France

  • May 7, 2012  

    In a firm rebuke to France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and the fiscal austerity measures he advocated, a beaming Francois Hollande — the country’s Socialist Party president-elect — promised a “new direction” for his nation and Europe. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • May 7, 2012  

    French voters on Sunday elected Socialist candidate Francois Hollande to the presidency — rebuking sitting leader Nicholas Sarkozy and austerity measures. Jeffrey Brown, The New York Times’ Elaine Sciolino, Georgetown University’s Charles Kupchan and The Globalist’s Stephan Richter discuss the prospects of major policy shifts. Continue reading

  • April 23, 2012  

    Handing incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy a narrow defeat in Sunday’s first-round election, French voters raised the prospects of Socialist candidate Francois Hollande becoming the nation’s next leader after a May 6 runoff. Ray Suarez reports on voters voicing their discontent and how the markets reacted. Continue reading

  • March 22, 2012  

    In other news Thursday, a standoff in France ended in a barrage of bullets as police shot and killed a gunman who claimed al-Qaida ties and boasted about killing seven people. Also, one of the few established democracies in Africa fell into a military coup as drunken soldiers looted the presidential palace in Mali. Continue reading

  • March 21, 2012  

    French police waited early Thursday in Toulouse for an accused gunman to surrender, surrounding an apartment building where Mohamed Merah, a suspect in a series of fatal shootings who claimed ties to al-Qaida, was holed up. Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • March 21, 2012  

    Mohamed Merah, an accused gunman claiming ties to al-Qaida, was holed up Wednesday in an apartment in Toulouse, France. Merah is suspected in seven homicides. Margaret Warner and The New York Times’ Steven Erlanger discuss France’s latest terror concerns. Continue reading

  • January 27, 2012  

    In other news Friday, at least 33 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Iraq. The bomb went off in southeastern Baghdad during a funeral procession through a largely Shiite neighborhood. Also, French troops may leave Afghanistan a year early in 2013, President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed. Continue reading

  • January 24, 2012  

    In other news Tuesday, forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi seized control of a key city in Libya, three months after the dictator’s death. They retook the former Gadhafi stronghold of Bani Walid, after clashing for hours with revolutionary forces. Also, a string of car bombings rocked Baghdad, killing at least 14 Iraqis. Continue reading

  • January 20, 2012  

    In other news Friday, six U.S. marines were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed it shot down the chopper, but U.S. officials said there was no indication that enemy fire was involved. Also, France warned that its forces might leave Afghanistan early. Continue reading

  • December 23, 2011  

    In other news Friday, Congress passed a two-month payroll tax cut extension. The bill won unanimous consent, first in the Senate and then in the House — with only a handful of lawmakers present. Also, ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican president candidate Mitt Romney traded jabs on the economy. Continue reading