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Oct 11, 2012

Right-winger feeds French immigration row with pastry tale

PARIS (Reuters) – A right-wing politician vying to head France’s opposition conservative party has raised a storm by suggesting Muslim youths tear pain au chocolat pastries from children’s hands during Islam’s fasting month.

The controversy has inflamed old strains over secular and mainly-Catholic France’s struggle to assimilate Muslim culture.

Oct 9, 2012

Insight: Growth crisis exposes burden of French largesse

PARIS (Reuters) – Savoring a long lunch after a morning tending to baby quince and pear trees, the French Senate’s 78 gardeners are blissfully untouched by the economic crisis gnawing at Europe’s core.

They have jobs for life that pay 40 percent above the average French take-home salary and get “wet weather” bonuses when they work in drizzle, storms or snow.

Oct 9, 2012

Growth crisis exposes burden of French largesse

PARIS, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Savouring a long lunch after a
morning tending to baby quince and pear trees, the French
Senate’s 78 gardeners are blissfully untouched by the economic
crisis gnawing at Europe’s core.

They have jobs for life that pay 40 percent above the
average French take-home salary and get “wet weather” bonuses
when they work in drizzle, storms or snow.

Oct 3, 2012

France’s Hollande at risk of losing gamble on steel furnaces

PARIS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A quest by President Francois
Hollande to show he can halt industrial closures by rescuing two
mothballed blast furnaces in northeast France risks backfiring,
with industry experts doubting any buyer will come forward.

Hollande latched onto the furnaces during his election
campaign, holding them up as symbolic of industrial decline and
is now using them as a test bed for a planned law that would
force firms to sell troubled plants rather than close them.

Sep 18, 2012

France readies EU fiscal pact for green light

PARIS, Sept 19 (Reuters) – French President Francois
Hollande’s Socialist-led government on Wednesday kickstarts
ratification of a European Union budget discipline pact it
grudgingly accepts as the next step out of the euro debt crisis.

Created in March by Hollande’s predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy
and 24 other EU leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel, the
fiscal compact requires euro zone countries to slash their
public deficits or face legal action and possibly fines.

Sep 15, 2012

UK royals sue French mag over topless Kate photos

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s royal family began legal action against a French magazine on Friday for a “grotesque” breach of privacy after it published topless photographs of Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton.

Celebrity gossip magazine Closer published a dozen shots of the Duchess of Cambridge on holiday in southern France as she slipped off her bikini top, relaxed on a sun lounger and at one point pulled down the back of her bikini bottoms while William rubbed sun cream on her lower back.

Sep 14, 2012

Topless Kate Middleton photos cause new storm for royals

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – French magazine Closer unleashed a new media tornado on the royal family on Friday with a five-page splash of photos showing the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, sunbathing topless with Prince William in the south of France.

Closer, a weekly round-up of celebrity gossip, ran a dozen shots of the Duchess as she slipped off her bikini top, relaxed on a sun lounger and at one point pulled down the back of her bikini bottoms as William rubs sun cream on her.

Sep 14, 2012

Topless Kate photos cause new storm for UK royals

PARIS/LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – French magazine Closer
unleashed a new media tornado on Britain’s royal family on
Friday with a five-page splash of photos showing the Duchess of
Cambridge, Kate Middleton, sunbathing topless with Prince
William in the south of France.

Closer, a weekly round-up of celebrity gossip, ran a dozen
shots of the Duchess as she slipped off her bikini top, relaxed
on a sun lounger and at one point pulled down the back of her
bikini bottoms as William rubs sun cream on her.

Sep 10, 2012

Analysis: Hollande’s growth goal gutted by deficit plans

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande has set himself a deadline to turn around the economy by the end of 2014, but having hamstrung the effort with tax rises to meet deficit targets, economists doubt his growth goals will ever fly.

Hollande in “battle mode” pledged to the nation on Sunday to reverse a relentless rise in unemployment and return the stalled economy to growth in two years, but a government spending freeze and looming tax rises in 2013 could stifle growth, much as they have elsewhere in Europe where deficit-cutting measures have been tried.

Sep 7, 2012

France’s Hollande forced to adopt some Sarkozy style

PARIS (Reuters) – Four months into Francois Hollande’s presidency, tumbling ratings, cabinet squabbles and talk of inertia have forced him to rethink a soft-touch leadership style that has raised doubts he has the clout to revive France’s economy.

The new Socialist head of state has, aides say, reluctantly decided he needs to appear a bit more like his predecessor Nicholas Sarkozy, after contrasting himself with the conservative’s pushy manner to help him win power in May.

    • About Catherine

      "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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