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French journalist taken hostage in Colombia: Minister


A French journalist reported missing in Colombia after a gun battle between government forces and leftist rebels has apparently been kidnapped, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Sunday.


Gaddafi regime 'agreed to fund Sarkozy 2007 campaign'


Muammar Gaddafi's regime agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign to the tune of 50 million euros, a news website reported Saturday, publishing what it said was documen

Sarkozy swings further right, Hollande holds lead


French President Nicolas Sarkozy swung further to the right on Thursday, proposing a new licence to shoot for police pursuing suspects, in an increasingly frantic quest to woo far-right National Front

Sarkozy courts French far right after Hollande win


French President Nicolas Sarkozy appealed directly to far right voters on Monday with pledges to get tough on immigration and security, after a record showing in a first round election by the National

Sarkozy in need of miracle: British press


Britain's Monday papers said only a miracle would keep Nicolas Sarkozy as French president but the far-right's 'stunning' gains in Sunday's vote had tarnished leftist Francois Hollande's likely win.

Le Pen voters to arbitrate Hollande-Sarkozy duel


Far-right voters may decide who becomes France's next president after anti-immigration crusader Marine Le Pen's record first-round score jolted the race between Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande

French voters frustrated on eve of election day


French voters voiced disillusionment on Saturday at a campaign that many said ignored the country's real problems, on the eve of a first-round vote expected to send President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socia

France votes as Sarkozy faces defeat after one term


Millions of French voters turned out Sunday for the first round of a presidential poll that is expected to see the left oust Nicolas Sarkozy after only one turbulent term in office.

The left has not

Citizens in Indian ex-French colony cast votes


French citizens of the tiny and picturesque former colony Pondicherry cast their presidential votes on Sunday, yet many have never been to the country nor speak its language.

Lying on India’s southea

Hollande beats Sarkozy in French vote, both in second round


Socialist champion Francois Hollande stamped his authority on the French presidential race on Sunday, winning the first round of polling and setting up a May 6 run-off with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

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