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French website exposes EU budget letter
French President Francois Hollande. Photo: AFP

French website exposes EU budget letter

A confidential letter sent to France by the EU Commission demanding clarifications on its 2015 budget, which will break EU spending rules, was unveiled Friday by a French news website. READ  

French PM Valls blasts 'backward-looking left'
French PM Manuel Valls wants to form a new party on the left. Photo: AFP

French PM Valls blasts 'backward-looking left'

In a bid to heal divisions on the left, France's prime minister Manuel Valls made a bold move this week by calling for the creation of a new "progressive" party or alliance of parties. READ  

French MPs poised to get powers to sack president
President may soon face a new threat in France. Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

French MPs poised to get powers to sack president

As if President François Hollande didn’t have enough to worry about, French lawmakers backed a measure this week that would allow them to legally sack the president in case of a “serious breach of duties”. READ  

Transparency: 'France lags far behind UK, US'
There is a certain lack of transparency in France compared to other countries, says Transparency International. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

Transparency: 'France lags far behind UK, US'

A new study out this week slammed France for totally inadequate controls on lobbyists. The president of the group behind the report tells The Local how France is lagging in transparency and is playing catch up with other nations. READ  

French Socialist party rift breaks into war of words
President François Hollande's first government feel a long time ago, with ousted ministers now in an open war of words with Socialist Party chiefs. Photo: AFP

French Socialist party rift breaks into war of words

Splits plaguing France's ruling party came to the fore on Wednesday as ousted ministers and allies of embattled President Francois Hollande engaged in a very public war of words. READ  

Profile
French suicide: 'Racist' author taps into malaise
A French right-wing author's new book is selling lots and lots of copies, but why? Photo: Pierre Verdy/AFP

French suicide: 'Racist' author taps into malaise

A controversial new book by French polemicist Eric Zemmour is flying off the shelves and shows no sign of stopping. The notorious right-wing writer and polemicist appears to have struck a chord with a French public feeling disillusioned and "lost". READ  

France's Socialist rebels refuse to back budget
Rebels in France's Socialist Party have refused to back the government's 2015 budget in a parliamentary vote. Photo: AFP

France's Socialist rebels refuse to back budget

A group of rebels in France’s ruling Socialist Party flexed their muscles on Tuesday by refusing to back the government’s 2015 budget in a parliamentary vote. It's another sign of a growing split in President François Hollande's party. READ  

Court agrees to extradite ex-minister to Russia
Ex-minister Alexei Kuznetsov was accused of embezzling an estimated 14 billion rubles. AFP Photo/Kirill Kudryavtsev

Court agrees to extradite ex-minister to Russia

A French court of appeal has ruled in favour of extraditing to Russia a former finance minister accused of embezzling billions of rubles. READ  

France reveals anti-binge drinking crackdown
France plans to make binge drinking illegal. Photo: I woke up Today/Flickr

France reveals anti-binge drinking crackdown

UPDATED: France unveiled details of its plan to stamp out binge drinking and drunkenness among young people on Wednesday with a proposal to make inciting minors to booze excessively an offence punishable by up to a year in prison and a €15, 000 fine. READ  

Should France scrap road tolls at weekends?
Could road tolls soon be a thing of the past in FrancePhoto: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Should France scrap road tolls at weekends?

France’s ecology minister has called for a 10 percent reduction in the notoriously high tolls on the country's privatized motorways as well as making the roads free on weekends. But the government has other ideas. READ  

Kidnap and war impact French holiday plans
Algerian troops search for Hervé Gourdel. Photo: AFP

Kidnap and war impact French holiday plans

With France's autumn school holiday approaching, a time when many leave to soak up foreign sun, travel companies are complaining that bookings are in free-fall after the beheading of a Frenchman in Algeria. READ  

French Minister calls for 'New Deal' for the EU
France's Finance Minister Emmanuel Macron says Europe needs a "New Deal". /AFP Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

French Minister calls for 'New Deal' for the EU

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron on Sunday proposed a 300-billion-euro "New Deal" in Europe to boost investment and growth, while promising to accelerate fiscal reforms at home. READ  

France economic outlook drops to 'negative'
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin. Photo: AFP

France economic outlook drops to 'negative'

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's kept its 'AA' rating for France on Friday but lowered its outlook from "stable" to "negative" on fears over the country's budget situation. READ  

France willing to soften stance on Turkey EU bid
Photo: AFP

France willing to soften stance on Turkey EU bid

France said on Friday it was willing to unblock two key chapters of negotiation for Turkey's bid to become a member of the European Union. READ  

Ex-minister's paternity battle finally put to bed
Ex-Justice Minister Rachida Dati whose long lawsuit to prove who is the father of her daughter has come to an end it seems. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Ex-minister's paternity battle finally put to bed

Speculation finally came to an end this week when a court ruled that a French tycoon was the father of former justice minister Rachida Dati's daughter. At one point the tycoon had offered the names of seven other men he claims could have been the father. READ  

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