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Op-Ed: Sarkozy 2.0. — Nicolas Sarkozy is back for revenge

Paris - It was a secret for no one that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was planning to return to politics this September. Nicolas Sarkozy made it official today via his Facebook page.

President Hollande demands his government resign

Paris - France, lagging behind most euro zone economic recoveries, slipped further into crisis mode Monday when leftist ministers rebelled against austerity, forcing Hollande to call for the resignation of government in order to select a new cabinet.

With Netflix's European invasion approaching, France braces

Netflix is coming to Europe in September, a move that has France's VOD market -- and its government -- bracing for impact.

In Western Europe, France struggles for relevancy

Paris - France, once an influential player in European affairs, is not so much anymore. Over recent years persistent economic woes and unstable politics have taken their toll.

Another French President shows up solo to Washington

Washington - French President Francois Hollande showed up solo on his recent state visit to Washington, DC. Hollande and his partner of seven years have recently fallen on some hard times after an alleged affair by the president.

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.

Op-Ed: RFI explaining French ways to global audience, even love and sex

Radio France Internationale understands the need for describing in its broadcasts, and increasingly online, some of the uniqueness of French culture, politics and mores. Other state-owned media outlets do the same for their countries. U.S. could learn.

French comic Dieudonne M'bala M'bala drops banned show

Police vans were lined up outside a theatre in Paris Saturday where French comic Dieudonne M'bala M'bala was to perform a show banned for anti-Semitism. However, they need not have bothered, because the show did not go on.

French First Girlfriend hospitalized after Hollande affair claims

Paris - Valerie Trierweiler, France's First Lady, has been hospitalized for depression following media reports that her boyfriend, French President Francois Hollande, is having an affair with an actress.

Suicide notes left by a French couple, 86, slam 'cruel' law

Paris - The double suicide of an elderly couple in France has provoked emotion and debate in the country as details of their plight hits the headlines.

Op-Ed: France — Judgment day is nigh! Or is it?

London - Yesterday, President Hollande was booed during a WWI tribute at the Arc de Triomphe, and 70 people with links to extremist groups were arrested by the police. The dark side of the French Society is not hiding any longer. The Pandora box is now wide open.

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,

France to stay course in Mali through 2013

Paris - French troops were supposed to pull out quickly after launching strikes against Islamic extremists in northern Mali back in January, but months have a way of turning to years in military incursions.

France: Hollande seeks to reassure voters as deficit soars

Paris - With liberal Socialist Francois Hollande at the helm for ten months, France has admitted it will miss its annual budget deficit target this year as the president tries to convince voters he is the man to steady the country’s economy.

France: Hollande 'most unpopular president in modern history'

Paris - Less than a year after his election, France’s Socialist president Francois Hollande is being tagged as the most unpopular French leader in modern times.

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.

French mocked for short work week, low retirement age

Paris - A high-level German leader mocked French work ethics Friday, calling France the eurozone’s “problem child” because of its 35-hour work week, bloated pension plans and early retirement age.

Obama administration seeks more aid for French in Mali

Bamako - The Obama administration is weighing the benefits of helping to attack Islamic militants in Mali with concern about being drawn into a long conflict, as it is considering how much more aid to extend to French military forces there.

Op-Ed: French President says Algeria attack justifies Mali intervention

Bamako - French president Francois Hollande claims that the attack and hostage crisis in the remote desert gas plant in Algeria, shows that the French military intervention in Mali was justified.

Belgium refuses citizenship to France’s richest man in tax exodus

France’s richest man, billionaire Bernard Arnault, CEO of luxury conglomerate LVMH, applied for Belgian nationality but denied his motivation was recently introduced taxes for France’s super-rich. Belgian authorities have for the moment, said ‘Non'.

Op-Ed: Hollande scraps plans for national museum of French history

Paris - Plans for the €40 million Maison de l’Histoire de France in Paris were finally scrapped on December 31 by Francois Hollande's socialist government. The decision delighted many who believe France's rich history is too divisive.

French court overturns 75% tax rate

Paris - France's Constitutional Council has overturned the decision to impose a new top tax rate of 75 percent, due to be introduced in the New Year.

French President wants homework ban as part of education reforms

Paris - If French President Francois Hollande has his way, students could soon be yelling in the streets, "Vive le Francois Hollande!" As part of education reforms, the president is considering a ban on homework.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy mulling run in 2017

Paris - Since he faced defeat in this year's presidential election, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy told a former minister that he will have "no choice" but to run for president again in 2017 because of expected failed policies of his successor.

French taxpayers on the hook to pay for 100% of abortion costs

Paris - As part of the social security reforms in the socialist government's budget proposal, the nation of France may offer women free abortions and have the taxpayers pay for 100 percent of the abortion when the women cannot afford it.

Francois Hollande unveils 75% super-tax in 2013 budget proposal

Paris - French President Francois Hollande's Socialist government unveiled its 2013 budget proposal to tackle the growing deficit. One of the key measures includes a 75 percent temporary super-tax on those making one million euros ($1.28 million).

President Morsi debuts at UN

New York - On Monday, Egypt's new President Mohammad Morsi embarked on his first journey to the United States since being elected in June. He will be giving a speech at the United Nations on Wednesday.

France to ban words 'mother' and 'father' from official documents

As part of reforms to legalise gay marriage, the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ could disappear from the French Civil Code.

Op-Ed: There is nothing wrong, or parochial, with Pauline Marois' French

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms establishes the equal status of English and French as the two official languages in the country. But according to a recent paper written by journalist Lysiane Gagnon, one appears to be more equal than the other.

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.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his wife Sara welcome French President Francois Ho...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his wife Sara welcome French President Francois Hollande to their official residence before a joint news conference in Jerusalem November 17, 2013. Hollande assured Israel on Sunday that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had ended a pursuit of nuclear weapons
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the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, in Paris December 7, 2013
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the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, in Paris December 7, 2013
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French President Francois Hollande (C) and his companion Valerie Trierweiler (R) stand next to Israeli President Shimon Peres (L) as students from Tel Aviv's Marc Chagall French school wave flags during a welcome ceremony at the presidential residence in Jerusalem November 17, 2013
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France's President Francois Hollande arrives to attend the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, in Paris December 7, 2013
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French President Hollande speaks to those attending the Armistice Day commemoration at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier below the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Nov 11, 2013. Earlier, the President had been booed by protestors as he made his way down the Champs-Elysees.
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