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Limbless Frenchman swims from PNG to Indonesia


A Frenchman who lost his limbs in an accident braved strong winds and currents to swim from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia on Thursday, in the first stretch of a mission to swim between five continents

New French president Hollande's first flight struck by lightning


A plane carrying new French President Francois Hollande to Germany was forced to return to Paris Tuesday after it was struck by a lightning, BBC reported.

Hours after taking oath as new French presid

Jean-Marc Ayrault becomes new French Prime Minister


French President Francois Hollande's new prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, arrived at the Matignon Palace in Paris on his first day of work Wednesday and began drawing up a cabinet list.

Ayrault, a

Francois Hollande sworn in as French president amid euro turmoil


Socialist leader Francois Hollande was sworn in as president of France on Tuesday at a solemn ceremony overshadowed by the catastrophic debt crisis threatening to unravel the eurozone.

After brief ce

Hollande, France's 'Mr Normal', says worth $1.5 million


Francois Hollande, the Socialist 'Mr Normal' who will be sworn in as French president next week, says he is worth almost 1.2 million euros ($1.5 million), considerably less than his predecessor Nicola

French first ladies: Bye Carla, bonjour Valerie


Only in France. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the superstar model-turned-songstress with a freewheeling lifestyle, now hands the job of first lady to a twice-divorced journalist who's the first presidential pa

Sarkozy may face legal queries after immunity expires


Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has enjoyed legal immunity for the past five years, could soon be forced to explain himself to magistrates in three separate funding scandals that have d

Nicolas Sarkozy to quit politics and practice law: Report


Nicolas Sarkozy, who lost the recent presidential race in France, is to quit politics and practice law, a media report said.

The 57-year-old outgoing French President, a qualified lawyer, will first

Sarkozy, the hyperactive president who disappointed France


Nicolas Sarkozy's defeat on Sunday marked the end of a five-year presidency during which he divided a France that had put its hopes in him to break with a history of timid government complacency.


France's 'Mr Normal' Hollande to move into Elysee


He dubbed himself ‘Mr Normal’ during France's presidential election campaign, a modest scooter-riding everyman in touch with the concerns of ordinary voters.

But, after winning France's presidential

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