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FRANCE: Hollande's senior advisor steps down on conflict of interest allegations

French President François Hollande’s senior political advisor has stepped down, following accusations of a conflict of interest and a lavish lifestyle. Aquilino Morelle resigned from his post on Friday, but has denied any wrongdoing. François Hollande's senior advisor (R) Aquilino Morelle with Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Reuters Standard

FRANCE: French press review 19 April 2014

The forced resignation of presidential advisor Aquilino Morelle for conflict of interest and extravagance dominates comments in the French press. Standard

FRANCE: Four French journalists freed after Syria kidnapping

Four French journalists are safe and in good health, after being held hostage in Syria since June 2013. The hostages were found overnight Friday by Turkish soldiers on the border between Turkey and Syria, where they had been tied-up and blindfolded.   A gathering on 6 March at the Europe 1 radio station, to call for Didier François' and Edouard Élias' liberation. AFP Photo/Thomas Samson Standard

FRENCH LESSON: PARLEZ-VOUS PARIS ?: Going underground to the Paris catacombs

Kevin Lidwien van Dixhoorn Learn French with Kevin, a 17-year-old Colombian who has lived in Paris for six months. He would like to know how long the Catacombs have existed and how bones were taken there. We will go underground and take a tour of this unusual site with curator Rose-Marie Mousseaux.

FRANCE: President Hollande won't run for re-election if unemployment remains high

French President François Hollande made a shock announcement on Friday during a lunch with employees of the Michelin company: if unemployment continues to plummet between now and 2017, he will have “no reason to be a candidate” for a second mandate. François Hollande visited the Michelin plant on Friday. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer Standard

FRANCE: Laguiole - French village fights for right to use its name

A French village is calling for nationwide support after losing a legal fight for local businesses' right to use its name to sell their products. Laguiole, a southern French village famous for producing a unique design of knife, was this month ordered to pay 100,000 euros to a resident of the Paris region who patented the name in 1993. A carving knife and fork in the distinctive Laguiole design Open access/tokyofoodcast Standard

: French press review 18 April 2014

Valls faces his first revolt in Socialist ranks. Bouteflika looks set for a fourth term in office but will he well enough to take the oath? Russia signs a deal on Ukraine. There are tributes to Garcia Marquez and warnings not to speed on French roads. And who’s in charge at PSG? Standard

FRANCE : World cinema on show at Cannes Film Festival 2014

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival selection resists any temptation to be swamped by Hollywood, with films from around the world and by new talents as well as cinema veterans like Jean-Luc Godard. Cannes Film festival director Gilles Jacob at Thursday's press conference ReutesBenoit Tessier Standard

FRANCE: Catherine Deneuve, Sophie Marceau in spat over Hollande

French screen idol Catherine Deneuve has rounded on fellow actress Sophie Marceau, after the former Bond girl insulted president François Hollande. Catherine Deneuve Wikipédia Standard

FRANCE: European court orders France to compensate killed traveller's family

France has been ordered to pay compensation to the family of a gipsy killed by a police officer while trying to escape in 2008, in a judgement by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday. Draguignan Open access/Edouard-rainaut Standard

FRANCE: Local radio presenter taken hostage in east France

A local radio presenter hostage has been freed after being taken hostage for four hours in eastern France. The hostage-taker, a young man, announced live that he was armed and threatened to shoot anyone who moved in the studio. Radio Latitude's website Standard

FRANCE: Jean-Luc Godard, Ryan Gosling, Eric Cantona all make 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Films by Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, the Dardennes brothers and David Cronenberg are among those chosen to compete for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival, it was announced on Thursday. Marcello Mastroanni, Cannes Film Festival 2014 official poster Standard

: French press review 17 April 2014

Algeria and austerity share the honours on this morning's French front pages. Standard

FRANCE: Valls denies pay, benefit freeze are austerity package

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has denied that his freeze on benefits and public-sector pay are an "austerity package" but he faces criticism from the left of his party. Manuel Valls announces his economic package with his ministers standing by Reuters/Philippe Wojazer Standard

FRANCE: Valls announces pension, benefits, public-sector pay freeze in austerity France

Pensions and housing, family and invalidity benefits will be frozen in France this year and so will public-sector pay, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced on Wednesday ahead of next week's validation by the European Commission of the French government's efforts to reduce its budget deficit. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls meets the press after Wednesday's cabinet meeting Reuters/Philippe Wojazer Standard

4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed - Fresno Bee

4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freedFresno BeePARIS — Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released, France's presidential palace said Saturday. President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement he felt "immense relief" after learning of the release of Edouard ...

Paris laboratory loses deadly SARS virus samples - FRANCE 24

FRANCE 24Paris laboratory loses deadly SARS virus samplesFRANCE 24An outbreak of a SARS-like illness in 2013 caused a reported 40 cases worldwide, two of them in France, where a 65-year old man died from the illness. Professor Bréchot said the Pasteur Institute had called in independent health authorities who agreed ...and more »

French police obsessively tracked elite sex workers of 18th-century Paris ... - National Post

National PostFrench police obsessively tracked elite sex workers of 18th-century Paris ...National PostOne of the very first police forces in the Western world emerged in 18th-century Paris, and one of its vice units asked many of the same questions as the Urban Institute authors: How much do sex workers earn? Why do they turn to sex work in the first ...

