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France’s Hollande not as ordinary as he promised

Election year in France is an intense business: the French go to the polls on Sunday for the fourth time in two months

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Gulf News | EUROPE|

Francois Hollande sworn in as French president

France’s first Socialistic president in 17 years, Francois Hollande, has been sworn into office before dashing off to Berlin to challenge European austerity measures, reports Reuters.

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Retail sales are a lot stronger, says ABS

A great scene setter from Europe and the markets this morning for what will be a ropey 2012-13 federal budget tomorrow.

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Celebrations in France, trepidation elsewhere in Europe

As expected France lurched to the left yesterday and elected François Hollande as its president, writes Alan Austin, an Australian freelance journalist, in France.

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Rundle: Europe, where the Left takes centre stage

In Europe, the Left has had a phenomenal weekend, writes Guy Rundle, at Dubai Airport.

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National Post | EUROPE|

France swings to left, Hollande clutches victory

After more than a decade in opposition, Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party has swept to victory in France. “Europe is watching us,” he said during his victory speech, reports Reuters.

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Rate cut, yes, but RBA still fearful of Europe rattling markets

The RBA understands that Europe could return to again rattle the global economy and financial markets.

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Far right claims a scalp in the Netherlands

The collapse yesterday of the Netherlands government is being spun mainly as a story about differences on how to deal with Europe’s economic troubles.

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French poll: ‘we’ll still have baguettes and a grape harvest’

French democracy has diced with death and again somehow dodged disaster, writes Alan Austin, an Australian freelance journalist based in Nîmes, France.

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Crikey Blogs | EUROPE|

Argentina and its retort to rampant capitalism

In France socialist candidate Francois Hollande is the short-priced favourite to become the country’s president and abandon conservative European views on economic austerity, writes Richard Farmer.

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Did Sarkozy put an end to satirical Twitter accounts?

The morning after French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that he will run for a second term, three parody Sarkozy Twitter accounts disappeared. Is this a coincidence? asks Fabrice Epelboin.

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Sarkozy’s running, but from well behind

It’s official: incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy this week declared himself a candidate for France’s presidential election.

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Crikey Blogs | EUROPE|

Sarkozy far from a cert for French presidency

Strong showings in recent opinion polls by the French far-right National Front suggest that Nicolas Sarkozy is far from a certainty to make the final run-off election for the French presidency, writes Richard Farmer.

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