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French voters choosing new parliamentupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 10:21:00

CNN's Jim Bittermann reports French President Hollande is looking to solidify his Socialist Party's majority.

Hollande sworn in as French presidentupdated: Wed May 16 2012 20:59:00

Francois Hollande is sworn is as new president of France. Richard Quest reports.

French President Hollande picks moderate Cabinetupdated: Wed May 16 2012 20:59:00

New French President Francois Hollande has chosen mostly moderates for his Cabinet, indicating an effort to build a broad coalition in the country.

Busy days ahead for new French presidentupdated: Tue May 15 2012 08:40:00

As Jim Bittermann reports, French President-elect Francois Hollande faces a flurry of meetings and summits.

French presidential rivals trade insultsupdated: Fri May 04 2012 07:24:00

In a combative televised debate, President Nicolas Sarkozy and challenger Francois Hollande focused on the economy.

French journalist missing in Colombia after rebel attackupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 09:03:00

A French journalist reporting alongside soldiers is missing in Colombia after a leftist rebel group attacked their unit, killing four people and injuring six, officials said Sunday.

Fareed Zakaria talks French electionsupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 18:53:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria takes a look at the candidates in this year's French elections, their platforms and the big issues.

French elections down to the wireupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 11:43:00

France's presidential hopefuls make last-minute pitches a week before first balloting. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Melenchon's impact in French raceupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 06:19:00

CNN's Jim Bittermann profiles the third man in the French presidential election, far left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon

Economy: Unspoken issue in French electionupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 06:19:00

French voters are always good for a surprise, and the French presidential election will not be over before the run-off election on May 6. But the winner -- likely to be either Nicolas Sarkozy or Francois Hollande -- will need to immediately turn their attention to economic issues. The eurozone's problems will be top priority.

French politics and Toulouse suspectupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 06:24:00

An Agnes Poirier op-ed links the Toulouse shootings with French policies.

Will shootings affect French election?updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 06:24:00

Re-election to the Elysée Palace was looking like mission impossible for President Nicolas Sarkozy: Trailing far behind the socialist candidate François Hollande in the polls for months, Sarkozy had only just recently narrowed his rival's lead, but only at the price of a pugnacious and robust few weeks of campaigning, exploiting the extreme right's favorite themes, immigration and halal meat.

French court overturns Armenian genocide denial lawupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 13:31:00

A new French law making it a crime to publicly deny the Ottoman Empire's genocide of Armenians a century ago was ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by France's Constitutional Council.

French council to review genocide denial lawupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 05:54:00

French lawmakers have asked the country's constitutional council to examine a new law that punishes the denial of genocide with fines and prison time.

Turkey blasts French passage of genocide lawupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 09:55:00

Turkey is reacting angrily Tuesday to the French Senate's approval of a law criminalizing the denial of genocide, including that of the Armenians at the end of the Ottoman Empire.

France passes Armenian genocide billupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 09:55:00

Ivan Watson reports on the French Senate voting to criminalize public denial of the 'Ottoman Empire's' genocide of Armenians.

How will Armenian genocide bill affect France-Turkey relations?updated: Tue Jan 24 2012 05:21:00

Turkey's fraught relationship with France is set to erode further after the French Senate passed controversial legislation criminalizing any public denial of what the bill calls the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 -- a description Turkey has rejected.

Friction over Armenia genocide issueupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 19:30:00

CNN's Ivan Watson explains why the French bill on what it calls Armenian genocide causes such controversy.

French Senate passes Armenian genocide billupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 19:30:00

The French Senate voted late Monday to criminalize any public denial of what new legislation calls the Ottoman Empire's genocide of Armenians, triggering fresh condemnation from modern Turkey.

French National Assembly passes Armenian genocide billupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 18:24:00

Turkey is fuming over French legislation that would criminalize any public denial of what the bill calls the Armenian genocide last century in Ottoman Turkey.

French bill on Armenian 'genocide'updated: Thu Dec 22 2011 18:24:00

The former U.S. ambassador to Turkey responds to a French bill that makes it illegal to deny the Armenian "genocide."

New Zealand and France prepare for finalupdated: Sat Oct 22 2011 19:39:00

New Zealand and France prepare for the Rugby World Cup final on Sunday in Auckland. CNN's Alex Thomas reports.

Explaining the bailout with beerupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 06:14:00

CNN's Becky Anderson explains the Euro bailout fund and who pays what by using mugs of beer.

Banks face new European stress tests updated: Thu Oct 06 2011 06:14:00

Europe's top banking regulator has started to re-examine the strength of the region's banks, modelling a big writedown of all peripheral eurozone sovereign debt.

