National Front in lead ahead of local French polls

World / Politics Mar 16, 2015

National Front in lead ahead of local French polls

France's far-right National Front is set to win more votes than any other party in the first round of local elections next Sunday, a poll showed, with the governing Socialist party coming a very distant third. The survey by pollster Ifop for Le Figaro daily ...

Ceasefire agreed on for eastern Ukraine

World Feb 12, 2015

Ceasefire agreed on for eastern Ukraine

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday. The deal, reached after all-night negotiations in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, included a cease-fire that would come ...

World / Politics Jan 13, 2015

Hollande wins top marks for crisis handling — for now

Somber, genuinely moved and attuned to the mood of the people, President Francois Hollande is set for a popularity boost after getting rare top marks from local media and analysts for his handling of France's worst attacks in decades. But there is no guarantee ...

Business / Economy Dec 24, 2014

France waves discreet goodbye to 75% super-tax

When President Francois Hollande unveiled a "super-tax" on the rich in 2012, some feared an exodus of business, sporting and artistic talent. One adviser warned it was a Socialist step too far that would turn France into "Cuba without sun." Two years on, with the ...

France's Sarkozy says EU powers must be halved

World / Politics Nov 23, 2014

France's Sarkozy says EU powers must be halved

The European Union must hand back half of its powers, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday, stepping up his criticism of the 28-nation bloc as he seeks to be elected head of France's conservative party this week. Just a few weeks after he called ...

Russia policy needs dialogue, Abe tells Hollande

National Sep 25, 2014

Russia policy needs dialogue, Abe tells Hollande

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where the two leaders discussed efforts to combat the Islamic State and how best to deal with Russia's activities in Ukraine. "It is important to put pressure ...