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7 French citizens kidnapped in Cameroon, official says

President Francois Hollande has confirmed that a French family of seven -- three adults and four children -- have been kidnapped in northern Cameroon.


Hollande's Popularity Rises From Record Low on Mali Battle

French President Francois Hollande's approval rating jumped this month from a record low, improving for the first time since he took office after sending troops to Mali to battle Islamist rebels.


French court throws out Hollande's tax on rich

Francois Holland

The French Constitutional Council ruled that the new fiscal measure, which would have seen individual earnings exceeding $1.32 million a year taxed at 75%, was unfair and therefore unconstitutional.


Will the rich flee France's 75% tax rate?

Francois Hollande

The new tax is expected to be formally announced in the government's first budget on 28 September, but that does not mean there is a sense of panic in France. This new tax will only hit very rich individuals and only for a year or two, to help bring down the government deficit.


Analysis: Hollande's growth goal gutted by deficit plans

French President Francois Hollande has set himself a deadline to turn around the economy by the end of 2014, but having hamstrung the effort with tax rises to meet deficit targets, economists doubt his growth goals will ever fly.


In France, socialist Hollande sets out to soak the rich


In Washington, Republicans are bashing President Obama for inflicting “European-style socialism” on the United States. Here in Paris, a genuine socialist took the presidential oath in May, and he has wasted no time implementing policies designed to soak the rich.


Ex-President Sarkozy's home, offices searched

Nicolas Sarkozy

French investigators searched former President Nicolas Sarkozy's home and office on Tuesday as part of a probe into suspected illegal financing of his 2007 presidential campaign by the L'Oreal cosmetics heiress, an official said. Potential legal troubles have threatened Sarkozy since he lost the presidency to Socialist Francois Hollande in May elections. Sarkozy, who lost his immunity from prosecution June 15, denies wrongdoing.


Leftists poised for victory in French elections

French voters are choosing a new parliament Sunday that will determine how far Socialist President Francois Hollande can push for economic stimulus in France and around a debt-burdened, stagnant Europe.


Socialists Fare Well in French Parliamentary Elections

The Socialists, led by François Hollande, and their leftist allies were ahead in the first round of voting and are expected to emerge with a majority in the runoff vote on Sunday.


France’s First Lady, Valérie Trierweiler, Seeks Her Own Path

Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist, is concerned with preserving her independence while supporting her partner, President François Hollande of France.


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