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Francois Hollande

Why is France pushing so hard on Syria?

Source : The Associated Press | 17 Sept 2013

In a secretive compound north of Paris, colored blips and blotches on a computer-screen map of Damascus depict an armored vehicle at a highway, tanks, a blown-up building in a suburban field. An unusual glimpse at France's military intelligence headquarters demonstrates how closely the French are watching what's happening in Syria - and how implicated the French government is in ending Syria's civil war.

France finally acknowledges 1961 massacre of Algerians

Source : Agencies | 18 Oct 2012

French President Francois Hollande acknowledged on Wednesday Algerians were massacred during an independence rally in Paris in 1961, ending decades of official silence over one of the darkest chapters of post-war French history.

The statement, which came as Hollande tries to improve relations with Algiers ahead of a visit there in December, was the first time a French president had publicly accepted the killings took place.

French Afghanistan pull-out starts ‘within weeks’: Hollande

Source : Agencies | Paris | 15 Jun 2012

French President Francois Hollande said yesterday the withdrawal of the country’s troops from Afghanistan would begin within weeks, as he paid tribute to four soldiers killed at the weekend.

“Our combat troops will begin leaving Afghanistan soil in the next few weeks,” Hollande said, adding that the withdrawal would take place “in order and security.”

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