Francois Hollande

Hollande awards France’s Legion of Honour to U.N.’s Ban Ki-moon

PARIS, Nov 18 – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received the Legion of Honour from French President Francois Hollande on Thursday for his contributions to tackling climate change. The South Korean diplomat helped push through the 2015 Paris Agreement, a deal aimed at moving away from fossil fuels to cleaner energies that was signed

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Hollande Says UK Must Take Share of Responsibility for Calais Minors

DOUE-LA-FONTAINE, France, Oct 30  – French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday he had spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May to convey the message that Britain should take its share of responsibility for minors from the “Jungle” migrant camp of Calais. There was tension this week between the two countries over how to take

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Hollande Confirms Calais Migrant Camp Shutdown, Urges UK Help

By Elizabeth Pineau CALAIS, France, Sept 26  – President Francois Hollande said on Monday that France will completely shut down “the Jungle” migrant camp in Calais and called on London to help deal with the plight of thousands of people whose dream is ultimately to get to Britain. “The situation is unacceptable and everyone here

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France’s Hollande Meets Religious Leaders Amid Row Over Attacks, Security

By Andrew Callus and Chine Labbé PARIS, July 27 – President Francois Hollande displayed interfaith solidarity with France’s religious leaders on Wednesday after two Islamist militants killed a Roman Catholic priest in a church, igniting fierce political criticism of the government’s security record. One of the assailants was a known would-be jihadist awaiting trial under

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Hollande’s Haircuts Set French Social Media Alight

PARIS, July 13 – French social media was abuzz with suggestions of novel haircuts for Francois Hollande on Wednesday after it emerged that the French president’s receding hairline was maintained by a costly, round-the-clock hairdresser. Satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine triggered the fuss with a report, later confirmed by the government, that the 61-year-old was

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Hollande Says No to EU Referendum in France

PARIS, June 30 – President Francois Hollande on Thursday ruled out organizing a referendum on the European Union in France, saying next year’s presidential election will be the opportunity for voters to decide on which European policy they want. There have been growing calls in France for a referendum on the European Union since Britons

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France’s Hollande Vows to Boost Lebanon Military Aid

By John Davison BEIRUT, April 17 – President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that France would provide immediate additional military aid to Lebanon, and urged politicians to end a long-running crisis by electing a president as soon as possible. Hollande also said he had decided to step up assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, giving 50 million euros

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France Says 10,000 Refused Entry Since November Paris Attacks

PARIS, March 22  – France has stopped 10,000 people from entering the country since last November’s attacks in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said as he announced extra security measures in the wake of deadly blasts in Brussels on Tuesday. France’s borders are officially open under the Schengen agreement that waives controls between some European

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Europe’s Most Wanted Held in Brussels for Paris Attacks

By Julia Fioretti, Barbara Lewis and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 19 (Reuters) – Europe’s most wanted man was captured after a shootout in Brussels in a major coup for authorities investigating November’s Daesh attacks on Paris. Salah Abdeslam, 26, the first suspected active participant taken alive, was being held overnight in hospital with a slight leg wound, Belgian

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World Leaders Express Solidarity With Paris

LONDON, Nov 14 – World leaders responded to Friday’s bloody attacks in Paris with outrage and defiant pledges of solidarity, but several countries said they would tighten security, especially at their borders, and a few urged their citizens not to travel to France. Daesh claimed responsibility on Saturday for the coordinated assault by gunmen and

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