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South Korea: An inside look at the K-pop wave

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Diving back in: Offering support for French mothers returning to work

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Chaotic post-hurricane relief efforts in Haiti

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Cash crunch casualties: India's wedding industry suffers from currency changes

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Ivory Coast faces uphill battle against counterfeit medicine

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THE INTERVIEW

The fight for transparency: Democracy put to the test

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Choreographer Akram Khan: 'The body speaks the truth'

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Admiring the gardens of tomorrow in France's Loire valley

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French fashion legend Pierre Cardin celebrates 70 years of design

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Latest update 14/03/2012

France 2012: en route to the presidency

France heads to the polls this spring for the country’s most important election in five years. Campaign season does not officially start until April 9, but at least a dozen presidential hopefuls are already jostling for position in the imminent race to the Elysée Presidential Palace. FRANCE 24 takes an in-depth look at the players and power plays that will make 2012 a year to remember.

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Leftist candidate takes far-right fight to prime time

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For France’s blighted north, a Green path out of crisis

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Centrist François Bayrou returns for another presidential fight

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Le Pen: 'The US model cannot be applied to France'

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François Hollande: from obscurity to presidential frontrunner

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Dominique de Villepin: the man who would be president

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