Villepin Announces Run for French Presidency


Paris. Former French prime minister and conservative politician Dominique de Villepin announced Sunday he would take on his right-wing rival President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s presidential vote. “I have decided to be a candidate in the 2012 presidential election,” he told TF1 television. “I intend to defend a certain idea of France… I have a conviction: the 2012 meeting will be a meeting of truth, courage and will.” Villepin, a suave diplomat best remembered for leading the charge against the Iraq war at the United…

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Australia PM reshuffles cabinet, targets jobs

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard reshuffled her cabinet on Monday, focusing on job creation and labor relations, as she tries to reverse plummeting voter support ahead of elections due within two years. Gillard’s changes included promoting junior minister Bill Shorten to a new super ministry for jobs, […]