central theme in campaigning ahead of next year’s French presidential and legislative elections. But is it just an empty PR exercise by desperate presidential candidates?
Less than six months ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, France’s far-right National Front is on a mission to gain respectability among the Jewish electorate despite its traditionally anti-Jewish stance.
MEDIAWATCH FRANCE, Tue. 13/12/11: "Buy French" is the slogan of the moment for presidential candidates looking to boost industry. Centrist François Bayrou follows the pack, but forgets to check where his car was made. Meanwhile, far-right leader Marine Le Pen attacks a documentary on her National Front party without even having seen it.
The French nuclear giant Areva announces big losses and job cuts, worrying the papers who see the firm as a source of national prestige. We also talk about politics, as the number of presidential candidates on the right multiplies, and starts to worry Sarkozy.
Who in France stands to gain politically from the eurozone crisis? Also, François Hollande visits Berlin, but who calls the shots in the Socialist presidential candidate's team? And we find out why the pride of France - its wealth of cultural events - isn't immune to austerity measures.
When is a candidate not a candidate...and when should he pay for his campaign costs? Nicolas Sarkozy is under fire. Meanwhile, right and left cross swords over voting rights for non-EU foreigners, but are they both playing to the gallery? And we find out that life's not easy for entrepreneurs going solo, despite changes to the labour market.