French left takes charge of Senateupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 10:09:00

The Socialist Party was celebrating its victory Monday and looking forward to a stronger position going into the upcoming presidential elections after taking control of the French Senate for the first time since the Fifth Republic was founded in 1958.

Syrian forces fire on protesters; 8 killedupdated: Fri May 27 2011 20:55:00

Syrian security forces fired on anti-government protesters in several southern towns Friday, killing at least eight people, organizers said.

French foreign minister quitsupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 17:28:00

France's foreign minister resigns amid criticism over the country's response to North African unrest.

Sarkozy shuffles cabinetupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 14:29:00

France's president shuffled his cabinet, keeping his prime minister but replacing others. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Sarkozy reappoints French prime minister amid cabinet reshuffleupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 14:29:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy reappointed Francois Fillon as prime minister on Sunday, but named new defense and foreign ministers in a cabinet reshuffle ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

UK, France sign military cooperation dealupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 11:43:00

The leaders of Britain and France signed a groundbreaking treaty on defense cooperation Tuesday that would combine many elements of their militaries, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced.

French politics will not be swayed by Bin Laden tape, Sarkozy saysupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 12:36:00

The French government will not be swayed by a threatening message apparently recorded by Osama Bin Laden, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday.

Explainer: Why the French are strikingupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 11:23:00

Millions of public and private sector workers, students and other French citizens have taken to the streets in cities across France.

Major plane crashes in the past yearupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 10:13:00

The plane crash in Pakistan Wednesday was at least the eighth major deadly airline crash since January 2009.

French politics mired in accusationsupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 05:35:00

French president Nicolas Sarkozy defends his labor minister from allegations of illegal campaign contributions.

Taliban militants threaten to kill kidnapped French journalistsupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 18:11:00

Taliban militants in Afghanistan are threatening to kill two kidnapped French journalists unless their demands are met, including the release of some detainees held by France.

French police officer killed in 'ETA shootout'updated: Wed Mar 17 2010 08:27:00

A French police officer has died in a shootout with suspected members of the Basque separatist group ETA near Paris, the Spanish Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

France spreading Frenchupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 14:28:00

France is passionate about spreading its language and culture around the world. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Greece crisis: French viewupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 12:19:00

CNN's Jim Bitterman interviews French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde.

French finance minister defends euroupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 12:19:00

French finance minister Christine Lagarde said Wednesday the euro has made the 16 European countries that use it "stronger" and reinforced the level of trade among them.

Why France is best place to live in worldupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 08:42:00

Bindi Dupouy, an Australian living in Paris, and her French husband, just had their first child, a son born in the country.

Opinion: Why I'm proud to wear the burqaupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 07:07:00

I wear the burqa for the simple reason that I am a Muslim and the Koran says that I must wear the full veil in order to be modest.

Veiled wife costs man French citizenshipupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 18:54:00

France has denied citizenship to a man because he allegedly forced his wife to wear a full Islamic veil, the French immigration minister said in a statement Wednesday.

France moves toward partial burqa banupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 09:45:00

French lawmakers Tuesday recommended a partial ban on any veils that cover the face -- including the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women.

France moves closer to ban on burqasupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 14:04:00

French lawmakers could recommend Tuesday that the fiercely secular country ban the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women.

Journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan, official saysupdated: Thu Dec 31 2009 15:19:00

Two French journalists and an Afghan translator have been kidnapped by "enemies of the government" in Afghanistan, a military official said Thursday.

French most downbeat on economic futureupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 03:30:00

The French are markedly more pessimistic about their prospects for the coming decade than their counterparts in Europe or the US, fearing they will have progressively lower living standards and get less state help, according to a new opinion poll.

France follows UK lead on bank bonus taxupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 10:50:00

President Nicolas Sarkozy is to follow Britain's lead and impose a one-off tax on bonus pay-outs by banks operating in France.

Fortune: French bankers bid 'adieu' to guaranteed bonusesupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 13:37:00

Banks in France, including non-French ones, will no longer be allowed to offer guaranteed bonuses to traders and other staff under new rules announced Nov. 5. The only exception is for signing bonuses for new employees, and they are limited to a maximum of one year.

France bulldozes migrant 'Jungle'updated: Tue Sep 22 2009 07:41:00

French authorities on Tuesday dismantled a makeshift camp dubbed "the Jungle," which housed illegal migrants fleeing dangerous homelands to seek a more prosperous life in Europe.

France dismantles migrant 'Jungle'updated: Tue Sep 22 2009 07:41:00

French police move in on Afghan migrant camp. CNN's Phil Black explains.

