Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrested in New York on sexual-assault charges, was considered a strong contender to become France's next president. Now his candidacy for the Socialist party is in serious doubt.
French strikes against pension reforms continued today. A large protest is expected this weekend as unions and the French Left continue to take on President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Low turnout in protest rallies Thursday signal that Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise France's retirement age from 60 to 62 is likely to succeed. Other European nations are moving from age 65 to 67.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy started to reshuffle his cabinet Monday after a resurgent left beat his center-right party in regional voting. The losses have some questioning Sarkozy's shot at reelection in 2012.
With a first-place showing over President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's first round of regional French elections, France's Socialist Party is building alliances in preparation for next Sunday's runoff - and the national elections two years from now.
The century-old party is in deep disarray amid recriminations over its failure to capitalize on the free market's current bad name.