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French president denounces Fillon's claims of dirty tricks

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:42:13 GMT2017-03-24T09:42:13Z

PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande is vigorously denouncing suggestions by conservative presidential hopeful Francois Fillon that Hollande has a "cabinet noir" to discredit political rivals....



French candidate Macron wins key backer: defense chief

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:21:52 GMT2017-03-24T09:21:52Z

PARIS (AP) -- Independent French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of the defense minister, which could bolster voter confidence that the 39-year-old is presidential material despite having no party and minimal political experience....



Le Pen urges Russia and France to unite in Moscow visit

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:03:16 GMT2017-03-24T09:03:16Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has urged Russia and France to unite, during a visit to Russia less than a month before French elections....



Foreign ministry says French national kidnapped in Chad

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:49:44 GMT2017-03-23T14:49:44Z

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) -- A French citizen employed by a private company was kidnapped in Chad on Thursday by unidentified abductors, Chad's government and the French foreign ministry said....



Kremlin dismisses new claims against French candidate Fillon

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:16:21 GMT2017-03-22T13:16:21Z

PARIS (AP) -- The Kremlin is dismissing a report that French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was paid 50,000 euros ($54,000) to arrange a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and a Lebanese magnate....