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Oct 20, 2015

From cows to drug busts – France’s Hollande broadens message in hunt for votes

PARIS (Reuters) – From hunters to police officers, French President Francois Hollande is broadening his charm offensive among voters to include groups not normally associated with his ruling Socialists ahead of elections the party is expected to lose.

Hollande, rated the most unpopular president in French polling history, played up his rustic roots and love of France’s “amazing landscapes” in an unlikely interview for a popular monthly hunters’ magazine due to be published on Wednesday.

Oct 14, 2015

Le Pen’s far right eyes gains in depressed French north

DENAIN, France (Reuters) – The northern French town of Denain has been a left-wing bastion for generations. Not any more.

The feeling that mainstream politicians have failed runs high amid the 20,000 inhabitants of a place where the poverty rate, as measured by income, is three times the national average.

Oct 8, 2015

France’s far-right party targets Muslim vote in Paris region

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s far-right National Front will launch a campaign to woo Muslim voters in Paris’ depressed suburbs in December regional elections, according to its lead candidate in the Ile-de-France region which includes the capital.

The National Front (FN), which polls say could win around 20 percent of the region’s votes, up from 9 percent in 2010, will send specially designed election leaflets by post to inhabitants of those housing projects, with a special message designed to win Muslim voters over to the party, Wallerand de Saint-Just told Reuters.

Sep 25, 2015

Hammond: Assad must go but might need to talk to him

UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad must go, but it might be necessary to talk with him as part of a deal on a transition of power, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in an interview published by French daily Le Monde on Friday.

Departing from a strict U.S. and Western policy of not talking with Assad, Hammond’s comments appeared to underline a rift between Europe’s main powers over the role of the Syrian leader after more than four years of civil war.

Sep 25, 2015

Assad must go but might need to talk to him: UK’s Hammond

UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad must go, but it might be necessary to talk with him as part of a deal on a transition of power, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in an interview published by French daily Le Monde on Friday.

Departing from a strict U.S. and Western policy of not talking with Assad, Hammond’s comments appeared to underline a rift between Europe’s main powers over the role of the Syrian leader after more than four years of civil war.

Sep 25, 2015

UK’s Hammond – Assad must go but might need to talk to him

UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad must go, but it might be necessary to talk with him as part of a deal on a transition of power, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in an interview published by French daily Le Monde on Friday.

Departing from a strict U.S. and Western policy of not talking with Assad, Hammond’s comments appeared to underline a rift between Europe’s main powers over the role of the Syrian leader after more than four years of civil war.

Sep 1, 2015

‘It’s so romantic here’ – Chinese load up on Paris wedding snaps

By Ingrid Melander

PARIS(Reuters) – Wang and Xiao gaze into each other’s eyes by Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral, posing hand in hand in sparkling white Western-style wedding clothes as two photographers click away.

A few meters along the river bank from the young couple, who are due to marry next year back home in China, two more Chinese couples in wedding outfits are getting similar pictures taken, while a fourth pair wait for them to vacate the perfect picture spot.

Sep 1, 2015

French Socialists head for election rout

By Ingrid Melander

PARIS(Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande’s Socialists, hit by internal divisions, splits with other left-leaning parties and his own deep unpopularity, face defeat in regional elections in December that bodes ill for their chances in the 2017 presidential race.

Meeting in La Rochelle on the west coast for its annual end-of-summer gathering last weekend under the motto “Act as one”, the Socialist Party appeared everything but.

Sep 1, 2015

Analysis – French Socialists head for election rout

By Ingrid Melander

PARIS(Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande’s Socialists, hit by internal divisions, splits with other left-leaning parties and his own deep unpopularity, face defeat in regional elections in December that bodes ill for their chances in the 2017 presidential race.

Meeting in La Rochelle on the west coast for its annual end-of-summer gathering last weekend under the motto “Act as one”, the Socialist Party appeared everything but.

Aug 30, 2015

French PM says to stick to reforms despite party heckles

LA ROCHELLE, France (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told ruling Socialist party members on Sunday he would stick to pro-business reforms, despite heckling and booing by activists showing the divisions over economic policy.

A small group of young party members booed Valls at a dinner on Saturday and called for the resignation of Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, whom they accuse of favoring business over Socialist ideals, participants said on Sunday.