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  • A U.S. Air Force C130 flies above Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, during a ceremony in homage of paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne at the 70th D-Day anniversary. (Associated Press photographs)

    Normandy's love of America: French province will never forget sacrifices in D-Day assault

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  • French PM: Defense spared from new budget cuts

    France's prime minister vowed Friday to spare the country's defense budget from new government spending cuts, after top military chiefs threatened to resign amid fears that further reductions will be made.

  • A Nigerian, resident in Spain protests outside the Nigerian embassy in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 16, 2014 in support of the kidnapped school girls in Abuja, Nigeria. Boko Haram insurgents on April 15 abducted more than 300 students from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School. Police say 53 managed to escape and 276 remain in captivity. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    Summit combats Boko Haram funds, arms, training

    Boko Haram has ample funds, highly sophisticated weaponry and advanced training with some of the world's most experienced terrorists, the French president said Saturday as he and African leaders grappled with how to combat the Islamic extremist group whose reach extends to five countries.

  • France's President Francois Hollande, center, gestures as he talks to the media after an interview with BFM television journalist in Paris, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Hollande celebrates Tuesday his second anniversary in charge. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

    France says GE offer for Alstom not good enough

    French President Francois Hollande says that an offer by General Electric Co. for troubled French engineering company Alstom is not good enough and wants the U.S. company to come up with a better deal.

  • U.S. giant General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt leaves the Elysee Palace after meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris, Monday, April 28, 2014.  Hollande met Sunday with top members of the government to discuss Alstom, hours after the Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg warned the engineering company not to pursue a "precipitous" tie-up with U.S. giant General Electric Co., saying that France's national interest is at stake in a potential sale. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Orchestrating Alstom follows long French tradition

    France's Socialist leader summoned three CEOs to the presidential palace on Monday to orchestrate the sale of Alstom, an engineering firm and treasure of French industry, in the government's latest effort to bring globalization to heel.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House, Friday, April 25, 2014, in Seoul, South Korea. The U.S. and Europe are laying the groundwork to sanction broad sections of Russia's economy if Moscow invades eastern Ukraine, Obama said Friday, even as he acknowledged those sanctions may fail to deter Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama presses European allies to ramp up economic pressure on Russia

    President Obama held a conference call Friday with European leaders to marshal support for broader economic sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, although there was no indication that collective action is imminent.

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, April 20, 2014, and released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, checks a damaged church during his visit to the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus, Syria. Assad visited on Sunday a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists. The rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, took Maaloula several times late last year. (AP Photo/Syrian Presidency via Facebook)

    French president accuses Syria's Assad of gassing his own citizens

    France's Francois Hollande said during a recently broadcast media interview that he believes Syrian forces were directed by President Bashar Assad to unleash chlorine gas onto the civilian population.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, tastes local food during a visit before a dinner at the town hall in Lyon, central France, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Xi Jinping arrived in France for a three-day state visit. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, Pool)

    Deal-making ahead as China president visits France

    Chinese President Xi Jinping was the toast of France as he embarked on a state visit - and what better time just days after China ended an anti-dumping, anti-subsidy investigation of French wine.

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    FIELDS: First ladies and second gentlemen

    It's nearly Valentine's Day again. Girls and boys, children and teenagers, men and women of various sizes, colors and ages, parade sentiments about what they wish, think, enjoy, reflect or remember about this crazy thing called love.

  • French president Francois Hollande, at right, waves as he arrives at city hall on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in San Francisco. The French president visited San Francisco to meet politicians, lunch with Silicon Valley tech executives and inaugurate a new U.S.-French Tech Hub. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool)

    French leader in California for tech talks

    France's president met with Silicon Valley and government leaders in the heart of tech country Wednesday, just days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory slap and after years of efforts to wrest more taxes from tech firms.

  • French President Francois Hollande listens as President Barack Obama speaks during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, during a state visit. Lauding the "enduring alliance" between the United States and France, President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed President Francois Hollande to the White House for a lavish state visit. The highly anticipated trip is taking place amid swirling speculation on both sides of the Atlantic about problems in Hollande's personal life.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Obama, Hollande hit Moscow over Syria

    President Obama and French counterpart Francois Hollande Tuesday had harsh words for Russia, saying the nation is partly to blame for the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama greets singer Beyonce after she performs the National Anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.   Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States.  (Photo by POOL Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    French press buzzes at far-fetched Beyonce-Obama affair story

    Members of the French press, visiting the United States to cover President Francois Hollande's meet-up with President Obama, have created a buzz in overseas and domestic news outlets with a story started by one of their own but already shot down as false — that Mr. Obama is having an affair.

  • President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Feferberg, Pool)

    Obama, France's Hollande tour Jefferson's famed Monticello

    President Obama and French President Francois Hollande on Monday afternoon will tour Monticello, the estate of former president and Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson.

  • French President Francois Hollande steps out his plane upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday Feb. 10,  2014, for a three-day visit to U.S., including a state dinner hosted by Presidetn Barack Obama.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    French leader opens unusual state visit to US

    Celebrating the long-standing ties between their nations, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande on Monday toured the sweeping Virginia estate owned by Thomas Jefferson, the former American president and famed Francophile. Obama's rare out-of-town trip with a foreign leader opened two days of events marking Hollande's state visit to the United States.

  • A state visit equals PR opportunity. The White House ran an online lottery for social-media fans who wanted to be in the throng to greet French President Francois Hollande when he arrives this week. (White House)

    Inside the Beltway: Ooh-la-la or maybe not

    When French President Francois Hollande arrives in the nation's capital for a three-day state visit on Monday, he's bringing much baggage, but not of the suitcase variety.

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  • On Sunday, French President Francois Hollande told Europe 1 radio station there were "elements" suggesting recent use of chemical weapons, but no proof.

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  • French President Francois Hollande said authorities were investigating any possible links with the recent slaying of a British soldier.

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