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French elections increase European crisis drama

The French elections June 17 produced a decisive victory for President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party.

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Left wins first round in French legislative vote

There is good news for France's new Socialist Party President, Francois Hollande.

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French Left candidate goes one-on-one with ultra-rightist

Jean-Luc Melenchon, the Left Front's candidate in the recent presidential elections in France, has announced he will run as a candidate.

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Austerity goes down to defeat in Europe

Voters rejected political parties that have pushed for austerity, and voted in lawmakers who campaigned for policies of economic stimulus and growth.

“Third Man” Mélenchon can no longer be ignored

The radical Left Front's presidential candidate has gained in opinion polls, a result that would see him take the third spot in the first of the two round vote.

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French presidential front-runner proposes sharp tax hike for the rich

French voters responded positively to the proposal, with recent polls showing a slight uptick in support for Hollande. The prospects of passing such tax-the-rich legislation will depend on parliamentary elections,.

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Former IMF head Strauss-Kahn probed for ties to prostitution, pimping

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been arrested and released again, this time in connection with a prostitution scandal.

French election pollsters: Sarkozy slipping, both left and far right advancing

France elects a new president on April 22, with a runoff possible on May 6. As this date approaches, it would appear that incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy is going to have trouble holding on to power.

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French nuclear site rocked by explosion

On September 12, an explosion at Marcoule, a nuclear facility in southern France, killed one person and injured four.

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France bans fracking

The French parliament voted to ban fracking - a worrisome technique used to extract gas from rock deposits.

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