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Sep 4, 2014

Ex-First Lady accuses France’s Hollande of anti-poor jibe

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande’s image took a new knock on Thursday with publication of a tell-all book in which ex-partner Valerie Trierweiler accused the Socialist leader of dismissively describing the poor as “the toothless”.

Hollande ended his seven-year relationship with Trierweiler after his affair with an actress was revealed in January. The 49-year-old journalist vowed at the time that, breaking with a French tradition of maintaining discretion over private lives in politics, she would not keep quiet.

Jul 17, 2014

Insipid French growth makes hard work for Hollande on jobs and deficit

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s economic recovery remains so feeble that the government will miss an already extended deadline on deficit reduction and struggle to make meaningful cuts in high unemployment before 2016, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday.

The poll, conducted July 10-16, suggests output growth in the euro zone’s second-largest economy will be 0.7 percent this year, a touch weaker than predicted just a few months ago.

Jun 25, 2014

Europe court tells France to suspend right-to-die ruling

PARIS (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights has told France to maintain life support for a tetraplegic man who has spent nearly six years in a coma while it examines a last-ditch appeal by his parents.

The request from the rights court late on Tuesday came just hours after French judges ruled doctors should be allowed to end medical support that has kept Vincent Lambert artificially alive since a motorbike crash in September 2008.

Jun 11, 2014

Taxi drivers sow traffic chaos in Europe in battle with Uber car service

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Taxi drivers sowed traffic chaos in Europe’s top cities on Wednesday by mounting one of the biggest ever protests against Uber, a U.S. car service which allows people to summon rides at the touch of a button.

Drivers of hundreds of London’s black taxis snarled traffic in the streets around Trafalgar Square, hooting their horns as they passed Downing Street, the home of Prime Minister David Cameron, and the Houses of Parliament.

Jun 11, 2014

Taxi drivers in Europe go head-to-head with car-hire app Uber

LONDON/PARIS, June 11 (Reuters) – Commuters in London,
Berlin, Paris and Madrid faced a day of traffic chaos on
Wednesday as taxi drivers mounted one of the biggest protests
against the threat of Uber, a U.S. car service which allows
people to summon rides at the touch of a button.

Paris taxi drivers slowed traffic on major arteries into the
city centre on the morning commute, while in London, up to
12,000 taxi drivers planned to tie up the streets around central
Trafalgar Square, just a stone’s throw from Prime Minister David
Cameron’s official residence, from 2 p.m. (1300 GMT).

Jun 11, 2014

Taxi protests against Silicon Valley ride-app Uber threaten European gridlock

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Commuters faced a day of traffic chaos in London, Berlin, Paris and Madrid on Wednesday as taxi drivers mounted one of the biggest protests against Uber, a U.S. car service which allows people to summon rides at the touch of a button.

Paris commuters faced gridlock getting into the city on Wednesday morning when taxis slowed traffic on major arteries into the center. In London, up to 12,000 taxi drivers plan to tie up the streets around Trafalgar Square, just a stone’s throw from Prime Minister David Cameron’s official residence, from 2 p.m. (1300 GMT).

Apr 16, 2014

France seen missing 2015 European deficit deadline – Reuters poll

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s public-sector deficit will overrun EU limits yet again next year, breaching a deadline that was already extended by two years and setting the stage for a clash between Paris and its European partners, a Reuters poll found.

The poll, published days before the government reports back to Brussels, highlights the challenge Paris faces as it insists, despite weak economic growth, that it will honour that extended deadline and trim the deficit to 3 percent of GDP in 2015.

Apr 15, 2014

French Socialists pick veteran to run party after poll rout

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialist Party named its new chief on Tuesday, a one-time political opponent of President Francois Hollande who will have to overhaul a ruling party reeling from local election losses in time for European parliament elections in May.

Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, 63, was elected by the party’s national congress to replace Harlem Desir, weeks after local polls in which the Socialists lost dozens of towns to the right and far-right opposition.

Apr 2, 2014

Hollande takes chance on ex-partner Royal in new French cabinet

PARIS (Reuters) – Segolene Royal has returned politically to the side of her former partner, French President Francois Hollande, joining his Socialist government on Wednesday seven years after her own failed run at the presidency.

For Royal, who had four children with Hollande, her appointment to the sensitive energy and environment portfolios in a cabinet shakeup marks a dramatic political comeback.

Dec 4, 2013

France’s Hollande reveals “benign” prostate problem

PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande
acknowledged on Wednesday that he underwent treatment for a
swollen prostate just before he ran for office, declaring after
a radio station revealed the issue that the condition was
“benign”.

The health of French leaders has been a sensitive issue
since former president Francois Mitterrand kept his prostate
cancer secret for over a decade of his 14 years in power. He
died less than a year after leaving office in 1995.