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Mar 16, 2012

In France presidential battle lines drawn on austerity

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s main presidential candidates have drawn clear battle lines over austerity, Europe and Germany as opinion polls show the gap between them narrowing five weeks before the first round of voting.

Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, whose wide poll lead over conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy has shrunk in the last week, raised the stakes in a television appearance on Thursday after winning public support from German and Spanish opposition leaders for his stance.

Mar 14, 2012

Hollande adviser wants to unshackle French business

PARIS (Reuters) – A Socialist government in France would concentrate on slashing red tape holding back businesses and tackling the budget deficit, an adviser to the party’s presidential candidate Francois Hollande said on Wednesday.

Hollande has unsettled some investors in campaigning for elections in April and May by calling the world of finance his “enemy”, and promising to renegotiate a European budget treaty and slap a 75 percent tax on high earners.

Mar 13, 2012

Draghi sees euro zone stabilising, inflation at bay

PARIS, March 13 (Reuters) – The euro zone economy
seems to be stabilising and inflation risks have been held at
bay, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on
Tuesday, urging governments and banks to use the respite to
press ahead with reform.

Draghi, who took over the reins of the ECB in November, said
the ECB’s 1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) in long-term loans to
euro zone banks, combined with fiscal reforms by euro zone
governments, had drawn a line under the market turmoil of last
autumn.

Mar 9, 2012

France’s Hollande in Poland to build foreign ties

WARSAW (Reuters) – France’s Socialist presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande travels to Poland on Friday hoping to win expatriate votes and build his international profile after a week marred by a report that leaders of Europe’s main powers were isolating him.

The one-day visit follows trips in recent months by Hollande – who holds a comfortable poll lead ahead of France’s two-round election in April and May – to Madrid, Berlin, Rome and London.

Mar 6, 2012

Rehn sees signs of EU stabilisation, confident on PSI

PARIS, March 6 (Reuters) – European Union Economic and
Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said on Tuesday there
were signs the euro zone would recover from a mild recession in
the coming months and he voiced confidence a debt restructuring
deal for Greece would be successful.

Rehn also urged Spain’s new government to quickly present
its budgetary plan for this year to the Commission and to press
ahead with structural reforms to regional finances.

Mar 4, 2012
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Sarkozy courts French far-right talking about immigration, halal meat, Christian roots

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(Nicolas Sarkozy (C), France's President and UMP party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, arrives for a campaign rally in Bordeaux March 3, 2012. REUTERS/Caroline Blumberg/Pool )

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has marked a rightward shift in his re-election campaig, pledging to cut the number of immigrants and calling for clear labelling of halal meat in a bid to entice voters away from the National Front. Speaking to thousands of flag-waving supporters at a rally in the western city of Bordeaux, Sarkozy vowed to defend secular values in France – which has Europe’s largest Muslim minority – and to send a tough message on law and order if he wins a fresh five-year term in a two-round election in April and May.

Mar 4, 2012

France’s Hollande unconcerned if Europe against him

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande said on Sunday he was unconcerned by a report that conservative European leaders had agreed to shun his campaign and he vowed to stick with his plan to renegotiate an EU budget treaty.

German weekly magazine Spiegel reported that Christian Democratic Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italy’s technocrat leader Mario Monti had agreed not to meet Hollande because of his opposition to the fiscal pact signed by 25 European leaders in Brussels last week.

Mar 4, 2012

Europe leaders in pact to shun France’s Hollande: media

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande said on Sunday he was unconcerned by a report that conservative European leaders had agreed to shun his campaign and he vowed to stick with his plan to renegotiate an EU budget treaty.

German weekly magazine Spiegel reported that Christian Democratic Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italy’s technocrat leader Mario Monti had agreed not to meet Hollande because of his opposition to the fiscal pact signed by 25 European leaders in Brussels last week.

Mar 3, 2012

Sarkozy courts French right with immigration pledge

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy marked a rightward shift in his re-election campaign on Saturday, pledging to cut the number of immigrants and calling for clear labeling of halal meat in a bid to entice voters away from the National Front.

Speaking to thousands of flag-waving supporters at a rally in the western city of Bordeaux, Sarkozy vowed to defend secular values in France – which has Europe’s largest Muslim minority – and to send a tough message on law and order if he wins a fresh five-year term in a two-round election in April and May.

Mar 3, 2012

French journalist tells of escape from Homs

PARIS (Reuters) – Wounded French journalist Edith Bouvier feared her attempt to escape from Homs had ended inside a dark, 3-km tunnel that rebels were using to supply the besieged Baba Amro district when the Syrian army bombarded its exit.

Her leg broken by a shell which killed two foreign journalists days earlier, Bouvier was abandoned, taped to a makeshift stretcher, as rebels and dozens of wounded fled the reverberations of explosions and headed back to the shattered neighborhood.