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  • 29/05/2014 | Argentina

    France praises Argentina for 'normalizing its relations with creditors'

    French Finance Minister Michel Sapin praised Argentina’s agreement with Paris Club creditors, saying it highlights the country’s effort to “normalize its relations with creditors.”

  • 02/09/2014 | Argentina

    Gov't to add France as payment location in external debt bill

    The proposed bill to change the location of Argentine external debt payments will undergo a last-minute alteration, as government officials plan to add France as an alternative site for bond jurisdictions along with Buenos Aires.

  • 25/09/2014 | Argentina

    Nearly 4,000 nationals, residents with Swiss bank accounts targeted by AFIP tax bureau

    AFIP national tax bureau has received from France a list of 3.900 Argentine nationals or residents with accounts in HSBC Bank in Switzerland and now seeks to demand payment for undeclared money.

  • 20/03/2014 | Argentina

    CFK inaugurates Argentina's Paris Book Fair pavilion

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner marked the last day of her visit to France inaugurating Argentina's pavilion at the Salon du Livre in Paris, one of Europe’s top cultural events that this year has the South American country as a guest of honour.

  • 25/03/2014 | Argentina

    Gov't praises support of France, Mexico, Brazil in vulture funds row

    Capitanich praised the government’s Procrear building program explaining that the construction activity increased by 2.1 percent in January. The head of ministers also stressed the support by France, Brazil and Mexico to Argentina in its long-stranding legal dispute against vulture funds.

  • 28/05/2014 | Argentina

    France okays extraditon of dictatorship-era police officer

    A French court has upheld a request filed by Argentina to extradite ex police officer Mario Sandoval accused of crimes against humanity committed during the South American country’s last military-civil dictatorship. Sandoval has been charged with 601 cases of human rights violations but will only be prosecuted over the forced disappearance of Hernán Abriata.

  • 26/07/2013 | Argentina

    France backs Argentina in battle with holdout creditors

    According to reports revealed today by official news agency Télam, the French government will back Argentina in its decade-old legal battle with holdout creditors.

  • 19/03/2014 | Argentina

    Argentina secures France support in Paris Club negotiations

    In Paris, where she met with her French counterpart Francois Hollande, President Kirchner praised the decision by the European nation to file and amicus curiae brief before of the US Supreme Court, in a show of support to Argentina in its long-standing dispute against "vulture funds." CFK also secured the support of the French government to settle a 9 billion dollars dispute with the Paris Club.

  • 20/03/2014 | Argentina

    Argentina's Paris Club offer 'very interesting'

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich has praised France’s support to Argentina in both its debt disputes with US-based vulture funds suing the South American country over its defaulted bonds more than a decade ago and the Paris Club creditor nations group.

  • 04/10/2011 | Argentina

    Court nixes extradition in 1970s French nun case

    The Supreme Court rejected a French request to extradite former navy captain Alfredo Astiz, who was convicted in absentia in Europe for killing two French nuns during the 1976-1983 "Dirty War."

  • 02/11/2011 | Argentina

    CFK lands in France, heads to Nice for G20 Summit

    A few minutes after 1:30 pm, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner landed in Nice, where she was greeted by the Argentine ambassador in Paris, Aldo Ferrer, and from there will travel by land to Cannes, where she will take part in the G20 Summit on Thursday and Friday.

  • 17/11/2012 | Argentina

    Clerc shines as France beat Argentina

  • 25/02/2011 | Argentina

    Economist Aldo Ferrer appointed new ambassador to France

    The government appointed economist Aldo Ferrer ambassador to France. The decision was confirmed by the decree 180/2011 which was signed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, on February 22.

  • 12/09/2011 | Argentina

    CFK meets with Salta victim father in Paris

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is in France for a three day official visit to the country. CFK´s first official meeting was a gathering with Jean Michel Bouvier, father o Cassandra Bouvier, a French tourist brutally murdered in Salta.

  • 14/09/2011 | Argentina

    CFK: 'Argentina is a model of what a State that respects institutions should be'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner attended the ceremony where the grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo received the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, a prize granted by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), and received by her leader, Estela de Carlotto. 

  • 13/10/2014 | World

    Jean Tirole wins 2014 Nobel Prize for Economics

    French economist Jean Tirole won the 2014 economics Nobel Prize for his analysis of market power and regulation, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said today.

  • 22/10/2014 | World

    Total appoints new heads after Margerie death

    French oil major Total today appointed refining head Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive and former CEO Thierry Desmarest as non-executive chairman.

  • 26/09/2014 | World

    ISIS tightens siege of Syria border town; more Europeans join alliance

    Islamic State fighters tightened their siege of a town on Syria's border with Turkey today despite US-led air strikes aimed at defeating the militants in both Syria and Iraq, in a coalition which has now drawn widespread European support.

  • 28/09/2014 | World

    France's far-right grabs first ever Senate seats as Socialists lose majority

    The far-right National Front won its first ever seats in France's upper house of parliament, as President Francois Hollande's Socialist party lost its Senate majority.

  • 07/10/2014 | World

    Pope Francis to visit France next year

    Pope Francis will be travelling to France next year, the Vatican has announced, giving no further details.

  • 22/09/2014 | World

    Germany's Merkel 'impressed' with French reforms

    The German chancellor said after meeting French premier Manuel Valls that she was impressed by the number of reforms Paris had launched, but deferred to Brussels on the halting French efforts to reduce its public deficit.

  • 22/09/2014 | World

    France: Video of Islamic State hostage in Algeria is genuine

    France's foreign ministry has confirmed that a video of a French man kidnapped in Algeria by a group loyal to Islamic State was genuine.

  • 25/09/2014 | World

    France strikes Islamic State in Iraq after US-led Syria raids

    French fighter jets struck targets in Iraq today and the United States and its allies stepped up air raids in Syria against Islamic State militants who have taken over large areas of both countries.

  • 03/09/2014 | World

    France says cannot deliver first helicopter carrier to Russia

    France will not deliver the first of two helicopter carriers to Russia for now because of Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine, the French president's office said.

  • 16/09/2014 | World

    Argentine cardinal's car reportedly used to transport drugs

    A car with diplomatic plate belonging to Argentine Cardinal Jorge María Mejía was intercepted on Sunday at the French Alps with four kilograms of cocaine and 200 grams of marihuana, France’s judiciary authorities have reported.

  • 20/09/2014 | World

    French jets expand US-led campaign against Islamic State

    French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time, expanding a US-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of Syria.

