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French First Lady supports Royal's rival

A seemingly innocent message of support for a Socialist parliamentary candidate has landed French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler in hot water.   She

A seemingly innocent message of support for a Socialist parliamentary candidate has landed French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler in hot water.   She

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Cabinet positions announced for new France government

The members of the new French cabinet have been named. Appointments include Laurent Fabius taking up the position of foreign minister. He is the

The members of the new French cabinet have been named. Appointments include Laurent Fabius taking up the position of foreign minister. He is the

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France awaits a new cabinet

Government changes continue afoot in France. Outgoing Prime Minister François Fillon left Matignon, the premier’s official residence making way for

Government changes continue afoot in France. Outgoing Prime Minister François Fillon left Matignon, the premier’s official residence making way for

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Ayrault named as French prime minister

France’s new president Francois Hollande has named Jean-Marc Ayrault as the country’s new prime minister. A long-time ally of Hollande, the

France’s new president Francois Hollande has named Jean-Marc Ayrault as the country’s new prime minister. A long-time ally of Hollande, the

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Hollande inaugurated as French President

Francois Hollande has been officially sworn-in as France’s new president, during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. He is the first socialist

Francois Hollande has been officially sworn-in as France’s new president, during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. He is the first socialist

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Hollande takes over French presidency

Francois Hollande has been officially sworn in as France’s new president, during a ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris. He is the first socialist

Francois Hollande has been officially sworn in as France’s new president, during a ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris. He is the first socialist

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France: Hollande sworn in as French president

François Hollande has been officially sworn in as the new President of France. He took over from Nicolas Sarkozy in an official ceremony in Paris

François Hollande has been officially sworn in as the new President of France. He took over from Nicolas Sarkozy in an official ceremony in Paris

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Hollande prepares to take over French presidency

It is a big week for French president-elect Francois Hollande. He will officially take over the top job on Tuesday, after sealing victory in the

It is a big week for French president-elect Francois Hollande. He will officially take over the top job on Tuesday, after sealing victory in the

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Sarkozy's cabinet ministers say au revoir

The outgoing cabinet of Nicolas Sarkozy has met for the final time in Paris. As ministers left the Elysee Palace, they said their leader had told

The outgoing cabinet of Nicolas Sarkozy has met for the final time in Paris. As ministers left the Elysee Palace, they said their leader had told

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Sarkozy leads final Armistice day celebrations

May is a month of public holidays in France, and the eighth is the day the country celebrates the 1945 armistice ending the Second World War in

May is a month of public holidays in France, and the eighth is the day the country celebrates the 1945 armistice ending the Second World War in

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Sarkozy leads his final Victory Day parade

May is a month of public holidays in France, and the eighth is the day the country celebrates the 1945 armistice ending the Second World War in

May is a month of public holidays in France, and the eighth is the day the country celebrates the 1945 armistice ending the Second World War in

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Hollande faces crash course in international politics

French president-elect Francois Hollande will have to hit the ground running after his win on Sunday, with a crash course in international

French president-elect Francois Hollande will have to hit the ground running after his win on Sunday, with a crash course in international

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A View From The US: Amanpour on Hollande's victory

President Barack Obama was among the first to congragulate Francois Hollande, but what will Washington and America at large make of the man they call

President Barack Obama was among the first to congragulate Francois Hollande, but what will Washington and America at large make of the man they call

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Hollande set for busy schedule in first days as president

François Hollande is set to start work on forming a new government after his victory in Sunday’s presidential election. Incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy

François Hollande is set to start work on forming a new government after his victory in Sunday’s presidential election. Incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy

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Stock market revival despite election results

Most European markets staged a recovery on Monday to finish only slightly down, with some even making gains. Madrid and Milan closed up 2.39 and

Most European markets staged a recovery on Monday to finish only slightly down, with some even making gains. Madrid and Milan closed up 2.39 and

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France: next in foreign policy...

With France under new Socialist leadership, changes are to be expected in how it conducts diplomacy. France is a nuclear power and so has a permanent

With France under new Socialist leadership, changes are to be expected in how it conducts diplomacy. France is a nuclear power and so has a permanent

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Merkel fires warning shots over EU fiscal pact

Francois Hollande’s victory in the French presidential election represents a significant challenge to German-led austerity. The Socialist has hit

Francois Hollande’s victory in the French presidential election represents a significant challenge to German-led austerity. The Socialist has hit

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Election results make markets nervous

European stock markets have rallied slightly after Asian markets plunged this morning on news of the French election and the poor performance of the

European stock markets have rallied slightly after Asian markets plunged this morning on news of the French election and the poor performance of the

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Merkel: EU fiscal compact not up for renegotiation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the new French president is welcome for talks in her country. Merkel emphasised that she was was keen to work

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the new French president is welcome for talks in her country. Merkel emphasised that she was was keen to work

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Final results published in French presidential poll

Socialist Francois Hollande notched up 51.62 percent of the vote in yesterday’s French presidential run-off. With all of the votes now counted

Socialist Francois Hollande notched up 51.62 percent of the vote in yesterday’s French presidential run-off. With all of the votes now counted

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French left celebrates an historic night

In over thirty years in politics he has never served as a minister, now Francois Hollande holds the highest office in the land. The new President

In over thirty years in politics he has never served as a minister, now Francois Hollande holds the highest office in the land. The new President

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Hollande supporters celebrate their win

France’s socialists celebrated the moment they realised their man had put an end to the right-wing’s hold on the presidency. Supporters of Francois

France’s socialists celebrated the moment they realised their man had put an end to the right-wing’s hold on the presidency. Supporters of Francois

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Hollande's first presidential speech

Holland gave his first speech since being elected French president from the quiet, rural town of Tulle in Corrèze. He goes from being the head of

Holland gave his first speech since being elected French president from the quiet, rural town of Tulle in Corrèze. He goes from being the head of

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Hollande - Mr Normal - elected President of France

This could be called a victory for ‘change now’, by a president called ‘Mr Normal’, going by the slogan and a nickname attached to François

This could be called a victory for ‘change now’, by a president called ‘Mr Normal’, going by the slogan and a nickname attached to François

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French presidential hopefuls cast their ballots

The two contenders to be France’s next leader have cast their votes in the country’s presidential election. Socialist candidate Francois Hollande

The two contenders to be France’s next leader have cast their votes in the country’s presidential election. Socialist candidate Francois Hollande

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Hollande becomes first socialist French leader for 17 years

François Hollande has become the new President of France.   In a powerful speech to the country he thanked everyone who voted and called the 6th of

François Hollande has become the new President of France.   In a powerful speech to the country he thanked everyone who voted and called the 6th of

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Decision day for France

Voting is underway across France in the second and final round of a Presidential ballot that could give the country a Socialist head of state for the

Voting is underway across France in the second and final round of a Presidential ballot that could give the country a Socialist head of state for the

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Far-flung French kick off presidential poll

Voting in round two of France’s presidential election has already begun with polling stations opening in far-flung territories such as St-Pierre and

Voting in round two of France’s presidential election has already begun with polling stations opening in far-flung territories such as St-Pierre and