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France could freeze income tax brackets to raise revenue: paper

PARIS (Reuters) - France's cash-strapped government may freeze income tax thresholds next year as a way to raise additional revenue, Les Echos business daily reported on Wednesday. Full story

Being rude to French president no longer an offense

PARIS (Reuters) - Being rude to the French president is no longer an offence after parliament agreed on Thursday to amend legislation dating back to 1881 in favour of freedom of speech. Full story

Exclusive: Diplomats test waters on U.N. Syrian aid resolution

PARIS (Reuters) - Diplomats have started exploring whether they could get enough votes to pass a U.N. Security EXCouncil resolution to help aid groups get into Syria as the death count mounts, a French diplomatic source said on Wednesday. Full story

Analysis: France's Hollande in tight spot on pension reform

PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande may only manage a lightweight reform of France's indebted pension system, with trade unions preparing street protests and his own Socialist Party warning it would oppose painful measures. Full story

France urges Myanmar leader to investigate anti-Muslim violence

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande pressed Myanmar's president on Wednesday to investigate violence against the country's Muslim minority in depth, and said a pledge to release political prisoners must be followed by action. Full story

French stamp with activist's likeness raises ire

The new face of France — or at least the official postage stamp for the President Francois Hollande era — is modeled after a Ukrainian woman who takes her top off to defend feminist causes. Full story

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French president Francois Hollande vowed to help ease the country's stagnation and deficit by a 75 percent tax on incomes over a million euros, sparking outrage among entrepreneurs, who say it would kill any innovative spirit. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

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French President Francois Hollande arrives to sign a job contract called 'Emplois francs' during a trip focused on urban policy in Clichy-sous-Bois

French President Francois Hollande arrives to sign a job contract called 'Emplois francs' during a trip focused on urban policy in Clichy-sous-Bois, outside Paris July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bertrand Langlois/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with residents at the end of his visit at 'Clichy Sand' during a visit focused on urban policy in Clichy-sous-Bois
French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with residents at the end of his visit at 'Clichy Sand' during a visit focused on urban policy in Clichy-sous-Bois

French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with residents at the end of his visit at 'Clichy Sand' during a visit focused on urban policy in Clichy-sous-Bois, outside Paris July 31, 2013 . REUTERS/Jacques Brinon/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)

French President Francois Hollande meets children and residents as he visits 'Clichy Sand' during a trip focused on urban policy in Clichy-sous-Bois
French President Francois Hollande meets children and residents as he visits 'Clichy Sand' during a trip focused on urban policy in Clichy-sous-Bois

REFILE - ADDING RESTRICTION French President Francois Hollande ATTENTION EDITORS : FRENCH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN FRANCE

French President Francois Hollande poses with children and residents as he visits 'Clichy Sand' during a trip focused on urban policy in Clichy-sous-Bois
French President Francois Hollande poses with children and residents as he visits 'Clichy Sand' during a trip focused on urban policy in Clichy-sous-Bois

French President Francois Hollande ATTENTION EDITORS : FRENCH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN FRANCE