Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been arrested and released again, this time in connection with a prostitution scandal.
France elects a new president on April 22, with a runoff possible on May 6. As this date approaches, it would appear that incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy is going to have trouble holding on to power.
A general strike called by Portuguese unions against austerity measures imposed by international finance capital practically shut down Portugal last Thursday.
Millions protested at more than 950 demonstrations in 80 countries Saturday, marking a month since the rallies against the global financial system began.
On September 12, an explosion at Marcoule, a nuclear facility in southern France, killed one person and injured four.
The 93rd birthday of Nelson Mandela was celebrated around the world July 18, paying tribute to the hero who spent 27 years in prison for his leading role in the fight against South Africa's apartheid regime.
The French parliament voted to ban fracking - a worrisome technique used to extract gas from rock deposits.
The case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is widely seen as another case of powerful and wealthy men thinking they have the right to sexually exploit women in subordinate positions.
The capture and detention of former President Laurent Gbagbo ends last week's military standoff in Côte d'Ivoire, but innumerable challenges remain.
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