Putin suggests he may seek another term

Putin suggests he may seek another term

VALDAI, Russia, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday playfully suggested he might run for another term in an exchange with a former French official.

Left, right slam Hollande on economy

PARIS, March 30 (UPI) -- Liberals and conservatives in France say President Francois Hollande's remarks in a TV interview show he is not up to handling France's economic troubles.

French dis-connection

PARIS, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The downgrading of its debt by Moody's led to a further downgrade of the eurozone's two bailout funds. France is becoming part of the euro's problem, rather than part of a solution.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

France's UMP candidates both claim win

PARIS, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- France's leading opposition party remained leaderless Monday after both candidates claimed victory in an election marred by allegations of fraud.

Official: Gunman may have filmed acts

TOULOUSE, France, March 20 (UPI) -- The gunman who shot and killed four people outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, appeared to be filming his actions, French authorities said Tuesday.

Halal meat a big issue in French election

PARIS, March 7 (UPI) -- Halal meat, slaughtered according to Islamic tradition, has become a central issue in the election campaign in France.
French forms bid adieu to 'mademoiselle'

French forms bid adieu to 'mademoiselle'

PARIS, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Calling a woman "mademoiselle" or asking for her maiden or married name on any official form in France is banned under an instruction issued to all ministries.

Greek bailout deal announced

BRUSSELS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Greece Tuesday secured agreement on a bailout that will require the government to follow strict austerity policies, officials announced.

France donating $7.8M to Auschwitz site

PARIS, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- France will donate about $7.8 million toward maintaining Poland's Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and museum, officials say.

Bank official bemoans possible downgrade

PARIS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The governor of France's central bank attacked credit agencies for considering a downgrade of the country's triple-A rating.

France pitching Brazil to save Rafale jet

BRASILIA, Brazil, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- France is making a high-level pitch in Brazil to secure a sale for its unloved Rafale jet fighter.

French Senate votes to allow foreign voter

PARIS, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A bill that would allow non-European Union citizens the right to vote in local elections in France has reached the National Assembly.
Papademos to be interim leader in Greece

Papademos to be interim leader in Greece

ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Lucas Papademos, a one-time European Central Bank deputy president, was appointed Monday as interim leader of debt-riddled Greece's interim administration.
Europe awaits Nord Stream launch

Europe awaits Nord Stream launch

BERLIN, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived Monday in Germany ahead of the inauguration of the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline, Moscow said.

Japanese village reconsiders nuclear power

TOKYO, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The mayor of Tokai, Japan is calling for the decommissioning of the village's nuclear reactors.
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Francois Fillon
Elysee Palace Secretary General Claude Gueant announces the new government of French Prime Minister Francois Fillon in the courtyard of the Elysee in Paris May 18, 2007. Fillon has unveiled a 15 minister cabinet team that includes seven women. (UPI Photo/William Alix)

François Charles Armand Fillon (French pronunciation: ; born 4 March 1954 in Le Mans, Sarthe) is Prime Minister of France. He was appointed to that office by President Nicolas Sarkozy on 17 May 2007. He served initially until 13 November 2010 when he resigned from being prime minister before a planned cabinet reshuffle.

On 14 November 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy reappointed Fillon as prime minister.

As a member of the UMP party, Fillon became Jean-Pierre Raffarin's Minister of Labour in 2002 and undertook controversial reforms of the 35-hour working week law and of the French retirement system (Lois Fillon). He became Minister of Education and Research in 2004 and proposed the much debated Fillon law on Education. In 2005, he was not included in the new government headed by Dominique de Villepin, but was elected senator for the Sarthe département. His role as a political advisor in Nicolas Sarkozy's successful race for president led to his current post.

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