3 charged over Hollande affair actress photo

2014-04-12 22:32

A photographer and two executives at the magazine that exposed French President Francois Hollande's affair with an actress are set to be charged under France's strict privacy laws.

France's Hollande names new centrist PM

2014-03-31 22:02

French President Francois Hollande selected centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after the ruling Socialists were trounced.

French minister in the soup over disgusting food

2014-03-29 14:06

France's trade minister has had to eat humble pie after she was caught on film saying that food served at a state dinner for China's President Xi Jinping was disgusting.

Police enforce car ban as Paris battles smog

2014-03-17 12:49

France has deployed hundreds of police in Paris to enforce the most drastic curbs on car use in 20 years as authorities sought to reduce health-endangering pollution.

Hollande in CAR as France digs in

2014-02-28 10:31

French President Francois Hollande is expected in Bangui, nearly three months into a mission to stop deadly sectarian killing that is proving more arduous than planned.

Hollande promises tax stability

2014-02-17 17:44

President Francois Hollande appealed to foreign business leaders to invest in France, offering them simpler and more stable tax policies.

Queen invited to France for D-Day anniversary

2014-02-03 18:43

Royal officials say Queen Elizabeth II will travel with her husband to France to attend events marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Valerie to lift lid on French affair

2014-01-31 05:30

Valerie Trierweiler has threatened to lift the lid on bed-hopping and back-stabbing at the top of the French state after being dumped by President Francois Hollande.

250 arrests, 19 police injured in Paris protest

2014-01-27 12:18

Paris police say 19 officers have been injured and some 250 people detained after a protest against President Francois Hollande's leadership degenerated into violence.

Hollande begins new chapter after split

2014-01-26 19:20

French leader Francois Hollande has begun a new chapter in his presidency after splitting from his partner of eight years following an affair with a younger actress.

Ukraine protesters seize building

2014-01-24 16:56

Ukrainian protesters have erected more street barricades and occupied a government ministry building, fuelling tension after the failure of crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich.

EU signs up for military mission in CAR

2014-01-21 09:58

The EU has agreed to send hundreds of troops to the Central African Republic in a rare joint military mission aimed at ending months of sectarian violence.

Truck dumps pile of dung outside French Assembly

2014-01-16 18:54

A truck has dumped a huge pile of manure outside France's National Assembly in a protest against the French political elite.

Hollande bids to deflect scandal with policy plan

2014-01-14 10:05

Francois Hollande faces the impossible task of rousing media interest for his 2014 policy plans as his partner remains in hospital following news of his alleged affair with an actress.

French president's partner hospitalised

2014-01-12 21:02

Valerie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President Francois Hollande, has been hospitalised, aides have said, two days after he was reported to be having an affair.

Hollande considers legal action over 'affair'

2014-01-10 14:06

French President Francois Hollande has complained of breach of privacy and is considering legal action after French magazine Closer alleged he was having an affair with an actress.

Panic in CAR after fresh gun battles

2014-01-02 10:16

Gun battles between rival militias in the Central African Republic capital Bangui have killed at least one person and sent hundreds fleeing to a makeshift camp near the airport.

French will supply arms to Lebanon if asked

2013-12-29 21:26

France will supply weapons to the Lebanese army if it is asked to do so, French President Francois Hollande says.

Muslims protest French operations in CAR

2013-12-23 07:50

Muslim supporters of the Central African Republic’s former rebel group Seleka have protested against French troops conducting disarmament operation.

2 French troops die disarming CAR rebels

2013-12-11 11:35

Gunmen have fatally shot two French soldiers in CAR’s volatile capital, officials say, underscoring the enormous challenges of a new French military intervention in its former colony.

CAR residents urge French to secure city

2013-12-09 08:48

Terrified Bangui residents anxiously waited for French troops to secure the city before emerging from their homes after a wave of sectarian violence killed hundreds.

At least 100 dead in CAR as fighting rages

2013-12-06 12:57

Fighting has swept through the capital of CAR, leaving at least 100 people dead and posing the biggest threat yet to the country’s new government.

Hollande: Mandela's message will never die

2013-12-06 01:50

French President Francois Hollande has said that former president Nelson Mandel "made history - that of SA and the whole world".

France anxious to tap into Africa’s growth

2013-12-05 11:12

With China now Africa's largest trading partner and countries like India and Brazil scaling up their presence, France is anxious to tap into the continent's rapidly growing economies.

Africa isn’t just about suffering, says France

2013-12-04 11:27

France is set to tell African leaders at a Paris summit it will no longer play policeman on the continent, even as it prepares to act in a new conflict in CAR after its Mali intervention this year.


Hollande's ex-partner appointed a minister

2014-04-02 19:33

French President Francois Hollande has recalled his former partner Segolene Royal from the political wilderness to join a new streamlined government, days after his Socialist Party suffered an election drubbing.