France and Germany return to growthupdated: Thu Aug 13 2009 12:01:00

An unexpected rebound in French and German growth helped push the eurozone to the brink of economic recovery in the second quarter, delivering a further signal that the worst of the global crisis may be coming to an end in Europe.

Air France wreckage arrives in Franceupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 09:39:00

Debris from Air France 447, which crashed en route from Brazil to France last month, killing 228 people, has arrived in France, the French air accident investigation agency BEA said Wednesday.

France seeks release of student held by Iranupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 13:28:00

The French government says it is "determined" to free a French woman being held by Iranian officials, who accused her of being a spy after she took pictures at recent protests.

Obama in Russiaupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 13:28:00

CNN's Ed Henry sits down with President Obama in Moscow to discuss his visit to the Kremlin.

'Miracle' plane crash survivor back in Franceupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 13:14:00

The 13-year-old girl who survived for hours in the Indian Ocean clinging to the debris of a downed plane arrived home in France on Thursday where she was reunited with her father.

France: Yemenia plane's distress signals located, not 'black boxes'updated: Wed Jul 01 2009 12:21:00

Rescue workers have located the downed Yemenia Airways plane's distress signals, but not its flight data recorders, France's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

Burka debate in Franceupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 19:39:00

CNN's Paula Newton explains why the wearing of burkas in France is such a hot-button issue.

Al Qaeda threatens France for perceived anti-burqa stanceupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 19:39:00

Al Qaeda threatened to "take revenge" on France "by every means and wherever we can reach them" because of a debate in France over whether the burqa, a traditional Islamic woman's covering, violates French law, according to a statement posted on radical Islamist Web sites.

French parliament to consider burka banupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 08:10:00

The French National Assembly announced Tuesday the creation of an inquiry into whether women in France should be allowed to wear the burka, one day after President Nicolas Sarkozy controversially told lawmakers that the traditional Muslim garment was "not welcome" in France.

90,000 protest in Franceupdated: Sat Jun 20 2009 22:33:00

Some 90,000 Iranians gathered north of Paris, in solidarity with their countrymen amid the uprising in Tehran.

D-day anniversaryupdated: Sun Jun 07 2009 22:45:00

CNN's Rick Vincent reports on the somber ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

Obama joins WWII vets for D-Day tributesupdated: Sun Jun 07 2009 22:45:00

World leaders gave thanks Saturday to military veterans for their efforts in the D-Day landings of 65 years ago at a ceremony in northwest France, warning that their legacy must not be forgotten as the world faces renewed threats of tyranny.

France opens Gulf military baseupdated: Wed May 27 2009 10:35:00

France established Tuesday its first strategic foothold in the Gulf, when President Nicolas Sarkozy opened a French military base in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

France's immigration 'jungle'updated: Fri May 01 2009 14:44:00

Illegal immigrants try to get to England from their tent camp called the 'jungle' in France. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Violence mars some May Day festivitiesupdated: Fri May 01 2009 11:08:00

Traditional May Day celebrations to recognize the achievements of organized labor turned violent in some cities Friday, as workers decried government efforts to deal with the economic downturn.

Suspected Basque separatist leader arrested in Franceupdated: Sun Apr 19 2009 08:44:00

The suspected leader of the Basque separatist group, ETA, and two alleged accomplices were arrested over the weekend in France.

France to ban bonuses for bailed out firmsupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 14:23:00

France will ban bonuses and stock options for executives whose companies get government bailout money, the president's chief of staff said Thursday.

Obama to visit France for D-Day anniversaryupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 13:20:00

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit France in June for the 65th anniversary of D-Day, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's chief of staff said Thursday.

Nationwide labor protests hit Franceupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 04:02:00

More than 1 million workers demonstrated in France to pressure the government to do more to combat the economic downturn, French authorities told CNN.

Sarkozy wins French NATO re-entry voteupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 17:10:00

Opposition lawmakers Tuesday ridiculed President Nicolas Sarkozy for taking France back into NATO's military command after more than 40 years, but were unable to stop the move when it came to a vote.

Sarkozy puts government on line over NATOupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 14:46:00

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France will put his government on the line over his decision to bring the country back into NATO's integrated military command, more than 40 years after it walked out.

No shorts in Notre Dame, free museums in Niceupdated: Thu Feb 26 2009 11:51:00

Fantastique France continues to make its heritage and culture easier for travelers to appreciate. Being up-to-date on changes for 2009 will help your visit go smoothly.

France's Sarkozy in Iraq to rebuild tiesupdated: Tue Feb 10 2009 09:48:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a surprise visit to Baghdad Tuesday on a trip seen as aimed at raising his country's stake in Iraqi reconstruction and easing frictions with Washington over the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

France unveils $33B stimulus planupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 12:39:00

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon unveiled further details Monday of a 26 billion-euro ($33 billion) business stimulus package which his government hopes can stall falling growth and prevent the country joining other major European economies in recession.

