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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (C) on a visit to New York Saturday
31/05/2014 - France

Roof gardens, art library, fablabs, rough trade - Paris council puts plans online

Parisians will have gardens on their roofs, borrow artworks for their homes and enjoy a rich nightlife without being too noisy about it during new Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s term in office. Going with the transparency trend, the Socialist city council has published its plans for the French capital online

Marine Le Pen with Matteo Salvini (Northern League, Italy), Harald Vilimsky (FPÖ, Austria), Geert Wilders (PVV, Netherlands) Gerolf Annemans (VB, Belgium)
29/05/2014 - Analysis: France - European Union

Ukip’s Farage, Front National’s Le Pen compete for Eurosceptic leadership … and EU cash

Despite big advances in this month’s European elections, right-wing Eurosceptics are having problems forming a group in the European parliament due to arguments over who should be leader and ...
"No to Brussels, Yes to France" reads the Front National's banner at its May Day demonstration this year
03/05/2014 - Analysis: France - European Union

French parties field candidates for European election

France’s political parties filed their lists of candidates for this month’s European elections on Friday.
If it's the boss, don't answer ... but only if your one 250,000 workers covered by the agreement
11/04/2014 - France - United Kingdom

No, it's not illegal to work after 6pm in France

Rumours that it is now illegal to work after 6pm in France are greatly exaggerated.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces his new cabinet
02/04/2014 - Analysis: France

Valls's new French government - who's in it and why?

There were only two new ministers in the cabinet announced by France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday.
Abdullah Abdullah supporters at a rally in Kabul
18/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014

Afghan presidential election 2014 - the big issues

Whoever wins Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election will have more problems to solve than the average president.
Hedayat Amin Arsala
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Hedayat Amin Arsala - the technocrat outsider

Hedayat Amin Arsala, 71, a Pashtun from Kabul, is a former World Bank official, foreign affairs minister 1992-1995, vice-president 2002-2004 and senior minister 2004-2013.

Qutbuddin Hilal
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Qutbuddin Hilal - Hekmatyar's man on ballot paper

Qutbuddin Hilal, 61, was a member of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-e-Islami (HIA) during the Soviet occupation.

Abdulrab Rasul Sayyaf
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Abdulrab Rasul Sayyaf - man who brought bin Laden to Afghanistan

Abdulrab Rasul Sayyaf, 68, a former anti-Soviet mojahedin, leads the Dawat party and is an MP for Kabul.

Gul Agha Sherzai
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Gul Agha Sherzai - candidate with controversial past

Gul Agha Sherzai, 58, a Pashtun from the Barakzai tribe, he was born Mohammad Shafiq, became rich as a mujahedin commander fighting the Soviet occupation and has been dogged by accusations of ...