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Carla Bruni - Sarkozy Meets the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama may for one reason or another not have got to meet the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy during his current trip to France, but on Friday morning he met the unofficial and undeclared ..
(August 21, 2008)
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French Aren't Buying Sarkozy's Purchasing Power Promise

When the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy's, came to power in May last year, one of his major campaign promises was that he would increase the purchasing power of the average man and woman on the ..
(August 24, 2008)
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France's Literary Return to Work

Summer is almost over here in Europe. All right so you would be hard pushed to be able to tell it from the weather, which seems certainly to have rejoiced in being almost one long wet spring shower ..
(August 25, 2008)
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Delanoe Throws His Hat Into the Ring in the Race to Lead ..

As of yesterday it's official. The current mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, has declared he's running to become the next leader of this country's Socialist party. It hasn't perhaps been the best ..
(August 26, 2008)
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Here's the Latest News From France

Read to you by. . . Laurence Ferrari. Who? You might well ask. Ah well she's the golden girl of French news, the darling of the media here (for the moment) and the not-so-new face at the helm of ..
(August 27, 2008)
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French Nun With a Past Full of Naughty Habits Declares She's ..

It's hard to tell the tale of an amazing woman who has lived for almost a century in just one book. In fact it's probably impossible. And although there have already been eight others written by one .
(August 23, 2008)
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The Day After a Night at the Opera - Verona

This year's outdoor summer opera festival in Verona may well be coming to an end, but even though the northern Italian town is world famous for its wonderful Arena it's not just a place worth ..
(August 21, 2008)
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A Beginner's Guide to the (French) Olympics

There's nothing like attending a live event of any kind. The atmosphere, the noise, the buzz - just doesn't come across on the telly. But for most of us, that's exactly how we'll be ..
(August 16, 2008)
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Sarkozy to Meet Dalai Lama - In December

He might not be meeting the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, during his current 12-day trip to France, but the Dalai Lama will have the chance to come face-to-face with him in December. ..
(August 13, 2008)
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France - Drunk, Drugged and Behind the Wheel

August 16, 2008 Perhaps this short post should be tagged from the beginning as opinion. But surely nobody could disagree that what follows was from the moment the main protagonist turned the ignition .
(August 17, 2008)
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Adieu PPDA

There was an end of a television era here yesterday as Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, affectionately known in this country as PPDA, made his final broadcast as anchorman on TF1's prime time news slot. ..
(July 10, 2008)
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A French Revolution in Labour Law As Sarkozy Aims to Get the ..

This week saw parliamentary approval for a change in France's labour laws and a potential beginning of the end to the country's 35-hour working week. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and his ..
(July 25, 2008)
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Carla Sings and Talks - Everywhere

The publicity campaign to accompany the release of her third album is in full swing, and France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has been doing the rounds here to promote "Comme si de rien n'était. .
(July 11, 2008)
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Twice an Orphan - Barmy Bureaucracy Or Welfare of the Child? ..

Last weekend here in France an 11-year-old boy, Joris, found himself effectively orphaned for the second time. He was taken into care after his father, 34-year-old Aboubakar Coulibaly, was deported ..
(June 26, 2008)
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France Faces Fine Over Lack of Hamster Love

Weird but true, France is being threatened with a €17 million penalty if it doesn't clean up its act and come up with a strategy to save the European hamster, one of the continent's most threatened .
(June 09, 2008)
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The Holiday That Was, Then Wasn't And Now Is

This is the rather muddled tale of the public holiday that disappeared from the French calendar four years ago when it became a quasi-working day. But lo and behold, and hallelujah, everything's back .
(May 07, 2008)
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Sarkozy Sees Sense on Blair Presidency

It has not been made official yet but it's already doing the rounds of the media both here in France and across the channel in Britain. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is apparently not going ..
(May 07, 2008)
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Sarkozy's First Year in Office

No prizes for guessing what's filling the column inches of many a newspaper editorial here in France today. It's the first anniversary of the election of the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and ..
(May 05, 2008)
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France Honours Kylie

It's official, as if anyone had any doubt. The Aussie pop chanteuse, Kylie Minogue, is now a cultural icon, at least as far as the French are concerned. On Monday Minogue became a chevalier de ..
(May 05, 2008)
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That's So Heavy - Do You Have A Gun In There?

It's hard to know how to answer such a question when first going through the security checkpoint at the hotel in Cairo. After all it's not every day a guard appears to be so flippant. Metal and ..
(April 14, 2008)
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What A Flaming Fiasco

Calm has returned to the streets of Paris after a Monday afternoon, which saw the Olympic flame chaotically make its truncated way through the French capital. What should have been a good natured ..
(April 07, 2008)
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Sarkozy's Olympic Message

Up until now, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has remained pretty reticent about whether he's planning to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic games in Beijing in August. But on Tuesday, .
(April 08, 2008)
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Sarkozy's Triple Mea Culpa

In Thursday evening's much anticipated television interview, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, admitted that he had made some mistakes during his first year in office, and that they might go a ..
(April 24, 2008)
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When Divorce Comes Before Marriage

Air France-KLM has thrown in the towel in its attempt to take over Italy's strap-cashed national carrier Alitalia. And yet again it's for the last time - apparently. On Monday the Franco-Dutch ..
(April 21, 2008)
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Death of a Poet

How to honour a giant of French literature who has had a unique place in the hearts and conscience of the country for the best part of the last 50 years? That's the question that many are posing ..
(April 17, 2008)
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