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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
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Paul Aussaresses, French soldier who defended torture, dies

PARIS, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Paul Aussaresses, who was stripped of his rank as a French Army general for admitting using torture in Algeria and defending the practice, has died. He was 95.

Family: Jacques Chirac recovering from kidney stone surgery

PARIS, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Former French President Jacques Chirac is recovering in a Paris hospital after surgery to remove kidney stones, his family says.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.
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Frail Chirac, 80, makes rare showing at French awards ceremony

Frail Chirac, 80, makes rare showing at French awards ceremony

PARIS, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Former French president Jacques Chirac appeared physically weak when he made an appearance at a awards ceremony in Paris, France 24 reported Friday.
Hollande is not welcome in the Knesset after snubbing it for students

Hollande is not welcome in the Knesset after snubbing it for students

JERUSALEM, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said Wednesday French President Francois Hollande is not welcome in his Legislature.

Spring in Europe

BERLIN, May 13 (UPI) -- Like the skies clearing after a storm, some small but hopeful patches of blue and even the occasional ray of sunshine are breaking through the prolonged gloom over Europe's economic prospects. The question is whether these hopeful signs last until Germany's election in September.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Sarkozy faces investigation

Sarkozy faces investigation

PARIS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy can be investigated for his part in a 2011 news release on the 2002 "Karachi Affair," a French court said Thursday.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.
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UK survives EU budget row

VIENNA, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Britain found key allies in Germany, Holland and Sweden to support its call for real cuts in planned future spending during talks on the next EU budget.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Bush, Blair talks focus of Iraq inquiry

Bush, Blair talks focus of Iraq inquiry

LONDON, May 22 (UPI) -- A British tribunal ordered the government to release details of conversations it had with Washington one week before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Hollande and Sarkozy lead Victory Day

Hollande and Sarkozy lead Victory Day

PARIS, May 8 (UPI) -- Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy invited Francois Hollande, the newly elected president, to lead the Victory Day celebrations in Paris Tuesday.
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Jacques René Chirac (French pronunciation: ; born 29 November 1932) is a French politician who served as President of France from 1995 to 2007. He previously served as Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988 (making him the only person to hold the position of Prime Minister twice under the Fifth Republic), and as Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995.

After completing his studies of the DEA's degree at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, a term at Harvard University and the École nationale d'administration (ENA), Chirac began his career as a high-level civil servant, and soon entered politics. He subsequently occupied various senior positions, including Minister of Agriculture, Minister of the Interior, Prime Minister, Mayor of Paris, and finally President of the French Republic.

Chirac's internal policies included lower tax rates, the removal of price controls, strong punishment for crime and terrorism, and business privatization. He also argued for more socially responsible economic policies, and was elected in 1995 after campaigning on a platform of healing the "social rift" (fracture sociale). After less statist policy when he was Prime minister (1986–1988), he changed his method. Then, his economic policies, based on dirigisme, state directed ideals, stood in opposition to the laissez-faire policies of the United Kingdom, which Chirac famously described as "Anglo-Saxon ultraliberalism". Chirac is the second-longest serving President of France (two full terms, the first of seven years and the second of five years), after François Mitterrand. As President, he also served as an ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra and Grand Master of the French Légion d'honneur.

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