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France's Interior Minister announces new anti-radicalization laws

Marseille - France is likely to introduce new measures to combat religious radicalization, with the emphasis on fighting radicalization via the Internet, French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said Thursday.

U.S. call for NATO to buy French-built warships destined for Russia

Brussels - Three American Congressmen have called on NATO to buy or rent two advanced warships currently being built for Russia at a shipyard in western France.

Op-Ed: Local elections in France: The rise and rise of Marine Le Pen

Paris - This Sunday was Election Day in France. Extremist Front National candidates reached tonight some exceptional scores with between 30 and 45% of the votes in cities such as Béziers, Avignon, Perpignan, Forbach, Fréjus.

Op-Ed: French President Hollande bikes it alone after split from partner

Paris - So it's official. In a brief announcement Saturday evening, France's President François Hollande said he'd parted company with his partner of seven years, journalist Valerie Trierweiler.

Armistice Day commemoration in Paris disrupted by protesters

Paris - France’s President Hollande was heckled and booed by demonstrators, Monday, as his motorcade passed down the Champs-Elysées in Paris heading to France’s main Armistice Day commemoration at one of Paris’ major landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe.

France gears up for military strikes against Syria

Paris - In the build-up to what now seems inevitable military action of one kind or another against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria, one of the surprising features has been the attitude of France.

France to ban extreme right Revolutionary Nationalist Youth group

Paris - France is to take steps to ban an extreme right wing group after a student died following an altercation in a Paris street last Wednesday evening with a group believed to have neo-nazi links.

France Senate approves gay marriage legislation

The French Senate has passed legislation that will allow for same-sex marriage, with a vote of 179 to 159. The vote solidifes one of the main campaign promises made by the French Socialist President François Hollande,

Mocking Sarkozy not a crime, says European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg - In a judgement issued yesterday the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has over-ruled an earlier decision of a French court which resulted in a man who had mocked former French President Nicolas Sarkozy being given a suspended fine of €30.

President for 10 months and French already weary of Hollande

Paris - François Hollande hasn’t even been President of France for ten months but according to a weekend poll in Le Parisien newspaper, French voters are deserting the Socialist president in droves.

Bitter contest as French opposition UMP finally elect new leader

After a marathon election which made the 2008 Florida Presidential vote wrangle look like an exercise in electoral efficiency, France’s opposition UMP have elected 48 year old Jean-François Copé as its leader.

France’s Minister of Education favours cannabis decriminalisation

On Sunday, France’s Socialist Minister of Education, Vincent Peillon, spoke in favour of the decriminalization of cannabis, principally as a means of combating drug trafficking in French cities.

France: Paris Deputy Mayor arrested for money laundering

Paris - French police have cracked a huge money laundering network linked to drug dealing. Seventeen people have been indicted and will appear in court later. One of the accused is Florence Lamblin, a Paris Deputy Mayor and leading member of France's Green Party.

French Socialists to dismantle Sarkozy’s immigration policies

At the French Senate’s Judicial Committee hearing on Wednesday July 24, France’s new Interior Minister Manuel Valls signalled that the new Socialist government of President François Hollande intended making changes in French immigration law.

Op-Ed: Rainy day reflections on France’s looming power vacuum

The failure of Socialism to adapt to the modern world and the real prospect of its eventual disappearance would be of no importance if it weren’t for the fact that there is nothing to replace it as an effective fail-safe against political extremism.

Op-Ed: Using insults in politics – ‘Don’t do as I do, do as I say’

‘Nazi’, ‘son of a bitch’, flunky’, ‘fascist’, French politicians use these terms often to insult each other, but citizens are punished by the law for insulting teachers, the police and, of course, politicians. Double standards? You bet.

When a Beatle becomes a Rolling Stone

Former French prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, confused The Beatles with The Rolling Stones during a prime time television show.

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Newly elected leader of France s UMP opposition Jean-François Copé
Newly elected leader of France's UMP opposition Jean-François Copé
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Jean-Louis Debré  President the the French Constitutional Council for 2011
Jean-Louis Debré, President the the French Constitutional Council for 2011