President Francois Hollande is facing one of the biggest social challenges of his more than two years in office as protests from rail workers and actors’ unions test his efforts to fix the French economy in baby steps.
When Bill Trautwein offered to buy his daughter a car to drive to college classes, she went for the blue one -- a used 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt that matched the color on the Florida Gators uniform her big brother wore on the way to two national football championships.
U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party lost its traditional backing from the Guardian newspaper, capping a week when polls showed he was beaten in the final televised campaign debate and was forced to apologize for calling a supporter “bigoted.”
The northern French village of Le Hamel sits amid farmland in the rolling hills of Picardy, its brick-and-timber houses clustered around a duck pond and a 16th- century church, far from France’s so-called urban ghettos.
French Socialist challenger Francois Hollande would defeat President Nicolas Sarkozy by 53 percent to 47 percent in the decisive second round of France’s presidential elections, according to a Harris Interactive poll. That’s the same gap as in the previous poll a week ago.
U.K. public support for Prime Minister David Cameron ’s coalition government is faltering, with 57 percent of people describing it as disappointing, the Daily Mail reported, citing a Harris Interactive poll of 1,057 people.