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Stories with person: Francois Hollande
  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions - for now 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:29 pm
  • GENEVA - In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

  • France targets welfare for big spending cuts 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:56 pm
  • PARIS - France's new prime minister announced plans Wednesday to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from state pensions, health care and the social safety net as a part of a 50 billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.

  • Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:37 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement on Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region.

  • French minister in Cuba as Europe seeks opening 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 10:35 pm
  • HAVANA - A French foreign minister visited Cuba for the first time in more than 30 years Saturday, traveling to the communist-run nation at a time when it is seeking to attract more foreign investment and improve ties with the European Union.

  • French photo duo Pierre et Gilles love to shock 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 11:31 am
  • PARIS - Pierre et Gilles may have timid smiles.

  • 2 UN workers killed by gunmen in Somalia 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 4:11 pm
  • MOGADISHU, Somalia - Gunmen inside an airport in Somalia shot and killed two consultants working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the U.N. mission in the country said Monday.

  • French Greens bickering, divided as EU vote looms 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 12:29 pm
  • PARIS - France's Greens could well be upbeat: They tallied record results in recent municipal elections. They got an unprecedented offer for the No. 2 post in a Socialist-led Cabinet. They champion environmental issues that many French have been contemplating ever since Paris skies were recently coated in heavy smog.

  • French power couple reunites - at Cabinet table 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 8:01 am
  • PARIS - Is this a Cabinet meeting, or a family reunion? The new French government's first meeting includes a man and woman who had four children together, split up in the public eye and are now back together in the political spotlight.

  • UN chief urges action on Central African Republic 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 12:49 pm
  • BRUSSELS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged European and African nations on Wednesday to step up their efforts to end the desperate plight of the people of Central African Republic.

  • France awaits new government as Hollande struggles 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 12:06 pm
  • PARIS - France's new prime minister, the popular and pugnacious Manuel Valls, took office Tuesday and is diving straight into a huge and thankless challenge: bringing back jobs, investors and hope to Europe's second-biggest economy.

  • France in new tack to fight roots of terrorism 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 7:32 am
  • PARIS - 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, The Associated Press has learned.

  • French voters deal blow to gov't, help far right 
    Updated: Mar-30-14 8:28 pm
  • PARIS - French voters dealt a severe blow to the Socialist government in Sunday's municipal elections, but the party saved face by retaining the crown jewel, Paris, which got its first female mayor.

  • China president gets secret, sumptuous French menu 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 2:25 pm
  • PARIS - The menu will remain secret, but there's no doubt that famed chef Alain Ducasse has concocted a sumptuous meal for the Chinese president as he wraps up his state visit to France in the Palace of Versailles.

  • France's municipal voting to test government grip 
    Updated: Mar-23-14 6:10 pm
  • PARIS - France's far-right National Front conquered a symbolic northern town in Sunday's first round of municipal elections and led in some other cities, drawing calls by the governing left and rival right to stop the anti-immigration party's advance.

  • French elections: step 1 in new far right march 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 3:47 am
  • HENIN-BEAUMONT, France - Marine Le Pen sees political gold in the abandoned coal mines of northern France that once pumped life, jobs and an identity into places like Henin-Beaumont - a bleak town that the far-right leader says is the avant-garde of her anti-immigration party's march to power.

  • EU nations agree on rules to fight tax evasion 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 8:32 pm
  • BRUSSELS - European Union nations on Thursday agreed on a sweeping policy to fight tax evasion after tiny Luxembourg dropped its reservations to new rules which render its secretive banking culture more transparent.

  • Argentine president opens Paris Book Fair 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 3:53 pm
  • PARIS - It might be called soft diplomacy: Argentina's president is temporarily shifting focus from the country' economic woes to showcase its literary wealth.

  • Argentina accuses US, UK of hypocrisy over Crimea 
    Updated: Mar-19-14 2:52 pm
  • PARIS - Argentina's president said Wednesday that the U.S. and Britain displayed double standards with their positions on Crimea and the Falkland Islands, undermining efforts to preserve Ukraine's territorial integrity.