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2006-08-19 15:01:24

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac on Saturday stressed the need for a clearer mandate for an enlarged United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon in talks with leaders from several countries, his office said. His diplomatic offensive, partly to explain Paris's decision to send only 200 additional troops to bolster the existing U.N. force, came the same day around 50 French peacekeepers arrived in south Lebanon. More were due to leave France on Sunday. Chirac spoke...

2006-06-27 03:54:44

By Crispian Balmer PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac's staunch defense of his beleaguered prime minister won him few plaudits on Tuesday as critics accused him of being out of touch, out of ideas and out of time. Chirac gave a rare television interview on Monday evening to throw his weight behind gaffe-prone Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, praising the government for its economic record and minimizing deep divisions within his own ruling majority. But his defiant,...

2006-06-26 16:13:55

By Crispian Balmer PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac stood by beleaguered Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on Monday, saying his government was producing good results despite a string of recent setbacks and controversies. "I don't see why I should change a government today that has perfectly fulfilled its mission," he told France 2 television, giving a rare interview in an effort to calm the political turbulence less than a year before presidential elections....

2006-06-26 14:28:57

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac rebuffed pressure on Monday to sack Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and promised to stand by his conservative government despite a series of political setbacks and gaffes. The president, who has faced widespread calls from members of his own UMP party to remove Villepin, said in a television interview the government was proving successful in reducing unemployment, lifting the economy and reforming the state. "I don't see why I...

2006-05-02 02:29:16

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said on Tuesday he would not resign over an alleged smear campaign that involves top politicians. "Nothing justifies a departure today," Villepin told Europe 1 radio. French media have been speculating for days that he might have to step down over the affair, which apparently aimed to discredit his rival, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. "I am ready to respond to all questions I could be asked," Villepin said, adding he...

2006-04-11 09:46:53

By Brian Rohan and Matthew Bigg PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of students marched through the French capital on Tuesday to celebrate victory over a hated youth job law but numbers were low, suggesting protests may be dwindling now the measure has been withdrawn. Most of the 300 people who marched in Paris were allied with political causes rather than simply motivated by the opposition to the First Job Contract, withdrawn in the face of protests that saw millions take to the streets...

2006-04-11 07:12:00

By Matthew Bigg PARIS (Reuters) - France's students and trade unions prepared a victory parade on Tuesday to mark the demise of a hated youth jobs law, with politicians and analysts split over whether the hope of labor market reform was dead too. Opponents of the First Job Contract (CPE) vowed to keep up their guard until new measures to replace the "easy hire, easy fire" law for young workers have been passed. In a sign that unrest that accompanied some of the protests might not be...

2006-04-10 17:56:23

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - French unions and students take to the streets on Tuesday in what amounts to a victory parade after President Jacques Chirac pronounced dead a hated youth jobs law that has sparked mass protests and periodic unrest. Union leaders toasted Monday's victory with champagne but vowed to remain on their guard until new measures replacing the First Job Contract (CPE) had become law. However, they refrained from calling for fresh action against government...

2006-04-10 12:32:09

By Matthew Bigg PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac bowed to weeks of angry protests on Monday and scrapped a youth job law in a climb-down that undermined his prime minister and handed victory to opponents of the law. Chirac's decision was a personal blow to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who had championed the First Job Contract (CPE) as a vital job-creating reform of the French economy but who had seen his popularity slump as mass opposition grew. The...

2006-04-10 07:32:46

By Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac on Monday scrapped a planned youth job law that provoked weeks of protests, in a climbdown opponents celebrated as an unqualified victory. The move was a personal blow to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who had championed the First Job Contract (CPE) and seen his popularity slump with the mass opposition and unrest. In a televised statement, Villepin said he regretted that weeks of strikes and protests...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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