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France's Macron shapes his party for 2017 election and beyond

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PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron, who quit the French government this summer, on Wednesday unveiled a committee to guide his new movement, six months before an election in which many expect him to run for the presidency.

French businesswoman Jacqueline Veyrac freed by kidnappers

President of five-star Grand Hotel of Cannes unharmed two days after she was seized from her car by attackers in Nice A French official says a 76-year-old businesswoman has been freed two days after she was kidnapped in the southern city of Nice. Christian Estrosi, president of Nice’s region, said on Wednesday that Jacqueline Veyrac was unharmed. Continue reading...

French police are investigating the fight that left a UKIP MEP hospitalised

The European Parliament's President Martin Schulz confirmed in a European Council session on Wednesday that the French police are investigating the fight that left UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe hospitalised in Strasbourg earlier this month. Schulz...Show More Summary

French jobless figures plunge

In a rare piece of good news seized on by embattled President Francois Hollande, France recorded its sharpest drop in unemployment for 20 years in September, the labour ministry said yesterday, Tuesday, evening.

French press review 26 October 2016

President Hollande cheers latest job figures amid continuing speculation about his plans to seek re-election.

If French Politicians Continue To Make Short-Sighted Decisions, There Will Be Another Calais

The President of the French Republic promised that the dismantling of the eerily-named "jungle" of Calais would happen. And so, on Monday morning, the evacuation began. Even if we can rejoice in the fact that for once, the presidentShow More Summary

Hollande urges vigilance over jihadists returning from Iraq

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged the US-led coalition backing the offensive against Islamic State jihadists in Mosul to prepare for the aftermath of the city's fall, including returning fighters. "The recapture is not an end in itself. Show More Summary

Hollande warns about danger of returning jihadists

French President Francois Hollande called Tuesday on the US-led coalition backing the offensive against the Islamic State group in Mosul to prepare for the aftermath of the city's fall, including returning jihadists.

French businesswoman Jacqueline Veyrac kidnapped in Nice

President of Cannes’s five-star Grand Hotel, who is 76, was seized from her car near her home by an organised gang, police say A millionaire businesswoman has been kidnapped by an “organised gang” near her home in Nice on France’s south coast. Show More Summary

French presidential candidate gets price of pain au chocolat very wrong – video

Jean-François Copé, a candidate running for the French presidency, brings memories of Marie Antoinette’s ‘let them eat cake’ remark to the surface when he admits he doesn’t know how much a pain au chocolat costs. Speaking on Monday on...Show More Summary

Conservative Writer David French Tells How White Supremacists Have Tormented His Family For Opposing Trump

A National Review writer and attorney who briefly considered an independent presidential run has been ruthlessly targeted by the alt-right for his refusal to support Donald Trump for President.

Petro Poroshenko Told Vladimir Putin to Halt Fire At Ukraine

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin “you should just stop shooting” in a heated exchange last week, it has emerged. The two met in Berlin, where they were joined by French president Francois...Show More Summary

French election and Brexit loom over closure of Calais refugee camp

France’s next president is likely to be the most influential voice calling for a tough stance if the UK opts for a hard Brexit The closure of the Calais refugee camp is largely being driven by French domestic politics, and any long-term solution is likely to be dependent on the outcome of next year’s presidential election. Show More Summary

French politicians under pressure to push border checks across Channel

Alain Juppé, favourite to be next French president, is one of many prominent figures to speak out against the Le Touquet accord Calais has become a political battle ground for France, as pressure on politicians to tear up the Le Touquet...Show More Summary

French government scrambles to calm police ahead of more protests

French police staged more demonstrations this weekend,as President François Hollande is to meet unions who are struggling to represent a protest movement that appears to have little confidence in them, and none at all in the politicians or the national police chief.

French weekly magazines review 23 October 2016

According to this week's magazines, France needs not just a new president but a complete change of presidential style. Are any of the current contenders sufficiently austere to take on the mantle of Charles De Gaulle? Economist Thomas Piketty says the presidency of François Hollande has been a disaster for France. And the world's very rich are getting poorer.

Hollande honours US couple after €350m art donation

French President François Hollande has awarded the Commander's grade of the Légion d'Honneur to an American couple who donated 350 million euros worth of artwork to Paris's Musée d'Orsay.

French police stage fifth night of protest, Hollande pledges meeting

PARIS (Reuters) - French police staged protests in Paris and other cities for a fifth night on Friday, in a movement showing no sign of abating despite President Francois Hollande's government attempts to defuse tensions just months before a presidential election.

Hollande to meet unions as French police protests continue

As police officers demonstrated for a fourth night in Paris and other French towns, President François Hollande promised to meet their unions at the beginning of next week. The protests are demanding more resources after attacks on police, notably a firebomb that injured four and left one fighting for his life, on 8 October.

DRC ruling party slams French FM for 'violent antipathy' towards Kabila

The Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) ruling coalition has accused French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of "violent antipathy" towards the country's president in an ongoing row over whether Joseph Kabila will stand for a third term in office.

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