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France moves to bring back border checks

France and Germany have begun moves to reclaim powers to close their borders for up to 30 days in a simmering battle over immigration pressures on Europe's passport-free Schengen travel zone.

Sarkozy in last minute dash to woo voters

Sarkozy in last minute dash to woo voters

Nicolas Sarkozy made a last-gasp bid to woo voters Friday, the last campaign day before the crucial first-round French presidential vote that Socialist rival Francois Hollande is tipped to win.

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Hollande: ECB must cut rates to boost economy

The frontrunner in the race for the French presidency, Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, urged the European Central Bank on Friday to lower its interest rate to support growth.

French restaurant pegs meal price to election result

French restaurant pegs meal price to election result

A restaurant in the south-west of France says it is indexing its meal prices to the percentage of the vote that will go to far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

 

Papers argue over Hollande and Sarkozy’s economic policies as election nears

Papers argue over Hollande and Sarkozy’s economic policies as election nears

Saving the economy is the top concern of editorialists in France as presidential candidates enter the last day of campaigning.

French gentlemen prefer blonde waitresses: study

French gentlemen prefer blonde waitresses: study

Male restaurant guests in France give larger tips to blonde waitresses than to brunettes and women with other hair colours, a new survey claims to show.