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Jun 7, 2012

French Socialists kill pro-cannabis call pre-election

PARIS (Reuters) – Three days before round one of a French parliamentary election, President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have crossed swords over pot-smoking with their most likely coalition partner for the next five years, the Greens party.

The discord, unlikely to unstitch an election pact between the two, surfaced this week when Housing Minister Cecile Duflot, head of the Greens party, said she backed the legalization of cannabis.

Jun 6, 2012

Hollande awaits all-clear in French parliament vote

PARIS (Reuters) – France votes on Sunday in the opening round of a parliamentary election expected to cement President Francois Hollande’s grip on power as the new Socialist leader tries to steer a path through Europe’s biggest crisis in decades.

At stake is Hollande’s capacity to rule effectively as he struggles to reboot a stalled economy, reverse the surge to a 12-year high in joblessness and eliminate a huge government overdraft without depriving 65 million people of the benefits of a generous welfare state.

Jun 4, 2012

French “First Lady” to double as Paris Match journalist

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – French “First Lady” Valerie
Trierweiler will continue to work as a journalist for Paris
Match, the glossy news magazine that she criticised for
publishing a front page story about her and her partner
President Francois Hollande before his election.

Paris Match’s editor said he saw no conflict of interest and
that the 47-year-old, who met Hollande years ago during her
career as a political reporter, had signed a new deal to cover
culture, reviewing books and art exhibitions.

Jun 3, 2012

Hollande to tighten grip in French parliament election

PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande’s Socialists are not surfing towards a landslide victory in parliamentary elections this month, yet a lesser triumph should still permit France’s first left-wing leader in 17 years to rule effectively.

The stakes are high in the contest taking place on June 10 and 17, as the 57-year-old social democrat can only hope to implement his tax-and-spend plans if the left takes control of the lower house National Assembly, as polls predict.

Jun 3, 2012

Analysis: Hollande to tighten grip in French parliament election

PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande’s Socialists are not surfing towards a landslide victory in parliamentary elections this month, yet a lesser triumph should still permit France’s first left-wing leader in 17 years to rule effectively.

The stakes are high in the contest taking place on June 10 and 17, as the 57-year-old social democrat can only hope to implement his tax-and-spend plans if the left takes control of the lower house National Assembly, as polls predict.

May 30, 2012

French jobless claims hit highest this century

PARIS, May 30 (Reuters) – France had more jobseekers in
April than any time this century as numbers rose for the twelfth
month running, and the labour ministry said it was braced for
more layoffs in the months ahead.

In a stark illustration of the economic challenges facing
new Socialist president Francois Hollande, registered jobless in
mainland France rose by 4,500 to 2.89 million, up 0.1 percent
from March and the highest since September 1999.

May 30, 2012

French jobless claims highest since Sept 1999

PARIS (Reuters) – France had more jobseekers in April than any time this century as numbers rose for the twelfth month running, and the labor ministry said it was braced for more layoffs in the months ahead.

In a stark illustration of the economic challenges facing new Socialist president Francois Hollande, registered jobless in mainland France rose by 4,500 to 2.89 million, up 0.1 percent from March and the highest since September 1999.

May 17, 2012

France’s left-wing leadership starts with a pay cut

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s new left-wing government started work on Thursday with pledges to combat excessive austerity but better manage public finances, marking the debut with a 30 percent cut in pay for President Francois Hollande and all ministers.

The sizeable wage reduction was endorsed at a first meeting of the 34-minister team, a day after Germany’s government awarded rises to its ministers and Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose pay will overtake Hollande’s.

May 17, 2012

Hollande taps old hands, new faces for French government

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande named a government dominated by moderate left-wingers on Wednesday after Socialist Party boss Martine Aubry, overlooked for the post of prime minister, said she no longer wanted to be part of the new cabinet.

Hollande, sworn in on Tuesday as France’s first Socialist president in 17 years, named Pierre Moscovici as finance minister and Laurent Fabius as foreign minister, key posts under Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, like them a social democrat.

May 16, 2012

Hollande taps old hands, new faces for French govt

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande named a government dominated by moderate left-wingers on Wednesday after Socialist Party boss Martine Aubry, overlooked for the post of prime minister, said she no longer wanted to be part of the new cabinet.

Hollande, sworn in on Tuesday as France’s first Socialist president in 17 years, named Pierre Moscovici as finance minister and Laurent Fabius as foreign minister, key posts under Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, like them a social democrat.