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Asked, aged 15, what he wanted to be in life, the earnest adolescent replied, "President of the Republic"...His career as a civil servant, a councillor, a technocrat, a Socialist Party apparatchik and MP has been the classic route to the ultimate
France holds a presidential runoff election nationwide Sunday. French citizens are choosing a president in direct elections. France held the first round of voting April 22, and the two top candidates advanced to the second and final round Sunday.
AP Hollande managed to appear presidential, held his own and often had Sarkozy on the back foot. Overall, on points, victory was accorded to Francois Hollande in the French presidential debate held on 2 May...Over 17 million viewers watched
In the first round of voting, nearly a fifth of voters backed far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen -- who wants to limit the number of immigrants entering France -- leading both candidates to reach out to her supporters. In his final address
Voters in France's overseas territories began casting ballots for Nicolas Sarkozy or Francois Hollande on Saturday in a presidential election that could affect everything from Europe's efforts to fight its debt crisis to how long French troops stay
two consecutive quarters of negative growth. France, which votes for its president in Sunday's runoff, is on the brink of the same fate. Greece is a basket case, likely to leave the euro zone before year's end.
Story continues below Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens, too, might nod his head. The Reserve also got it wrong during 2010 and 2011 by misreading the speed of the economy's various moving parts...In short time, Victoria has gone from economic
This is the final campaign day in the French presidential runoff election that takes place on Sunday. This election along with the election in Greece may create new challenges for the EU. Although Sarkozy has cut
Experts say the price of property in some of London's most exclusive areas is already being fuelled by an apparent exodus of the rich to the UK. But if the socialist leader Francois Hollande wins the second round of France's presidential election it
Buoyed by his success in the first round, socialist contender Francois Hollande declared last Thursday: "It is not for Germany to decide for the rest of Europe." Vowing to reset Europe on a growth path, he said, "we're not just any country, we can