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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses the National Assembly
09/04/2014 - France

French right hails Valls's pro-business turn, left revolt fizzles out

French opposition politicians hailed a turn to pro-business policies by new Prime Minister Manuel Valls after his speech to parliament on Tuesday.

François Hollande.
31/03/2014 - Analysis: France

Why voters deserted Hollande and Socialists in French local elections

The huge swing to the right in what were supposed to be local elections was in reality an expression of huge dissatisfaction with the national government of president François Hollande and ...

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 jubilant Marine Le Pen, leader of France's Front National
24/03/2014 - France

Front National surges, Socialists tank, UMP holds up in French local elections

France's far right Front National exceeded already high expectations in Sunday’s first round of local elections, the centre-right UMP also enjoyed a successful night and the ruling ...

Anne Hidalgo and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet
24/03/2014 - France

NKM and Hidalgo set up all-female runoff for Paris mayor

The two women aiming to become the first female mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo and Natalie Kosciusko-Morizet, have set up a second round run-off after taking the most votes in the first round of ...

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.

Millions of people are voting in the first round of local elections across France on Sunday 23 March.
23/03/2014 - France

Major parties jostle for position in French local elections

Millions of people in France are voting in the first round of local elections this Sunday, with the far-right Front National looking for major gains while the Socialists are under pressure due to ...

Anne Hidalgo speaking in English in a video appeal to foreigners to vote in local elections on Sunday.
22/03/2014 - France

Paris mayoral hopeful makes election appeal to foreign residents

Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist candidate bidding to become the first female mayor of Paris, has broadcast videos in English and three other languages to rally foreigners to vote on Sunday’s ...


French press review 13 March 2014

The French Justice Minister, Christiane Taubira, is no stranger to the French front pages today.

Front National leader Marine Le Pen
09/03/2014 - France

French far right hopes for breakthrough in local polls

France's Front National hopes to make a breakthrough in this month's local council elections.