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France's 'Tony Blair' divides Socialist Party
Does the French PM Manuel Valls remind you of anyone? A younger Tony Blair perhaps? Photo: Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP

France's 'Tony Blair' divides Socialist Party

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls urged Socialist Party rebels to unite behind the government this weekend, as opposition among dissenters on the left against the leader they are increasingly referring to as a French "Tony Blair", continues to grow. READ  

Calais migrants crisis
France to demand UK help ease Calais crisis
France says they'll be no new shelter for migrants in Calais. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

France to demand UK help ease Calais crisis

France's Interior Minister has dismissed the prospect of a new mass shelter in Calais to house homeless migrants trying to smuggle themselves into the UK. But the so-called top cop plans to ask British authorities to "accept their responsibilities" for the ongoing crisis. READ  

Emmanuel Macron
Ten facts about France's economics whizzkid
Here are ten things you need to know about the man in charge of France's economy. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP

Ten facts about France's economics whizzkid

From his elite education to a scandal involving a married teacher 20 years his senior, here's are ten things you need to know about France's 36-year-old Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron. READ  

France's New Government
Hollande plays final card as he splits from left
Presidnet François Hollande and in the background his new Economy Minister - the former Rothschild banker, Emmanuel Macron. Photo: AFP

Hollande plays final card as he splits from left

France's embattled president played his final card this week in naming his third government that included a former Rothschild banker as Economy Minister. The move was a clear, but potentially hazardous break from the left of his party. READ  

Hollande puts economy in hands of ex-banker, 36
Emmanuel Macron, aged 36, is France's new Economy Minister. Photo: AFP

Hollande puts economy in hands of ex-banker, 36

The French President revealed on Tuesday the names of the ministers in his new government tasked with pushing through crucial reforms. The key role of Economy Minister went to former banker and key Hollande ally, Emmanuel Macron, aged just 36. READ  

Bulging to-do list awaits France's new government
Presidnet François Hollande and PM Manuel Valls have a lot of work to do. Photo: Patrick Kovarik/AFP

Bulging to-do list awaits France's new government

France will get its third government in just over two years on Tuesday and its list of tasks is looking pretty daunting. How many goals on this to-do list will they achieve? READ  

French political crisis
Press review: 'Save France from the radicals'
Symbolic photos of Hollande under the rain decorated the French press on Tuesday morning. Photo: Screengrabs from Le Figaro/Le Monde/Le Parisien

Press review: 'Save France from the radicals'

Needless to say France's political crisis produced scores of headlines and column inches in the French and international press on Tuesday, as well as plenty of photos of the president under the rain. Here's a look at what the papers made of the day's dramatic events. READ  

Analysis
Six questions for France as Hollande ousts rebels
Hollande has taken decisive action, but what happens next? Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

Six questions for France as Hollande ousts rebels

After President François Hollande took the decision to oust his dissenters, crucial questions now arise over the future of the head of state, his government, France itself, and even Europe. Here's a look at six key issues. READ  

Political crisis
France in 'disarray' as government is dissolved
When it rains it pours. Things go from bad to worse for beleagured French President François Hollande. Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

France in 'disarray' as government is dissolved

France was plunged into deeper crisis on Monday when President Francois Hollande told his prime minister to form a new government after a very public rebellion by certain ministers including Arnaud Montebourg. READ  

French government shake-up
RECAP: Hollande orders Valls to name new gov't
"Can you see any new ministers out there?" Valls and Hollande are seeking a new cabinet after the government was dissolved on Monday. Photo: AFP

RECAP: Hollande orders Valls to name new gov't

France was plunged into crisis on Monday after President François Hollande asked Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form a new government after two ministers had publicly criticized the government's economic policy. Take a look back at the events of the day. READ  

The view from La Rue
'France is in crisis and politicians are powerless'
The French public were left even more disillusioned with the political leaders after Monday's shock resignation of the government. Photo: AFP

'France is in crisis and politicians are powerless'

With France plunged into a new political crisis on Monday after the president asked his prime minister to form a new government, The Local took to the streets of Paris to gauge the opinion of the public. READ  

Montebourg: A man used to courting controversy
Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg has courted controversy before. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Montebourg: A man used to courting controversy

Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg is at the heart of a controversy that prompted the dissolution of Prime Minister Manuel Valls' cabinet on Monday. Montebourg's long been prone to prompting public quarrels. READ  

France blasts Germany for 'austerity policy'
French Minister for Economy Arnaud Montebourg. AFP Photo/Bertrand Guay

France blasts Germany for 'austerity policy'

French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg on Saturday criticised German austerity measures and warned France would no longer "be pushed around" by the EU's economic powerhouse. READ  

France welcomes 40 Iraqi Christian refugees
The first of hundreds of Iraqi refugees have arrived in France. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

France welcomes 40 Iraqi Christian refugees

Some 40 Iraqi Christians were flown into Paris on Thursday as they seek refuge from the Islamic extremists who have captured the northern reaches of Iraq. French authorities expect to receive hundreds more. READ  

'Marine Le Pen is the 21st century Joan of Arc'
Brigitte Bardot thinks Marine Le Pen is the 21st century Joan of Arc. Photo: Wikicommons/AFP

'Marine Le Pen is the 21st century Joan of Arc'

In a new interview one-time French sex symbol Brigitte Bardot has likened the head of France’s anti-immigration National Front party to the iconic French historical figure of Joan of Arc. READ  

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