Jan 26, 2014

Hollande's lover Gayet energetic, headstrong

Julie Gayet, the actress whose love affair with French President Francois Hollande sparked a scandal and set tongues wagging worldwide, is a prolific performer known for her versatility across 70 film roles. Slender, with light chestnut hair, a ready smile and delicate features, the ...

France's Hollande, first lady mulling relationship: lawyer

Jan 24, 2014

France's Hollande, first lady mulling relationship: lawyer

French President Francois Hollande and his first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, are together studying a “clarification” of their relationship, Trierweiler’s lawyer told the newspaper Le Figaro. Trierweiler remains holed up in a presidential residence in Versailles outside Paris after Saturday leaving a hospital where she ...

Elite jury bars actress linked to Hollande

Jan 16, 2014

Elite jury bars actress linked to Hollande

France’s culture minister on Wednesday blocked actress Julie Gayet from becoming a jury member of a prestigious French academy in Rome following revelations she was having an affair with President Francois Hollande. Investigative weekly Le Canard Enchaine revealed that the 41-year-old had been nominated ...

Jan 16, 2014

Hollande's reforms find favor in Germany

Germany on Wednesday welcomed the beleaguered French president’s “courageous” plan to spur the economy as a rapprochement toward its own approach, but analysts were skeptical about real change. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a Social Democrat in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-left “grand coalition,” said ...

Jan 15, 2014

Kuwait, U.S. pledge $880 million in aid to conflict victims

Kuwait’s emir said Wednesday that the gulf nation is pledging $500 million to alleviate the suffering of Syrians affected by the country’s civil war. Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah made the announcement at the start of an international fundraising conference in Kuwait. Last year’s donor ...

Jan 13, 2014

First lady Trierweiler hospitalized 'for a rest'

Valerie Trierweiler, the partner of French President Francois Hollande, was hospitalized after he was reported to be having an affair with an actress, officials said Sunday. Aides to the first lady said she had been admitted on Friday “for a rest and to undergo ...

Once veiled, French affairs feed tabloids

Jan 13, 2014

Once veiled, French affairs feed tabloids

by Agnes C. Poirier

On Friday morning, I woke up as my usual French self. Then, from under the duvet, I reached for my smartphone and learned from Twitter that the French edition of Closer magazine had published pictures purportedly revealing an affair between President Francois Hollande and ...

Hollande having affair with actress: magazine

Jan 10, 2014

Hollande having affair with actress: magazine

French magazine Closer on Friday said President Francois Hollande is having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, promising to back its claim with photographs after months of swirling rumors. The weekly tabloid’s website said its Friday print edition would feature seven pages of revelations ...

Feeling U.S. snub, Saudis find new ties

Dec 30, 2013

Feeling U.S. snub, Saudis find new ties

Increasingly vocal in its frustration over U.S. policies in the Mideast, Saudi Arabia is strengthening ties elsewhere, seeking out an alignment that will bolster its position after it was pushed to the sidelines this year. It may find a solution in France, whose president, ...