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Hollande's ex-partner Royal joins France's new cabinet

<b>French President Francois Hollande's former partner, Segolene Royal, has joined the government in a major reshuffle by the ruling Socialists.</b><p>She will serve as environment minister in the cabinet of the new Prime Minister, Manuel Valls.<p>Mr Valls was appointed to the job after the Socialists suffered …

Ikea says sorry to East German political prisoners forced to make its furniture

It has become a retail byword for affordable, functional furniture: plain, cheerful items with a certain Nordic wholesomeness about them that millions of consumers the world over can't seem to resist.<p>But on Friday Ikea became associated with something darker when it admitted that at least some of …

French cafe offers discounts to polite customers

A cafe on the French Riviera has gained international notoriety after reminding customers to mind their manners.<p>What started as a local joke generated an internet buzz this week after a diner tweeted the sign outside the Petite Syrah in Nice on the Côte d'Azur.<p>In an attempt to turn the tables on …

French press takes greater interest in Hollande's politics than his sex life

The morning after the press conference before, the reaction of the French media was as many felt it should be.<p>There was less concern about the Socialist president, François Hollande, trundling along the boulevards of Paris on a scooter to meet his girlfriend (while the "first girlfriend" stayed at …

Is the French prime minister Manuel Valls the new Tony Blair?

<b>Name:</b> Manuel Valls.<p><b>Age:</b> 51.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Tony Blair, but French.<p><b>He doesn't look anything like Tony Blair.</b> He's not that French, either. He was born in Barcelona to a Catalan father and a Swiss Italian mother.<p><b>Why is he claiming to be French, then?</b> Because he became a French citizen at the age of 17. …

German artwork hoarder to return Nazi-looted works | DW | 27.03.2014

A court-appointed lawyer acting on behalf of collector Cornelius Gurlitt said one unidentified piece of art that had been found by police in a raid …

Suspected Nazi killer still silent in NSU trial | DW | 01.04.2014

Suspected serial killers Uwe Böhnhardt and Uwe Mundlos can't testify. They took their own lives on November 4, 2011 to evade arrest. A video produced …

German unemployment hovers above 3 million | DW | 01.04.2014

Unemployment in Germany fell in March, according to the latest figures from the Federal Employment Agency (BA), but the number of jobless remained …

Catching up but still miles behind: German museums in 140 characters | DW | 01.04.2014

Large, expansive rooms. Works of art on the walls. In a corner, two white, waist-high pillars covered in blue stickers.<p>A visitor approaches one …

A wake-up call for the French Socialists – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Yesterday the run-off of the French municipal elections ended with the worst possible scenario for François Hollande after the 23 March first round’s …