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Apr 20, 2012

French election rivals clash on euro

PARIS, April 20 (Reuters) – France’s presidential rivals
clashed over the euro crisis in final exchanges before Sunday’s
first round of an election in which most polls show Socialist
Francois Hollande pulling further ahead of unpopular
conservative Nicolas Sarkozy.

In separate radio interviews on Friday, President Sarkozy
said he had helped steer the euro zone through the worst of its
debt crisis, making him the safest pair of hands, while the
challenger Hollande blamed his adversary for mismanaging
France’s strained public finances.

Apr 19, 2012

France, Spain clear bond auction hurdle

MADRID/PARIS (Reuters) – France and Spain sold all the bonds they wanted at auction on Thursday, though for Spain the cost was rising yields, indicating growing concerns the government will not be able to tame its deficit.

After a brief respite fuelled by a trillion euros of cash the European Central Bank (ECB) lent Europe’s banks in December and February, markets are becoming nervous again about euro zone debt loads, with fears that Spain might follow Greece, Ireland and Portugal in needing a bailout from international lenders.

Apr 19, 2012

Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman films to premiere at Cannes in 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – Brad Pitt is expected to be among the familiar faces on the Cannes red carpet this year with his latest movie “Killing Them Softly”, organisers said on Thursday, underlining the importance of star power for the world’s biggest film festival.

The picture, directed by New Zealand-born Andrew Dominik, is in the main competition lineup at the May 16-27 event, held each year on the glamorous French Riviera.

Apr 19, 2012

Pitt, Kidman films to premiere at Cannes in 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – Brad Pitt is expected to be among the familiar faces on the Cannes red carpet this year with his latest movie “Killing Them Softly”, organizers said on Thursday, underlining the importance of star power for the world’s biggest film festival.

The picture, directed by New Zealand-born Andrew Dominik, is in the main competition lineup at the May 16-27 event, held each year on the glamorous French Riviera.

Apr 18, 2012

French election centrist Bayrou still cagey as Sarkozy woos

PARIS (Reuters) – The lone centrist in France’s presidential election, Francois Bayrou, is weighing whether to hitch his wagon to a struggling conservative Nicolas Sarkozy before the second round or stick to his principles and stay in opposition, analysts say.

The deciding factor will be whether Sarkozy has any chance of seizing the final round on May 6 from Socialist Francois Hollande, they say, with surveys indicating the challenger could beat the incumbent by 8 to 16 percentage points.

Apr 17, 2012

Bayrou his own master in French election

PARIS (Reuters) – Three-time candidate for the French presidency Francois Bayrou has become the man of the hour and a potential kingmaker in the 2012 race, even though his share of the vote has dwindled.

The lone centrist has little chance of reaching the May 6 runoff between the top two contenders, given the 10 percent that pollsters expect him to win, but his swing voters could provide a vital boost for President Nicolas Sarkozy to snatch victory.

Apr 2, 2012

France warns pro-Palestinian activists against West Bank trip

PARIS (Reuters) – France urged pro-Palestinian activists, who plan to visit Bethlehem this month in solidarity for residents of the occupied West Bank, to avoid joining the operation given there was a high risk of being detained or turned back by Israeli authorities.

About 1,200 Palestinian supporters throughout Europe have bought plane tickets for the visit on April 15 to help open an international school and a museum at the request of a local organization called “Welcome to Palestine”.

Apr 1, 2012

French far-left firebrand third in election race: poll

PARIS (Reuters) – Jean-Luc Melenchon, the fiery leftist whose anti-capitalist agenda has shaken up France’s presidential race, has gained four points in two weeks in the polls, a result that would see him seize third place in the first-round vote.

A poll for LH2/Yahoo published on Sunday showed that his more mainstream Socialist rival Francois Hollande would still win the first-round vote on April 22 with 28.5 percent.

Mar 27, 2012

Strauss-Kahn lawyers contest pimping investigation

PARIS (Reuters) – Lawyers for disgraced former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on Tuesday he was being hounded for his “libertine ways” and that they would challenge a judicial inquiry where he is suspected of participating in pimping in France.

Strauss-Kahn’s French lawyers hit back after an overnight announcement that he had been formally put under investigation in a prostitution scandal in the northern city of Lille, on counts that could expose their client to up to 20 years in jail.

Mar 20, 2012

“Another attack against us;” Parisian Jews mourn

PARIS (Reuters) – “Everyone is shocked. It’s horrible,” said a young man selling honey cakes in Paris’ Marais Jewish quarter which on Tuesday mourned three children and a rabbi killed in Toulouse.

“There are no words.”

The shooting by a lone gunman on Monday revived painful memories of a 1982 grenade and gun attack on the Goldenberg Jewish restaurant in the Marais that killed six people.

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