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France Moves Closer to Banning the Burqa

By ordering his cabinet to table a law banning the full face- and body-covering veils worn by some Muslim women, French President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared to...

The Protests in France Get Personal

As millions of French protesters took to the streets Thursday for a repeat of the nationwide strikes that slowed the country to a crawl on Jan. 29, there was the...

How Did Other Countries "Lose" in Libya?

In TIME's international editions, Jorge Castañeda, a former Mexican Foreign Minister, rates the “winners and losers” of the Libyan imbroglio, praising Western...

In Chad, Better the Devil You Know?

French President Nicolas Sarkozy likes to adopt a Travis Bickle "you-talkin-to-me?" swagger when seeking to intimidate political rivals, protesters and the...

Libya Frees Bulgarian Medics

Sofia was the scene of great joy and much relief Tuesday, after six Bulgarian medics detained in Libya for the past eight years on murder charges touched down to...

A French Debate over Guy Moquet

Reaction to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's attempt to honor the memory of an executed Resistance fighter speaks volumes about his relationship with French...

Sunday Shopping? France Says Non

In policy terms, December, 2008 is not turning out to be a keeper for French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Less than 24 hours after his government was forced to...

Sarko-Fatigue in a Ghetto of the Rich

Running for office in Neuilly-sur-Seine ought to be a slam dunk for any well-connected conservative politician. The Paris suburb is an oasis of affluence,...

European Peace Efforts on Gaza Hit Roadblocks

Efforts by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other European leaders to broker a cease-fire in Gaza have so far come to naught. The problem confronting them...

France Prepares for Strikes

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has repeatedly used the politically provocative term "rupture" to characterize the sweeping reforms he hopes will force a break...

Can French Bank Deal On Greek Debt Save The Euro?

Could the end of the Greek debt crisis be in view—and with it the pressure that has put the very future of the euro in jeopardy? That's the hope behind a draft...

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's Fling with Syria

The Bush Administration has long sought to isolate Syria in the hope of forcing greater cooperation with U.S. Middle East policy. And France's President Nicolas...

France's Belated Mea Culpa on Rwanda

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda claimed more than 800,000 lives, sparked years of violent unrest in central Africa and poisoned French-Rwandan relations so severely...

What's Wrong With a Museum of French History?

Georges Pompidou had his controversial cultural center. Jacques Chirac got his showcase of indigenous art. And in between Francois Mitterrand left his imprint on...

The Right Stuff

Having laid low while President Jacques Chirac took the heat for losing France's referendum on the European constitution, Nicolas Sarkozy is back, in the guise...