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Far-right mayor barred over campaign finances
The court said Fabien Engelmann, mayor of Hayange in eastern France, would be banned for a year from the moment he has exhausted all his appeals. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

Far-right mayor barred over campaign finances

A French court on Friday barred a mayor from France's far-right National Front party from practicing politics for a year, citing a "particularly serious infringement" of the country's campaign financing rules. READ  

Immigration in France: Hollande slams alarmists
Hollande criticized the spreading of “fear” with regard to Islam in France. Photo of multiculturalism: Shutterstock

Immigration in France: Hollande slams alarmists

In his first major speech on the subject of immigration, French President François Hollande blasted the scaremongers "who dream of a smaller, more spiteful France". He also insisted Europe would go backwards if countries closed their borders. READ  

Hollande to retire on '€15k a month' pension
News magazine Marianne raised the alarm bells when they reported that the ostracized leader would be cashing in a sizeable pension. Photo: Philippe Woojazer/AFP

Hollande to retire on '€15k a month' pension

French president François Hollande doesn't have to look towards the end of his political career with dread. The Elysée Palace confirmed this week he will rake in a monthly pension of €15,000 ($18,000). Although that's a lot less than the initial sum quoted in the media. READ  

Paris: New plan to hand centre to pedestrians
Imagine the centre of Paris without any cars. It may happen. Photo: AFP

Paris: New plan to hand centre to pedestrians

The mayor of Paris said on Sunday she wanted the city's historic centre to become "semi pedestrianized" as she laid out a plan to tackle traffic and pollution in the French capital, including a ban on diesel vehicles. READ  

Merkel casts doubt on France, Italy reforms
Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP

Merkel casts doubt on France, Italy reforms

Reforms undertaken by France and Italy are insufficient, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview published Sunday, a week after the two countries won more time from the EU to put their public finances in order. READ  

Hollande fur hat photo becomes net sensation
The photo of Francois Hollande and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was quickly deleted. Photo: Kazakh Government Press Office/Instagram

Hollande fur hat photo becomes net sensation

A photo of French President Francois Hollande dressed in a traditional fur coat and hat given to him by his counterpart in Kazakhstan sparked a flurry of online jokes on Saturday. READ  

Hollande meets Putin to discuss Ukraine crisis
Russia's President Vladimir Putin pictured with French President Francois Hollande as he escorts him to his plane after a meeting in Moscow, on December 6, 2014. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP

Hollande meets Putin to discuss Ukraine crisis

UPDATED:French President Francois Hollande met Russia's Vladimir Putin Saturday, making a surprise stopover in a Moscow airport in an attempt to defuse mounting tensions over Ukraine. READ  

'Merkozy' to ride again at CDU conference
Merkel and Sarkozy meet at the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in June. Photo: DPA

'Merkozy' to ride again at CDU conference

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will attend the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) conference in Cologne and rekindle his partnership with Chancellor Angela Merkel. READ  

Sarkozy's return a boost for Hollande and Le Pen
Sarkozy is back. Hollande will be relieved and Le Pen will be delighted. Photo: AFP

Sarkozy's return a boost for Hollande and Le Pen

Sarkozy officially returned to the ring this weekend when he was elected president of the French opposition UMP party. But his comeback has been greeted as warmly by his most bitter opponents as by his own fans. READ  

Le Pen accuses rivals over French jihadists
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was re-elected as leader of the National Front at the weekend. Photo: AFP

Le Pen accuses rivals over French jihadists

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday accused her centre-right and socialist rivals of "messing up" by failing to prevent youths from joining jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. READ  

Hollande blasts Boko Haram 'barbarism'
French President Francois Hollande works the crowd on November 29, 2014, in Dakar on the steps of the Francophony summit. AFP Photo/Alain Jocard

Hollande blasts Boko Haram 'barbarism'

French President Francois Hollande has called for a united front against the "barbarism" of Boko Haram Islamists following the Nigerian group's latest attack that claimed more than 120 lives. READ  

Sarkozy elected to head up French opposition
Nicolas Sarkozy cheers his fans as he leaves the UMP's headquarters in Paris on November 29, 2014 after winning the leadership of the party. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Sarkozy elected to head up French opposition

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy handily won the leadership of his right-wing UMP on Saturday, placing him firmly on the starting blocks in his race back to the presidential palace. READ  

Sarkozy tipped to lead French presidency bid
Photo: Matthieu Alexandre/AFP

Sarkozy tipped to lead French presidency bid

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Saturday tipped to win the leadership of his right-wing UMP in party elections, a position seen as a potential springboard back into high office. READ  

Hollande and Gayet pics prompt palace job switch
Photo: Thomas Samson, Valery Hache/ AFP

Hollande and Gayet pics prompt palace job switch

Five presidential staff are being transferred after photos appeared of French President Francois Hollande with actress Julie Gayet inside the Elysée Palace, officials confirmed Friday. READ  

France has 'no concern' on EU budget deadline
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France has 'no concern' on EU budget deadline

France has no concerns about the European Commission's decision to extend a deadline for Paris to meet public finance requirements despite possible sanctions, the country's finance minister said Friday. READ  

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