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Shoe scandal claims scalp of Hollande aide 
By Angus MacKinnon | April 18, 2014 09:02 PM (Last Updated: 18/04/2014 09:26 PM)
A close adviser to Francois Hollande Friday resigned after allegations about a conflict of interest and his extravagant lifestyle dealt a fresh blow to the beleaguered French president.
Hollande, Obama share 'concern' over Ukraine violence 
April 14, 2014 07:48 PM (Last Updated: 14/04/2014 08:22 PM)
Presidents Francois Hollande of France and Barack Obama of the US share the same "concern" over the violence witnessed in east Ukraine over the past few days, the French presidency said in a statement Monday.
Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 11, 2014 
April 11, 2014 09:01 AM (Last Updated: 11/04/2014 01:36 PM)
A selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers.
France's Valls wins parliament backing for tax and spend shake-up 
By Leigh Thomas | April 08, 2014 08:08 PM (Last Updated: 08/04/2014 08:25 PM)
New Prime Minister Manuel Valls won a vote of confidence in parliament on Tuesday after unveiling planned tax and public spending cuts, vowing to bring France's public deficit down while resisting outright austerity.
Hollande's ex-partner Royal joins streamlined new government 
April 02, 2014 05:08 PM
French President Francois Hollande recalls his former partner Segolene Royal from the political wilderness to join a new, streamlined government, days after his Socialist Party suffered an election drubbing.
Hollande axes PM after election debacle 
By Angus MacKinnon | March 31, 2014 07:00 PM (Last Updated: 31/03/2014 07:29 PM)
French President Francois Hollande has reacted to a humiliating setback at the polls by appointing popular Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister, sources told AFP on Monday.
Socialists hammered in French vote, far-right wins key towns 
March 30, 2014 09:23 PM (Last Updated: 30/03/2014 09:59 PM)
France's ruling Socialist Party suffered heavy losses in nationwide local elections Sunday and the far-right National Front claimed control of at least two mid-sized towns, the first exit polls indicated.
Actress Gayet wins privacy lawsuit versus tabloid in Hollande affair 
By Chine Labbe | March 28, 2014 10:31 AM
A French court ordered Closer magazine on Thursday to pay actress Julie Gayet 15,000 euros ($20,700) for publishing photos that revealed an affair between her and President Francois Hollande, her lawyer told Reuters. The 7-page photo spread published on January 10 showed the comings and goings outside a Parisian apartment rented by Gayet. It included the night-time arrival and morning departure of Gayet and, separately, that of man wearing a black helmet and said to be Hollande.
Morocco sues activists in France over torture accusations 
By Aziz El Yaakoubi | March 26, 2014 07:33 PM
Morocco has filed a lawsuit in France against activists who are suing the head of its domestic intelligence service over torture allegations, the Interior Ministry said, the latest move in a case that has divided Rabat and its former colonial ruler.
French Socialists switch tactics after poll bruising 
By Angus MacKinnon | March 25, 2014 12:39 AM
France’s ruling Socialists Monday responded to a stinging electoral setback by unveiling plans to block a potential breakthrough by the far-right National Front (FN) in nationwide local elections.
Hollande allies trail in French local vote, far-right gains: polls 
By Dominique Vidalon | March 23, 2014 09:59 PM (Last Updated: 23/03/2014 10:30 PM)
France's anti-immigrant National Front (FN) made strong gains in the first round of local elections on Sunday as President Francois Hollande's Socialists and his allies suffered losses, according to early exit polls.
Hollande braces for pain as turnout low in French local vote 
By Dominique Vidalon | March 23, 2014 01:59 PM
Early turnout is low in French local elections, threatening to hit the ruling Socialist party with potentially heavy mid-term losses and provide the far-right National Front with gains.
French parents find themselves alone against Syria jihad recruiters 
By NIcholas Vinocur, Pauline Mevel | March 22, 2014 12:07 AM
When Dominique Bons’ timid son stopped smoking overnight and started praying frequently at his home in the southern French city of Toulouse, she alerted the authorities.
Police sent to enforce car ban as Paris battles smog 
March 17, 2014 11:45 AM
France deploys hundreds of police in Paris to enforce the most drastic curbs on car use in 20 years as authorities seek to reduce health-endangering pollution days before town hall elections.
Rival Ukraine rallies raise tensions as Crimea crisis deepens 
By Sim Sim Wissgott | March 09, 2014 11:42 AM
Thousands take to the streets for rival pro- and anti-Kremlin rallies across Ukraine as the West and Moscow dug in their heels over a deepening crisis in Crimea.
Hollande, Obama warn of possible 'new measures' against Russia 
March 08, 2014 07:18 PM
Presidents Francois Hollande of France and Barack Obama of the United States warn of "new measures" against Russia if it fails to move on defusing the crisis in Ukraine, the French presidency says.
France's Sarkozy to sue over secret audio recordings: lawyers 
March 06, 2014 01:40 PM
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni are to file a legal complaint over secret audio recordings made of them by an adviser during the 2012 election campaign, lawyers for the couple say.
Paris summit proves all talk, no checkbooks 
By Wassim Mroueh | March 06, 2014 12:51 AM
An international conference hosted in Paris Wednesday voiced verbal support for Lebanon’s Army and economy as the country grapples with the spillover effects of the war in neighboring Syria, but the meeting fell short of pledging tangible assistance.
Support Group stresses Lebanon Army needs 
March 05, 2014 08:27 PM
The International Support Group for Lebanon emphasizes the country’s dire need for assistance to cope with the overwhelming number of Syrian refugees, and to address the country's pressing security needs.
World powers gather to support Lebanon 
By Wassim Mroueh | March 05, 2014 12:55 AM
World powers meeting in Paris Wednesday are set to pledge aid to Lebanon to help it cope with the drastic repercussions of the nearly 3-year-old civil war in neighboring Syria.

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