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Nov 18, 2014
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Zen anti-Vietnam war leader Thich Nhat Hanh suffers brain haemorrhage

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(Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (C), who left Vietnam in 1966 and lives in France, walks among believers after finishing a speech at the opening ceremony of a requiem mass at the Non Nuoc pagoda in Soc Son mountain, 64 km (40 miles) north of Hanoi, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Kham)

Internationally renowned Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who in the 1960s came to prominence as an opponent of the Vietnam war, is in intensive care in France after suffering a brain haemorrhage, his official website said.

Oct 31, 2014

JuppĂ©’s star rises amid French leadership void

PARIS (Reuters) – He has a criminal record for corruption and as prime minister in the 1990s caused France’s worst unrest since May 1968 with a failed austerity push. Two decades on, opinion polls show he is the country’s most respected politician in office.

Forget Nicolas Sarkozy: France’s real come-back story is Alain JuppĂ©, who at 69 has gradually emerged as a serious conservative candidate for president in 2017.

Oct 27, 2014

Reinventing Socialism: a risky business for French left

PARIS (Reuters) – As a young aide to then-French prime minister Lionel Jospin in the late 1990s, Manuel Valls sat in on meetings as Britain’s Tony Blair and Germany’s Gerhard Schroeder tried to persuade his boss to help them reinvent Europe’s Left.

Jospin, who at the time was readying the 35-hour work week long dreamed of by French Socialists, was impressed neither by Blair’s “Third Way” nor Schroeder’s “New Centre”. But the talks made a deep mark on Valls, who 16 years later has become premier himself.

Oct 27, 2014

Reinventing Socialism: a risky business for French left

PARIS (Reuters) – As a young aide to then-French prime minister Lionel Jospin in the late 1990s, Manuel Valls sat in on meetings as Britain’s Tony Blair and Germany’s Gerhard Schroeder tried to persuade his boss to help them reinvent Europe’s Left.

Jospin, who at the time was readying the 35-hour work week long dreamed of by French Socialists, was impressed neither by Blair’s “Third Way” nor Schroeder’s “New Centre”. But the talks made a deep mark on Valls, who 16 years later has become premier himself.

Oct 15, 2014

France tests EU rules with 2015 budget

PARIS (Reuters) – The European Union’s budget rules faced their biggest test in over a decade on Wednesday after France presented a draft 2015 budget breaking past commitments to rein its deficit back to within EU limits.

It was the second time in two years that President Francois Hollande’s government has failed to keep its budget promises and recalls the moment in 2003 when France and Germany both flouted the EU’s recently launched budget rule book – an event some say set the stage for the region’s debt crisis five years later.

Oct 13, 2014

Work on ‘taming’ firms wins Frenchman economics Nobel

STOCKHOLM/PARIS (Reuters) – French economist Jean Tirole won the 2014 Nobel Prize for economics for work that has shed light on how governments can “tame” the big businesses that dominate once public monopolies like railways, highways and telecommunications.

“This year’s prize in economic sciences is about taming powerful firms,” Staffan Normark, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, told a news conference after awarding the 8 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million) prize.

Sep 30, 2014

France quietly counts its friends for EU deficit leniency

PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – From Athens to Madrid and Dublin
to Rome, France can count on a sympathetic hearing in several
European capitals in its campaign for leniency over the latest
broken promise to bring its public finances into shape.

That will help it stand up to pressure from fiscal hawks in
Berlin and elsewhere who believe the time has finally come for
the euro zone’s second largest economy to taste some of the
bitter reform medicine swallowed by its southern neighbours.

Sep 26, 2014
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French Muslims denounce “cowardly murder” of tour guide in Algeria

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(Muslims, holding French and Algerian flags, attend a gathering in front of the Paris Mosque after Friday prayers September 26, 2014 to pay tribute to Herve Gourdel, a French mountain guide who was beheaded by an Algerian Islamist group. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

Thousands of Muslims gathered across France on Friday to denounce the beheading of tourist Herve Gourdel by militants in Algeria who said their act was a response to French strikes against Islamic State fighters.

Sep 21, 2014

French and German visions for Europe to clash in Berlin

BERLIN/PARIS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Germany and France will
try to reconcile divergent visions of how to fix Europe’s
economy on Monday when Manuel Valls makes his first visit to
Berlin as French prime minister and holds talks with Angela
Merkel.

The trip comes at a watershed moment, with the region
struggling to shake off the aftermath of a prolonged financial
crisis that has left its citizens poorer, increasingly jobless
and turning to extremist politicians for answers.

Sep 19, 2014

Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

PARIS (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France’s main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee Palace in 2017 elections.

The former French president ended months of speculation about his future with a message on Facebook, saying he was ready to take charge of the conservative, opposition UMP party, which has been riven by rivalry since he was ousted from power.

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