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Top French court strikes down Armenian genocide law

PARIS — France’s top court ruled Tuesday that a law backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy to punish denial of the Armenian genocide was unconstitutional as it infringed on freedom of expression. Turkey welcomed the ruling — but Sarkozy, whose right-wing party had put forward the bill, swiftly vowed to draft…

Leading French candidate vows 75 percent tax on super rich

The Socialist tipped to become France’s next president took aim at the wealthy Tuesday with plans to slap a 75 percent tax rate on top earners. Francois Hollande said it was simply a case of “patriotism to accept to pay extra tax to get the country back on its feet again” and reverse…

French far-right leader launches presidential race

PARIS — French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen said Sunday her anti-immigration views and vows to leave the euro represent the “silent majority” as her campaign for next year’s presidential vote geared up. Ahead of her first major campaign rally Sunday in the northeastern city of Metz, Le Pen railed…

U.S. backs euro ahead of crunch summit

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner voiced confidence on Wednesday that the European Union will find a way out of its debt crisis when he met eurozone leaders ahead of a crucial EU summit inBrussels. “I assessed how important it is for the US and countries around the world that Europe succeed,” Geithner…

Hollande wins French left’s presidential primary

French Socialist lawmaker Francois Hollande was crowned favourite for next year’s presidential election on Sunday, winning the left’s primary to choose a challenger for Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy, the right-wing incumbent, is all but certain to run for re-election, but recent opinion polls show him on course to lose, and Hollande’s…

Europe has ‘thrown away’ recovery: Brown

Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel have used the wrong measures to resolve the eurozone debt crisis and thrown away the chances of recovery, former prime minister Gordon Brown said Sunday. Brown said the French president and the German chancellor were exacerbating the financial crisis, which he said was “predictable,” in…

EU bids to frame Facebook ‘right to be forgotten’

New rules will affect the EU’s entire 500 million population — the same number as Facebook’s free subscriber list — when formal legislative proposals emerge from a two-month public consultation launched by Reding in Brussels. “The protection of personal data is a fundamental right,” said the Luxembourg commissioner, who recently…

France’s constitutional watchdog endorses veil ban

French Constitutional Council endorses ban on Islamic face veils, removing key hurdle France’s constitutional watchdog on Thursday endorsed a divisive law forbidding face-covering Islamic veils anywhere in public, but expressed concern about applying it in places of worship such as a mosque. The decision of the Constitutional Council removes a…

Boy flings water bottle at Sarkozy

A schoolboy threw a plastic bottle at France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy during a visit to discuss violence in French schools on Tuesday, but missed his target. A bodyguard came between Sarkozy and the water bottle which was thrown as pupils crowded around the president, some of them seeking to shake…

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