A day after European leaders met to try to come up with a new answer to Greece's economic troubles, critics say the leaders are still failing to offer any real solutions to the debt crisis - and time is running out.
Francois Hollande will be the next president of France, the winner of a run-off election on Sunday between himself and Nicholas Sarkozy. Hollande, a Socialist, has promised to rollback, or at least modify, the austerity measures championed by his predecessor.
Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande are making their final pitch for votes in one of the most dramatic elections in recent French history. Opinion polls suggest the incumbent president is still trailing his Socialist challenger.
Since 9/11, outreach to Muslim communities around the world has been a U.S. diplomatic priority. Perhaps nowhere else is that more in display than in France, where Ambassador Charles Rivkin has made visiting the largely minority suburbs a major focus of his public diplomacy.
Greece's ERT is no more, at least over the air. The long-time public broadcaster lost its signal this week when the government decided to pull the plug, as the broadcasters were in mid-sentence. But the journalists have continued to work, moving their signal to the Internet.
At some level, all countries push new citizens to integrate and that's where civics and language citizenship tests come in. But when you take a longer look at how citizenship exams are developed worldwide, you realize they can have less to do with methodology than promoting a strict cultural identity.
French tabloid "Closer" exposed an alleged affair between French President François Hollande and a French actress. Hollande isn't the first French president to stray, though he isn't married, so why is this alleged affair causing such a stir?
François Hollande has long been under pressure for his policies. Now, he's under pressure around the details of an affair. Perhaps he needs a lesson from Abdul Saboor, praised as "Afghanistan's most honest man" in a country known for corruption. And is a woman on a swing a bit enticing? Some in Saudi Arabia say yes and want to stop it. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
French President François Hollande is having a hard time getting any traction with his political agenda. Meanwhile, US officials are having a tough time moving past the diplomatic row with India over a diplomat accused of mistreating her housekeeper. And in Italy, a politician is finally saying enough is enough — with the racism she faces.
This weekend, French President François Hollande confirmed that he is separating from his partner Valérie Trierweiler. The French seemed to shrug at the news of Hollande's affair with actress Julie Gayet, seeing love and politics as separate. But France's neighbors and its former colonies don't necessarily agree.