  • 26/08/2014 | World

    Ex-banker named economy minister in French cabinet reshuffle

    President Francois Hollande has replaced his maverick leftist economy minister with a former Rothschild partner in a reshuffle intended to reconcile his efforts to revive the stagnant French economy with deficit-cutting orthodoxy.

  • 27/08/2014 | World

    IMF's Lagarde under investigation in French fraud probe

    IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    At least 4 killed as Paris building collapses in blast

    A building in a Paris suburb collapsed after an explosion on Sunday morning, killing two children and two women, and teams were searching the rubble for four other people still missing by evening.

  • 26/07/2014 | World

    Diplomats pursue ceasefire efforts as Gaza truce takes hold

    Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets today to recover their dead and stock up on food supplies after a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas took hold.

  • 26/07/2014 | World

    France declares 3 days of mourning over Air Algerie crash

    French President Francois Hollande ordered that flags on government buildings across France fly at half-mast for three days from Monday after the death of 118 people including 54 French nationals in the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali.

  • 25/08/2014 | World

    French government resigns after leftists call for U-turn

    French President Francois Hollande asked his prime minister today to form a new government, looking to impose his will on the cabinet after rebel leftist ministers had called for an economic policy U-turn.

  • 10/07/2014 | World

    Body of missing climber found 32 years later in the Alps

    A group of hikers have found the body of a mountain climber that had disappearead in 1982 in an expedition to the Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in the European Union, at the border between France and Germany.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    France, Germany, Britain to press Russia on opening MH17 crash site

    France, Germany and Britain will press Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure that separatists in Ukraine allow investigators free access to the site of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash, the French president's office said.

  • 25/07/2014 | World

    France says no survivors in Air Algerie crash, bad weather likely cause of accident

    Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 116 people on board, French officials said.

  • 02/07/2014 | World

    ECHR backs French ban on Muslim full-face veil

    The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France's 2010 ban on full-face veils in public but acknowledged the law could appear excessive and feed stereotypes.

  • 02/07/2014 | World

    Sarkozy: 'I have never commited an act against the Republic'

    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the country's legal system was being used for political means after he was put under formal investigation for corruption. He stressed he had never betrayed the French nor "committed an act against the Republic's principles and the rule of law".

  • 07/07/2014 | World

    Passengers evacuated from Channel Tunnel after breakdown

    Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from the Channel Tunnel today after a train broke down due to a problem with overhead wires, resulting in long delays on the crossing between Britain and France.

  • 10/06/2014 | World

    France's National Front ousts Jean-Marie Le Pen over anti-Semitism remarks

    Marine Le Pen had rebuked her father for what she called a 'political mistake' after he used a term linked to the French word for 'oven' when talking about a Jewish singer - a remark that critics said was an implied reference to the death camps of the Holocaust.

  • 30/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Poroshenko ends ceasefire, vows to 'attack, free our lands'

    The Ukrainian leader has affirmed he would renew operations against pro-Russian rebels, a statement on his website said, hours after a ceasefire to make way for peace talks with the rebels had expired.

  • 01/07/2014 | World

    Sarkozy held for questioning in alleged corruption case

    Ex French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been held for questioning over suspicions that he received leaked details of an inquiry into irregularities in his 2007 election campaign.

  • 01/06/2014 | World

    France arrests suspect in Brussels Jewish museum shooting

    French police have arrested a man suspected of involvement in the shooting deaths last weekend of three people at Brussels' Jewish Museum. Reports say he has stayed in Syria with jihadist groups last year.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    France's UMP wants Sarkozy back to the political stage

    Allies of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy lined up to call for his return to head an opposition UMP party beset by crisis, setting the stage for a comeback that could propel him to a re-election bid in 2017.

  • 06/06/2014 | World

    D-Day memories still fresh 70 years later

    Seventy years after D-Day, Carl Proffitt Jr. can still remember the bodies of soldiers washing up on France's Omaha Beach in the Allied invasion that helped turn the tide against Nazi Germany in World War Two.

  • 25/05/2014 | World

    National Front's Le Pen urges dissolution of French parliament

    National Front leader Marine Le Pen called for the dissolution of the French national assembly after exit polls showed her anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic party winning European Parliament elections in France.

  • 27/05/2014 | World

    France UMP Party leader steps down amid funding scandal

    Jean-Francois Cope, head of France's main opposition UMP party, agreed to step down amid allegations of party funding fraud, party officials said, triggering a race to secure the conservative party's ticket for the 2017 presidential election.

  • 28/05/2014 | World

    French far right mayor wants schook smocks back

    Hard on the heels of the French National Front's triumph in EU elections, children in the southern town of Beziers are being urged to wear school smocks of a kind that fell out of favor almost 50 years ago.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    France sends extra troops to Mali

    Paris is sending an extra 100 troops to Mali after an outbreak of violence in the north of the country between government forces and Tuareg separatists.

  • 23/05/2014 | World

    Link between cell phones and brain tumors still missing

    The heaviest users of cell phones may be at higher than average risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to a recent French study. But for most people, it’s still not clear if there’s added risk, the authors say.

  • 25/05/2014 | World

    Belgium, France on alert after anti-semitic attacks

    Belgian police were hunting for an assailant who shot dead four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, and French authorities tightened security at Jewish sites following another attack that prompts fears of a rise in anti-Semitism.

  • 11/05/2014 | World

    Merkel, Hollande ready for further sanctions against Russia

    Germany and France are ready to agree more extensive sanctions against Russia if a planned presidential election in Ukraine on May 25 is foiled, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande said.

  • 14/05/2014 | World

    Le Monde editor-in-chief quits amid power struggle

    Natalie Nougayrede, first female editor-in-chief of prestigious French daily Le Monde has resigned after a power struggle with top staff who last week staged a protest over her plans to revamp the newspaper.

  • 14/05/2014 | World

    Chinese police to patrol the streets of Paris

    Chinese police officers will join their French counterparts in patrolling some of Paris' main tourism spots this summer as France looks to encourage more visitors from the Asian nation to boost its revenues.

  • 05/05/2014 | World

    Frenchman working for the EU shot dead in Yemen

    A French security agent working for the European Union (EU) mission was shot dead in the Yemeni capital Sanaa and second French national was injured as well as a yemeni citizen, as the army waged an offensive against al Qaeda in the south of the country.

  • 07/05/2014 | World

    Hollande, Cameron vow to help Nigeria

    French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed their disgust for the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls by Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and pledged help to look for the girls.

