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Manuel Valls announces his economic package with his ministers standing by
17/04/2014 - France

Valls denies pay, benefit freeze are austerity package

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has denied that his freeze on benefits and public-sector pay are an "austerity package" but he faces criticism from the left of his party.

French President François Hollande (R) with Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault,
28/03/2014 - France

French government could face reshuffle after local election setback

France's Socialists are hinting at a government reshuffle after a slap in the face from the electorate in local council elections.

A voting centre in Marseille.
23/03/2014 - France

Front National makes major gains in French local elections

France’s far-right Front National party has made major gains in the first round of the country’s local elections, according to early poll results.

Jean-François Copé at the UMP National Congress, Janvier 25 2014.
16/03/2014 - France

Copé UMP leader confident of election-win

French centre-right president, Jean-François Copé, declared on Sunday 16 March that he was confident his party would win up-coming local elections. Speaking at a weekly press ...


French press review 14 March 2014

French matters take a back seat in the French papers for once, leaving the front pages to the mysterious


French weekly magazines review

The early spring warming hearts and lifting spirits in Paris has brought a heatwave inside the opposition UMP party, which is tipped to becoming a school for scandals.

UMP leader Jean-François Copé
03/03/2014 - France

I'll publish finances if you do, UMP's Copé tells French media bigwigs

The leader of France's main opposition party on Monday called for all political parties and media groups to be obliged to publish detailed accounts of their financing, in the wake of accusations ...


French weekly magazines review

Divisions in Algeria about ailing President Bouteflika’s bid for a fourth term in office and the Ukraine crisis dominate comments in the French magazines.

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 ...


French press review 28 February 2014

The Central African Republic and Nigeria share the limelight with Ukraine in the wake of President Francois Hollande’s latest diplomatic shuttle to Africa and developments in the former ...