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  1. April 18, 2014

    Senior adviser to French president quits

    A top adviser to François Hollande resigned on Friday following media reports of an alleged conflict of interest and his...

  2. April 17, 2014

    French property CGT relief nears end

    Owners of French holiday homes that are looking to sell have four months to take advantage of a reduced rate of capital...

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  1. April 16, 2014

    France set to freeze welfare payments

    France’s government is to freeze welfare payments temporarily and sustain a freeze in civil servants’ pay as part of its...

  2. The World

    April 15, 2014

    Springtime in Paris fails to dispel clouds over Hollande

    François Hollande has had to get used to dismal opinion polls, but the latest one is about as bad as it gets for France’s...

  3. April 14, 2014

    France backtracks in battle over EU deficit target

    France’s Socialist government has said Paris will stick to its budget deficit target, set by the EU, for 2015 – despite...

  4. April 13, 2014

    François Hollande approval rating falls despite reshuffle

    French president François Hollande’s popularity has fallen to a fresh low despite a big reshuffle aimed at relaunching his...

  5. April 9, 2014

    Hollande turns to veteran administrator to reinforce presidency

    François Hollande has turned to one of his oldest friends and France’s most experienced administrators to help him push...

  6. April 8, 2014

    Manuel Valls promises further €11bn cut to French taxes

    France’s new prime minister Manuel Valls has promised more than €11bn in extra tax cuts for businesses and households,...

  7. April 7, 2014

    French government ‘vigilant’ over sale of national champions

    The flurry of spectacular deals involving French companies – which peaked on Monday with the takeover of Lafarge, the cement...

  8. April 7, 2014

    France and Rwanda at loggerheads on 20th anniversary of genocide

    Painstaking efforts to heal the deep divisions between France and Rwanda over French actions during the Rwandan genocide...

  9. April 5, 2014

    No reason to give France more time to cut deficit says commissioner

    BRUSSELS, April 5 – There is no reason to further extend a European Union deadline for France to cut its budget deficit, the...

  10. April 4, 2014

    Manuel Valls: presidential salvage mission

    It is a measure of French President François Hollande’s predicament that he has appointed as his saviour a man once branded...

  11. April 2, 2014

    François Hollande boosts left in cabinet reshuffle

    President François Hollande has promoted prominent leftists in his revamped Socialist government days after appointing...

  12. April 1, 2014

    Centre-left leaders on the rise but times are tougher for Blair and Schröder’s heirs

    It is as if the spirits of Tony Blair and Gerhard Schröder, the former British and German leaders, are beckoning to their...

  13. April 1, 2014

    François Hollande turns to scourge of ‘pompous’ left to revive fortunes

    Manuel Valls, Spanish-born scourge of France’s “pompous” left, took over at the head of President François Hollande’s...

  14. April 1, 2014

    François Hollande’s deficit plea sets up clash with Brussels

    A demand by France for more leeway in imposing Berlin-backed austerity policies has reignited a fight at the core of the...

  15. March 31, 2014

    Hollande fires prime minister in bid to relaunch presidency

    French President François Hollande has sacked his prime minister in a bid to revive his flagging administration after a...

  16. March 31, 2014

    France’s centre-right savours defeat of François Hollande

    Almost two years after the painful defeat of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, his centre-right UMP party has once...

  17. March 31, 2014

    Hollande launches reshuffle after poll blow

    The abrupt government reshuffle launched by French president François Hollande after his ruling Socialist party suffered a...

  18. March 30, 2014

    France’s election results should be a spur to modernise

    The results of the local elections may be a humiliation for France but they also provide an unprecedented opportunity for...

  19. March 30, 2014

    François Hollande poised to react to election blow

    French President François Hollande is expected to launch a rapid shake-up of his Socialist government following a second...

  20. March 28, 2014

    Fresh face of France’s far right battles to win Avignon

    Historic Avignon in the south of France, with its monumental papal palace and much sung-about old bridge, has suddenly...

  21. March 27, 2014

    François Hollande prepares response to poor election result

    A stinging blow for his ruling Socialist party and a surge in support for the far-right National Front in France’s local...

  22. March 24, 2014

    The dangerous rise of Marine Le Pen

    Twelve years ago Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, stunned the French political...

  23. March 24, 2014

    Mainstream French parties split over how to fight far right

    France’s mainstream political parties are at loggerheads over how to react to surging support for the far right as an...

  24. March 24, 2014

    France’s National Front relishes election breakthrough

    A striking breakthrough in local elections by France’s National Front has raised the question of whether the far-right party...

  25. The A-List

    March 24, 2014

    French alienation, abstention and National Front success

    The English Channel narrowed a little overnight. The French woke up this morning to discover that they have been afflicted...

  26. March 23, 2014

    Hollande hit by National Front vote in municipal elections

    France’s far-right National Front (FN) stunned President François Hollande’s socialist government in nationwide municipal...

  27. March 21, 2014

    Communists battle to hold their own in France’s town halls

    It has a sports stadium named after Lenin and a Boulevard de Stalingrad. It has had a communist mayor since 1925. Welcome to...

  28. March 20, 2014

    Nicolas Sarkozy breaks silence over phone tapping

    Nicolas Sarkozy, former French president, has broken his silence to denounce the bugging of his phone, comparing police...

  29. March 20, 2014

    François Hollande braced for France municipal elections setback

    France’s socialist government has warned against advances by the far-right National Front as President François Hollande’s...

  30. March 19, 2014

    Christine Lagarde and Orange chief questioned in €400m award case

    Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, was summoned for a new round of questioning on Wednesday by...

  31. March 19, 2014

    National Front aims for breakthrough in France’s local elections

    Francis Mouche, candidate for mayor for the far-right National Front in a town close to the southwestern French city of...

  32. March 14, 2014

    Fight for Paris mayor boils down to two women

    In the overwhelmingly male world of French politics, the contest for Paris’s mayor has come down to a fight between two...

  33. March 13, 2014

    France: Hollande’s appeal

    Silver-haired François Watrin and his burly son Henri-Pierre, owners of a sawmill in northern France, are far removed from...

  34. March 12, 2014

    Uproar over bugging of Sarkozy phone

    Revelations that French police have been tapping the phone of former president Nicolas Sarkozy have triggered political...

  35. March 6, 2014

    France revises down jobless rate as Hollande battles slow growth

    France has revised sharply downwards its official unemployment rate in the latest twist to a highly charged political debate...

  36. March 5, 2014

    Nicolas Sarkozy secretly taped when France president

    Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former president, was secretly taped in dozens of meetings while in office by a close adviser, in...

  37. March 4, 2014

    François Hollande policy shift yet to bear fruit as elections loom

    Unemployment is still rising, business remains hesitant and the president’s plunging popularity has taken a further tumble....

  38. February 21, 2014

    France plans to invest in state mining venture

    Days after investing heavily in an ailing survivor of 20th-century manufacturing, France’s socialist government is to pump...

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