  • 07/05/2014 | World

    Yemen says kills Al Qaeda militant responsible for French citizen's death

    Yemen said its security forces shot and killed a militant responsible for the killing of a French security agent in Sanaa, state news agency Saba reported.

  • 30/03/2014 | World

    French far-right set for local record as Hollande routed in elections

    France's anti-immigrant National Front were set to win a record number of town halls as early results showed a rout for President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists in local elections held today.

  • 31/03/2014 | World

    France's Hollande names new Prime Minister after election reverse

    French President Francois Hollande has chosen centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister, a coalition source said, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after the ruling Socialists were trounced in local elections.

  • 05/04/2014 | World

    France's far-right to ban faith-based school lunch options

    Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said it would prevent schools from offering special lunches to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to France's secular values.

  • 24/03/2014 | World

    Hollande to pursue reforms despite French local vote thump

    President Francois Hollande's government will stick to planned economic reforms and spending cuts despite being punished in local elections where the anti-immigrant National Front (FN) made gains, the French finance minister said today.

  • 26/03/2014 | World

    New satellite images show more than 100 objects that could be Malaysia's plane debris

    New satellite images have revealed more than 100 objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could be debris from the jetliner missing for 18 days, Malaysia's acting transport minister has said.

  • 29/03/2014 | World

    Hollande braces for losses in low turnout for French mayoral vote

    France's ruling Socialists braced for big losses in local elections today and the far-right National Front was poised to win a handful of cities for the first time since 1995, as turnout looked set to hit a new low.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    Militant Islamist website calls for attacks on France and Hollande

    A militant Islamist website has created a series of posters calling for attacks on France and for the assassination of President Francois Hollande in reprisal for the country's policies in Mali and the Central African Republic, the SITE monitoring service said yesterday.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    MH370: French satellite image also shows possible plane debris

    French satellite images show "floating debris" in the southern Indian Ocean, Paris said today, which together with Chinese and Australian images of suspicious objects in the same wide area have focused the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in remote seas off Australia.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    Far right makes breakthrough as Hollande allies flounder in French local vote

    France's anti-immigrant National Front (FN) scored gains in first-round town hall elections and took control of a former Socialist bastion as voters punished President Francois Hollande and his left-wing allies.

  • 15/02/2014 | World

    Germany, France to circumvent US in new European communications net

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would talk to French President Francois Hollande about building up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the US.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    First patient fitted with Carmat artificial heart dies

    The first patient fitted with an artificial heart made by the French company Carmat has died, the hospital that had performed the transplant in December said.

  • 08/03/2014 | World

    Patagonia caves could explain continents formation

    Chilean and French scientists have discovered a network of underground caves on a remote island in Patagonia that could provide valuable clues as to how continents were formed.

  • 02/02/2014 | World

    French conservatives march against 'family-phobic' gay marriage

    Over 100,000 conservative French have marched through Paris and Lyon accusing the government of "family-phobia" for legalising gay marriage and other planned policies they say will harm traditional families.

  • 03/02/2014 | World

    Protests force France's Hollande to rethink family policy

    France's Socialist government has dropped plans to update family law this year after huge weekend protests by conservatives against gay-friendly reforms they say harm traditional families.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Two dead in train accident in French Alps

    Two people were killed and around 20 people hurt, at least one of them seriously, when a tourist train in the French Alps derailed after being hit by a falling rock, local officials said.

  • 11/01/2014 | World

    French comedian drops show deemed anti-Semitic

    A French comedian said he had dropped a show banned for its anti-Semitic language, and was planning one that would cause no objections.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    French first lady Valerie Trierweiler leaves hospital

    French first lady Valerie Trierweiler left hospital in Paris, a week after reports emerged that her partner, President Francois Hollande, was having an affair with the actress Julie Gayet, a member of Trierweiler's staff said.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    France says 'pessimistic' on Syria, has doubts about peace talks

    France's foreign minister said he was "pessimistic" about the situation in Syria and had great doubts about the success of a proposed peace conference to be held in Switzerland next month.

  • 24/12/2013 | World

    Storm wreaks havoc in Britain, France ahead of Christmas

    Disrupted transport networks and power cuts wreaked havoc in Britain and France today, one of the busiest travel and shopping days of the year just before Christmas, after hurricane-force winds and torrential rain lashed the region.

  • 29/12/2013 | World

    France cleared by council to impose controversial 'millionaire tax'

    France's Constitutional Council has given the green light for the government's controversial 'millionaire tax', to be levied on companies that pay salaries of more than 1 million euros ($1.38 million) a year.

  • 21/11/2013 | World

    With yet no nuclear deal set, France and Iran trade barbs

    France and Iran traded tough words as major powers struggled to finalise an interim deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, with Paris urging the West to remain firm and Tehran deploring a loss of trust.

  • 05/12/2013 | World

    French MPs back fines for prostitution clients

    The French lower house of parliament passed a reform of prostitution law imposing fines on clients, a shift to tougher rules which has split the country and angered some sex workers.

  • 24/10/2013 | World

    Germany, France demand 'no-spy' agreement with United States

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that the United States strike a "no-spying" agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington's closest EU allies had to be stopped.

  • 17/11/2013 | World

    France assures Israel it will stand firm on Iran

    President Francois Hollande has assured Israel that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had given up any pursuit of nuclear weapons.

  • 20/11/2013 | World

    Police hold suspect over Paris shootings

    French police are holding a man on suspicion he opened fire with a shotgun at the offices of a left-wing newspaper and a major bank in Paris, judicial sources revealed. The suspect was arrested in the evening in his car in the parking lot of a Paris suburb.

  • 15/09/2013 | World

    France urges early UN vote on Syria resolution

    French President Francois Hollande has called for a UN resolution on Syria backed by the threat of punitive action to be voted by the end of this week.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Vietnam's military mastermind Vo Nguyen Giap dies

    General Vo Nguyen Giap, architect of Vietnam's military victories over France and the United States, died aged 102, family members said.

  • 21/10/2013 | World

    France summons US ambassador over NSA spying report

    France summoned the US ambassador today after Le Monde newspaper reported the huge scale of alleged American spying on French citizens, with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius calling the revelations unacceptable.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    France says ready to punish Syria despite British no vote

    France said it still backed action to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government for an apparent poison gas attack on civilians, despite a British parliamentary vote against it.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Obama discusses Syria with Britain's Cameron, France's Hollande

    President Barack Obama discussed Syria in phone calls with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande, a senior administration official said.

