Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

Magazine article The Spectator

Abroad

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In the first round of the elections for the French presidency, Francois Hollande, the Socialist, gained 28.6 per cent of the votes, with President Nicolas Sarkozy of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire polling 27.2 per cent. Marine Le Pen, for the Front National, came third with 17.9 per cent. The Dutch government fell, amid wrangles about austerity measures, but Holland managed to sell two billion euros of bonds at no great disadvantage.

Spain returned to recession. Balloons were being considered as a means to raise the wreck of the Costa Concordia, which lies off the Italian island of Giglio.

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As more UN monitors arrived in Syria, 70 people were killed in one day, mostly at Hama, where the government resumed shelling after monitors had left. The Bahrain Formula 1 grand prix went ahead despite demonstrations by thousands against the rule by a Sunni monarchy over a Shia majority. The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company scrapped an agreement to supply Israel with 40 per cent of the gas it needs. Sudan and South Sudan fought over oilfields in the border region around Heglig. …

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