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IMF board stands behind Lagarde over French probe

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WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund's board on Friday stood behind the global lender's leader Christine Lagarde, who is facing a criminal investigation in France tied to a political corruption probe dating from 2008.

Quietly, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say, 'I do'

- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Hollywood's first couple, married in France over the weekend following a two-year engagement, ending nearly a decade of fevered tabloid speculation over whether "Brangelina" would ever tie the knot. | Video

Entertainment, People, 29 Aug 2014

Quietly, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say, 'I do'

- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Hollywood's first couple, married in France over the weekend following a two-year engagement, ending nearly a decade of fevered tabloid speculation over whether "Brangelina" would ever tie the knot. | Video

Entertainment, People 28 Aug 2014

IMF board likely to back Lagarde during French probe: sources

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund's board is likely to stand behind the global lender's leader, Christine Lagarde, who is facing a criminal investigation in France tied to a political corruption probe, sources close to the board said. | Video

IMF 28 Aug 2014

New French economy minister takes aim at 35-hour week

PARIS - France's new pro-business Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron ran into trouble with trade unions on Thursday for suggesting companies could be allowed exemptions to France's 35-hour week.

World, 28 Aug 2014

Decline of French language could cost half a million jobs : report

PARIS - A decline in the number of people worldwide who speak French could cost France 120,000 jobs by 2020 and half a million by 2050, due to missed economic opportunities, a report commissioned by President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.

26 Aug 2014

French economy minister urges alternative to German austerity

PARIS - The time has come for France to resist Germany's "obsession" with austerity and promote alternative policies across the euro zone that support household consumption, firebrand French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg said on Sunday.

Germany 24 Aug 2014

French economy minister says austerity measures sapping growth

PARIS - Austerity measures being pursued by France and elsewhere in the euro zone are quashing growth, French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg was quoted saying on Saturday, renewing his attacks on policies he sees as negative for the economy.

23 Aug 2014

European powers float idea of Gaza monitoring mechanism

UNITED NATIONS - Britain, France and Germany have floated the idea of creating a monitoring and verification mechanism for any future ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to prevent future conflicts, a senior British diplomat said on Friday.

Exclusive: France forced to import wheat as rain hits crop quality

PARIS - France's rain-hit wheat crop has delivered the first shock of the 2014/15 season: the EU's top grower and exporter is buying Lithuanian and British milling wheat to mix with its unusually poor-grade crop to meet contracts signed before the harvest.

21 Aug 2014