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Jean-Françaois Copé speaks to RFI
28/02/2014 - France

New corruption accusations hit French right

France's mainstream right party, the UMP, is in trouble again after its leader, Jean-François Copé, has been accused of handing out juicy contracts to his friends during Nicolas ...

Morocco's King Mohamed VI
25/02/2014 - France - Morocco

Hollande phones Moroccan king to smooth diplomatic tensions

French president François Hollande telephoned Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Tuesday to smooth diplomatic relations following civil lawsuits filed in Paris on Thursday, which accused ...

Jean-François Copé (middle) at the UMP national meeting on Saturday.

French opposition party UMP calls for unity at national meeting

France’s main opposition party UMP  (Union for a Popular Movement) is calling for unity, a year after a leadership battle exposed major rifts in the right-wing party.

French Women's Rights Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
22/01/2014 - France

French MPs back abortion bill on first reading

French MPs approved a controversial abortion bill that will scrap a requirement that women prove they are in distress if they want to terminate a pregnancy on Tuesday.

How was 2013 for them? French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (L) and President François Hollande
24/12/2013 - France in 2013

Good year/bad year? How did 2013 work out for 14 famous French folk?

What with economic crisis in Europe and international instability, 2013 was not the best of years for many of us.

UMP chief Jean-François Copé sees a danger to the French republic in some anti-racist proposals
14/12/2013 - France

French Socialists deny plan to scrap school headscarf ban in anti-racism row

France's Socialist government has denied claims that it is preparing to scrap the ban on Islamic headscarves in schools. Right-wing politicians claimed that the French republic was "in danger"


French weekly magazines review

A far-right electoral win worries most commentators. A secret government memo warns of anger and cynicism among the electorate.

06/10/2013 - France

Fillon ‘in de facto’ competition with Sarkozy for 2017 presidential race

The former French prime minister, François Fillon, has told a French newspaper that he is in “de facto” competition with former president Nicolas Sarkozy to secure the ...


French press review 16 September 2013

The French president was on television last night so, of course, he's all over the papers this morning.

François Fillon, former French prime minister
08/09/2013 - France - Syria

François Fillon says French military action to punish Assad's regime will backfire

 An operation that “punishes” Assad’s regime in Syria makes no sense and poses a major risk to neighbouring Lebanon and French interests in the country, declared the former ...