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The hidden hand of French companies in US elections


While attention in France and elsewhere in the world last week was mainly focused on the presidential race between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, there were also many Congressional contests taking place across the United States. An investigation has revealed that a number of French groups were involved in funding candidates at those elections. Officially the fund-raising was carried out by American employees of those French businesses rather than the firms themselves. But, curiously, these staff members tended to favour Congressional candidates who were close to their own company's interests. Martine Orange reports.


Claude Bosi dismisses fellow French chefs as 'lazy'

The outspoken London-based French chef has launched a blistering attack on his countrymen, claiming they lack imagination in the kitchen.

Death penalty for Afghan soldier who killed French troops

Soldier who killed five French soldiers in January during a joint operation in Kapisa province has been sentenced to death by a military court.

London, France's sixth biggest city

More French people live in London than in Bordeaux or Strasbourg and it is now thought to be France's sixth biggest city in terms of population.

Germany and France turn to British-made Jaguar and Land Rovers

German and French car buyers are turning to British-made Jaguar and Land Rovers at an unprecedented rate despite the eurozone debt crisis.

'Removing the word race won't end racism'


In a bid to help stamp out racism, Socialist Party presidential candidate François Hollande wants to make a small but significant amendment to article 1 of the French Constitution – the removal of the word “race”. But would that make any difference? Academic and human rights campaigner Danièle Lochak thinks not, dismissing the idea as merely “for show”. Here, in an interview with Mediapart's Carine Fouteau, she explains her reasoning.

Dominique de Villepin to stand for president

Former French prime minister and centre-right politician Dominique de Villepin announces he will stand for president in the 2012 election.