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It is understood that she refused to put her name to the declaration

I’ve got the builders in. And they’re cooking better than Nigella

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Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old who shot dead seven people in March in Toulouse, had visited combat camps

France will arrest visitors to Afghan terror camps

France's left-wing government tabled legislation yesterday that will allow police to arrest people who visit combat training camps in countries such as Pakistan or Afghanistan. The move came in response to a killing spree six months ago by a gunman inspired by al-Qa'ida.

Moment of truth for Hollande as government unveils €30bn of increased taxes and spending cuts

An increasingly unpopular President Francois Hollande faces a moment of truth today when his government unveils €30bn of increased taxes and spending cuts in an attempt to honour France's deficit-cutting commitments for next year.

French President François Hollande announces 150,000 jobs for unskilled young people as polls reveal a steep slide in his popularity

The French government announced a €2.3bn programme to create jobs for 150,000 young people without skills today as President François Hollande attempts to end a steep slide in his popularity.

France promises new measures to help its 15,000 Roma gypsy immigrants to find jobs and permanent camp-sites

France reached out to its 15,000 Roma gypsy immigrants today promising new measures to help them to find jobs and permanent camp-sites.

France's 'First Lady' Valérie Trierweiler sends letter to her employer Paris Match threatening legal action if they print photos of her in a bikini

It was the snap that France’s celebrity glossies had been waiting for - the presidential couple in their smalls on their summer break.

The former French president and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy were not at the mansion as it was raided

Sarkozy is not above the law any more

Ex-French president's campaign finances are being probed and he is not getting an easy ride. By John Lichfield

France plans holiday homes tax

Ministers are poised to challenge a tax grab on British owners of holiday homes in France, it emerged today.

The former French president and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy were not at the mansion as it was raided

Sarkozy's home is raided by police in funding probe

The former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, suffered the indignity of a "raid" on their home yesterday by police investigating illegal campaign financing.

Sarkozy’s home raided by police in campaign funding inquiry

Alleged illegal donations from L’Oréal heiress probed after former leader loses immunity

The News Matrix: Wednesday 4 July 2012

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French President Francois Hollande at the military ceremony

French prime minister vows to cut budget deficit in five years without draconian public spending cuts

French President François Hollande enjoyed a moment of light relief at a military ceremony in the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris yesterday as his Prime Minister tended to the serious matter of how the nation will attempt to plug the €40bn black hole in its finances over the next 18 months.

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

French centre-right threatens to tear itself apart after poll defeat

Sarkozy's 'nationalist' campaign attacked as rival factions prepare for leadership contest

David Cameron urged to sign up to 'banking union'

Brussels is urging David Cameron to sign Britain up to a European "banking union" that will form a crucial part of the plan to solve the eurozone crisis.

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.

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