France bomb scareupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 10:44:00

Dynamite is discovered at an upscale department store in Paris. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Commentary: How far left should socialists steer?updated: Thu Nov 27 2008 12:21:00

They pushed and plotted, elbowed and jabbed -- and then voted and voted. After months of maneuvering and debates, and weeks of party polling, the opposition Socialist Party in France finally came up with a party leader.

World marks end of 'war to end all wars'updated: Tue Nov 11 2008 13:07:00

The handful of surviving World War I veterans were celebrated Tuesday as part of 90th anniversary commemorations of the conflict that was meant to "end all wars." Booing the Marsellaise: A French Soccer Scandalupdated: Wed Oct 15 2008 18:00:00

A handful of soccer fans booing La Marseillaise sends the political class into a lather. That, of course, is exactly what the boo-boys hoped to do

national anthemupdated: Wed Oct 15 2008 13:18:00

Any football match in France before which the country's national anthem is booed will now be "immediately stopped", French Sports Minister Roslyne Bachelot said Wednesday after meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy.

CNNMoney: Dollar mixed after bailoutupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 16:17:00

The dollar was mixed Friday after the House approved a massive intervention in the nation's financial system.

France denies role in Rwandan genocideupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 13:52:00

France on Wednesday said accusations by Rwanda that French politicians and military officials helped prepare and carry out the 1994 Rwandan genocide are "unacceptable." France Frees Sick Italian Terroristupdated: Tue Aug 05 2008 12:00:00

A former Red Brigades terrorist is freed by France. Let the recriminations begin Too Young to Bullfight?updated: Mon Aug 04 2008 16:00:00

Anti-bullfighting activists in France are trying to ban a 10-year-old boy from taking part in the bloody sport France's Wine Terroristsupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 15:00:00

Angered by cheaper foreign imports and plummeting wine prices, financially strapped grape growers are resorting to "terroir-ism" to extract financial assistance from the state Sarkozy-Bush: No-Popularity Contest updated: Fri Jun 13 2008 17:00:00

The French President's recent guest list of world leaders hasn't done a lot for his approval ratings. The American President's last visit probably won't either

Video shows pirates pursued, captured updated: Tue Apr 15 2008 19:50:00

Dramatic video released by the French defense ministry this week shows French helicopters pursuing Somali pirates through the desert as they tried to escape following a weeklong hijacking.

Sarkozy casts his voteupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 04:43:00

At the polls in Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy casts his vote in France's local elections. French President Nicolas Sarkozy Marries Carla Bruniupdated: Sun Feb 03 2008 16:23:00

Carla Bruni is the new first lady of France, PEOPLE has confirmed. Sarkozy's 'Bling-Bling' Presidencyupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 11:00:00

France's President isn't afraid to let his extravagant private life take attention from his political problems Sarkozy Confronted by Algerian Angerupdated: Mon Dec 03 2007 13:00:00

France's President is expected to finalize a series of big business deals on his visit -- but he'll hope to quell rising tensions between the former colonial possession too

French president visits U.S. amid improved relationsupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 20:54:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived Tuesday in Washington ahead of a planned address to Congress, the first by a French leader in 11 years.

Alleged killer fled to French territory, prosecutors sayupdated: Wed Oct 10 2007 13:38:00

A man suspected of murdering a doctor in Chicago, Illinois, is trying to skirt the U.S. justice system by fleeing to the French island territory of St. Martin, according to prosecutors.

Bernard Kouchner: rebel and patriotupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 12:23:00

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner's declaration that France had to prepare for the possibility of war against Iran over its nuclear program was not conventional diplomatic behavior. But then Kouchner was never expected to be a soft-soaper on the diplomatic scene.

U.S., French leaders meetupdated: Mon Aug 13 2007 02:44:00

U.S., French leaders meet

Your e-mails: France's Presidential Electionupdated: Mon May 07 2007 08:29:00

France was Monday looking ahead to a new political era after conservative Nicolas Sarkozy took a decisive victory in presidential elections that he claimed as a five year mandate for change.

Bayrou refuses to back candidatesupdated: Wed Apr 25 2007 10:00:00

Francois Bayrou, the man who came in third, turned down the chance to be kingmaker but preserved his political independence when he refused to endorse the two remaining candidates for the French presidency.

Left, right vie for French centerupdated: Mon Apr 23 2007 04:49:00

Right-wing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal began campaigning for France's political middle ground Monday after taking the top two spots in the first round of the presidential election.

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