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Mar 27, 2012

Al Jazeera says won’t air French gunman film

PARIS (Reuters) – Al Jazeera television said on Tuesday it would not broadcast video footage of three deadly shootings in southern France filmed by an al Qaeda-inspired gunman using a camera strapped to his body.

The Qatar-based news network also said it was declining all requests from other media outlets for copies of the footage.

Mar 27, 2012

Sarkozy asks TV channels not to show shootings film

PARIS, March 27 (Reuters) – President Nicolas Sarkozy urged
television networks on Tuesday not to broadcast video footage of
three deadly shootings in southern France filmed by an al
Qaeda-inspired gunman using a camera strapped to his body.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera is considering whether to show the
film, received at its Paris bureau on a memory stick late on
Monday, the network’s Paris bureau chief Zied Tarrouche said.

Mar 26, 2012

Shootings no game-change for France’s Sarkozy

PARIS (Reuters) – A spate of shootings by an Islamist gunman looked at first sight like the kind of shock event that campaign managers thought might help French President Nicolas Sarkozy secure a second term in an April-May election.

But as the dust settles on the Toulouse killings, with the lone gunman dead and his brother in custody as the sole alleged accomplice, last week’s drama seems unlikely to prove an electoral game-changer, opinion polls and experts suggest.

Mar 15, 2012

France’s Hollande could be secret reformer

PARIS (Reuters) – Despite his criticism of bankers and plan for a millionaires’ tax, French Socialist Francois Hollande could turn out to be a reforming president, his aides are keen to suggest.

On the campaign trail, Hollande espouses a traditional tax-and-spend platform to rally left-wing supporters and preserve his lead in most opinion polls ahead of an April-May presidential election.

Mar 15, 2012

Analysis: France’s Hollande could be secret reformer

PARIS (Reuters) – Despite his criticism of bankers and plan for a millionaires’ tax, French Socialist Francois Hollande could turn out to be a reforming president, his aides are keen to suggest.

On the campaign trail, Hollande espouses a traditional tax-and-spend platform to rally left-wing supporters and preserve his lead in most opinion polls ahead of an April-May presidential election.

Mar 14, 2012

French cartoonist Plantu may rue a Sarkozy defeat

PARIS (Reuters) – Perched on a stack of books to reach a lectern, peeping out from under Napoleon’s hat, or scowling as flies buzz around his head, Nicolas Sarkozy will be sorely missed by at least one person if he loses France’s presidential election.

Cartoonist Plantu, whose cheeky sketches on the front page of the highbrow daily Le Monde are a fixture of French politics, loathes Sarkozy’s policies but confesses to a sort of affection for a man his felt-tip pen has lampooned for years.

Mar 12, 2012

Analysis – French election populism more rhetoric than reality

PARIS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Sarkozy’s threat to raise unilateral barriers to trade and migration unless the European Union toughens its stance has amplified a populist tone in France’s caustic election campaign but could rebound against him.

Both Sarkozy and his Socialist challenger, Francois Hollande, are trying to win back voters tempted by the political extremes with simplistic proposals that experts doubt they could or would implement in practice.

Mar 12, 2012

French election populism more rhetoric than reality

PARIS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Sarkozy’s threat to raise unilateral barriers to trade and migration unless the European Union toughens its stance has amplified a populist tone in France’s caustic election campaign but could rebound against him.

Both Sarkozy and his Socialist challenger, Francois Hollande, are trying to win back voters tempted by the political extremes with simplistic proposals that experts doubt they could or would implement in practice.

Mar 7, 2012

France’s Hollande wants concrete treaty additions

PARIS (Reuters) – French Socialist Francois Hollande will seek to add specific measures to stimulate economic growth to Europe’s fiscal compact if elected president in May, and will not settle for cosmetic tweaks, his campaign manager said on Wednesday.

Pierre Moscovici said Hollande, the election frontrunner, had no intention of unravelling the treaty signed by 25 of the European Union’s 27 members last week, but was determined to push for “precise measures” that could boost economic growth.

Mar 6, 2012

France’s Sarkozy defends economic, personal record

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed during a TV debate on Tuesday to halve the number of immigrants and impose a minimum tax on profits of big listed companies as he sought to bolster support for his re-election bid in April.

Sarkozy, grilled by veteran Socialist Laurent Fabius and journalists for three hours on the primetime show, defended his record on tax reform, public finances, and unemployment – which rose on his watch as economic crisis battered the world.

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      "Catherine is chief correspondent for Reuters France, in charge of political and macroeconomic news, with a focus for 2011 on the G20 presidency, euro zone debt crisis and 2012 election campaign. She has reported from 16 countries for Reuters -- most recently in Latin America as a senior correspondent in Mexico City -- on stories ranging from the Haiti earthquake to the Beijing Olympic Games."
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