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French far-right party founder Le Pen in hospital after operation

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PARIS - The 86-year-old founder of France's National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was under observation in hospital on Thursday after an operation, in the midst of a feud with his daughter Marine, now leader of the far-right party.

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Holcim says Eurocement plan too late for shareholder meeting agenda 16 Apr 2015

ZURICH - Holcim said a proposal by a major shareholder to have a seat on the board after the Swiss cement maker merges with France's Lafarge had come too late to be included in the agenda of a shareholder meeting next month.

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Fighter jet makers eye Indian riches after scaled-back French deal 16 Apr 2015

NEW DELHI - Foreign fighter jet makers see a multi-billion dollar opportunity in India's decision to scale back purchases of high-end aircraft from France, which may free up cash in the world's largest arms importer to buy a new fleet of mid-range planes.

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Sarkozy aims for French party of 'Republicans' 16 Apr 2015

PARIS - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy wants to rechristen his UMP party "The Republicans" - but more as part of a calculated bid to consolidate his own political comeback than in homage to similarly-named fellow U.S. conservatives.

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Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014 - annual survey 15 Apr 2015

JERUSALEM - Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014, with the highest number of incidents occurring in France, according to an annual study published in Israel on Wednesday.

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France challenges EU structural deficit targets 15 Apr 2015

PARIS - France will target smaller reductions in its structural budget deficit in 2016 and 2017 than called for by the European Commission in order to preserve economic growth, the government said on Wednesday.

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Defiant Jean-Marie Le Pen vows no departure from politics 14 Apr 2015

BRUSSELS - National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen vowed in a Reuters interview to stay in politics until he dies, reiterating comments that show he is not backing away from a family feud that is complicating the far-right's quest for power in France.

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Foreign ministers call for end to fighting in east Ukraine 14 Apr 2015

BERLIN - Foreign ministers from Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine called for an end to the renewed heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine following tough talks in Berlin on Monday.

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France's Jean-Marie Le Pen steps back to ease family feud 13 Apr 2015

PARIS - Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France's far-right National Front, said on Monday he would not seek its ticket to stand in regional polls, taking some of the sting out of a damaging public row with his daughter Marine, the party's current leader.

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India to wait another two years for French Rafale jets - minister 11 Apr 2015

NEW DELHI - India will not receive its first Rafale fighter jet from France's Dassault Aviation for up to two and a half years and tricky issues including pricing must still be worked out, India's defence minister said on Saturday.