  • 31/08/2013 | World

    Hollande reaffirms will to sanction Syria

    French President Francois Hollande reaffirmed to US President Barack Obama in a telephone call his will to sanction Syria for a chemical attack this month, a source close to Hollande told Reuters.

  • 28/07/2013 | World

    Armed robber steals jewels worth millions in Cannes heist

    A robber carrying an automatic pistol stole jewellery and watches worth millions of euros from the luxury Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    Eiffel Tower reopens after bomb scare

    Hundreds of tourists were evacuated from Paris' Eiffel Tower today afternoon in response to a bomb alert, but it was found to be a scare and the tower was reopened two hours later, police told reporters.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Bolivia says Morales' plane diverted, possibly over Snowden

    Bolivia said that President Evo Morales' plane had to make an unscheduled stopover in Vienna while traveling back to his country from Moscow, noting that there were "unfounded suspicions" that former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was on the aircraft.

  • 12/07/2013 | World

    Fitch cuts French credit rating on budget, economy woes

    Fitch today cut France's credit rating to AA-plus on an uncertain economic outlook amid the ongoing euro zone crisis and the need for structural reform, costing the monetary union's number two economy its last major triple-A rating. The outlook is stable.

  • 13/07/2013 | World

    Track fault may have caused French tragic train crash

    The train derailment that killed at least six people in central France on Friday may have been caused by a loose steel plate at a junction, French train operator SNCF said.

  • 12/06/2013 | World

    France threatens to block start of EU-US trade talks

    France threatened to block the start of free trade talks between the European Union and the United States if movies and digital media are not kept out the negotiations.

  • 15/06/2013 | World

    Pope urges French lawmakers to go beyond 'ideas of the moment'

    Pope Francis urged a delegation of French lawmakers to avoid following only "fashions and ideas of the moment" when legislating, in an apparent reference to the country's legalization of gay marriage last month.

  • 30/06/2013 | World

    US to discuss EU spying charges through diplomatic channels

    The US government will respond through diplomatic channels to demands from the European Union that Washington explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on its European allies.

  • 29/05/2013 | World

    Vincent and Bruno tie the knot in France's first gay wedding

    Two men married each other in the southern French city of Montpellier, in the first same-sex wedding in a country rocked by protests for and against the reform.

  • 31/05/2013 | World

    France to ban electronic cigarettes in public

    France will ban electronic cigarette smoking in public places by imposing the same curbs enforced since 2007 to combat tobacco smoking, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said.

  • 11/06/2013 | World

    French homeless seek refuge in offices

    When the first of 16 families entered a vacant four-storey office block in Paris one night last December, they placed repeated food orders so the neighbors could see from the comings-and-goings of delivery men that the address was occupied. Under French law, witness accounts of residency make eviction harder.

  • 21/05/2013 | World

    Far-right activist commits suicide in Paris Notre Dame cathedral

    Police evacuated Paris' Notre Dame cathedral today after a well-known far-right former activist committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth in front of its main altar, a police source said.

  • 22/05/2013 | World

    French split over English at universities

    Defenders of the French language are furious at plans to introduce courses taught in English at public universities, arguing that France must protect itself against linguistic encroachment or risk losing its cultural identity.

  • 29/05/2013 | World

    Attack on French soldier had Islamist motivation: prosecutor

    Muslim convert arrested on suspicion of stabbing a French soldier in a Paris suburb was motivated by religion, prosecutors said.

  • 23/04/2013 | World

    Libya: Car bomb hits French embassy

    A car bomb in Tripoli wounded two French guards at France's embassy in Libya, bringing new violence to the capital. There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the hours after the early morning blast.

  • 23/04/2013 | World

    French parliament allows gay marriage despite protests

    France became the 14th country to allow same-sex marriage after parliament approved a new law championed by President Francois Hollande, but it came at a political price amid violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks.

  • 10/05/2013 | World

    Suspected new coronavirus case in France, Saudis report two more

    A nurse in a hospital that held France's only confirmed case of the SARS-like coronavirus that has killed 18 people has been admitted to hospital in northern France on suspicion on being infected herself, French health officials said.

  • 04/04/2013 | World

    French Senate starts gay marriage debate amid protests

    The French Senate took its first look at President Francois Hollande's gay marriage bill, which has passed in the lower house but divided society as opponents clamoured for a referendum.

  • 12/04/2013 | World

    French upper house backs same-sex marriage law

    France's Senate upper house voted in favor of same-sex marriage, paving the way for it to enter law after street marches rallied hundreds of thousands of demonstrators both for and against it.

  • 18/04/2013 | World

    France threatens to block start of EU/US free trade talks

    France said it would block proposed negotiations on a free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States unless cultural sectors, such as television and radio, were excluded from the talks.

  • 22/03/2013 | World

    France, Britain fail to win easing of Syria arms ban

    France and Britain failed to persuade the European Union to back their call to lift an arms embargo on Syrian rebels on Friday despite warning that President Bashar al-Assad could resort to using chemical weapons.

  • 23/03/2013 | World

    France confirms death of al Qaeda's Abou Zeid in Mali

    France confirmed "with certainty" that Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of al Qaeda's most feared commanders in Africa, had been killed in Mali last month in a French-led offensive.

  • 30/03/2013 | World

    French PM says pension reform to keep retirement age of 62

    A plan to reform France's state pension system will leave in place the official retirement age of 62, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told a French newspaper.

  • 28/02/2013 | World

    France: Hollande least popular president for 30 years, poll

    Ten months into his mandate, President Francois Hollande scored the worst of any French president since 1981 in the TNS Sofres poll for Le Figaro magazine released today as he struggles to spur economic growth and create jobs.

  • 17/03/2013 | World

    Al Qaeda calls for new recruits to fight France

    Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has appealed for new recruits from North African Arab countries in its fight against what it said was France's Crusader campaign in Mali, a US-based intelligence monitoring website reported.

  • 21/03/2013 | World

    France's Sarkozy investigated in party funding affair

    Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation today for "abuse of weakness" in a 2007 party funding case involving elderly L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, the public prosecutor said.

  • 30/01/2013 | World

    France suspends sales of acne pill after deaths

    France's health regulator ANSM said today it would suspend sales of Bayer's acne pill Diane 35 and its generic versions after four deaths over the past 25 years were linked to its use.

  • 05/02/2013 | World

    French troops to begin Mali pullout in March, Foreign Minister says

    France plans to begin pulling troops out of Mali from March and will focus its operations on flushing out Islamist rebels in the north of the country, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said today.

