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French fighter planes, backed by U.S. missiles, patrolled the skies above Libya Saturday as a U.N.-backed coalition began enforcing a ceasefire and no-fly zone. The large-scale action came after Moammar Gadhafi defied demands for an end to the violence and attacked a rebel stronghold in Benghazi.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the intervention was ordered after Gadhafi's military attacked civilians with "murderous madness," the Washington Post reported. The French military said a Rafale fighter jet had destroyed a Libyan government tank near Benghazi, according to the New York...
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PARIS (Nov. 10) -- Retiring at 62 became law in France on Wednesday, a victory for President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government and a defeat for the unions that waged massive strikes and street protests to try to stop the austerity measure.
The law was published Wednesday in the government's official journal, meaning Sarkozy has signed it and it has gone into effect. The constitutional watchdog had approved the plan Tuesday after France's parliament passed it Oct. 27.
The success gives Sarkozy a boost on the international scene as France prepares to take over the leadership of the...
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PARIS (Oct. 19) -- Masked youths clashed with police and set fires in cities across France on Tuesday as protests against a proposed hike in the retirement age took an increasingly radical turn. Hundreds of flights were canceled, long lines formed at gas stations and train service in many regions was cut in half.
President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to crack down on "troublemakers" and guarantee public order, raising the possibility of more confrontations with young rioters after a week of disruptive but largely nonviolent demonstrations.
Sarkozy also vowed to ensure that fuel was available to...
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PARIS (Sept. 7) -- Strikes hobbled public transit across France and in London on Tuesday, with tourists and commuters bearing the brunt of a wave of discontent over government austerity measures.
French unions challenged unpopular President Nicolas Sarkozy with a major nationwide strike over plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, cutting service on trains, planes, buses and subways. Post offices and schools also shut down.
Across the English Channel, millions struggled to get to work and tourists hurriedly revamped their travel plans as a strike by London Underground workers...
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(July 15) -- Just when things seemed as if they couldn't get much worse for France's image, already tarnished by its disgraced soccer team, a messy financial scandal involving the country's richest woman and a president with his lowest approval ratings ever, the government just launched a brand-new $2 million promotional website to great fanfare and then watched as it promptly crashed.
It's been down ever since.
Visitors to the much-ballyhooed France.fr, which was to serve "as a major promotional tool for France's image abroad," found only an apology today and an explanation that the site...
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The father of the French far-right National Front Party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, a famously Holocaust-minimizing (he called the Nazi occupation of France "not particularly inhumane"), anti-immigrant and anti-European Union leader, is teetering toward retirement. But not before the National Front has yet another phoenix-like return from sworn obsolescence.
Political commentators throughout the middle of the last decade promised that the tough immigration policies of President Nicholas Sarkozy (at times so aggressive they seem pulled directly from the playbook of the extreme right) would siphon off...
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Ban the burqa?
The French Parliament just completed six months of hearings promoted by a member of Parliament on the so-called burqa controversy. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has made no secret of his dislike for the Afghan-style garb and full-face veils, calling them "a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement."
At first, Sarkozy wanted burqas banned in all instances, but he has now stepped back to a more moderate position, seeking to have Parliament pass a law banning the full-body veil in public places and on public transportation. France, we should all remember, passed a law in...
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Is Iran finally playing fair?
The draft agreement announced Wednesday after more than two days of negotiations in Vienna puts the international community tantalizingly close to a measure that would slow Iran's progress toward a nuclear bomb.
Patrick Clawson, deputy director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, thinks Iranian leaders will follow the lead of their Vienna negotiators and approve the agreement on Friday. "They are under pressure at home and want to get the international community off their back," he says.
Hans Punz, AP
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Surprising almost no one in the international community, the ruling Burmese military junta and its puppet court on Tuesday announced a guilty verdict in the trial of Burmese freedom fighter and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Convicted of violating her terms of house arrest by allowing an American, John Yettaw, to swim to her home and seek shelter, Suu Kyi was sentenced to three years hard labor. Immediately after this announcement, the court adjourned for several minutes. Following this recess, Home Affairs Minister General Maung Oo announced an order of commutation from ruling Senior...
Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
A Western head of state says burqas oppress women, and he supports a ban on them in his country. The words from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, giving the first presidential address to Parliament since Napoleon's nephew delivered one in 1848, are simply reality as seen through Western eyes. But the moment feels cathartic....