Sarkozy on defensive in first French presidential primary debate
Oct14

Sarkozy on defensive in first French presidential primary debate

Nicolas Sarkozy was forced onto the defensive Thursday over his legal woes in the first debate of right-wing rivals for the French presidency, including the man tipped to lead the country, Alain Juppe. Former president Sarkozy is trailing ex-prime minister Juppe, 71, in the race for the right-wing nomination, to be decided in a highly anticipated November primary that is expected to produce the next president of France. With the...

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France to open first ‘shooting gallery’ for drug addicts
Oct13

France to open first ‘shooting gallery’ for drug addicts

France’s health minister visited the country’s first “shooting gallery” for hard drug addicts on Tuesday as opposition politicians denounced the experiment at a hospital in northern Paris. The centre is “the culmination of a political battle that has not been easy,” Marisol Touraine said as she inspected the facility alongside Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, a fellow Socialist. Its opening will be...

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Russian Orthodox Center in Paris meant to be another Russia-France link
Oct11

Russian Orthodox Center in Paris meant to be another Russia-France link

The upcoming unveiling of the Russian Orthodox Cultural and Spiritual Center in Paris will be a new link connecting Russia and France, the head of the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in France, Dimitri de Kochko, told TASS on Monday. “This is a major event, it attracts tremendous interest, and not only from the Russian community. The opening of the spiritual and cultural center has awoken an echo in the hearts of...

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Putin still planning to visit France despite Hollande comments
Oct10

Putin still planning to visit France despite Hollande comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin still plans to visit France later this month, despite French President Francois Hollande saying he was unsure whether to receive him, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today. “Preparation for Putin’s upcoming visit to Paris continues,” Peskov told journalists. Hollande condemned Russia’s “unacceptable” support for Syrian air strikes in excerpts from a TV interview...

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French president Hollande vows to shut down “unacceptable” Calais camp
Sep24

French president Hollande vows to shut down “unacceptable” Calais camp

President Francois Hollande says he hopes authorities can relocate as many as 9,000 migrants massed in a squalid camp in Calais to reception centers across France in the coming weeks. Hollande, visiting one of France’s 164 such reception centers in the city of Tours on Saturday, reiterated his pledge to shut the Calais camp, known as “the jungle.” He said conditions there are “not acceptable,” especially for those fleeing war. The...

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