Alain Juppé

France and Rwanda at loggerheads on 20th anniversary of genocide

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African nation barred France’s ambassador from attending genocide commemorations after Paris cancelled the planned visit of justice minister.

France moves to ban controversial comic

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Bordeaux is first city to ban planned show by comedian Dieudonné after interior minister issues tough new guidelines to regional officials.

France rejects Syrian rebels' weapons plea

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France has rejected a weapons request by the Syrian rebel forces, saying that arming the Syrian opposition could lead to a catastrophic civil war.

Former French president Jacques Chirac found guilty of Paris City Hall corruption scam


Former French President Jacques Chirac (pictured) was on Thursday given a two-year suspended prison sentence for embezzling public funds when he was mayor of Paris to finance his political party and advisors for his presidential election campaign strategy. Chirac, 79, is the second French head of state to be tried by a court of justice, after the country's wartime collaborationist Vichy government leader, Marshal Philippe Pétain, in 1945. Michel Deléan reports.

French ministers begin open attacks on British EU veto

International — Analysis

French ministers begin open slamming of Britain's use of its veto at an EU summit on Friday, ahead of David Cameron's much-awaited parliamentary speech.

The resurrected career of Alain Juppé

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French foreign minister Alain Juppé is serious, intelligent and slightly dull - an "homme sérieux" who Mr. Sarkozy, with his impatient flash, is not.

It's touché for Juppé and wait-and-see for Sarkozy


President Nicolas Sarkozy's appointment of veteran Gaullist politician Alain Juppé to the post of foreign affairs minister marked the consummation of a forced political marriage between two longstanding rivals (photo), celebrated in November. Marine Turchi charts their turbulent years of sniping and strife, all of which promise further fireworks ahead of next year's presidential elections.

Spotlight on the French government reshuffle


The French ministerial reshuffle in November appeared to announce the start of the 2012 presidential election campaign and an attempt to kickstart a government engulfed by scandals and social unrest. The new ministerial line-up saw a strengthening of ministers loyal to President Nicolas Sarkozy, a return of old-school Gaullists and the re-appointment of François Fillon as prime minister. It also saw the exit of the Centrists and figures from the renegade Left. Click here for Mediapart's reports and commentary, and the complete list of the new government team.

The ins and outs of the French government reshuffle

France — Newswatch

The long-awaited French government reshuffle, completed Sunday evening, has ushered in a ministerial team largely composed of President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party stalwarts, in a move that appears to launch the president's bid for re-election in 2012. Out go the Centrist movement heavyweights, along with the few renegades from the Left. Géraldine Delacroix and Michaël Hajdenberg sketch who's who and who's no more, and present the complete list of new government members.