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Former culture minister Aurélie Filippetti joiined Socialist rebels in abstaining on the social security budget
29/10/2014 - France

French government faces social security budget revolt

More than 30 Socialist MPs refused to vote for the French social security budget in a vote in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
A protest after Rémi Fraisse's death in the southern city of Albi on Monday
28/10/2014 - France

French government tries to quell new crisis after anti-dam protester’s death

French President François Hollande appealed for calm on Tuesday as Green campaigners slammed his Socialist government over the death of a demonstrator during protests against the construction ...
27/10/2014

French press review 27 October 2014

Is the French left an endangered species? Is another financial crisis on the way? Who are the Kurds? Who’s afraid of family allowance reform? And why is David Cameron apoplectic?

French President François Hollande awards Prime minister Manuel Valls with the Grande Croix de l'Ordre National du Merite, 22 October 2014.
26/10/2014 - France

Hollande calls for unity, as division in Socialist party widens

French President François Hollande, made a bold appeal on Sunday for greater unity among the French population, despite unity within his own party being on the rocks.

Cabint meeting of French government, 18 June.
26/10/2014 - France

You can change your name, but it won’t change your politics, say 4 out of 10 French

According to a new opinion poll published in the Sunday newspaper Journal du Dimanche, four out of ten people in France do not care whether mainstream parties such as the Conservative UMP, Socialist ...
24/10/2014

French press review 24 October 2014

Algeria’s surprise refusal to allow French magistrates to take home DNA samples of the seven monks killed in Tibhirine 18 years ago attracts angry reactions from the national dailies.

23/10/2014

French press review 23 October 2014

France's socialists are not a happy lot. Three of this morning's papers give pride of place to the ruling party, and two of the headlines use the word "crisis".
Jean-Christophe Cambadelis has criticised two former ministers for abstaining from voting on France's 2015 budget
22/10/2014 - FRANCE

Public spat brings divisions within France’s ruling party to the fore

Members of the Socialist Party engaged in public bickering a day after a group of rebel Socialist lawmakers that included three former ministers, abstained in a parliament vote on France's 2015 ...
David Cameron and Manuel Valls in London on 6 October, 2014
06/10/2014 - France - UK

'France is pro-business' PM Valls tells London audience

“My government is pro-business”, French prime minister Manuel Valls declared in English to an audience in the financial district of London on Monday.

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 ...
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