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Elysée Palace hunts for mystery 'inside' snapper
The Elysée Palace suspects the controversial photo of Hollande and Gayet may have been taken by staff. Photo: Voici

Elysée Palace hunts for mystery 'inside' snapper

As the Elysée Palace desperately tried to identify the mystery photographer who snapped François Hollande and actress Julie Gayet at the president's residence, The Local spoke to Voici, the gossip mag that published the photos. READ  

Le Pen forced to justify €9m loan from Russia
France's far right has turned to a Russian lender to beef up its war chest ahead of next year's local elections. Photo: AFP

Le Pen forced to justify €9m loan from Russia

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s cash-strapped far-right National Front (FN), on Sunday justified her party's €9 million loan from a Russian Bank saying it was needed to beef up their war chest ahead of local elections, saying “French banks won’t lend to us”. READ  

French PM Valls arrives in Chad on regional trip
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls with President Francois Hollande. Photo: Philippe Wojazer/AFP

French PM Valls arrives in Chad on regional trip

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrived in Chad late Friday at the start of a two-day regional visit, in a show of support for a French-led anti-jihadist force. READ  

EU could give France until 2015 on budget
France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin. File photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

EU could give France until 2015 on budget

The EU could delay a decision on France's budget overshoot until early 2015 instead of making a ruling next week as expected, sources said on Friday. READ  

France's 'first ladies': A look at the other halves
How does the actress Julie Gayet match up against Yvonne de Gaulle, Claude Pompidou, Anne-Aymone Giscard d'Estaing, Danielle Mitterrand, Bernadette Chirac, Cecilia Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy? Pho

France's 'first ladies': A look at the other halves

With François Hollande’s romance with Julie Gayet apparently blossoming, the actress looks set to become France's latest unofficial 'first lady'. Writer Amaryllis Barton takes a look back at her predecessors to see how they matched up. READ  

Scandal forces another Hollande minister to quit
Kader Arif was a junior minister for veteran affairs. Photo: Alain Jocard/Pool/AFP

Scandal forces another Hollande minister to quit

A junior French minister resigned on Friday as a scandal implicating him in the awarding of lucrative public contracts to members of his family hit President François Hollande's Socialist government with another bruising. READ  

French mag spills beans on Hollande-Gayet fling
Hollande and Gayet chatting on a terrace of the Elysée Palace. Photo: Voici

French mag spills beans on Hollande-Gayet fling

The romance between the France’s president and a younger actress no longer appears to be the country’s worst kept secret with a gossip magazine publishing on Friday the first photos of the lovebirds inside the Elysée Palace. It also claimed Julie Gayet had become a "quasi first lady" READ  

France gets new power to sack the president
Has François Hollande just heard the news that French MPs now have the power to sack the president? Photo: AFP

France gets new power to sack the president

François Hollande would be forgiven for not sleeping well in his bed tonight after French MPs were, for the first time, handed the power to sack the president in the case of "a breach of duties". READ  

International
French plane spotted in Swedish airspace
A Jas Gripen plane like this was reported to approach a Russian aircraft. Photo: TT

French plane spotted in Swedish airspace

Following unconfirmed reports that a Russian plane entered Swedish airspace on Saturday, the Swedish military has told The Local that the aircraft actually came from France. READ  

Sarkozy, Hollande clash over gay marriage law
Photo: AFP

Sarkozy, Hollande clash over gay marriage law

French President Francois Hollande insisted Sunday that a gay marriage law was increasingly being accepted, after his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy called for the highly divisive law to be scrapped. READ  

Hollande rejects 'pressure' over warship delivery to Russia

Hollande rejects 'pressure' over warship delivery to Russia

French President Francois Hollande said Sunday he would not be pressured into delivering two warships to Russia, after delaying their handover due to the Ukraine crisis. READ  

Algeria's Bouteflika 'hospitalized in France'
Photo: AFP

Algeria's Bouteflika 'hospitalized in France'

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, who has been plagued by ill health since suffering a "mini-stroke" last year, has again been hospitalized in France, a French government source said Friday. READ  

France narrowly escapes new recession
France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin (pictured) said the French data confirmed the government's forecast of 0.4 percent growth for the full year. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

France narrowly escapes new recession

The clouds over Europe appeared to lift slightly in the third quarter as its two biggest economies both narrowly escaped a new recession, official data showed on Friday. READ  

Loose-lipped Hollande aide 'won't be sacked'
Jean-Pierre Jouyet has come under pressure to resign after becoming embroiled in a media scandal involving Sarkozy and former prime minister François Fillon. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP

Loose-lipped Hollande aide 'won't be sacked'

French President François Hollande's under-fire chief of staff Jean-Pierre Jouyet won government backing on Wednesday, amid calls for him to step down over a scandal involving former leader Nicolas Sarkozy. READ  

France to vote on recognition of Palestine
A pro-Palestinian demonstration in Marseille, southern France on 2nd August. Photo: Franck Pennant/AFP

France to vote on recognition of Palestine

UPDATED: French lawmakers will vote later this month on a proposal urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a parliamentary source said Wednesday, as diplomatic tension continues to rise between Europe and Israel. READ  

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