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Aug 9, 2011

Witness: London police hold the line but looters free to steal

LONDON (Reuters) – The thin blue line of police held in Woolwich — but their job was to protect firefighters tackling blazing businesses, not prevent looters in this poor southeast London district from emptying the shelves of stores they usually shop in.

Half a dozen police officers in riot gear and their trademark dark blue uniforms guarded fire crew hosing down the blazing Wetherspoons bar, too few to prevent the wholesale looting of Powis Street just a stone’s throw away.

Aug 9, 2011

London police hold the line but looters free to steal

LONDON (Reuters) – The thin blue line of police held in Woolwich — but their job was to protect firefighters tackling blazing businesses, not prevent looters in this poor southeast London district from emptying the shelves of stores they usually shop in.

Half a dozen police officers in riot gear and their trademark dark blue uniforms guarded fire crew hosing down the blazing Wetherspoons bar, too few to prevent the wholesale looting of Powis Street just a stone’s throw away.

May 17, 2011

French left struggle to replace Strauss-Kahn

PARIS (Reuters) – Political pressure increased on Socialist leader Martine Aubry on Tuesday to run in the party’s presidential primary after the favorite, IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was charged with sexual assault in New York.

Despite a rare public display of unity by the leadership, battle lines are being redrawn as Socialists try to fill the void left by Strauss-Kahn’s spectacular fall from grace.

May 17, 2011

Strauss-Kahn in jail, French, IMF seek new faces

NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialists and the international financial community grappled for a future without Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday after the IMF chief was remanded in a New York prison on attempted rape charges.

Many Socialist leaders voiced outrage at the way the head of the International Monetary Fund, a frontrunner for the French presidency, had been paraded handcuffed and unshaven by U.S. police before he has a chance to defend himself in court.

May 17, 2011

IMF chief, denied bail, prompts shock in France

NEW YORK/PARIS, May 17 (Reuters) – As Dominique Strauss-Kahn
spent a third night in a New York jail, many in France voiced
shock that the IMF chief was denied bail after an attempted rape
charge that seems to have wrecked his presidential aspirations.

His allies in the French Socialist party, some jockeying for
position ahead of a primary contest which had been tipped to
hand the candidacy to Strauss-Kahn, prepared for an emergency
meeting but said they would not change the selection timetable.

May 16, 2011

Strauss-Kahn sex case throws open election race

PARIS (Reuters) – The arrest of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges has plunged France’s Socialists into turmoil and thrown wide open the race for the presidency.

France was mesmerized on Monday by TV images of a handcuffed Strauss-Kahn, a center-leftist viewed until now as the frontrunner for the 2012 election, being led away by police for DNA tests over the alleged assault in a New York hotel.

May 16, 2011

Strauss-Kahn sex case throws open French election

PARIS (Reuters) – The arrest of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges has plunged France’s Socialists into turmoil and thrown wide open the race for the presidency.

France was mesmerised on Monday by TV images of a handcuffed Strauss-Kahn, a centre-leftist viewed until now as the frontrunner for the 2012 election, being led away by police for DNA tests over the alleged assault in a New York hotel.