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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 Blames Syria for Ceasefire Failure

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 – French President Francois Hollande blamed the Syrian government on Tuesday for the collapse of a U.S.-Russia-backed ceasefire and urged foreign supporters of President Bashar al-Assad to help enforce peace or risk the country fragmenting. “I say to the Syrian government’s foreign backers that they must compel the regime to enforce

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France says Turkish Action Against Syrian Kurds Risks Escalation

PARIS, Aug 30  – Turkey’s military push against Kurds in northern Syria risks escalating the conflict, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday, calling on all parties to stop fighting and return to peace talks. Hollande told an annual gathering of French ambassadors that almost a year after Russia intervened in support of Bashar al-Assad’s

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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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U.S. Ambiguous on Syria, Unlikely To Change for Now Says France’s Fabius

PARIS, Feb 10 – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday questioned the commitment of the United States to resolving the crisis in Syria, saying its “ambiguous” policy was contributing to the problem. “There are the ambiguities including among the actors of the coalition … I’m not going to repeat what I’ve said before about

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Je Suis Charlie: One Year On, A Divided France Struggles

By Ingrid Melander PARIS, Jan – One year on, an anxious, fragmented France is paying tribute to the victims of the killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine, with old divisions made worse by what President Francois Hollande has called “a terrible year”. After the Islamist attacks that killed 17 on January 7-9 last year at the

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