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French judges seize Tapie assets in arbitration case

PARIS (Reuters) - Judges have ordered a Mediterranean villa and other assets to be seized from a French businessman at the center of a fraud investigation that could weigh on ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of a comeback, legal sources said. Full story

French political scandals hit left and right

PARIS (Reuters) - A budget minister stashing cash in Switzerland, accusations that politicians tapped a senile heiress for campaign funds and allegations that a 403 million euro payout to an ex-convict businessman was rigged; French politics seems awash in sleaze. Full story

France challenges arbitration award, Tapie investigated

PARIS (Reuters) - A tycoon with ties to ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was put under formal investigation on suspicion of fraud on Friday in connection with a 403 million-euro ($524 million) arbitration award he received in 2008 to settle a legal dispute. Full story

French conservatives pick woman for Paris mayor race

PARIS (Reuters) - The spokeswoman for Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election campaign last year won a primary election on Monday to become the conservative UMP party's candidate for the 2014 Paris mayoral race. Full story

Carla Bruni stung by criticism, squashes marriage rumors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - France's former first lady Carla Bruni said she was hurt by press comments calling her fat after the birth of her daughter and squashed rumors that she would leave her husband Nicolas Sarkozy after his failed re-election bid. Full story

France's Sarkozy investigated in Bettencourt affair: judicial source

(Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Thursday in relation to a case involving L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, a judicial source said. Full story

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The stories CNBC's Cindy Perman and John Carney are talking about. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy talks about moving to London; bosses take on the issue of social media; and employee response to News Corp closing down "The Daily."

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Former French President Sarkozy French UMP political party head Cope and party member Morano leave the UMP political party headquarters in Paris
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, French UMP political party head Jean-Francois Cope (bottom,L) and party member Nadine Morano leave the UMP political party headquarters in Paris July 8, 2013. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy made his first political appearance since losing power on M