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France's Diplomacy Play

Blessed are the peacemakers, but the First Couple of France may have had more political aims in engineering their dramatic accord with Libyan leader Muammar...

France Set for Second Sarkozy Win

Only a month after the French went to the polls in near-record numbers to vote in the most impassioned Presidential campaign in recent history, they now seem to...

France: Sego And Sarko Go To The Palace

There's a dire need for some fresh air in the Elysée Palace. Since 1981, France has had only two Presidents--François Mitterrand for 14 years and Jacques Chirac...

"The Bretons, France"

Some 600,000 people turned out last month for the annual Interceltic Festival in the small port town of Lorient in Brittany, the peninsula in western France that...

Who Is Targeting The Rails Of France?

The French love their trains, but these days they're boarding them warily. Last week their government confirmed that its security forces have for the past three...

France's Leading Salesman

The last thing Publicis chairman and CEO Maurice Levy seemed destined for was advertising stardom. A stern, secretive man in the flamboyant, self-promoting world...

France Is Different Because ...

It's no accident that France's postwar elite gravitated not into business but into politics and civil service. It promulgated the idea that if being American or...

London, France But No Underpants

Grammys are given out in 100 mind-numbing categories. If you didn't win one, you clearly weren't trying. With so much hardware so readily available, the real...

France: Cheysson's Final Faux Pas

For months after a series of blunders by French Foreign Minister Claude Cheysson, rumors of his departure had been gaining momentum. He committed his most...

France: The Communist Party Divided

A significant factional struggle appears to be going on inside France's Communist Party. On one side stand the so-called traditionalists, among them durable...

France: Return of the Native

After three years of political exile, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing has become the first former President since the Fifth Republic wa; founded in 1958 to regain a...

France: Awarding the Seeds of Life

"I'm the happiest woman in the world," declared Corinne Parpalaix, 22, last week after a civil court in the Paris suburb of Créteil awarded her possession of...

France: Hitting Home

A grieving brother goes mid The cream-colored Alfa-Romeo careered toward the assembled dignitaries as a security man, in a half-crouch, squeezed off shots...

FRANCE: The Manure Revolt

It was the official opening of the Orleans-to-Tours superhighway, and French Minister of Development Robert Galley and a bevy of lesser government officials...

FRANCE: Courting Billions

It was the reddest of red carpets that the French rolled out last week for a state visit by Iran's Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlevi and his Empress Farah. The entire...

FRANCE: Bodies in Distress

There were no streetwalkers walking the streets of Marseille last week. Instead of accosting potential customers with the traditional invitation "Tu viens,...

FRANCE: From Concubine to Bride

It is no secret that the French government does not share the philosophy of U.S. trustbusters—it actively encourages bigness in business. During the last few...

France: Memoirs with Rage

Except for a few quiet outings, including an Armistice Day pilgrimage to World War I battlefields, Charles de Gaulle has stayed close to his country place at...

France: Joining the Club

France's first hydrogen bomb explod ed last week over the Fangataufa atoll in the South Pacific, forming a huge ex clamation mark to punctuate the dif...