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Obama and French President Francois Hollande issue joint op-ed for ‘ambitious’ climate change deal

The presidents of France and the United States issued a joint call Monday for other nations to join them in seeking an "ambitious" agreement to curb climate change. Presidents Barack Obama and Francois Hollande, writing in an article in the Washington……

Thousands stage ‘Day of Anger’ protest against French President Francois Hollande

Thousands marched through Paris on Sunday in a "Day of Anger" against embattled President Francois Hollande's policies, including his decision to legalise gay marriage. The protest called by a motley group of some 50 small and mainly right-wing organisations……

French magazine that reported on president’s alleged affair fined for violating minister’s privacy

The French magazine that reported President Francois Hollande’s affair with an actress has been fined for breach of privacy in a separate case brought by France’s culture minister, a lawyer said Friday. A court has ordered Closer to pay Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti 2,500 euros ($3,400) for publishing photos of…

French president’s security chief in trouble for not checking ‘love nest’ properly

Francois Hollande’s security chief is in hot water for failing to properly check out a ‘love nest’ the French President allegedly used for trysts with actress Julie Gayet, Le Monde reported Monday. As the Socialist leader, who had pledged a “normal” presidency, came under increasing scrutiny at home and abroad…

French high court approves 75 percent tax rate on executive salaries

France’s top court on Sunday approved a proposal for companies to pay 75 percent tax on annual salaries exceeding one million euros in line with President Francois Hollande’s drive to limit executive pay at a time of economic hardship. The Constitutional Council had earlier in the year thrown out one…

France will increase penalties for ivory traders

President Francois Hollande said Thursday France would increase fines for illegal trading in ivory and endangered animal species. Speaking at a round table on poaching that gathered French and African leaders, Hollande said he had asked Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to ramp up action against trafficking in imperilled species and…

France to cut fossil fuels by 30% by 2030: Hollande

France will reduce use of fossil fuels by 30 percent by 2030 as part of a strategy to halve overall energy use by 2050, President Francois Hollande announced on Friday. “I propose that we set a goal of reducing consumption of fossil energy by 30 percent by 2030,” Hollande said…

Greenpeace activists break into French nuclear power plant

Several dozen Greenpeace activists broke into a nuclear plant in southern France early on Monday, unfurling banners against atomic power, the organisation and police said. The activists snuck into the grounds of the Tricastin plant in the southern Drome region around 5:00 am, Greenpeace and local police said. They hung…

France legalizes same-sex marriage

France became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage Saturday after President Francois Hollande signed it into law following months of bitter political debate. Hollande acted a day after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition, which had been the last obstacle to passing the…

French government told to cut back on size of ceremonial Republican Guard

In another sign of tough times in France, the government has been told to cut the size of the Republican Guard, the elite unit that provides the pomp and ceremony on state occasions. The Guard, which includes the last cavalry unit of the French army, has 2,859 civilian and military…

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