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French Actor to Assume Russian Citizenship

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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French actor Gerard Depardieu traveled to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, in Russia, Saturday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and obtain Russian citizenship to dodge higher taxes in France. Mr. Putin publicly granted Depardieu citizenship on Thursday after the actor expressed dismay over a new French millionaires’ tax rate of 75 percent. In […]

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Top French Court Overturns 75 Percent Tax Rate for Rich

Posted December 29th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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France’s highest court has overturned the Socialist government’s 75-percent income tax rate for the wealthy. The Constitutional Council ruled Saturday that the upper tax rate on incomes above $1.32 million, set to go into effect next year, is unconstitutional because it represents a “breech of equality of taxes.”+ The decision is a huge blow to […]

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Russia PM Voices Confidence In Eurozone

Posted November 27th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says his country has confidence the eurozone’s economic fortunes will improve, despite ongoing concerns about some debt-ridden members. Mr. Medvedev said Tuesday that Moscow has no intention of switching its euro-dominated foreign exchange reserves into other currencies. He was speaking to reporters in Paris after meeting with France’s prime minister, […]

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Medvedev: Support of Syria Rebels ‘Unacceptable’

Posted November 26th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has criticized France’s support for Syria’s opposition, calling the decision “unacceptable.” Speaking to reporters ahead of a visit to France on Monday, he said the move to recognize the new opposition coalition as the “sole legitimate representative” of the Syrian people amounted to “regime change.” “What will be the fate […]

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France Adopts Plan for Gay Marriage

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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France has adopted a draft law to legalize same-sex marriage and open adoption to gay couples. President Francois Hollande, who made the reform a key part of his election campaign, told the Cabinet that the reform would be progress for not only a few, but for all of society. French Families Minister Dominique Bertinotti described […]

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France’s Hollande in Beirut to Discuss Syria

Posted November 4th, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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The French president is in Lebanon for a short visit to show support for the country amid ongoing violence in neighboring Syria. That violence has spilled across the border into Lebanon, and has been growing worse in recent months. Francois Hollande arrived in Beirut Sunday where he held talks with his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman. […]

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France’s Hollande in Beirut to Discuss Syria

Posted November 4th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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The French president is in Lebanon for a short visit to show support for the country amid ongoing violence in neighboring Syria. That violence has spilled across the border into Lebanon, and has been growing worse in recent months. Francois Hollande arrived in Beirut Sunday where he held talks with his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman. […]

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France Arrests Spanish Basque Military Commander

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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French police have arrested a military commander of the Spanish Basque separatist group ETA, in the latest blow to a movement that has seen its key members detained in Europe in recent years. The Spanish government said an elite French police unit captured Izaskun Lesaka and her Spanish male companion, also an ETA member, in […]

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Lawyer: Twitter Agrees to Pull Anti-Semitic Messages in France

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The social media website Twitter has agreed to remove anti-Semitic messages written in France, following the threat of legal action by a French Jewish group. A lawyer for the Union of French Jewish Students said Friday the union will provide Twitter with a list of the posts, or “tweets,” it wants removed. The union had […]

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39 Arrested in French Heroin Bust

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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French authorities say police have arrested 39 people in a sting on an Albanian and Kosovar heroin trafficking network. A local government official in eastern France said more than 200 security officers conducted a series of early-morning raids Tuesday near the border with Germany and Switzerland. The official said the drug ring accounts for hundreds […]

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