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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,.


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.


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.


France bans fracking

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


Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal has international repercussions

The case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is widely seen  as another case of powerful and wealthy men thinking they have the right to sexually exploit women in subordinate positions.


Tensions linger in Ivory Coast

The capture and detention of former President Laurent Gbagbo ends last week's military standoff in Côte d'Ivoire, but innumerable challenges remain.

World Notes: Cuba, France, Iraq - and more

From book fairs in Havana to human rights in Iraq - keep up to date on what's going on in your world.

Dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier's strange return to Haiti

The return of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier to Haiti has further unsettled an already chaotic situation.


French workers angry about pensions and more

Tuesday, for the second time in seven days, more than 3.5 million people turned out in militant demonstrations across France.

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