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2006-01-04 08:52:57

PARIS (Reuters) - France should change a law that encourages the positive portrayal of its colonial past in school books, President Jacques Chirac said on Wednesday. "The current text divides the French. It must be rewritten. I want this move to happen within the framework of a general reflection because it is not for the law to write history," Chirac said in a New Year's address to journalists. The law was passed in February last year but became politically explosive when lawmakers...

2005-11-15 08:16:17

By Helene Fontanaud AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin made an unexpected visit on Tuesday to a Paris suburb that has been hit by riots as parliament prepared to approve an extension of emergency powers. Villepin traveled to Aulnay-sous-Bois northeast of Paris a day after President Jacques Chirac said in a national address that the worst civil unrest in almost 40 years pointed to a deep national malaise and identity crisis. The prime...

2005-11-15 05:17:53

By Timothy Heritage PARIS (Reuters) - France's parliament is expected to approve a government plan on Tuesday to extend emergency powers for three months to quell unrest which President Jacques Chirac said pointed to a deep national malaise. In a fresh sign that violence is on the wane, police said 215 vehicles were destroyed overnight in the 19th straight night of trouble, against 284 the previous day. In only 7 of France's 36,000 municipal districts were more than 5 cars...

2005-11-15 00:49:05

By Timothy Heritage PARIS (Reuters) - France's parliament is expected to approve a government plan on Tuesday to extend emergency powers for three months to quell unrest which President Jacques Chirac said pointed to a deep national malaise. The center-right government decided on Monday to seek the extension of the measures, such as curfews, to help stamp out violent protests against racism and unemployment by youths of African and Arab origin as well as white youngsters. "We will...

2005-11-14 20:16:35

By Timothy Heritage PARIS (Reuters) - France's parliament is expected to approve a government plan on Tuesday to extend emergency powers for three months to quell unrest which President Jacques Chirac said pointed to a deep national malaise. The center-right government decided on Monday to seek the extension of the measures, such as curfews, to help stamp out violent protests against racism and unemployment by youths of African and Arab origin as well as white youngsters. "We will...

2005-11-14 14:40:04

PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac said on Monday the French government would remain firm in its response to more than two weeks of violence which had shown there was a deep malaise in the country. Chirac said in a nationwide television address the main priority was to end the worst civil unrest in France for nearly 40 years. "These events bear witness to a deep malaise," said Chirac. "We will respond by being firm, by being fair and by being faithful to the values of...

2005-09-09 07:21:14

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS, Sept 9 - French President Jacques Chirac left hospital on Friday, saying he was well, but doctors have advised him not to travel by air for the next six weeks after treatment for a blood vessel problem that affected his vision. Looking well, Chirac, 72, spoke clearly but moved slowly as he walked unaided out of the Val de Grace military hospital in Paris with his wife Bernadette beside him shortly after noon. After thanking his doctors and nurses, he told...

2005-09-04 11:30:13

By Tim Hepher and Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac is in good health after spending a second night in a Paris hospital with a blood vessel condition and his test results are encouraging, government doctors said on Sunday. Chirac, 72, canceled his appointments for a week after slipping discreetly into hospital late on Friday following what his aides described as a "vascular accident" affecting his eyes. "The president had a good night. His general...

2005-09-04 10:36:13

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac is in good health after spending a second night in a Paris hospital with blood vessel problems and his test results are encouraging, government doctors said on Sunday. "The president had a good night. His general condition and his tests are very satisfactory," the Val de Grace military hospital said in a statement. Chirac, 72, has canceled his appointments for a week after being admitted to the hospital late on Friday following what...

2005-09-03 09:49:36

By Sophie Louet and Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac will be hospitalized for a week with a blood vessel problem that has affected his vision, officials said on Saturday. The 72-year-old French leader was admitted to a Paris military hospital late on Friday and all his appointments for the coming week have been canceled at his request, a spokeswoman for Chirac's office said. There was no mention of any temporary handover of authority. Prime Minister...


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