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Comeback kid? Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy
20/09/2014 - Analysis: France

Could Sarkozy be French president again?

To nobody’s surprise, France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to active politics, declaring himself a candidate for the leadership of the right-wing UMP party, ...
20/09/2014

French press review 20 September 2014

The national dailies are all buzzing about Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s ex-president who vowed to quit politics when he lost the 2012 election.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum with France's François Hollande at this week's conference on his country in Paris
19/09/2014 - France - Iraq - US

French air strikes on Iraq begin

France has carried out its first air-strikes in Iraq, just hours after President François Hollande announced the country’s participation in the US-led offensive against the Islamic State ...
19/09/2014

French press review 19 September 2014

This morning’s papers all report President François Hollande’s press conference in Paris on Thursday afternoon.
President François Hollande at his press conference on Thursday
19/09/2014 - France - US - Iraq

Obama welcomes French decision to join Iraq air strikes

US President Barack Obama on Thursday welcomed France’s decision to take part in air strikes against the Islamic State armed group in Iraq as Washington tries to win allies to fight the ...
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls  at the Assemblée nationale on Tuesday
17/09/2014 - Analysis: France

French government survives confidence vote despite growing opposition on Socialist left

France’s Socialist government survived a risky confidence vote on Tuesday but with a reduced majority compared to six months ago … bad news for an embattled government but not as bad as ...
17/09/2014

French press review 17 September 2014

Three of this morning's papers give pride of place to yesterday's vote of confidence in the government of Manuel Valls, the prime minister's second such test in less than six months.

French employer's body MEDEF union leader Pierre Gattaz (C), File August 2014.
16/09/2014 - France

French main employers association calls for cut in number of holidays

Cutting the number of public holidays, increasing the length of the working week, dropping the minimum wage, these are among the ideas the French employers federation, Medef, raised on Monday in ...
Manuel Valls
16/09/2014 - France

French PM hopes to clinch confidence vote despite Socialist MPs revolt

A vote of confidence in the French government this afternoon, called by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, will reveal the extent of a split among the ruling Socialists in parliament.

President Hollande greets Iraqi president Fouad Massoum before today's conference
15/09/2014 - France - Iraq - world

Hollande calls for urgent action on Islamic State at Paris conference

French President Francois Hollande on Monday urged swift action against the Islamic State group, warning there was "no time to lose" as he opened an international conference in Paris for ...
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