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Katsushika Hokusai - The Great Wave off Kanagawa (around 1830-1834)
09/09/2014 - France

Art exhibitions in Paris, September 2014-January 2015

The great Katsushika Hokusai brings the Japanese aesthetic to the Grand Palais, which he shares with noisy Niki de Saint Phalle in this season’s Paris art shows.
Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (R) with Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who has also been attacked by the far right
03/09/2014 - France

Far right targets France’s Moroccan-born education minister in ‘racist’ hate campaign

France’s new education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, has become a victim of a right-wing hate campaign.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls with boss of bosses Pierre Gattaz at the Medef summer shcool this week
29/08/2014 - France

French companies’ dividend payouts soar as jobless wait for investment rise

Despite the economic crisis, the amount French companies pay out in dividends has soared to a European record, a study showed this week, raising questions about the Socialist government’s ...
Outgoing economy minister Arnaud Montebourg hands over to his successor, Emmanuel Macron
27/08/2014 - Analysis: France

Hollande replaces left-winger with banker in French cabinet reshuffle as economy fails to revive

The second reshuffle of France’s government in five months signals a definitive breach by President François Hollande with the left wing of his Socialist Party.
Men sit outside a cafe in Kasimpasa, the home area of Recep Tayyip Erdogan
05/08/2014 - Report: Turkey presidential election 2014

Who supports Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey’s presidential poll and why?

Turkey’s conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fighting to become the country’s first-ever directly elected president. He faces two opponents

Selahattin Demirtaş
01/08/2014 - Explainer: Turkey presidential election 2014

Turkish presidential candidates: Selahattin Demirtas

Selahattin Demirtas could be called the Gezi Park candidate in Turkey’s presidential election.
Ekmeleddin Mehmet Ihsanoglu
01/08/2014 - Explainer: Turkey presidential election 2014

Turkey's presidential candidates: Ekmeleddin Mehmet Ihsanoglu

Ekmeleddin Mehmet Ihsanoglu is not a politician but an academic and diplomat, who has headed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation for the past nine years.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses an election rally
01/08/2014 - Explainer: Turkey presidential election 2014

Turkey’s presidential candidates - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan ends more than 10 years as prime minister with an impressive level of support, despite vocal opposition in some quarters.
A pro-Erdogan rally in Diyarbakir, south-east Turkey
31/07/2014 - Analysis: Turkey presidential election 2014

Erdogan defends Islamic AKP’s pro-business record in Turkey’s presidential election

Turkey’s current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to change job in the first-ever direct election of the country’s president this month. After last year’s opposition protest, will the majority of Turks endorse the pro-business policies of his Islamic AKP party?

French President François Hollande promises to cut costs with his territorial reform
05/06/2014 - Explainer: France

Hollande redraws France’s regions – what will it mean?

President François Hollande is to redraw the administrative map of France.