  • 09/02/2013 | World

    Symbol of French Republic defaced in art attack

    A woman has defaced Eugene Delacroix's painting "Liberty Leading the People" with a black marker as it hung in an outpost of the Louvre gallery in northern France.

  • 21/01/2013 | World

    French troops take central Mali towns, rebels slip away

    French and Malian armoured columns rolled into the towns of Diabaly and Douentza in central Mali today after the al Qaeda-linked rebels who had seized them fled into the bush to avoid air strikes.

  • 28/01/2013 | World

    French, Malians retake Timbuktu, rebels torch library

    French and Malian troops retook control of Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, today after Islamist rebel occupiers fled the ancient Sahara trading town and torched several buildings, including a library holding priceless manuscripts.

  • 30/01/2013 | World

    French troops deploy in last of Mali rebel strongholds

    French troops have taken control of the airport in the northern Malian town of Kidal, the last rebel stronghold in the north, the French army and a local official told reporters today.

  • 18/01/2013 | World

    Mali army retakes town, Islamists flee French air raids

    Islamist rebels in Mali abandoned the central town of Diabaly today after fleeing a French air strike, military sources said, while West African troops arrived in Bamako to take on the insurgents in Mali's north.

  • 19/01/2013 | World

    France seeks support for Africa's Mali force

    France called on other world powers to commit money and logistical support for African armies readying their troops to join French soldiers already battling al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali.

  • 21/01/2013 | World

    Algeria says 37 foreigners die in siege led by Canadian

    A total of 37 foreign workers died at an Algerian desert gas plant and seven are still missing after a hostage crisis coordinated by a Canadian, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said.

  • 13/01/2013 | World

    France says Algeria supportive of its Mali operation

    Algeria has allowed France full use of its air space in its military intervention against Islamist rebels in Mali and is ready to seal its border if the conflict moves north, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

  • 14/01/2013 | World

    Mali Islamists counter-attack, threaten France

    Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels in Mali launched a counter-offensive after three days of strikes by French fighter jets on their strongholds in the desert north, vowing to drag France into a long and brutal ground war.

  • 15/01/2013 | World

    France steps up Mali operation, Africans try to catch up

    France hit Islamist rebels in Mali with fresh air strikes and deployed armored cars, stepping up its intervention in the West African state as regional allies struggled to accelerate their plans to send in troops.

  • 06/01/2013 | World

    France's Hollande escalates row with Catholics over gay marriage

    France's President Francois Hollande has weighed this weekend into the war of words between his government and the Catholic Church over holding discussions in schools on the planned legalisation of same-sex marriage.

  • 12/01/2013 | World

    France bombs Mali rebels, African states ready troops

    French aircraft pounded Islamist rebels in Mali for a second day today and neighbouring West African states sped up their plans to deploy troops in an international campaign to prevent groups linked to al Qaeda expanding their power base.

  • 12/01/2013 | World

    France believes hostage killed during rescue bid in Somalia

    France sent commandos into Somalia to rescue a secret agent who had been held by insurgents since 2009, but said on Saturday it believed he had been killed by his captors along with a French soldier during the raid.

  • 10/12/2012 | World

    DSK, NYC hotel maid settle civil lawsuit over alleged assault

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a New York hotel maid who accused the former International Monetary Fund chief of sexually assaulting her agreed today to settle her civil lawsuit against him for an undisclosed sum, ending one chapter of a scandal that cost him his job and derailed his political career in France.

  • 29/12/2012 | World

    Top French court rejects 75 percent upper tax rate

    France's Constitutional Council rejected a 75 percent upper income tax rate to be introduced in 2013 in a setback to Socialist President Francois Hollande's push to make the rich contribute more to cutting the public deficit.

  • 02/01/2013 | World

    French prisoners use table leg to flee 14th century jail

    Three prisoners used a table leg to pierce a hole in the roof of their cell in a 14th century French penitentiary and escape in the early ours of New Year's Day, a regional prosecutor said today.

  • 27/11/2012 | World

    French jobless total hits 14-year high

    The number of people out of work in France soared again in October to hit its highest level in 14-and-a-half years, piling pressure on Socialist President Francois Hollande who has promised to halt the relentless rise by the end of 2013.

  • 30/11/2012 | World

    Moody's downgrades EFSF, European Stability Mechanism

    Moody's Ratings agency announced it has downgraded the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) from "Aaa" to "Aa1," with negative outlook on each.

  • 03/12/2012 | World

    Louvre satellite seeks to revive bleak French region

    The Paris Louvre opens a regional offshoot this week in a former mining town in northern France, hoping to revitalize a region better known for football fans and takeaway chip stands than the noble pursuit of art.

  • 19/11/2012 | World

    Moody's downgrades France's gov't bond rating to 'Aa1'

    Moody's ratings agency downgraded France's government bond rating by one notch to "Aa1" from "Aaa," and maintained the negative outlook, as a result of its "deteriorating economic prospects."

  • 23/11/2012 | World

    A deal briefly glimpsed before EU budget talks fail

    During a "tour-de-table" among the EU's 27 leaders, it seemed for a moment that France, Poland, Italy and others might accept deeper cuts than originally proposed, diplomats said today after the summit broke up without agreement.

  • 25/11/2012 | World

    ETA calls for talks over 'definitive end' with Spain, France

    Basque separatist group ETA said it wanted talks with the Spanish and French governments to negotiate a definitive end to military operations and a handover of its arms.

  • 02/11/2012 | World

    French conservatives gear up against gay marriage

    Roman Catholic bishops and conservative politicians are stepping their campaign against French President Francois Hollande's plan to legalise gay marriage days before his government presents its draft law in cabinet.

  • 15/11/2012 | World

    France gain more respect with Italy win

    France may no longer be the team who dominated world soccer in the late 1990s, but a draw against Spain and a win in Italy have shown they have at least become a force once again.

  • 18/11/2012 | World

    France's Hollande Popularity on free fall

    French President Francois Hollande's approval rating declined for the sixth month in a row in November, a poll showed, as he wrestles with a sickly economy and rising unemployment.

  • 19/09/2012 | World

    French weekly fuels Mohammad row with nude cartoons

    A French magazine ridiculed the Prophet Mohammad today by portraying him naked in cartoons, threatening to fuel the anger of Muslims around the world who are already incensed by a film depicting him as a womanizing buffoon.

  • 27/09/2012 | World

    France's Hollande stakes credibility on 2013 budget

    President Francois Hollande puts his fiscal credibility on the line on Friday when he delivers France's toughest budget in 30 years in the face of a stagnant economy, record unemployment and plunging poll ratings.

