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Renault deal means Lada could soon be French

Renault and its Japanese subsidiary Nissan announced a big step in the Russian market on Thursday, heading for control of the Lada brand to become the third-biggest auto force in the world.

Qaddafi ‘funded Sarkozy’s election campaign’ – claim

Qaddafi ‘funded Sarkozy’s election campaign’ – claim

Muammar Qaddafi's regime funded French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign, lawyers for former Libyan prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi said on Thursday, quoting their client.

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Frenchman dies in India after train fight

A Frenchman died on Thursday four days after being beaten up on an Indian train for allegedly harassing a pregnant woman, police said.

What the papers say: last night’s debate

What the papers say: last night’s debate

Wednesday’s one and only presidential debate, three days before the second round of elections, saw heated discussion from incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and hopeful Francois Hollande.

Sarkozy calls Hollande ‘liar’ in bitter TV debate

Sarkozy calls Hollande ‘liar’ in bitter TV debate

Nicolas Sarkozy made a last-ditch effort to revive his struggling re-election bid Wednesday, branding Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande a "liar" in the campaign's only live television
debate.

The unrivalled power of the French president

The unrivalled power of the French president

The French president enjoys powers unequalled in the democratic world, a situation strengthened by a decade-old reform that reduced the chances of "cohabitation" with a government of a different political hue.