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.
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 Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been arrested and released again, this time in connection with a prostitution scandal.
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.
On September 12, an explosion at Marcoule, a nuclear facility in southern France, killed one person and injured four.
The French parliament voted to ban fracking - a worrisome technique used to extract gas from rock deposits.
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.
The capture and detention of former President Laurent Gbagbo ends last week's military standoff in Côte d'Ivoire, but innumerable challenges remain.
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The return of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier to Haiti has further unsettled an already chaotic situation.