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Stories with person: Francois Hollande
  • new storyGreek leader defends bailout plan in talks with creditors story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 7:52 pm

    BRUSSELS - Greece's prime minister Alexis Tsipras said early Thursday he found a constructive approach during a showdown with creditors in Brussels and all sides insisted talks to unlock crucial bailout loans and save the country from financial disaster would continue within days.

  • France to merge Areva, EDF nuclear reactor businesses 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 1:25 pm

    PARIS - French nuclear giants Areva and EDF will merge their reactor businesses in a joint venture controlled by EDF - a wide-ranging reshuffle of the country's state-owned atomic energy industry.

  • Spanish royals in Paris for visit; honor crash workers story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 2:37 pm

    PARIS - Spanish flags are lining Paris avenues as the French capital hosts King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia for a state visit that was delayed because of a deadly plane crash in March involving dozens of Spanish victims.

  • France awaits Vatican word on ambassador said to be gay 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 10:56 am

    PARIS - The French government is expecting the Vatican to decide within days whether to approve the nomination of a respected diplomat who is said to be gay as French ambassador to the Holy See.

  • American held in Yemen freed, French hostage pleas for help story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 2:40 pm

    SANAA, Yemen - A freelance journalist who was among several Americans held by Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen was set free Monday as a French hostage abducted in Yemen by an unknown party appeared in a video pleading for help.

  • Qatar files defamation suit against French politician 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 8:43 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Qatar says it has filed a defamation suit against a senior official in France's far-right National Front party over comments linking the Gulf nation to terrorism.

  • France's Segolene Royal laments sexism in politics 
    Updated: May-30-15 1:46 pm

    PARIS - France's most powerful female politician laments persistent sexism in politics but says things have come a long way since she was "ridiculed" in Parliament in the 1980s.

  • AP Interview: France warns climate change threatens security 
    Updated: May-30-15 1:22 pm

    PARIS - Climate change is a threat to international security, France's influential Environment Minister Segolene Royal warned Saturday - adopting an unusually hawkish stance as she heads to the U.S. to push for a global deal on reducing emissions at a landmark Paris conference this year.

  • French conservatives get new name - and it seems familiar 
    Updated: May-30-15 11:40 am

    PARIS - Meet France's new conservatives, same as the old conservatives - but with a different name.

  • Figures of French Resistance inducted into Paris Pantheon story has photos
    Updated: May-27-15 1:19 pm

    PARIS - France is honoring four people who resisted the Nazis during World War II by inducting them into Paris' Pantheon mausoleum, in a rare and highly symbolic ceremony aimed at uniting the French against extremism and anti-Semitism.

  • French president revives political duo with his ex story has photos
    Updated: May-25-15 11:28 am

    PARIS - A new person has been appearing more and more often alongside French President Francois Hollande on official visits abroad and in high-level meetings at the Elysee Palace: Segolene Royal, the president's ex-companion and mother of his four children.

  • Merkel warns 'whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks 
    Updated: May-22-15 6:49 am

    RIGA, Latvia - With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that "very, very intensive work is still needed."

  • Merkel, Hollande commit to global climate protection 
    Updated: May-19-15 7:17 am

    BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed their commitment to fighting global warning Tuesday, gathering with others in Berlin to prepare for this year's U.N. Climate Change Conference.

  • French president makes unprecedented state visit to Haiti story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 5:22 pm

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Francois Hollande on Tuesday became the first president of France to make a formal state visit to Haiti, where bountiful resources and brutal plantation slavery made it the European nation's most profitable colony before an independence uprising more than two centuries ago.

  • French president calls for end to US embargo on Cuba story has photos
    Updated: May-11-15 11:22 pm

    HAVANA - French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for ending of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, saying France "will be a faithful ally" as Cuba reforms its centrally planned economy and tries to re-enter the global economic system.

  • Diplomats, business people flood Cuba amid warmer US ties 
    Updated: May-10-15 3:20 pm

    HAVANA - Tourists in shorts and sandals aren't the only foreigners flooding Havana these days.

  • Diplomats, business people flood Cuba amid warmer US ties story has photos
    Updated: May-10-15 11:01 am

    HAVANA - Tourists in shorts and sandals aren't the only foreigners flooding Havana these days.

  • French president says UN climate fund could help Caribbean 
    Updated: May-09-15 5:07 pm

    FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique - French President Francois Hollande told Caribbean leaders on Saturday that a planned international green fund could help the vulnerable, tourism-dependent region mitigate the effects of climate change.

  • Europe marks 70 years since Nazi defeat, end of epochal war story has photos
    Updated: May-08-15 6:35 pm

    PARIS - With quiet moments of memory or military pomp, leaders and ordinary citizens across Europe are marking 70 years since the Nazi defeat and the end of a war that ravaged the continent. But the East-West alliance that vanquished Hitler is deeply divided today.

  • French court says phone-tapping of Sarkozy, lawyer was legal 
    Updated: May-07-15 7:46 am

    PARIS - The Paris appeals court ruled Thursday that investigating judges didn't break any laws when they tapped conversations between former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer, in connection with a probe into past campaign financing.

  • France vows to defend Arab allies, strengthen business ties story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 2:41 pm

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - French President Francois Hollande vowed to defend Gulf Arab allies as he announced Tuesday that his country is in talks with Saudi Arabia for business deals worth tens of billions of euros (dollars).

  • French president visits Qatar, deepening ties to Gulf story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 2:20 pm

    DOHA, Qatar - French President Francois Hollande, seeking to strengthen political and business ties with the energy-rich Gulf states, held talks with the ruler of Qatar on Monday at the start of a two-nation trip that includes a visit to neighboring Saudi Arabia.