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  • Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

    PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee Palace in 2017 elections.
  • New French economy minister takes aim at 35-hour week

    PARIS (Reuters) - France's new pro-business Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron ran into trouble with trade unions on Thursday for suggesting companies could be allowed exemptions to France's 35-hour week. Introduced by a previous Socialist-led government...

    Juppe joins race for French presidency in challenge to Sarkozy

    PARIS (Reuters) - Former prime minister Alain Juppe joined the race to be the presidential candidate of France's centre-right on Wednesday, posing a potential challenge both to a 2017 comeback bid by Nicolas Sarkozy and to the rise of the extreme right....

    French officials decry rioters who target synagogue, Jewish shops

    French officials decry rioters who target synagogue, Jewish shops
    French politicians across the political divide on Monday denounced pro-Palestinian rioters who attacked a synagogue and Jewish-owned shops in a Paris suburb. Hours after the Sunday night clashes between riot police and demonstrators angered at Israel'...

    This week's "Anvil of Reason" award. And the winner is ...

    This week's "Anvil of Reason" award. And the winner is ...
    Last week, we introduced the "Wile E. Coyote Anvil of Reason Award," given to that person in the news who most needs a dose of brutal cartoonish enlightenment. This week, we have several worthy nominees. They are:  • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)...