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Published May 06, 2012, 10:11 PM

France Gets New Leader, Europe New Direction

PARIS (AP) — France handed the presidency Sunday to leftist Francois Hollande, a champion of government stimulus programs who says the state should protect the downtrodden — a victory that could deal a death blow to the drive for austerity that has been the hallmark of Europe in recent years.

By: Angela Charlton, Elaine Ganley, Associated Press

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