April 3, 2014

Hollande Pulls Puppet PM's Strings

Allan Massie, The Scotsman

The Associated Press

The French president may be unpopular with the electorate, but it could be a masterstroke to promote his main party rival.

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TAGGED: Manuel Valls, Europe, Francois Hollande, France


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