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Neo-Liberal Austerity Keeps Europe Down

Given the current dismal state of the European Union economy, which is now firmly under German control, one must ask why Angela Merkel and her government continue to champion austerity, seemingly against all reason.

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Obama and Hollande Stress Hope for Iran Breakthrough

In his news conference with French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, President Obama outlined four areas of diplomatic progress.

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French President Dismisses Companion Amid National Struggle Over Social Norms

The French have been shaken by François Hollande’s curt, 18-word termination of his relationship with “the woman of my life.” The whole matter has taken a significant political turn with the unexpected and noisy anti-Hollande street demonstration that followed the president’s statement. This protest was unanticipated and heterogeneous in composition and turned seriously violent.

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France’s Socialists to Be Tested After Two Years of Francois Hollande

In an extensive piece in Le Monde, Serge Halimi’s analysis of France’s current political turmoil gives clarity to the history about how and why the French economy has taken a sharp turn for the worse.

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Free Movement in the EU

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Hollande’s Popularity

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Big Taxes Coming to France

France is set to impose a “millionaire tax” on companies that pay salaries in excess of 1 million euros ($1.38 million) a year. Business leaders and soccer clubs are furious, calling the measure anti-business.

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Why Isn’t Anybody Talking About the Major Oil Discovery in Australia?

Crude found outside a small town in the land down under nearly outnumbers all the reserves in Saudi Arabia; former Cuban President Fidel Castro believes JFK’s assassination was part of a larger conspiracy; meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande stands up to Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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French Stamp Inspired by Topless Feminist Protester Under Fire

Controversy has erupted in France after the creator of a new stamp featuring the country’s revolutionary symbol Marianne says his work was inspired by a topless Ukrainian feminist protester who was granted political asylum by the French government.

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Same-Sex Marriage: The New Normal

An estimated 150,000 people took to the streets of the French capital Sunday to protest the same-sex legislation signed into law last week. Meanwhile, in the south of the country, the Palme d’Or, the highest honor of the Cannes Film Festival, was awarded to “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” a long and very explicit movie about a teenager’s wakening lesbianism.

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French President Shrinks

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The Confirmed Insanity of Austerity

Austerity threw the 17 countries that use the euro back into recession in the third quarter of 2012. As a result, unemployment is expected to rise 12.2 percent, leaving half of young people in Spain and Greece without jobs, and public debts—the expressed target of the reductions—are growing as well.

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Gay Marriage Gets a Boost in French Parliament

Gay marriage is close to getting the government’s official nod in France, as Saturday a majority of the country’s National Assembly members approved a key article in a bill aiming to allow same-sex couples to wed.

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The Mastermind Behind

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French Actor’s Tax Move Sparks Debate About Patriotism and Greed

Gerard Depardieu’s blustery renunciation of his French citizenship for the purpose of avoiding a tax increase imposed to combat the fiscal crisis has exposed a bitter division in the French populace that includes some of its most famous citizens.

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As Hollande Struggles, So Does the Opposition

France has a double crisis. Its ruling political party, Francois Hollande’s Socialist, is in a state of catatonia, usually defined as a condition of incoherence with alternate periods of stupor and activity. More after the jump about that.

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Britain and EU

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EU Budget Cut Row

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Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

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An ‘Impossible’ France?

A bold experiment is under way in the world’s fifth-largest economy: French President Francois Hollande has announced his intent to tax the rich. What happens next could deliver a blow to one of global capitalism’s most persistent myths.

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France Unveils ‘Combat’ Budget

French President Francois Hollande announced a $47 billion economic recovery plan Friday that will raise more than $25 billion from tax increases with the help of a 75 percent “supertax” on incomes of more than $1.3 million a year.

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Stimulus Package Ahead for the Eurozone

The leaders of France, Germany, Spain and Italy made a bid to save the euro Friday, pledging to push for a $163 billion program to stimulate growth in the depressed European economies.

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Death to Austerity

Economic austerity is a dangerous, self-defeating intellectual fad. Perhaps I should say that’s what it was, given Sunday’s election results in Europe.

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France Goes With the Socialist

The austerity regime in Europe took a big hit Sunday, with French voters electing Socialist Francois Hollande, while the Greeks, also voting Sunday, handed out pink slips to the ruling centrist coalition that has slashed government spending on EU orders.

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Forget Le Pen, It’s Down to Two

The French elections have settled one question, that of the two finalists for the presidency.

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France: Socialist Victory Overshadowed by ‘Big Healthy Blonde Girl’

Until his daughter, Marine, captured 19 percent of the vote in France’s first round of presidential elections Sunday, Jean Marie Le Pen was the country’s most politically successful right-wing crazy. In a way he saw this coming, promoting his daughter, as The Guardian recalls, as a “big healthy blonde girl ... an ideal physical specimen.”

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Toulouse Killings Send Tremors Through French Presidential Election

Francois Hollande is not action-man, and his presence on the scene in Toulouse inevitably was one of passive observer.

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French Shocked by Jewish School Shooting

There are potential connections to killings earlier this month, and the general sociocultural climate and the context of the current presidential campaign offer other possible explanations, but the French were left with a big tragedy and something of a mystery after three children and a rabbi were slain outside an Orthodox Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday.

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Can Europe’s Left Rebound?

The question is whether 2012 will mark a comeback by a left invigorated by a growing unhappiness with rising economic inequalities and a backlash against austerity policies aimed at saving Europe’s common currency. (Pictured, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.)

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Sarkozy Slapped With the Ultimate French Slight

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has already famously been called “Sarko the American,” but the campaign team behind his challenger François Hollande (pictured) found another brand of international insult to toss at the incumbent and see if it sticks in time to do damage at the polls in April.

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The French Aren’t Thrilled With Their Presidential Candidates Either

The Socialist Francois Hollande is running ahead of President Nicolas Sarkozy in a contest that has more to do with personal character than issues.

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