“France has become the latest country to benefit from Google’s foray into election-related news with the launch of a new feature that aggregates political information and candidate profiles related to the upcoming presidential elections.
The release Wednesday of Google’s “Election and Politics” section on its French site, Google.fr, is the online search giant’s fourth election website after Egypt, Senegal and the United States.
The company kicked off the new service at its Paris headquarters with a debate among leading political social media experts from the US, France and Tunisia to discuss the growing impact that the internet is having on political campaigns around the world.”
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“French presidential candidate Francois Hollande vowed Friday to change the balance of power within the European Union if he is elected, as h
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e attempted to boost his international standing and play down the cool treatment he has been receiving from the continent’s conservative leaders.
During a trip to Warsaw, Hollande tried to push forward the idea that the fiscal pact the EU treaty leaders agreed upon in December–and which was signed by 25 of the 27 nations last week–needs to be radically changed to include more growth-boosting measures.
Hollande said his standing as a freshly elected president in one of the bloc’s main nations would give him enough leverage to implement changes.
“When a great nation like ours makes a choice, the new head of state has a bigger legitimacy than that of an outgoing leader,” Hollande told journalists during a visit to Warsaw’s ancient Jewish ghetto. “I’ll plead in favor of a renegotiation. They’ll have in front of them a freshly elected president who will make growth and employment prevail, and who will fight for the re-orientation of the EU.”
Hollande said it wouldn’t be difficult to find other countries willing to change the Treaty.”
French President Hopeful: Would Change EU Power Balance if Elected
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Friday denied Paris was following Berlin’s lead in dealing with the eurozone crisis and denounced France’s opposition for raising fears of German influence.
In a statement, Juppe quoted a number of senior Socialists accusing French President Nicolas Sarkozy of taking orders from German Chancellor Angela Merkel in dealing with the eurozone’s debt woes.
“When they express themselves on the eurozone, Socialist leaders accuse France of following Germany’s lead,” Juppe said. “Not only is this false — and this is easy to show — it is irresponsible.”
France’s not “following Germany on eurozone: Juppe”
“France will need to almost triple investment in renewable energy if the nation’s oldest nuclear reactors are phased out, said Manon Dufour, an analyst in London at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, whose lead over President Nicolas Sarkozy has narrowed in the polls, has committed to closing French reactors after 40 years of service.
“An additional 102 billion euros ($136 billion) would need to be invested in renewable capacity in replacement,” Dufour said in a report published today. BNEF’s baseline forecast for French renewable investment is 60 billion euros.
France gets more of its power from nuclear plants than any other country. A third of the nation’s 58-reactor fleet has been operating for more than 30 years and would close in the next decade if their operations were capped at 40 years, BNEF said. That would wipe out 26 gigawatts by 2025 and 46 gigawatts by 2030, it said in the report.”
French Reactor Halt May Triple Renewables Spending, BNEF says
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