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Nicolas Sarkozy quitte l'Elysée au bras de son...par LeNouvelObservateur

Francois Hollande has become the 24th president of the French Republic following a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in central Paris.

This is a crucial day for French politics:

-Watch the passage of power between François Hollande and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the video above.

-Germanophile Jean-Marc Ayrault, a former German teacher with close contacts in Berlin, is expected to be named prime minister later in the day.

-Hollande's attentions will now turn to Berlin, where he will fly later in the day to meet with his German counterpart Angela Merkel for showdown talks on austerity and growth in Europe. The first "Merkollande" meeting in Berlin is one of the most crucial ever for the fate of the single currency.

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Brother Boys, The Real Lives Of Hong Kong's Male Sex Workers

Hong Kong only decriminalized homosexuality in 1991, but there had long been an underground LGBTQ+ culture, including male sex workers. They have learned to survive in difficult conditions, but their experiences are far from how they're portrayed in films.

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Hong Kong at night

Shuhua Zheng

HONG KONG — David's working place is in an old Cantonese style building from the sixties, with a massage bed placed right in the center. There is a TV and a sofa, with walls painted his favorite shade of white. The room is bright and cozy – unlike how certain films would portray the working environment of sex workers.

David entered this profession 20 years ago "as an act of impulse". Now nearly 70 years old, he speaks of his job with a smile on his face. His clients ranges from 18-year-olds who call him "uncle/daddy", to elderly people in their nineties who still have sexual needs to be fulfilled.

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