PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande appointed a close friend and former European affairs minister to the strategic post of his chief of staff on Wednesday and reshuffled his private office to tighten the country’s relations with Brussels.
The nomination of Jean-Pierre Jouyet as secretary-general of the presidency was also designed to ensure better coordination with the government of new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Hollande told the daily Le Monde.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s newly formed government will seek a confidence vote from parliament on Tuesday, a step that would allow it to press ahead with President Francois Hollande’s business reforms to spur growth without having to risk a separate vote.
New Prime Minister Manuel Valls approved the vote during his first cabinet meeting as his reshuffled team of 16 Socialist ministers strives to present a united front after the Greens party broke away from the coalition over energy policy.
PARIS (Reuters) – French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, appointed prime minister by President Francois Hollande on Monday, is a centrist with a tough stance on law and order that is popular with the public but controversial in his own Socialist party.
The photogenic 51-year-old, naturalized son of a Spanish immigrant, is one the youngest ministers in Hollande’s cabinet and an expert in political communication. He will need those skills to sell the president’s U-turn to more business-friendly policies and impose discipline in place of cacophony.
PARIS (Reuters) – The shrieks of mad women assault visitors entering the Musee d’Orsay’s new exhibit on Vincent Van Gogh, an arresting look at the painter’s work as seen through the eyes of the late avant-garde French theatre director and playwright Antonin Artaud.
“The Man Driven to Suicide by Society”, opening on Tuesday in Paris, is a fitting title for a display of 55 Van Gogh works using Artaud’s own commentary to see them in a new light.
PARIS (Reuters) – French public sector workers take an average of nearly a month off beyond annual leave, according to a report that highlighted problems facing President Francois Hollande as he seeks to streamline public offices and bring down France’s deficit.
French public spending is among the highest in the world and due to hit 57 percent of national output this year. State workers make up one fifth of France’s total employed ranks and their salaries account for a quarter of public expenditure.
PARIS, March 4 (Reuters) – “Every act of creation is first
an act of destruction,” said Pablo Picasso, a fitting aphorism
for the five-year renovation of the Picasso Museum in Paris now
reaching its finale.
Since 2009, art lovers in the city that Spanish-born Picasso
adopted as his own have been turned away from the doors of the
Hotel Sale on the Right Bank, the sight of cranes and
scaffolding replacing that of Minotaurs and guitars.
PARIS (Reuters) – Designers at Paris fashion week mixed spectacle and showbiz to swing the fashion spotlight away from Hollywood’s Oscars, with enough zippers, fringing and space-age chic to keep the photographers busy.
Under the ornate ceiling of the Opera Garnier on Monday, British designer Stella McCartney presented sinewy zippers embroidered into parkas and sweaters in a collection with a 1970s vibe.
PARIS, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Rainy skies did not deter the
fashionistas from gathering this week in Paris – with singer
Rihanna this season’s front-row “It” girl – as the Fall/Winter
ready-to-wear collections promised cold weather looks to warm
the iciest of hearts.
As winter refused to say goodbye in the City of Light, Dior
head designer Raf Simons resuscitated his “flower woman” on
Friday, this time sheathing her in doubled-breasted power suits
with white laces up the sides.
PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande
appealed to foreign business leaders to invest in France on
Monday, offering them simpler and more stable tax policies as
his unpopular government tries to spur growth and create jobs.
Hosting 30 heads of French units of foreign companies at his
Elysee Palace, Hollande pledged to guarantee that taxes on an
investment would not rise later – as has happened in the past -
and VAT and duty rules for firms would be streamlined this year.
PARIS, Feb 16 (Reuters) – As he quietly bides his time
preparing a possible 2017 political comeback, former French
President Nicolas Sarkozy has a winning asset very much in the
spotlight – his wife.
Beaming from billboards, magazines and the stage,
singer-songwriter and ex-supermodel Carla Bruni has embraced her
post-first lady life in a very public way, resuming her career
while generating media buzz over the future plans of her