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Strasbourg will remain EU capital, France vows
Members of the European Parliament are forced to decamp every month from Brussels to Strasbourg for voting sessions. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

Strasbourg will remain EU capital, France vows

France would never allow Strasbourg to be stripped of its status as a European capital, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday, despite the huge cost of shuttling EU politicians there from Brussels each month. READ  

Migrant Boat Tragedy
Hollande urges EU meet after migrant tragedy
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Hollande urges EU meet after migrant tragedy

French President Francois Hollande called Sunday for a meeting of EU ministers after the feared drowning of some 700 migrants on Sunday. READ  

Hollande says Swiss tax squabbles 'behind us'
French president Francois Hollande (L) looks on as his his Swiss counterpart Simonetta Sommaruga. Photo: AFP

Hollande says Swiss tax squabbles 'behind us'

UPDATED: French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday a drawn-out tax evasion row with Switzerland "is behind us" as he launched a visit aimed at mending fences. READ  

France unveils billions in savings to appease EU
France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin. Photo: AFP

France unveils billions in savings to appease EU

France on Wednesday unveiled a nine billion euro savings plan over two years as it battles to reduce its budget deficit to below European Union limits. READ  

Profile
Jean-Marie Le Pen: France's far-right master provocateur
Le Pen boxing in 1988. Photo: AFP

Jean-Marie Le Pen: France's far-right master provocateur

He's constantly hitting headlines for his provocative comments and now even his daughter has turned against him. As the family rift deepens, The Local takes a look back at the career of former National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen. READ  

Gas chamber comments widen Le Pen family rift
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Gas chamber comments widen Le Pen family rift

National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has been reported for his comments about gas chambers being a "detail" of World War Two, distancing himself even further from his daughter who currently leads the party. And she can't seem to ditch him, either. READ  

No charges for Sarkozy in campaign finance case
Nicolas Sarkozy seen here alongside Jean-Francois Copé who is also implicated in the campaign funding scandal. Photo: AFP

No charges for Sarkozy in campaign finance case

French judges decided on Wednesday not to charge Nicolas Sarkozy over a campaign finance scandal but placed the former president under a special status that leaves the door open for further questioning. READ  

French MP copy-pastes Wikipedia for new bill
MP Valérie Boyer in 2013. Photo: AFP

French MP copy-pastes Wikipedia for new bill

A French MP has been ridiculed after she was found to have copy-pasted large chunks of text from Wikipedia in her proposal for a new law. The bungling deputy even left in the index numbers. READ  

PM scraps Germany trip to rally French Socialists
Manuel Valls can expect a torrid time in question time in the French parliament on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

PM scraps Germany trip to rally French Socialists

French PM Manuel Valls has ditched a planned trip to Germany on Tuesday, preferring instead to meet with Socialist MPs after the party took a hammering in Sunday's local elections. READ  

Right expects boost from Sunday’s local polls
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Right expects boost from Sunday’s local polls

France's ruling Socialists look set for a drubbing in local polls Sunday that are expected to deliver a boost for former president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen. READ  

Gay support for National Front on the rise
Gay rights leader Sebastien Chenu with Marine Le Pen. Photo: AFP

Gay support for National Front on the rise

A recent survey shows gay support for the National Front is rising. Some gays say the far-right party is more open to minorities than France’s mainstream parties, despite a history of homophobia. READ  

Sarkozy refuses to call for an anti-Le Pen vote
Marine Le Pen and Nicolas Sarkozy. Photo: AFP

Sarkozy refuses to call for an anti-Le Pen vote

The head of the UMP party Nicolas Sarkozy has rejected a bid for a televised interview with the leader of the far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen. He has also angered Socialists by refusing to call for an anti-FN vote. READ  

Analysis - Local elections
French PM's victory cigar proves a little premature
French far-right Front National (FN) party's supporters react after the announcement of results in the first round of the French departemental elections. Photo: AFP

French PM's victory cigar proves a little premature

After hearing that the far-right National Front had not come out on top in Sunday's local elections, French PM Manuel Valls is said to have sat back and smoked a cigar. However there’s more than one reason why Valls may have lit up prematurely. READ  

UK prime minister mocks 'the French dream'
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UK prime minister mocks 'the French dream'

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has taken an unprovoked swipe at France and its struggling economy as he tried to score points over his left-wing rival for the UK parliamentary elections in May. READ  

Regional Elections
Sarkozy insists 'no deals' with National Front
Leader of French right-wing UMP party Nicolas Sarkozy looking pretty please with himself. Photo: François Guillot/AFP

Sarkozy insists 'no deals' with National Front

France's right-wing parties, led by former president Nicolas Sarkozy, edged out the far-right National Front to take first place in local elections on Sunday, in a crucial test ahead of 2017 presidential elections. READ  

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