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French leader calls factory workers 'illiterate'
A French minister is in hot water after calling factory workers illiterate. Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

French leader calls factory workers 'illiterate'

France's whizzkid new economy minister has been begging for forgiveness after referring to women workers at a troubled factory as 'illiterates' just weeks after his boss President François Hollande was accused of calling the poor "toothless". READ  

Irate woman pays taxes with 30 kilos in coins
One angry French taxpayer decided she'd had enough. Photo: Coins: Shutterstock

Irate woman pays taxes with 30 kilos in coins

A young Frenchwoman dumped thousands of centime coins on her local tax office to pay off her bill and protest against a French system that overtaxes its people. She also explained her actions by saying, "I am French and I love to complain!" READ  

New US ambassador to France gets approved
Jane Hartley, left, has gotten the OK of US lawmakers to be the next ambassador to France. Photo: AFP

New US ambassador to France gets approved

American lawmakers gave their OK on Tuesday for Jane Hartley, a top Obama fundraiser, to become the United State's new top diplomat in France. READ  

French lawmakers back blocking jihad departures
French lawmaker have supported a new anti-terror bill. Photo: AFP

French lawmakers back blocking jihad departures

As the number of French nationals waging jihad abroad creeps toward 1,000, French lawmakers have approved an anti-terror bill aimed at keeping would-be fighters from heading to war. READ  

Sarkozy expect to soon announce his return

Sarkozy expect to soon announce his return

Love him or hate him--Nicolas Sarkozy is poised to make his return to French politics this week. He's expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency of his beleagured UMP political party. READ  

Mayor begs president to stop town's car torchers
One French mayor thinks the president needs to intervene against car torchers in his town (not shown here). Photo: Niall62/Flickr

Mayor begs president to stop town's car torchers

The mayor of a small French town has made a dramatic appeal to President François Hollande to do something to stop a wave of car-burning he says has made his town look like Beirut at the height of Lebanon's civil war. The damage toll so far? Seventeen vehicles. READ  

Five things to know: French Senate elections
A silent, but important democratic ritual is about to take place. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

Five things to know: French Senate elections

An important but subdued ritual in French democracy takes place in less than two weeks when nearly half of the seats in the Senate will be up for election. Here are five things you should know about this unusual vote. READ  

Valls' government survives confidence vote
France's government faces a key vote of confidence on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Valls' government survives confidence vote

France's embattled government clawed its way to victory in a do-or-die vote of confidence on Tuesday, but it's unclear if this success will serve as a turning point for President François Hollande. READ  

Secret talks open in Paris on Ukraine crisis
Secret talks opened in Paris about the Ukraine crisis. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Secret talks open in Paris on Ukraine crisis

France, Germany and Russia held secret talks in Paris about the Ukraine crisis on Monday, but have declined to reveal any details about the discusions, which come over a week after a ceasefire began in the war-ravaged country. READ  

Unions furious at plans to scrap bank holidays
France's bosses union has sparked outrage with a plan to fix the country's economy. Photo: AFP

Unions furious at plans to scrap bank holidays

France's top business owners have a plan to fix the country's moribund economy: cut bank holidays, pay under the minimum wage, skirt the sacred 35-hour work week and allow shops to open on Sundays. In response one outraged union leader questioned if child labour was also under consideration. READ  

Obama 'irritated' by French hostage ransoms
US President Barack Obama isn't too happy about France's hostage ransom payments. Photo: AFP

Obama 'irritated' by French hostage ransoms

France has signed up to the US-led international coalition to fight ISIS jihadis but that has not stopped President Obama from criticising his French counterpart for allegedly paying ransoms for the release of kidnapped French citizens READ  

Paris summit: France urges swift action on ISIS
World leaders were in Paris to discuss how to stop ISIS militants. Photo: Etienne Laurent/AFP

Paris summit: France urges swift action on ISIS

France's top leaders urged 'swift action' at meeting in Paris on Monday for an international strategy summit on how best to combat the extemist ISIS militants who have seized large swathes of territory and beheaded western aid workers and journalists. READ  

France launches recon missions in Iraq
Photo: Patrick Baz/AFP

France launches recon missions in Iraq

The French air force is flying reconnaisance missions in Iraq as part of the US bombing campaign targeting ISIS militants who have been operating in the war-torn zone between Syria and Iraq. READ  

Abbas to meet Hollande in Paris Friday

Abbas to meet Hollande in Paris Friday

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will meet his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris on Friday, ahead of a key address to the United Nations, his spokesman said. READ  

Under-fire Hollande faces crunch confidence vote
Photo: AFP

Under-fire Hollande faces crunch confidence vote

The deeply unpopular government of embattled French President Francois Hollande faces a parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday, with the country gripped by a crippling political and economic crisis. READ  

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