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      French government weighs in on proposed Dailymotion sale to PCCW

      France’s Socialist government has weighed in on Orange’s proposed sale of its Dailymotion video platform, insisting that the...

    2. March 30, 2015

      Poll defeat highlights splits in François Hollande’s Socialists

      François Hollande’s reform drive may at last be starting to yield economic results and earning goodwill abroad. But the...

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    1. March 29, 2015

      Nicolas Sarkozy the winner as French local polls deal blow to Socialists

      France’s centre-right UMP party and its allies made large gains in local elections on Sunday, delivering a blow to President...

    2. March 29, 2015

      French business still waits for promised economic recovery

      The recovery is looming, according to French president François Hollande. But in the southern city of Avignon, Norbert Zoppi...

    3. March 24, 2015

      Secularism splits opinion in France

      The attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has unleashed an ideological war over laïcité — the strict version of...

    4. March 23, 2015

      A stumble in the march of Europe’s populists

      When the far left Syriza party won the Greek general election at the start of this year, some assumed its victory heralded...

    5. March 22, 2015

      Personal blow to premier Manuel Valls as Socialists come third in local elections

      François Hollande’s ruling Socialist party has suffered another defeat in local elections, a political setback that...

    6. March 20, 2015

      FN pushes on as French Socialists struggle to stem swing to right

      Darida Belaïdi takes a break in the sun after a morning canvassing the poor immigrant suburbs of Avignon, a world away from...

    7. March 16, 2015

      France comes up short on its budget deficit

      The European Union cannot be imagined without its rules. Aspiring members first have to spend years in a virtual boot camp,...

    8. March 11, 2015

      After Charlie Hebdo, a blurring of fiction and fact

      Nagib Azergui is a victim of mistaken identity. His case would be easily fixed if he were mixed up with a lookalike. But the...

    9. March 10, 2015

      National Front in France faces EU probe

      France’s far right National Front (FN) is facing an anti-corruption probe over allegations it fraudulently funnelled money...

    10. March 8, 2015

      Manuel Valls sounds alarm over rise of France’s National Front

      Manuel Valls has warned that National Front leader Marine Le Pen could win the presidential election in two years, as he...

    11. March 6, 2015

      The rising menace of France’s National Front

      Two months after millions of French people mounted a mass demonstration of national unity in horrified reaction to the...

    12. March 5, 2015

      Marine Le Pen lays out radical vision to govern France

      She calls for the collapse of the EU and talks about nationalising banks. She sees the US as a purveyor of dangerous...

    13. February 26, 2015

      Emmanuel Macron vows to push through French economy reforms

      France’s economy minister has vowed to push further economic reforms through parliament if needed to bypass mounting...

    14. February 25, 2015

      France and Italy granted reprieve for breaching budget limits

      Brussels has granted a reprieve to France and Italy after they broke EU budget rules, underlining the bloc’s readiness to...

    15. February 20, 2015

      Emmanuel Macron, French economy minister

      Emmanuel Macron’s political baptism of fire this week was a setback at home but a victory abroad. France’s rookie (he is 37)...

    16. February 19, 2015

      Paris government survives no-confidence vote

      France’s socialist government on Thursday overcame a no-confidence vote in the country’s parliament, winning a vital...

    17. February 18, 2015

      France forces through economic reforms

      France’s economy has been stagnant for years with one of the lowest growth rates in the EU and unemployment hovering around...

    18. February 17, 2015

      French government overrides parliament to ram though reforms

      French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to ram through a package of business-friendly economic...

    19. February 13, 2015

      Cracks appear as Strauss-Kahn caught in media storm

      It was less than an hour into the courtroom analysis of his first orgy with prostitutes that cracks started to appear in...

    20. February 9, 2015

      An unexpected chance for France’s president François Hollande

      François Hollande has been enjoying a boost of popular support after a long period in the doldrums. At the end of last year,...

    21. February 9, 2015

      Socialists win French by-election but National Front gain ground

      The surge in support for France’s far right National Front in a by-election in eastern France has overshadowed the narrow...

    22. February 2, 2015

      Socialists’ surprise showing creates dilemma for Sarkozy

      The unexpected presence of the Socialist Party in the second round of a French parliamentary by-election has rekindled hopes...

    23. January 30, 2015

      French solidarity faces by-election test

      A parliamentary by-election in eastern France will test the spirit of solidarity that enveloped the nation after this...

    24. January 26, 2015

      The making of a French jihadi

      In the bowels of Europe’s biggest prison 10 years ago, a burly armed robber in his early twenties found himself consigned to...

    25. January 26, 2015

      Bettencourt case set to grip France

      Strip out the family name of Bettencourt and the location of Bordeaux, and the trial that begins this week in southern...

    26. January 20, 2015

      French PM pledges to tackle ‘apartheid’ after terror attacks

      Manuel Valls has vowed to tackle the “social and ethnic apartheid” in some French cities as part of the government’s...

    27. January 19, 2015

      Le Pen criticises ‘20 years of mistakes’ on immigration

      Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, ended two weeks of restraint on the terror attacks that left 17...

    28. January 16, 2015

      France: Show of leadership

      By dark on the first night, thousands of Parisians had gathered at the Place de la République. They stood quietly around the...

    29. January 14, 2015

      Comedian’s arrest fuels debate about limits of French free speech

      The arrest of a French comedian for making a joke that appeared to sympathise with the extremists who massacred 12 people at...

    30. January 13, 2015

      Manuel Valls calls for tougher action against terror

      Manuel Valls, French prime minister, urged lawmakers on Tuesday to beef up anti-terrorism measures in the aftermath of last...

    31. January 13, 2015

      Lessons for politicians from the Sage of Omaha

      “The trick is, when there’s nothing to do, do nothing.” That is the homespun wisdom of the decidedly unexcitable Warren...

    32. January 12, 2015

      The fateful choice that faces France

      A couple of days before the terrorist attacks in Paris, a book arrived at my office. I placed What’s Wrong with France? by...

    33. January 12, 2015

      France deploys 10,000 troops as focus moves to security flaws

      Heightened security in France The French government said it would deploy 10,000 troops to bolster security at vulnerable...

    34. January 11, 2015

      France’s powerful message to itself and to the world

      The people of France on Sunday mounted an unforgettable demonstration of unity and resilience in response to the murderous...

    35. January 10, 2015

      World leaders join François Hollande in Paris march for unity

      World leaders join the French people in march for unity More than 50 prime ministers and presidents from across Europe and...

    36. January 9, 2015

      For the first time in 13 years I felt like a true Parisian

      How do you tell your kids that their football practice is cancelled because jihadis have shot dead 12 people in an attack on...

    37. January 8, 2015

      Hopes for unity vie with fear and resentment

      The bells of Paris’s 12th century Notre Dame Cathedral rang out to mark the end of the first world war and again when allied...

    38. January 8, 2015

      Be glad someone had the courage to be Charlie

      Je ne suis pas Charlie. I am not Charlie, I am not brave enough. Across the world, and certainly across Twitter, people are...

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