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Gayet has earned a César nomination for Best Supporting Actress

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of 'losing touch'

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France faces £8bn budget shortfall

France's new Socialist government will need to find between €7 billion (£5.6 billion) and €10 billion (£8.1 billion) for the 2012 budget to meet its deficit-cutting goals, the country's finance minister said today.

Marine Le Pen seeks French poll recount

The leader of France's main far-right party said today that she is demanding a recount after her razor-thin loss to a Socialist in northern France as part of nationwide legislative elections.

French voters set to elect new parliament

French voters are choosing a new parliament that will determine how far Socialist president Francois Hollande can go with his push for government-sponsored stimulus around Europe.

François Hollande set to deliver French left majority

The triumph of the French left in the first round of parliamentary elections threatens to redraw the map of party politics in France.

French socialists eye unity after election

Allies of French President Francois Hollande mobilised today in hopes of securing a crushing parliamentary majority for the Socialists that could bolster him in talks on how to save the embattled euro currency and revive Europe's economic fortunes.

President Hollande votes in the parliamentary elections in Tulle

Left poised for victory that would clear François Hollande to pursue growth

The moderate left was on course for a comfortable victory in French parliamentary elections last night, strengthening President François Hollande's grip on power.

Marine Le Pen's National Front may win seats for the first time

Hollande braced for 'worst nightmare' in elections

President's austerity plans are in jeopardy as the hard left is set for a strong showing

Francois Hollande waves from the balcony of the Socialist Party headquarters today

Fact File: Francois Hollande

It was an accident of fate – or perhaps libido – which brought Francois Hollande to the forefront of European politics.

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen's hopes of winning a seat for the NF may be hit by a split right-wing vote

French Left set for historic triumph but Socialists will fall short of majority

Polls show Hollande may need help of Greens and Communists

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Car-crash TV: Laurence Ferrari quits news after gaffes, rows and poor ratings

Weeks after the demise of Sarkozy, the TF1 star he's said to have dated finds herself out of office too

Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande mark VE Day in Paris

In his last state ceremony as France's president, Nicolas Sarkozy led commemorations today in Paris marking the end of World War II in Europe, standing side-by-side with the man who ousted him from power.

Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni waving as they leave after voting in the second round yesterday

Nicolas Sarkozy wanted to fix France, but leaves a broken nation

Nicolas Sarkozy was a victim of the financial crisis – and his own craving for power

Social Party candidate, Francois Hollande is the new president of France

Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency

Socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy today to become France's next president, heralding a change in how Europe tackles its debt crisis and how France flexes its military and diplomatic muscle around the world. 

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