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French Foreign Minister to Pressure Beijing on Yuan

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says China’s currency is undervalued, and he will press Beijing on the yuan during a three-day visit beginning Monday. Juppe told reporters in Australia Sunday that a strong yuan would help bolster the euro, which is in danger of collapsing under the massive debt incurred by weaker members of the […]

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Rwandan President Makes First Visit to France Since 1994 Genocide

Posted September 11th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Rwandan President Paul Kagame has begun a visit to France, striving to rebuild ties that were shattered by accusations related to Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Mr. Kagame was scheduled to meet with Rwandan expatriates, French business leaders and French President Nicolas Sarkozy during his three-day visit. This is Mr. Kagame’s first trip to France since the […]

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Rwandan President Makes First Visit to France Since 1994 Genocide

Posted September 11th, 2011 at 9:26 am (UTC-5)
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Rwandan President Paul Kagame has begun a visit to France, striving to rebuild ties that were shattered by accusations related to Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Mr. Kagame was scheduled to meet with Rwandan expatriates, French business leaders and French President Nicolas Sarkozy during his three-day visit. This is Mr. Kagame’s first trip to France since the […]

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French Court Convicts Former Dior Fashion Designer Galliano of Anti-Semitism

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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A French court has convicted fashion icon John Galliano of making anti-Semitic remarks, but it gave him a suspended sentence, taking into account his apology to the victims. The Paris court Thursday found Galliano guilty of making anti-Semitic insults in a public place, when he yelled ethnic slurs at some customers in a cafe and […]

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French Judge: Ex-President Chirac Not Required to Attend Corruption Trial

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A French court has ruled the corruption trial of former President Jacques Chirac will go ahead in his absence after his lawyers said he was too ill to attend. Judge Dominique Pauthe said Monday he took into account an appeal by Mr. Chirac’s defense team, and said he is not required to attend the long-awaited […]

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French Judge: Ex-President Chirac Not Required to Attend Corruption Trial

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A French court has ruled the corruption trial against former President Jacques Chirac will go ahead in his absence, after his lawyers said he was too ill to attend. Judge Dominique Pauthe said Monday he took into account an appeal by Mr. Chirac’s defense team, and said he is not required to attend the long-awaited […]

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French Ex-President Chirac Too Ill to Attend Corruption Trial

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Former French President Jacques Chirac was too ill to attend the opening of a corruption trial against him on Monday. Mr. Chirac’s lawyers said the former leader has memory problems and is not competent to attend court. The former president is accused of embezzling public funds between 1977 to 1995, while he was the mayor […]

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Ex-IMF Chief Set to Return to France

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominque Strauss-Khan is expected to return home to France on Sunday after his attempted rape case was dismissed in the U.S. French media and sources close to Strauss-Khan say he has already purchased an airline ticket for a flight to France. A judge cleared Strauss-Khan to leave the United States […]

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Sarkozy Talks Euro Debt, Libya with China

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid a brief visit to the Chinese capital Thursday, and later said Chinese President Hu Jintao voiced confidence in the European economy and its currency, the euro. Mr. Sarkozy, en route to the South Pacific, later said his talks with the Chinese leader focused in large part on an upcoming summit […]

France Unveils Austerity Package, Cuts Growth Forecast

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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France has unveiled a package of austerity measures aimed at reducing the budget deficit by about $17 billion in two years. Prime Minister Francois Fillon announced the measures Wednesday, saying they are dictated by the slower economic growth. The government revised its growth forecast for 2011 to 1.75 percent from 2 percent. Mr. Fillon said […]

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