French Socialists nominate left-winger Hamon for president

Jan 30, 2017

French Socialists nominate left-winger Hamon for president

France’s divided Socialists picked left-winger Benoit Hamon as their presidential nominee Sunday, in the latest twist of a roller-coaster election race that has seen conservative front-runner Francois Fillon engulfed in scandal. Near-definitive results from a Socialist primary runoff vote Sunday showed Hamon beating his ...

French ex-minister who fought tax evasion jailed for tax fraud

Dec 8, 2016

French ex-minister who fought tax evasion jailed for tax fraud

A former minister who led a French government crackdown on tax evasion was sentenced to three years in jail on Thursday for hiding an offshore bank account of his own, in a scandal that deeply embarrassed President Francois Hollande. A Paris court found Jerome ...

Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

Dec 4, 2016

Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But France’s former top cop may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet. All eyes are on the Spanish-born premier after President Francois Hollande on Thursday took the country by ...

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

Dec 2, 2016

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

French President Francois Hollande’s dramatic decision not to seek a second term next year leaves the left-wing field open in an election that is proving increasingly unpredictable. Hollande announced Thursday he would not seek re-election next April, bowing to historic low approval ratings. “I ...

Conservative Fillon wins French presidential primary

Nov 28, 2016

Conservative Fillon wins French presidential primary

Francois Fillon, a conservative reformist promising to shrink the French state, clinched the right-wing nomination for next year’s presidential election on Sunday with a resounding victory over his rival Alain Juppe. Ex-prime minister Fillon, 62, will now become a favorite to be France’s next ...

Hollande admits France's WWII role in internment of Roma

Oct 30, 2016

Hollande admits France's WWII role in internment of Roma

President Francois Hollande acknowledged Saturday France’s “broad responsibility” for the internment of thousands of Roma by the World War II Vichy regime and in the early months of the postwar government. “The day has come, and this truth must be told,” Hollande said on ...