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French socialist: party's economic plan not viable

FRANCE’S Socialist Party cannot stick to its economic plan in its current form due to rising pressure on public finances and downward revisions to economic forecasts, the head of the National Assembly’s finance committee said yesterday.

The remark by Socialist Jerome Cahuzac, a possible finance minister if presidential candidate Francois Hollande wins power, suggests an electoral manifesto produced in April 2010 and based on a GDP growth forecast of 2.5 per cent in 2012 will have to be tweaked and some pledges rolled back.

Opinion polls suggest Hollande would beat President Nicolas Sarkozy if the two-round presidential contest next April and May were held today.

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Birth mix-up families win £62,000

TWO Russian families have won £62,000 compensation each from a maternity home that accidentally switched their 12-year old daughters at birth.

They may use the money to house the girls next to each other.

The story has captivated Russia ever since the families learned recently about the switch after the former husband of Yuliya Belyayeva refused to support their daughter, Irina, because she did not look like him.

A DNA test revealed that neither of them were Irina’s parent. An official investigation tracked down Irina’s biological father, Naimat Iskanderov, who had been raising Mrs Belyayeva’s own child, Anna.

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