France in new tack to fight roots of terrorism

2014-03-31 15:08

To stop the stream of French youths pursuing jihad in Syria, France is preparing to try to tackle terrorism before it starts, by involving schools, parents and local Muslim leaders.

Socialists lose in French local polls

2014-03-24 11:18

France's far-right National Front party has dealt a major blow to the ruling Socialists, after several of its candidates took prime positions in the first round of local elections.

France striving to stop CAR split – Hollande

2014-03-01 10:08

French President Francois Hollande has told CAR that his troops would work to stop the country splitting in two and endeavour to disarm rival fighters engaged in months of inter-religious killing.

CAR president asks France to stay till polls

2014-02-18 07:44

The leader of the strife-torn CAR has asked French troops to stay until polls due in early 2015, as unabated sectarian violence wrecked Paris’s hope of a quick exit.

France opens probe into Hollande lover pic

2014-02-04 20:49

French prosecutors say they had launched a criminal probe into the publication of a photo of actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made global waves.

President's mistress nominated for French Oscar

2014-01-31 20:00

Julie Gayet, the actress reported to have had an affair with President Francois Hollande, has been nominated for the French equivalent of an Oscar for playing a super-sexy vamp.

French jobless rises to 3.3 million

2014-01-27 19:33

Jobless claims climbed 10 200 in December to hit a new record, smashing President Francois Hollande's pledge to start lowering unemployment by the end of 2013.

Hollande heads to crisis-hit Turkey after split

2014-01-27 09:06

French President Francois Hollande heads to Turkey on his first trip abroad since his dramatic announcement that he had split from his longstanding partner Valerie Trierweiler.

Hollande confirms separation

2014-01-25 20:34

French President Francois Hollande has confirmed he has split with his longstanding partner Valerie Trierweiler after his affair with an actress nearly 20 years his junior.

Hollande to meet pope, hopes to woo Catholics

2014-01-24 11:35

Abortion and euthanasia will be the issues on the table when Pope Francis meets embattled French President Francois Hollande, hoping to woo back Catholic voters.

Hollande: French first lady is recovering

2014-01-20 16:47

President Francois Hollande has said that his first lady is recovering at a state residence after being hospitalised over a report that he is having an affair with an actress.

Hollande to deal with affair in private

2014-01-15 09:43

French President Francois Hollande has vowed to deal with the fallout from his affair with an actress in private, defiantly batting away questions over the future of Valerie Trierweiler.

Rumoured affair turns messy for Hollande

2014-01-13 08:24

French President Francois Hollande's woes have deepened after it emerged that his girlfriend had been rushed to hospital following a report he has been having an affair with an actress.

Hollande 'affair' will overshadow policy shift

2014-01-11 08:45

French newspapers have warned that President Francois Hollande's alleged affair with an actress risks overshadowing his much-anticipated announcement of a new tack in efforts to kindle growth and create jobs.

Magazine reveals Hollande's 'affair' with actress

2014-01-10 07:29

A French magazine says President Francois Hollande is having an affair with an actress, promising to back its claim with photographs.

French priest kidnapped in Cameroon freed

2013-12-31 18:39

A French priest kidnapped in Cameroon in mid-November has been set free, President Francois Hollande's office says.

Hollande wants bigger UN role in CAR

2013-12-28 10:02

French President Francois Hollande has asked the United Nations to play a bigger role in the Central African Republic, Hollande's office says.

Spectre of lynching haunts Central Africa

2013-12-12 07:28

The father of a slain French soldier has described how disarmed Muslim fighters in CAR were lynched by a Christian mob in harrowing testimony that raised spectre of a new wave of sectarian killing.

France’s Hollande to visit CAR

2013-12-10 12:39

French President Francois Hollande is set to visit the Central African Republic after boosting French troops in order to restore stability in the country.

1 600 French troops in CAR, no fresh clashes

2013-12-09 07:41

At least 1 600 French troops have deployed as planned in the CAR, the army has confirmed, adding that no fresh clashes have occurred since the deployment.

French CAR operation starts with patrols

2013-12-06 11:11

A French military operation in the Central African Republic has started with French soldiers patrolling in the capital Bangui, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.

Hollande - 'immediate' military action in CAR

2013-12-05 23:02

President Francois Hollande says French troops will be deployed immediately to the Central African Republic after the UN authorised intervention in the troubled country.

France offers Africa new aid, trade ties

2013-12-05 07:37

President Francois Hollande has told African leaders that France is ready to double its aid and trade to the continent over the next five years.

France to supply extra troops, says CAR

2013-11-26 10:53

France is ready to send 800 extra troops to reinforce its presence in Central African Republic, the leader of the strife-torn nation says.

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