Where to Find the Best Croissants in Paris, France - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalWhere to Find the Best Croissants in Paris, FranceWall Street JournalAnother story attributes the croissant's French debut to Austrian baker August Zang, who opened a shop in Paris in the 1830s. What is certain is that local bakers refined the pastry by making it with a yeast-leavened dough that's layered and folded ...

'Miracle girl' healthy after seven-organ transplant in Paris - FRANCE 24

'Miracle girl' healthy after seven-organ transplant in ParisFRANCE 24“She goes to school, she eats almost normally, she has friends, she no longer has a catheter,” Chardon noted, adding that she returns to France two or three times a year for follow-up consultations. “She will have to take the anti-rejection drugs for ...

France targets welfare for big spending cuts -

France targets welfare for big spending cutsMiamiHerald.comPARIS -- France's new prime minister announced plans Wednesday to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from state pensions, health care and the social safety net as a part of a 50 billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit. Manuel ...and more »

Kim Kardashian Back In Paris With Kanye West – See Her Latest Fashion - Reality Tea

Reality TeaKim Kardashian Back In Paris With Kanye West – See Her Latest FashionReality TeaKimye is back in France, y'all! Perhaps they are fulfilling their requirements to marry in Paris…which means they'll be there through at least Memorial Day (better you than us, France!). The couple has been out and about with Kim Kardashian channeling ...Kim Kardashian's Parisian Style: Star Stays Covered Up in Long Black Dress ...E! OnlineKim Kardashian and Kanye West: Wedding Location Hunting in Paris!The Hollywood GossipKim Kardashian, Kanye West wedding video engagement, Paris, France Style.ThyBlackManDaily Mail -Radar Online -Ninemsnall 337 news articles »

Paris Elects First Female Mayor - TIME

RFIParis Elects First Female MayorTIMEParis has its first-ever female mayor after its current deputy mayor was elected to the city's top job on Sunday. Anne Hidalgo of the Socialist Party beat the conservative candidate, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, in France's municipal elections on Sunday ...Socialist Anne Hidalgo elected first female mayor of ParisRFIParis poised to make history by electing its first female mayorWashington Post (blog)Anne Hidalgo elected as Paris's first female Welle -Straits Times -Voice of Americaall 143 news articles »

Spanish migrant Hidalgo becomes first woman mayor of Paris - FRANCE 24

RFISpanish migrant Hidalgo becomes first woman mayor of ParisFRANCE 24Born in Spain and naturalised French at the age of 14, Anne Hidalgo has made history by becoming the first woman mayor of Paris, her new role confirmed on Saturday by a vote of city councillors. The outcome of the city council's vote was a foregone ...Paris picks first woman mayorRFI05/04/2014First female mayor of Paris takes officeExpatica Franceall 62 news articles »

French unions win battle to stop Paris stores from opening late -

2014-04-04 unions win battle to stop Paris stores from opening trade unionists on Friday won a landmark fight to ban stores from opening late in Paris, after the country's top constitutional court threw out a challenge by cosmetics giant Sephora that the ban flouted "the freedom of enterprise". The decision ...and more »

French journalists free after 10-month Syria hostage ordeal

PARIS, France – Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed on April 19, Saturday, after a 10-month ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the media. French President Francois Hollande announced the release of Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres, saying they ...

France targets welfare for big spending cuts

PARIS (AP) — France's new prime minister announced plans Wednesday to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from state pensions, health care and the social safety net as a part of a 50 billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.

France sees firm demand at bond auction, 5-year yield falls

PARIS: France saw firm demand at a medium-term, fixed-rate debt auction on Thursday with its borrowing costs over five years easing.

France to slow deficit cuts but respect 2015 target - minister

By Leigh Thomas PARIS (Reuters) - France has won backing from European partners to slightly slow the reduction of its public deficit but will still respect its EU-imposed deficit target in 2015, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Thursday. France must bring the deficit in line with an EU limit of 3 percent of national income next year, a target most economists consider out of reach ...

France Biotech Launches the First Edition of the French Life Sciences Days in New York

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--France Biotech (, an association of Entrepreneurs in Life Sciences announces the first edition of "French Life Sciences Days", a major event that brings together the Life Sciences French companies listed on stock market with North American and French financial communities. During this event, the French companies Biotech and Medtech, both listed on ...

In a first, France tackles sex assault in military

PARIS (AP) — France claims great success in recruiting women into its armed forces, boasting one of the world's highest percentages of women in uniform. What it hasn't done is work to prevent sexual assault and harassment once they get there.

France will stick to EU deficit reduction target: minister

(PARIS ) - France will stick to the country's EU-set budget deficit reduction target, the new finance minister insisted on Tuesday, dismissing earlier indications that Paris was angling for a delay.

France seen missing 2015 European deficit deadline - Reuters poll

By Brian Love PARIS (Reuters) - France's public-sector deficit will overrun EU limits yet again next year, breaching a deadline that was already extended by two years and setting the stage for a clash between Paris and its European partners, a Reuters poll found. "If it misses the target it would not be dramatic in itself but it would start seriously damaging France's credibility with its ...

France to slow deficit reduction, will respect targets - minister

PARIS (Reuters) - France has won backing from its European partners to slightly slow the reduction of its public deficit, but it will respect its EU-imposed deficit targets, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Thursday.

France enters World Cup as dangerous outsider

PARIS (AP) — Winning back the trust of the fans has proved to be a long and difficult process for France following the training ground strike that shamed the nation at the last World Cup.