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Jan 12, 2015

Attack vigils restore French pride – but now what?

PARIS, Jan 12 (Reuters) – France will never be quite the
same again after last week’s Islamist attacks, Prime Minister
Manuel Valls predicted in the hours that followed. But as one
lone banner at Sunday’s mass vigil in Paris for the victims
asked: “Now what?”

In a display of public emotion and solidarity not witnessed
since the capital’s 1944 liberation from Nazi Germany, 1.5
million French people poured onto the streets of Paris to mourn
the 17 killed in three attacks on satirical weekly Charlie
Hebdo, a Jewish deli and a policewoman on patrol.

Jan 11, 2015

Suspect hunted over Paris attacks left France last week: sources

PARIS (Reuters) – A woman hunted by French police as a suspect in the attacks on a satirical paper and Jewish supermarket in Paris left France several day before the killings and is believed to be in Syria, Turkish and French sources said on Saturday.

After killing the gunmen behind the worst assault in France for decades, French police launched in an intensive search for Hayat Boumeddiene, the 26-year-old partner of one of the attackers, describing her as “armed and dangerous”.

Jan 10, 2015

France pursues female suspect after deadly siege

PARIS (Reuters) – French police searched for a female accomplice to militant Islamists behind deadly attacks on a satirical newspaper and Jewish deli and maintained a top-level anti-terrorist alert ahead of a Paris gathering with European leaders set for Sunday.

In the worst assault on France’s homeland security for decades, 17 victims lost their lives in three days of violence that began with an attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly on Wednesday and ended with Friday’s dual hostage-taking at a print works outside Paris and kosher supermarket in the city.

Jan 9, 2015

French forces kill newspaper attack suspects, hostages die in second siege

PARIS/DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France (Reuters) – Two brothers wanted for a bloody attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed on Friday when anti-terrorist police stormed their hideout, while a second siege ended with the deaths of four hostages.

The violent end to the simultaneous stand-offs northeast of Paris and at a Jewish supermarket in the capital followed a police operation of unprecedented scale as France tackled one of the worst threats to its internal security in decades.

Dec 23, 2014

France waves discreet goodbye to 75 percent super-tax

PARIS (Reuters) – When President Francois Hollande unveiled a “super-tax” on the rich in 2012, some feared an exodus of business, sporting and artistic talent. One adviser warned it was a Socialist step too far that would turn France into “Cuba without sun”.

Two years on, with the tax due to expire at the end of this month, the mass emigration has not happened. But the damage to France’s appeal as a home for top earners has been great, and the pickings from the levy paltry.

Nov 26, 2014

Sarkozy hopes to crush party rivals in French come-back test

PARIS (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy’s hopes of running for a new French presidential term in 2017 face a crucial first test on Saturday as members of his crisis-ridden conservative UMP party vote for a new leader.

Sarkozy, who has watched impatiently from the sidelines since losing the French presidency to Socialist Francois Hollande in 2012, is favorite to be named UMP chairman. But he also knows only a landslide win will deter party rivals from emerging later to challenge him for the presidential ticket.

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.

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