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New French PM forms government as mammoth challenges await

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 03:23

France`s new Prime Minister Manuel Valls set about forming a new government on Tuesday tasked with the mammoth challenge of reviving a battered economy, as the EU warned Paris not to renege on its reform pledges.

Hollande names new PM, pledges tax cuts after poll rout

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014, 03:12

Francois Hollande named centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister on Monday, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after ruling Socialists were trounced in local French elections.

France to examine family reform measures

Last Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014, 07:40

French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault Thursday said the government was "ready to examine without delay" some measures of the controversial bill of family reforms.

Two dead, hundreds evacuated in flood-hit French Riviera

Last Updated: Monday, January 20, 2014, 12:13

River levels were receding early on Monday in southeastern France after "historic" floods left two people dead and more than 150 were airlifted to safety.

France will not `copy` British economic policies: PM

Last Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013, 07:06

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Thursday that his government will not copy British economic policies as they had created poverty and inequality.

France avoids vote on Syria crisis in Parliament

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 03, 2013, 09:05

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault Monday rejected opposition`s calls for a parliament vote on the Syria crisis.

France to give `clear evidence` Syria regime behind gas attack

Last Updated: Monday, September 02, 2013, 18:53

France was set on Monday to provide what it says is clear evidence that the Syrian regime was behind a devastating chemical attack, as Western leaders bid to overcome widespread scepticism to military action.

France to miss 2013 target to cut deficit: PM

Last Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 13:06

Speaking to the state-run TV channel France 3, Ayrault admitted that France's gap "will not be exactly at 3 percent", reported Xinhua.

Ayrault’s new French govt wins vote of confidence

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 04, 2012, 09:42

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s new left-wing government in France on Tuesday won a vote of confidence in the National Assembly.

France to legalise ‘same-sex’ marriage

Last Updated: Saturday, June 30, 2012, 16:59

French President Francois Hollande, who took office last month, had pledged to legalise gay marriage and adoption during his election campaign.

Women play big role in France`s new Cabinet

Last Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012, 10:27

For the first time in modern-day France, the country now has a Cabinet where women hold half the posts.

French PM re-elected in Parliamentary elections

Last Updated: Monday, June 11, 2012, 10:31

Appointed as PM in mid-May, Hollande told ministers that anyone failing to win the legislative election would have to leave the government.