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New escalation: Cross-border shelling between Israel and Lebanon (part 2)

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A Lebanese prison 'run by Islamists', and children tear-gassed in Kenya

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An interview with a French or international personality from the world of economics, politics, culture or diplomacy. Every Monday and Wednesday at 4.45 pm Paris time. Saturday at 7.45 am.

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Latest update : 2014-08-28

Historian Jean Garrigues: 'For the first time, Hollande knows what he is doing'

For the second time in six months, François Hollande, sinking in the polls and under fire from all sides, has revamped his government. Faced with a schism within his cabinet, the beleaguered French president purged his ministerial ranks of dissenters from the left wing of his own Socialist Party.

But Hollande shows few signs of changing policies; especially the belt-tightening economic policies that his critics say have led France down a dead end of high unemployment and zero economic growth. Can he defy his sceptics and turn the country around?

Jean Garrigues, a political historian and author of many books on French political life, comments on France's latest political crisis.

By Douglas HERBERT

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2015-01-27 Nazis

In Nazi death camps, 'I asked myself where God was all the time'

Samuel Pisar is a Holocaust survivor. Between the ages of 13 and 16, he lived through the horror of Majdanek, Dachau and Auschwitz. He tells Marc Perelman how he survived in the...

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2015-01-26 Colombia

Colombia's Santos 'convinced' that FARC rebels 'want peace'

Decades of conflict between the Colombian government and FARC rebels may be coming to an end. Peace talks have been taking place in Cuba since 2012 and in December of last year,...

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2015-01-24 Charlie Hebdo

Riots over cartoons of Prophet Mohammed are 'childish'

Naser Khader is a former Danish MP of Syrian origin. He has been a vocal advocate for free speech ever since the first controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed emerged...

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2015-01-24 European Union

Majority of EU citizens 'support transatlantic trade deal'

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she met her US counterpart to discuss progress on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

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2015-01-25 Ukraine

Ukraine's finance minister: Kiev 'needs a substantial amount of money'

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she alerted Ukraine's international donors to her country's dire need of help. "We need...

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