PARIS (Reuters) – France’s far-right National Front party celebrated a fourfold increase in requests for membership on Thursday as a feud convulsed its main right-wing rival the UMP.
UMP leadership contenders accuse one another of fraud in an internal election and the party now risks a permanent split just months after it lost power, a potential gift for Socialist President Francois Hollande.
PARIS (Reuters) – Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy sought on Tuesday to broker a truce between the two men locked in a leadership dispute that could break up France’s right-wing opposition party just months after it lost power.
Nine days after a disputed internal leadership election that plunged his UMP party into crisis, the two politicians fighting to become leader agreed to hold a new election, but only if the re-run was endorsed first in a referendum among UMP members.
PARIS (Reuters) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn finds out on Wednesday whether the last sex offence case against him in France will be dropped, 18 months after rape accusations ended his presidential ambitions.
The 63-year-old has asked a court in northern France to halt a judicial inquiry to determine whether he should stand trial on pimping charges related to sex parties attended by him and by prostitutes.
PARIS (Reuters) – A judge investigating Nicolas Sarkozy’s campaign funding mistook a Colombian hostage for a billionaire backer of France’s right-wing party when he queried a meeting in the ex-president’s diary, a lawyer for Sarkozy said.
Sarkozy, who lost power in May, was questioned for 12 hours on Thursday by a judge who is trying to establish whether his election win in 2007 was aided by illegal funding from France’s richest woman, 90-year-old Liliane Bettencourt.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s central bank said it expected the euro zone’s second-largest economy to slip into recession as 2012 ends – a scenario that could make it harder for the government to hit next year’s debt-reduction targets.
The Bank of France, which had already predicted gross domestic product would shrink 0.1 percent in the third quarter, said on Friday it was now expecting a similar 0.1 percent decline in the last three months of 2012 as well.
TOULOUSE, France, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Growing opposition
within France’s ruling Socialist Party to Europe’s hard line on
budget austerity risks undermining President Francois Hollande’s
efforts to convince markets he is serious about meeting deficit
A rising chorus of critics in the party, meeting in the
southern city of Toulouse on Friday for its annual congress,
wants Hollande to take a tougher stand on pro-growth policies in
Europe to counter a German-led austerity drive.
PARIS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former
IMF chief whose French presidential ambitions were shattered by
a sex scandal last year, is making a comeback in business and at
The 63-year-old Strauss-Kahn was accused of trying to rape a
New York hotel maid in May 2011. He protested his innocence and
criminal charges against him were dropped, though civil
proceedings by the woman are still pending.
PARIS (Reuters) – French police have foiled a plot to build a bomb similar to the one planted by an Algerian Islamist group that killed eight people on a Paris subway train in 1995, a public prosecutor said on Thursday.
Police rounded up 12 people in raids on Saturday and another suspect was shot dead after he fired at police with a revolver.
PARIS (Reuters) – French police have foiled a plot that could have set in motion the biggest bomb attack since an Algerian Islamist group killed eight people and injured close to a hundred on a Paris subway train in the 1990s, a public prosecutor said on Thursday.
Forensics experts believe that bomb-making material discovered in a garage east of Paris was sufficient to make an explosive device like the lethal one planted on a packed Paris train in 1995, prosecutor Francois Molins said.
PARIS (Reuters) – French riot police fired teargas to disperse protesters outside the Paris auto show on Tuesday as people marched nationwide to denounce hardship and job losses in a country where unemployment is at its highest since 1999 and economic growth has stopped.
The incident came as tens of thousands responded to a call by the CGT labor union, one of the two biggest in France, for the first nationwide protests since Socialist President Francois Hollande took office in May.