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Marquis de Sade manuscript returned to France

The original scroll on which the Marquis de Sade wrote the draft of his novel on sexual depravity, murder and paedophilia "The 120 Days of Sodom" has been returned to France following years of legal wrangling. The parchment piece -- originally recovered from a cell wall at Paris's Bastille prison -- will go on display in the city from September to mark the bicentenary of the eighteenth century nobleman's death.

Hollande's ex-partner Royal joins streamlined French government

French President Francois Hollande recalled his former partner Segolene Royal from the political wilderness on Wednesday to join a new, streamlined government, days after his Socialist Party suffered an election drubbing. Sunday's stinging setback in nationwide municipal elections prompted Hollande to sack premier Jean-Marc Ayrault and replace him with tough-talking former interior minister Manuel Valls, 51.

IMF chief Lagarde warns that nations must adopt bold policy actions to boost global recovery

WASHINGTON - The head of the International Monetary Fund warns that leading nations need to embrace bold policy steps to accelerate a still-modest and fragile global economic recovery. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde says that as the world still struggles to emerge from the 2008 financial crisis, economies are under threat from tensions involving Ukraine and Russia to inaction in countries that should be driving growth.

Anti-austerity leftist promoted in French cabinet reshuffle

By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - A fierce critic of budget austerity was named French economy minister on Wednesday in a reshuffled government packed with strident personalities, including President Francois Hollande's former live-in partner Segolene Royal. Hollande has charged the new cabinet with halting France's economic decline after 22 months in power during which his poll ratings have collapsed to record lows, leading to the trouncing of his Socialists in weekend local elections.

France's new cabinet line-up

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday named a fresh cabinet under new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, after a reshuffle prompted by the ruling Socialists' dismal showing in local elections. Here is the complete list of ministers: Foreign Affairs: Laurent Fabius Environment and Energy: Segolene Royal Education: Benoit Hamon Justice: Christiane Taubira Finance: Michel Sapin Economy and Industry: Arnaud Montebourg Social Affairs: Marisol Touraine Labour: Francois Rebsamen Defence: Jean-Yves Le Drian

France's new cabinet line-up

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday named a fresh cabinet under new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, after a reshuffle prompted by the ruling Socialists' dismal showing in local elections. Here is the complete list of ministers: Foreign Affairs: Laurent Fabius Environment and Energy: Segolene Royal Education: Benoit Hamon Justice: Christiane Taubira Finance: Michel Sapin Economy and Industry: Arnaud Montebourg Social Affairs: Marisol Touraine Labour: Francois Rebsamen Defence: Jean-Yves Le Drian

New French PM suffers setback as he prepares to unveil government

France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls suffered his first setback as Green allies refused to take part in his government, due to be unveiled Wednesday. President Francois Hollande nominated the tough-talking interior minister to the post on Monday after the ruling Socialists suffered a drubbing at municipal polls. Valls replaces Jean-Marc Ayrault who had headed up a deeply unpopular government which struggled to create sorely-needed jobs and straighten out a battered economy.

New French PM suffers setback as he prepares to unveil government

France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls suffered his first setback as Green allies refused to take part in his government, due to be unveiled Wednesday. President Francois Hollande nominated the tough-talking interior minister to the post on Monday after the ruling Socialists suffered a drubbing at municipal polls. The 51-year-old is due to unveil his new government at 0915 GMT, the presidency announced Wednesday.

Hollande's ex-partner Royal joins streamlined new government

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday recalled his former partner Segolene Royal from the political wilderness to join a new streamlined government, days after his Socialist Party suffered an election drubbing. Sunday's stinging setback in nationwide municipal elections prompted Hollande to sack former premier Jean-Marc Ayrault and replace him with tough-talking interior minister Manuel Valls. The two wasted no time in radically reshaping the government, appointing two new faces in a cabinet of just 16 ministers, less than half the 38 in the previous line-up.

Hollande's ex-partner Royal joins streamlined new government

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday recalled his former partner Segolene Royal from the political wilderness to join a new streamlined government, days after his Socialist Party suffered an election drubbing. Sunday's stinging setback in nationwide municipal elections prompted Hollande to sack former premier Jean-Marc Ayrault and replace him with tough-talking interior minister Manuel Valls. The two wasted no time in radically reshaping the government, appointing two new faces in a cabinet of just 16 ministers, less than half the 38 in the previous line-up.
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