  • 31/10/2012 | World

    France, Britain set stage for EU budget wrangling

    British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure to act tough on the European Union budget and France threatened to use its veto, signalling a divisive start to bargaining over the 1 trillion euro ($1.3 trillion) long-term spending plan.

  • 06/09/2012 | World

    Girl found alive under corpses of slain family in France

    A four-year-old was found alive after spending hours tucked between the bullet-riddled corpses of her mother and grandmother on the backseat of the car, as her family, including her father and other sister, was shot dead near a famed tourist site in the French Alps.

  • 18/09/2012 | World

    Iran launches submarine as US navy drills in Gulf

    Iran launched a submarine and a destroyer into the Gulf from Bandar Abbas port at the same time as US and allied navies held exercises in the same waters to practice keeping oil shipping lanes open.

  • 19/09/2012 | World

    France gives initial green light to EU fiscal pact

    French President Francois Hollande's Socialist-led government kickstarted ratification today of a European Union budget discipline pact it grudgingly accepts as the next step out of the euro zone debt crisis.

  • 14/08/2012 | World

    French youths fire on police in overnight clashes

    About 100 French youths clashed with police overnight, shooting at police, torching cars, a leisure centre and a nursery school in the northern city of Amiens, a government official said.

  • 15/08/2012 | World

    Heavy police presence ensures quiet night in French riot city

    A heavy police presence in Amiens ensured no repeat of violence in the northern French city overnight, after President Francois Hollande pledged to do all in his power to stamp out unrest.

  • 03/09/2012 | World

    Moody's downgrades EU's outlook to negative

    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the European Union's outlook from "stable" to "negative," stating that its decision is linked to the recent outlook downgrade of the bloc's member countries, such as Germany and France.

  • 23/07/2012 | World

    Shark kills surfer off France's Reunion island

    A shark mauled a surfer to death in an attack off the coast of France's Indian Ocean island of Reunion, emergency services said.

  • 24/07/2012 | World

    Moody's changes EFSF's outlook

    Moody's Investors Service modified the Aaa outlook of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) from stable to negative, which is a blow to the fund that was supposed to back the weak members of the European Union.

  • 06/08/2012 | World

    France to hunt sharks after Reunion island attacks

    France will hire professional fishermen to kill some 20 sharks off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion this week in an effort to understand the reasons for a series of attacks in the surfing hotspot.

  • 14/07/2012 | World

    France's Hollande: Peugeot must renegotiate layoff plan

    French President Francois Hollande said that car maker Peugeot must renegotiate its proposal to lay off 8,000 workers and close one of its assembly plants to ensure that the social impact of the measures was minimised.

  • 14/07/2012 | World

    France's Hollande vows to fight job cuts, graft

    President Francois Hollande marked Bastille day celebrations today with a pledge to fight industrial layoffs and clean up French politics, after watching troops parade down the Champs Elysees as jets streamed the national colors overhead.

  • 18/07/2012 | World

    Peugeot told to make concessions if it wants aid

    France made clear today it is not prepared to provide aid to struggling carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen unless it makes concessions that could include suspending dividends.

  • 20/06/2012 | World

    French police arrest hostage taker in Toulouse

    French police have arrested a man who took hostages in a bank in the southwestern French city of Toulouse today, two police sources said.

  • 28/06/2012 | World

    EU summit works on short-term support for Spain, Italy

    European finance officials were working on urgent measures to ease financial market pressure on Spain and Italy, which are too big to bail out, as EU leaders began a summit on Thursday deeply divided over how to resolve the euro zone's debt crisis.

  • 29/06/2012 | World

    France to pass gay marriage, adoption law

    France's new Socialist government is to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Friday, reflecting a shift in public attitudes in the majority Catholic nation.

  • 29/05/2012 | World

    French unions put pressure on Hollande to avoid job cuts

    French unions pressed President Francois Hollande to prove his job-saving mettle by handing his Socialist cabinet a list of looming company shutdowns that are threatening tens of thousands of jobs at the start of labor talks.

  • 30/05/2012 | World

    French court lifts gagging order on Strauss-Kahn

    A French appeals court lifted a gagging order that prevented former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn from speaking to the media during a judicial investigation into his links with a suspected prostitution ring.

  • 10/06/2012 | World

    French left seen winning parliament control

    French President Francois Hollande was on track for a Socialist-led majority in parliament after a solid win in a first-round vote that should free him from having to rely on hard leftists hostile to European integration.

  • 15/05/2012 | World

    Strauss-Kahn countersues hotel maid in US court for $1 million

    Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, costing him his job and any chance of being elected president of France.

  • 15/05/2012 | World

    Merkel says Germany, France to work closely on growth

    New French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged differences over how to boost growth in recession-plagued Europe, but pledged to work together on a joint approach in time for a summit next month.

  • 16/05/2012 | World

    Hollande taps old hands, new faces for French govt

    French President Francois Hollande named a government dominated by moderate left-wingers after Socialist Party boss Martine Aubry, overlooked for the post of prime minister, said she no longer wanted to be part of the new cabinet.

  • 08/05/2012 | World

    'We won't finance French election promises,' Merkel's parliamentary party leader

    Francois Hollande's election as French president was greeted by jitters on European markets and a dour front in Berlin where ruling conservatives warned the Socialist that Germans were not ready to pay for his promises of an end to austerity.

  • 14/05/2012 | World

    Hollande to be sworn in as new French president

    Francois Hollande will be sworn in as France's first Socialist president in 17 years in a hurried ceremony on Tuesday before a dash to Berlin to challenge German Chancellor Angela Merkel's focus on austerity policies.

  • 15/05/2012 | World

    Hollande sworn in as French president, calls for European pact for growth

    Francois Hollande was sworn in as France's first Socialist president in 17 years in a brief ceremony today. In his inaugural speech, he said he would seek to amend a European pact to add growth-boosting measures to deficit-cutting policies that critics say are dampening the bloc's growth prospects.

  • 03/05/2012 | World

    Sarkozy's chances fade two days before French runoff

    President Nicolas Sarkozy's chances of holding on to power were fading two days before France's election runoff, with far-right and centrist leaders refusing to endorse him and his usually bland Socialist rival performing confidently in a TV debate.

  • 05/05/2012 | World

    France readies for poll, Sarkozy closes on Hollande

    Campaigning ended on Saturday in France for a decisive second-round presidential vote expected to crown Francois Hollande the country's first Socialist leader in two decades despite polls showing President Nicolas Sarkozy clawing back some ground.

