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Hollande and Sarkozy set handover date

Outgoing French leader Nicolas Sarkozy will hand power to president-elect Francois Hollande on May 15, following talks between the two camps, the presidency announced on Monday.

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Frenchman wins six million on ‘last spin’

A lucky gambler in eastern France took home the country’s second biggest casino cash prize – just 15 minutes before the casino closed, perhaps proving that “one last spin” can make all the difference.

Two fake cops jailed for groping tourists

Two fake cops jailed for groping tourists

Two men have been sentenced to prison in southern France after using a police jacket to trick tourists into a “thorough groping”.

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French bonds down after Hollande win

The interest rate on France's benchmark 10-year bonds opened down slightly on Monday then stabilised after Socialist candidate Francois Hollande won the French presidential election.

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Foreign press: Hollande win is ‘turning point’

The European and international press has described the victory of Socialist Francois Hollande in the French presidential election as a turning point for Europe, but warned of major challenges ahead.

Sarkozy ejected by jubilant Hollande

Sarkozy ejected by jubilant Hollande

Francois Hollande was elected France's first Socialist president in nearly two decades on Sunday, dealing a humiliating defeat to incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and shaking up European politics.