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For Sarkozy, ‘takes one to tell one’

July 4th, 2014
11:33 AM ET

The accusations are “grotesque.”

So says the Former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, after he was placed under formal investigation over alleged corruption and taken into police custody. It's the first time this has ever happened in France.

Speaking on French television Wednesday night, Sarkozy denied any wrongdoing and said the case against him is political.

"I'm profoundly shocked at what happened,” Sarkozy said. “I don't require any special privileges. If I have made faults, I will accept all responsibility. I'm not a man that flees responsibility."

Sarkozy is accused of seeking insider information about an inquiry into illegal campaign funding.

But, says Christopher Dickey, foreign editor at the Daily Beast, “it takes one to tell one.”

“He may be right about it having some political motivation,” Dickey told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

But “Sarkozy is a man who knows all about political manipulation or attempted political manipulation of judges and prosecutors. He used to call them up in the middle of the night when they were making decisions he didn't like when he was president or interior minister.”

Could the scandal threaten what is widely believed to be Sarkozy's political comeback? And who will make the most hay out of the nation's general political disarray?

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full conversation with Dickey.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • France • Latest Episode

‘That is a lie’ – Marine Le Pen disputes reports of Father’s comments

May 23rd, 2014
06:52 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, disputed on Friday reports that her father suggested Ebola as a possible cure for Europe’s immigration problem.

“Madame, this is a lie,” Le Pen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “That is a lie, a maneuver, a campaign maneuver. He never said that.”

Ahead of European Parliament elections, Jean-Marie Le Pen – founder of the National Front – reportedly said the deadly Ebola virus could help step global population and help Europe’s “immigration problem” in the process, according to French media.

“He was not speaking about immigration,” Marine Le Pen said. “He was speaking about the fate of humanity as a whole. That is what he said.”

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Former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on CAR intervention: ‘Were we supposed to let them die?’

December 18th, 2013
09:24 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The former French foreign minister issued an impassioned plea on Tuesday for the world to follow France’s lead in protecting populations under imminent threat from war.

France, in dramatic fashion, has been at the forefront of intervening in deadly conflicts over the past few years, whether in Libya, Mali, or now Central African Republic.

“We are human beings, protecting human life,” Bernard Kouchner, who served under President Nicolas Sarkozy, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“Were we supposed to let them die?”

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Le Monde editor explains opposition to proposed French prostitution law

December 4th, 2013
03:32 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

A law in France that would criminalize paying for sex is an incursion into citizens’ private lives and decisions, Natalie Nougayrede, editor of Le Monde, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“If you criminalize the client, basically you’re saying that any paid sex is wrong,” she said from France. “And that actually cancels any notion that a person – a woman or a man – may want to actually on his own or her own free will carry out this act of prostitution.”

Right now prostitution is legal in France. But on Wednesday, lawmakers in France’s lower house passed a bill that would make paying for sex – though not taking money for sex – a criminal offense punishable by a 1,500 euro fine, or 3,750 euros for repeat offenders.

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Life after the Elysee

November 4th, 2013
11:12 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with the former first lady of France, Cecilia Attias.


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The other side of Carla Bruni

June 27th, 2013
04:28 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with former French First Lady Carla Bruni about leaving the political spotlight and returning to the stage to sing.


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Isn't France liberal about sexual issues?

May 29th, 2013
07:55 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour explores why same-sex marriage in France – a country that most perceive to be liberal in regard to sexual issues – caused such an uproar.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • France • Gay Rights • Latest Episode