  • 06/05/2012 | World

    Socialist Hollande ousts Sarkozy as French leader

    Socialist Francois Hollande swept to victory in France's presidential election on Sunday in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe that could start a pushback against German-led austerity.

  • 30/04/2012 | World

    Scandal talk clouds French campaign before TV debate

    Allegations of scandal and dirty tricks clouded France's presidential election as the race entered the final week with both sides preparing for rival May Day rallies and the sole, crucial television debate.

  • 01/05/2012 | World

    French presidential rivals in last ditch TV debate

    Nicolas Sarkozy faces Francois Hollande in a "moment of truth" television debate that could be the French president's last chance to avoid defeat at the hands of his socialist challenger in Sunday's election runoff.

  • 02/05/2012 | World

    Sarkozy, Hollande trade barbs in TV debate

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist challenger Francois Hollande clashed in their only televised debate, seen as the conservative incumbent's last chance to turn the odds of re-election in his favour.

  • 24/04/2012 | World

    French presidential rivals race to seduce Le Pen voters

    France's presidential rivals scrambled to seduce nearly a fifth of the electorate that voted for far right anti-immigration crusader Marine Le Pen, voicing sympathy for voters' distress in the economic crisis.

  • 24/04/2012 | World

    Hollande: ‘Merkel ran Europe along with Sarkozy and we can see the results’

    French presidential candidate for the Socialist bloc François Hollande defended his intention to “re-guide” Europe by criticizing the results of the vision applied until now by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and current French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

  • 26/04/2012 | World

    Le Pen says waiting for Sarkozy's answers before endorsing

    Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has promised to give her view on the second round at the National Front's traditional "Joan of Arc" May Day rally, and she urged President Nicolas Sarkozy to make his own position clearer concerning parliamentary polls in June.

  • 21/04/2012 | World

    French voters protest in Paris on eve of election

    French voters voiced disillusionment on Saturday at a campaign that many said ignored the country's real problems, on the eve of a first-round vote expected to send President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist rival Francois Hollande to a runoff next month.

  • 22/04/2012 | World

    Hollande edges Sarkozy in French vote, Le Pen surges

    Far-rightist Marine Le Pen threw France's presidential race wide open on Sunday by polling nearly 19 percent in the first round - votes that may tip a runoff between Socialist favourite Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy.

  • 23/04/2012 | World

    Sarkozy woos far right after Hollande wins round one

    President Nicolas Sarkozy hammered home pledges to get tough on immigration and security as he sought to win over record numbers of far-right voters and whittle down Socialist Francois Hollande's narrow first-round election lead.

  • 19/04/2012 | World

    France, Spain clear bond auction hurdle

    France and Spain sold all the bonds they wanted at auction today, though for Spain the cost was rising yields, indicating growing concerns the government will not be able to tame its deficit.

  • 20/04/2012 | World

    France says EU to adopt new sanctions on Syria on Monday

    The European Union will adopt new sanctions against Syria on Monday in light of continued bloodshed despite a week-old ceasefire, France's Foreign Ministry said today.

  • 20/04/2012 | World

    French election rivals in final race for workers

    Socialist presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande appealed to French voters to throw out conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and shun the far right in a final push for working-class votes before Sunday's first round of the election.

  • 26/03/2012 | World

    Sarkozy to bar radical imams from entering France

    France will bar radical Muslim preachers from entering the country to participate in an Islamic conference next month as part of a crackdown after shootings by an al Qaeda-inspired gunman, President Nicolas Sarkozy said today.

  • 26/03/2012 | World

    Strauss-Kahn put under formal probe in France

    Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was put under formal investigation by a French court over his role in a prostitution case, his lawyer said.

  • 29/03/2012 | World

    Algeria refuses French gunman's body for burial

    Algerian authorities have refused to allow the body of an al Qaeda-inspired gunman who killed seven people in France this month to be sent there for burial, an Algerian government source and an official at a top French mosque said today.

  • 21/03/2012 | World

    French TV: school shooting suspect arrested

    A gunman suspected of killing of seven people in the name of al Qaeda was arrested by police in southwest France after a nearly 12-hour operation in the city of Toulouse, French television channels BFM TV and i-Tele reported today.

  • 22/03/2012 | World

    France: gunman dead after jumping from window, gov't says

    An al Qaeda-inspired gunman who killed seven people in France died today after jumping out of a window of his apartment, where he had been holed up for some 30 hours in a standoff with police, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said.

  • 23/03/2012 | World

    French intelligence under fire over al Qaeda shooter

    The French government was forced to reject accusations that intelligence lapses allowed a young Muslim with a violent criminal record, spotted twice in Afghanistan, to become the first al Qaeda-inspired killer to strike on its soil.

  • 19/03/2012 | World

    New York City police tighten security at Jewish sites

    New York police ramped up security at synagogues and other Jewish institutions citywide following the deadly attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France.

  • 20/03/2012 | World

    Massive manhunt for Jewish school shooter in France

    A day after a gunman shot dead three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, French President Nicolas Sarkozy put the region on its highest terrorism alert and unleashed a massive manhunt to find the shooter who is believed to be behind other shootings.

  • 21/03/2012 | World

    French police launch assault on besieged gunman

    French police launched an assault on an apartment where a gunman suspected of killing seven people in the name of al Qaeda was holed up, officials said.

  • 11/03/2012 | World

    France's Sarkozy 'sorry' for tomato attack

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has apologized in person to a policewoman who said she was the victim of a tomato attack involving the president's teenage son, a police official said on Sunday.

  • 12/03/2012 | World

    Sarkozy blasts accusation he took money from Gaddafi

    France's Nicolas Sarkozy angrily denied receiving money from deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to fund his first presidential run in 2007, as one news website reported earlier in the day.

  • 19/03/2012 | World

    Sarkozy, White House condemn shooting at French school

    A gunman on a motorbike shot dead three children and a teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse today, just days after apparently killing three soldiers nearby, prompting President Nicolas Sarkozy to say France should not give in to terror.

  • 21/02/2012 | World

    Strauss-Kahn held in French prostitution probe

    Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was questioned by police today over his dealings with an alleged prostitution ring that was run from the northern French city of Lille and organized sex parties in Paris, Brussels and Washington.

  • 22/02/2012 | World

    Syria: US, French journalists killed

    US correspondent Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs today when rockets fired by government forces hit the house they were staying in, opposition activists and witnesses said.

  • 23/02/2012 | World

    Mademoiselle is no longer an official French woman

    Official French documents will no longer force women to reveal their marital status by requiring them to choose the title Mademoiselle or Madame.

