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  • 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.

  • ** FILE ** This Oct. 18, 2012, file photo, shows the iPhone5. (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Socking the smartphone set

    President Obama borrows a lot of his ideas from his friends in Europe. The continent's Big Government welfare state is an inspiration for someone who thinks the cure for too much spending is more spending.

  • Mexico demands Sotheby's halt auction of artifacts

    The Mexican government is demanding that Sotheby's auction house halt the planned sale of 51 pre-Columbian Mexican artifacts, arguing they are protected national historical pieces.

  • A proposal to build a third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Md., was rejected Monday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (Associated Press)

    New nuclear reactor for Maryland rejected

    Plans to build a third reactor at southern Maryland's Calvert Cliffs were halted — perhaps permanently — on Monday as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission upheld its earlier decision to reject the project.

  • Hashtag goes Gallic in French lawbooks

    The French government is redefining hashtag with a Gallic touch. The country that has an academy devoted solely to the use of the French language has given its official seal of approval to a new word for the Twittersphere: mot-diese.

  • French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici pauses as he speaks with journalists during a news conference in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. France is creating a new government-backed investment bank that will aim to spur economic growth by lending to small and medium-sized enterprises. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Hollande favors gradual reforms for French economy

    The 35-hour work week? Untouchable. The social safety net? Untrimmable.

  • France's President Francois Hollande waits for the arrival of Quebec Prime Minister Pauline Marois prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Stick-it-to-rich tax plan may backfire on France

    France's Socialist government is proposing a slew of taxes -- on art, on businesses, on the rich -- that are drawing criticism for stifling entrepreneurship and scaring off the wealthy.

  • The shell of a car burns out in a neighborhood of Amiens, France, on Tuesday. Dozens of young men rioted in a troubled district in northern France after weeks of tensions. They stole vehicles, and burned a school and a youth center. The police department in Amiens says at least 16 officers were hurt by the time the riot ended Tuesday, some by buckshot. (Associated Press)

    Youth riots break out in northern district of France

    Months of tension between police and young people in a troubled district of northern France exploded Tuesday, with dozens of youths facing off against riot officers in a night of violence.

  • French autistic kids mostly get psychotherapy

    In most developed countries, children with autism are usually sent to school where they get special education classes. But in France, they are more often sent to a psychiatrist where they get talk therapy meant for people with psychological or emotional problems.

  • In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, citizen journalism image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria and accessed on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, houses are seen damaged by Syrian government forces shelling in Homs, Syria. The Associated Press is unable to independently verify the authenticity, content, location or date of this handout photo. (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

    Syria shelling of Homs kills 2 Western journalists

    A French photojournalist and an American working for a British newspaper were killed Wednesday by Syrian government shelling of the opposition stronghold of Homs, France's government said.

  • France to announce breast implant guidance

    Tens of thousands of women in France, Britain and other countries are awaiting French government guidance Friday on what to do about their breast implants, which may be unsafe.

  • France to pay for removal of risky breast implants

    France took a costly and unprecedented leap Friday in offering to pay for 30,000 women to have their breast implants removed because of mounting fears the products could rupture and leak cheap, industrial-grade silicone into the body.

  • France offers to pay for breast-implant removal

    France took the costly and unprecedented step Friday of offering to pay for 30,000 women to have their breast implants removed because of mounting fears the products could rupture and leak cheap, industrial-grade silicone into the body.

  • In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, Chantal Guerin, a 46-year-old accountant and mother of three, displays a breast implant made by Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, that was removed from her left breast, during an interview with The Associated Press in Paris. Guerin had her left breast removed after cancer and had PIP implants put in both breasts. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    France offers to pay for breast-implant removal

    France took the costly and unprecedented step Friday of offering to pay for 30,000 women to have their breast implants removed because of mounting fears the products could rupture and leak cheap, industrial-grade silicone into the body.

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