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LePen Says She Qualifies to Enter French Presidential Race

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Far-right French political leader Marine Le Pen says she has won enough official support to become a candidate in next month’s presidential election. Le Pen says she has gotten the required backing of 500 elected French officials. Le Pen heads the ultra-conservative National Front party, known for its fierce anti-immigration policies. The party has recently […]

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French President Calls for Border Protection

Posted March 11th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy says France could suspend its membership in the European Union’s visa-free Schengen zone if progress is not made on controlling illegal immigration in Europe. The president also suggested that France implement a law requiring governments to purchase products made within the European Union, similar to the “Buy American Act.” Mr. Sarkozy […]

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Mexican Judge Proposes Release French National Serving Kidnapping Sentence

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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WEB: TYPE: CN )) French President Nicolas Sarkozy has welcomed a motion by Mexico’s Supreme Court justice to release a Frenchwoman serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping. The French leader was quoted Thursday as saying, the decision to overturn Florence Cassez sentence was “the first good news in five and half years”. The judge said […]

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Top French Court Throws Out Armenian Genocide Law

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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France’s top court has ruled that a controversial law making it a crime to deny the Armenian genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turks is unconstitutional. The Constitutional Council wrote that the law violates freedom of expression. French President Nicloas Sarkozy, who strongly supports the law, says he is disappointed. But he says he will […]

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Silent Film “The Artist” Wins 6 Awards in France

Posted February 24th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Silent film “The Artist” has won six Cesar awards in France, including best picture, best actress and best director. The black-and-white movie about Hollywood’s golden age triumphed at home Friday, winning also awards for the soundtrack, set design and cinematography. The victory came just two days before the U.S. Academy Awards night as the movie […]

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Police Release Strauss-Kahn After Questioning in Prostitution Probe

Posted February 23rd, 2012 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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French police have released former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn after two days of questioning about a prostitution ring. On Wednesday, Strauss-Kahn was quickly driven away in a sedan with dark tinted windows from the police station in the northern city of Lille. Police say Strauss-Kahn’s name came up during their probe into a […]

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Strauss-Kahn Detained for Questioning in French Prostitution Probe

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been detained by French police investigating an alleged prostitution ring. The 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn turned himself in for questioning at a French police station in the northern city of Lille early Tuesday. Prosecutors say he faces possible charges of “complicity in pimping” and “misuse of company funds.” Specifically, […]

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Ex-IMF Head Summoned in Prostitution Ring

Posted February 18th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The private life of the former head of the International Monetary Fund is the subject of a reported new inquiry. The French news agency and Reuters, both citing sources, say prosecutors have told Dominique Strauss-Kahn to appear before police for questioning about an illegal prostitution ring. Officials say the ring supplied prostitutes for sex parties […]

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France’s Sarkozy Announces Candidacy for Re-election

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy has formally announced that he will seek a second five-year term in this year’s presidential elections. Mr. Sarkozy made a televised announcement Wednesday evening. The elections are set for April 22 with a runoff May 6 if necessary. The latest opinion polls show the incumbent behind opposition Socialist leader Francois Hollande. […]

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Perfume Heir On Trial Accused of Racist Remarks

Posted February 9th, 2012 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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An heir to the Guerlain perfume empire went on trial Thursday in Paris on charges of making racist insults. If convicted, Jean-Paul Guerlain faces up to six months in prison and close to $30,000 in fines. The 74-year-old arrived in court with crutches. The charges relate to Guerlain’s 2010 comments in a French-2 television interview […]

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