  • 16/02/2012 | World

    French court finds Le Pen guilty of playing down war crimes

    Jean Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's far-right National Front party, was found guilty of condoning war crimes and given a suspended jail sentence of three months by a court in Paris.

  • 17/02/2012 | World

    France, Britain agree drone cooperation

    France and Britain agreed to jointly work to develop next-generation unmanned drones as part of their military cooperation as their leaders reconciled after an acrimonious clash over Europe last year.

  • 20/02/2012 | World

    Italy, Britain urge more EU focus on growth

    Italy, Britain, the Netherlands and nine other countries called for Europe to shift its focus from tough budget cuts towards measures to create growth as the region looks headed for its second recession in three years.

  • 13/02/2012 | World

    Moody's warns it may strip France, UK and Austria's Aaa rating

    Rating agency Moody's warned it may cut the triple-A ratings of France, the United Kingdom and Austria, while it downgraded the ratings of Italy, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta.

  • 14/02/2012 | World

    Moody's warns it may downgrade France, Britain

    Rating agency Moody's said today it downgraded six European nations including Italy, Spain and Portugal, citing growing risks from Europe's debt crisis, and warned it may cut the triple-A ratings of France, Britain and Austria.

  • 15/02/2012 | World

    Sarkozy launches presidential election campaign

    President Nicolas Sarkozy formally declared his candidacy for a second term seeking to overturn a wide poll lag with promises to get the unemployed back to work and use referendums to consult the French people on reforms.

  • 16/01/2012 | World

    S&P downgrades Europe's rescue fund

    Credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s downgraded the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) from “AAA” to “AA+,” although it does not rule out it would increase it again if it bolsters its funds, according to a communiqué.

  • 25/01/2012 | World

    US returns stolen Pissarro artwork to France

    The United States returned an artwork by Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro to French authorities, more than three decades after it was stolen from the wall of a small museum in southeastern France.

  • 07/02/2012 | World

    France recalls Syria ambassador, vows more pressure

    France recalled its ambassador from Syria today in protest at the violent government crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, saying his "days were numbered" and vowing to press on with efforts to end the bloodshed.

  • 16/12/2011 | World

    Fitch Ratings lowers France’s outlook, but reaffirms triple A status

    Fitch Ratings lowered its outlook on France's triple-A rating to "negative" from "stable. The rating agency also warned it may downgrade France and six other euro zone countries in the future as it believes that a comprehensive solution to the region's debt crisis is "technically and politically beyond reach."

  • 29/12/2011 | World

    French VAT hike to hit pizzas, quiches - not baguettes

    The French government was forced to clarify that a Jan 1. VAT hike will apply only to certain takeaway foods like pizzas, quiches and hamburgers, as the public fretted that prices could jump for staples like bread and pastries.

  • 31/12/2011 | World

    Sarkozy vows reforms in austere New Year's speech

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged in a grave New Year's message to find ways to pull the economy out of stagnation in the four months left before a presidential election and vowed no further public spending cuts.

  • 12/12/2011 | World

    Sarkozy: French AAA rating loss would be surmountable

    A loss of France's AAA credit rating would add to the country's difficulties but would not be insurmountable, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a interview published today.

  • 12/12/2011 | World

    Euro zone fiscal pact fails to restore confidence

    A European summit deal to strengthen budget discipline in the euro zone failed to restore financial market confidence, forcing the European Central Bank to step in again gingerly.

  • 16/12/2011 | World

    France hands Carlos the Jackal another life prison term

    A French court sentenced Marxist militant Carlos the Jackal to another life prison term last night for bomb attacks that killed 11 people nearly three decades ago.

  • 05/12/2011 | World

    Greenpeace activists enter French nuclear sites

    Greenpeace activists entered several French nuclear sites to highlight what they called a lack of security at the plants six months before a presidential election.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Germany pours cold water on EU summit hopes

    Pessimistic comments from EU paymaster Germany and new figures exposing deepening stress among Europe's banks dented financial market hopes of a turning point in the euro zone's debt crisis at a summit this week.

  • 09/12/2011 | World

    EU leaders reach debt crisis deal without Britain

    A divided Europe – a historic rift over building a closer fiscal union to preserve the euro, with a large majority of countries led by Germany and France agreeing to forge ahead with a separate treaty, leaving Britain isolated – reached a new deal to address the debt crisis hovering over the block.

  • 22/11/2011 | World

    Strauss-Kahn sues media and Sarkozy aide

    Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was tipped as France's next president before a US sex assault scandal spelled his downfall, is suing a top French newspaper, several magazines and a government adviser over reports about him.

  • 23/11/2011 | World

    Germany and France clash again over ECB role in euro crisis

    Germany and France clashed today over whether the ECB should take bolder steps to stem the euro zone debt crisis, with Chancellor Angela Merkel issuing one of her starkest warnings yet against fiddling with the central bank's strict inflation-fighting mandate.

  • 24/11/2011 | World

    Sarkozy, Merkel agree to stop sniping on ECB crisis

    France and Germany agreed today to stop arguing in public over whether the European Central Bank should do more to rescue the euro zone from a deepening sovereign debt crisis.

  • 16/11/2011 | World

    France, Germany clash over ECB crisis role

    France and Germany, Europe's two central powers, clashed over whether the European Central Bank should intervene more forcefully to halt the euro zone's accelerating debt crisis after modest bond purchases failed to calm markets.

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    Spanish, French borrowing costs climb, contagion builds

    Spain and France struggled with government bond auctions today, throwing into sharp relief the threat of larger euro zone economies succumbing to the debt crisis that began in Greece and is already lapping at Italy's shores.

  • 21/11/2011 | World

    Moody's warns on French rating outlook

    A rise in interest rates on French government debt and weaker growth prospects could be negative for the outlook on France's credit rating, Moody's warned in a report, adding to pressure on European debt markets.

  • 07/11/2011 | World

    Carlos the Jackal on trial over French bombings

    Famous Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal stands trial today in France for a series of bombings in the 1980s. The international revolutionary from Venezuela, born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez later nicknamed Carlos the Jackal, built a career as one of the world's best known guerrillas after a hostage-taking of OPEC oil ministers in the name of the Palestinian struggle in 1975.

  • 12/11/2011 | World

    French gay 'wedding' reopens debate ahead of election

    The mayor of a small French town challenged the country's ban on same-sex marriage by presiding over the wedding of two men, reviving the debate on gay marriage as France's presidential election campaign heats up.

  • 03/11/2011 | World

    Obama in Cannes: 'