Francois Hollande: Blow for French president as court throws out plans for 75% supertax on wealthy

Blow for French president Hollande as court throws out plans for 75% supertax on wealthy Stinging rebuke to one of Socialist leHollande's flagship campaign promisesHis largely symbolic measure was intended to hit incomes over 820,000But would have brought in just 250m – compared to France's 70bn deficit | UPDATED: 14:47 GMT, 30 December 2012 French President Francois Hollande suffered a fresh setback yesterday when his country's highest court threw out a plan to tax the ultra-wealthy at a 75 per cent rate and said it was unfair.

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler sparks row by meeting opponents of new airport backed by prime minister

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler sparks row by meeting opponents of new airport backed by prime ministerFrancois Hollande's girlfriend met the protestors in Angers, western FranceThe 47-year-old was handed a letter to give to her partnerSome have seen it as a direct snub of PM Jean-Marc AyraultMs Trierweiler has been a target of several verbal attacks by politicians and journalists since her partner became president | UPDATED: 15:14 GMT, 10 December 2012 Approachable: Ms Trierweiler, 47, chatted with the protestors in Angers, western France, this weekend and was even asked to deliver a letter to her partner, President Francois Hollande French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is at the centre of a fresh political scandal after meeting opponents of a new airport – in defiance of the prime minister's support for the project. Ms Trierweiler is accused of trying to undermine PM Jean-Marc Ayrault's authority by consorting with the protestors in Angers, western France, this weekend. The new multi-billion pound airport in Nantes is due for completion in 2017 and has even been dubbed the 'Ayrault-port', a play on the prime minister's name, because of his fierce backing