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France jumps to the left as Hollande edges out Sarkozy

Franois Hollande has won France's presidential election in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe that could start a pushback against austerity.

Sarkozy, Hollande go head to head in TV debate

Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande will clash in their only television debate, seen as the conservative incumbent's last chance to turn the odds.

Economy may spell doom for Sarkozy

France voted on Sunday in round one of a presidential ballot, against the backdrop of a feeble economy.

‘Merkozy’ align plans to bring EU budgets under control

France's Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel are preparing to centralise control of EU members' budgets in order to rein in their debt crisis.

G20 demands eurozone debt solution within weeks

The world's leading economies are pressing Europe to act boldly within eight days to resolve the eurozone's sovereign debt crisis.

I made a ‘moral error’, Strauss-Kahn tells France

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn apologised to his country on Sunday for a sexual encounter with a hotel maid.

Manuel opts out of IMF contest

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel says he won't run for IMF chief, making French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde a firm favourite.

G8 leaders to tie Arab Spring aid to reforms

G8 leaders will approve billions of dollars in aid to new Arab democracies on Friday as they end their summit.

Sarkozy nears victory on pension Bill as unrest wanes

French President Nicolas Sarkozy moved closer to victory on Wednesday in his showdown with unions over pension reform.

Strong aftershock hits Haiti, violence fears ease

A strong aftershock struck Haiti on Wednesday, creating panic among people camping out in the capital's streets after last week's earthquake.

Troops secure Haiti aid as looters run amok

US troops protected aid handouts and the UN sought extra peacekeepers in Haiti on Monday as looters emptied shops as survivors received medical care.

Haitians receive little help despite promises

World leaders pledged massive aid programmes to rebuild Haiti but desperate earthquake survivors are still waiting for food, water and medicine.

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