Europe frets over strong le Pen performance

Europe frets over strong le Pen performance

Europe rang the alarm bell on Monday over the far-right National Front's historic score in the French presidential election, the latest anti-EU party to make big gains on the continent.

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French tourists ‘helped Indian Maoist rebels’

Ten French nationals have been thrown out of the Indian state of Bihar after they were alleged to be working with a charity linked to Maoist rebel fighters, officials said on Monday.

Germans bosses fear French fiscal slackness

Germans bosses fear French fiscal slackness

German companies are concerned France will ease up on efforts to get its public finances in shape as close-run presidential elections enter a second round, the BDI industry federation said Monday.

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Adios, Amigo: war chums split over lottery win

A friendship dating back over 35 years has been broken in an argument over a winning lottery ticket for €1 million.

French drinking less than before

French drinking less than before

A new study has revealed that fewer than one in two customers in bars, cafés or restaurants in France drink alcohol, and those most likely to drink are over 55.

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Tweeters conspire to skirt French election ban

Twitter turned to talking in code on Sunday night so as to not break the 8pm embargo on election results.

Hollande rejects debate challenge

Hollande rejects debate challenge

 

Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande on Sunday rejected President Nicolas Sarkozy's challenge to hold three televised debates with him before the second round vote on May 6.

 

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Sarkozy: I’m feeling confident

President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Sunday he was facing the second round of France's presidential vote with confidence despite his first-round loss to Socialist Francois Hollande.

Foreign press sees writing on the wall for Sarkozy

Foreign press sees writing on the wall for Sarkozy

European papers predicted Nicolas Sarkozy would struggle to keep his job after his Socialist rival drew first blood in Sunday polling but stressed far-right candidate Marine Le Pen could decide the May 6 run-off.

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Far-right scores big as Hollande wins first round

Duelling left-right rivals Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy launched the race for the French presidential run-off on Monday, a race shaken up by the far-right's record first-round score.