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French finance minister François Baroin has confirmed that the ratings agency Standard and Poor’s intends to strip France of its AAA credit rating. (photo, from lemonde.fr) (more…)

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The UK is the only EU member state which refused to back a tax and budget pact – known as a “fiscal compact” – aimed at tackling the eurozone debt crisis.

UK prime minister David Cameron (photo, from guardian.co.uk) said he had to protect key British interests, including its financial markets. (more…)

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On Sunday evening ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (photo, from nouvelobs.com) apologised to his country on TV for what he described as a “moral error”. On 14 May he was arrested in New York and accused of attempted rape on a hotel maid. (more…)

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The sexual assault case against former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been dismissed on Tuesday by a New York judge Michael Obus. (photo, from leparisien.fr) (more…)

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Christine Lagarde (photo, from lemonde.fr), the French finance minister, will become the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF). (more…)

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The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn (photo, from cnn.com), was taken off an Air France plane at JFK airport on Saturday minutes before if left for Paris and has been charged by New York police over an alleged sex attack on a hotel maid. (more…)

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Bulgaria and Romania will be blocked from joining the Europe’s passport-free travel zone, following French and German interior minister declared it “premature” to let them join Schengen in March 2011. (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) (more…)

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In the French city of Nantes, a coded manuscript (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) by Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in a public library, after a journalist came across a reference to it in a Leonardo biography, the library said. (more…)

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In southern France, a retired electrician who worked for Pablo Picasso (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) says he has 271 of previously unknown works by the artist. (more…)

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In light of intelligence pointing to possible attacks by al-Qaeda in Europe (map, from bbcimg.co.uk), the US government has warned its citizens in an official travel advisory to be vigilant when travelling there.

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