PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande brushed aside questions on Tuesday about an alleged affair with an actress as he announced reforms to ease the tax burden on business, reduce labour costs and cut public spending to revive France’s stagnant economy.
He also called for France and Germany to harmonise corporate taxation and create a joint venture to help manage the transition to renewable energy, modelled on successful European planemaker Airbus.
PARIS, Jan 14 (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande aims
to lay out plans for the French economy on Tuesday but a news
conference is set to be dominated by talk of his private life
after his partner went into a hospital following reports he had
His New Year’s encounter with journalists in his Elysee
Palace will be his first public appearance since a celebrity
magazine on Friday published photos it said showed Hollande
making a nocturnal visit to French film actress Julie Gayet.
PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande will aim at a news conference on Tuesday to set out plans to revive the weak French economy and deflect questions about his private life after allegations surfaced of a secret love affair with an actress.
His New Year’s encounter with journalists in his Elysee Palace will be the French leader’s first public appearance since a celebrity magazine on Friday published photos it said showed Hollande making a nocturnal visit to a lover.
PARIS (Reuters) – The coming weeks will tell whether Francois Hollande can pick up the pieces of his accident-prone presidency and start to pull the euro zone’s second-largest economy out of decline. It may be his last chance to do so.
The new year could hardly have started worse for the French leader, who failed to keep a promise to the nation to halt the rise in unemployment by the end of 2013 and is now dealing with media allegations of a secret love affair.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s anti-immigrant National Front will field candidates in a record 500 towns in March’s municipal elections in a bid to break the dominance of mainstream parties in town halls, FN leader Marine Le Pen said on Thursday.
The party is hoping to capitalise on broad disillusionment with President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government and the main conservative opposition to make gains both in the local vote and European Parliament elections two months later.
PARIS (Reuters) – Mayors of several French cities lined up on Tuesday to ban the shows of a comedian the government accuses of insulting the memory of Holocaust victims and threatening public order with anti-Semitic jibes.
The mayor of Tours barred a performance by Dieudonne M’bala M’bala set for Friday in the central French city, following mayors of Marseille and Bordeaux who late on Monday announced bans on his tour due to start this week.
PARIS/YAOUNDE (Reuters) – A French Catholic priest kidnapped in northern Cameroon last month was released on Monday and said he had spent the weeks pacing his tent prison, torn by a mixture of boredom and anger.
France said it had not paid any ransom for his release.
The November 13 kidnapping of Georges Vandenbeusch, 42, was one of a series of attacks on French targets in Africa since France launched a military intervention in Mali in January to oust al Qaeda Islamists who had forged links with Boko Haram militants.
PARIS (Reuters) – The hero of France’s top movie comedy of the moment is a French foreign minister who complains about American isolationism and says the Germans must be humored – but above all kept off the U.N. Security Council.
One reason for the box-office success of “Quai d’Orsay” – named after the 19th century palace by the River Seine where France conducts its world affairs – is how closely it flirts with real-life policy.
PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The hero of France’s top movie
comedy of the moment is a French foreign minister who complains
about American isolationism and says the Germans must be
humoured – but above all kept off the U.N. Security Council.
One reason for the box-office success of “Quai d’Orsay” -
named after the 19th century palace by the River Seine where
France conducts its world affairs – is how closely it flirts
with real-life policy.
PARIS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande is
battling to heal a rift in his ruling coalition over treatment
of France’s Roma population after his interior minister said
most of them should leave France.
Manuel Valls enraged left-wingers in Hollande’s government
this week by arguing that the vast majority of 20,000 Roma
living in makeshift camps outside French cities could never be
integrated into society and so should be “taken back to the
border” for transfer back to Romania and Bulgaria.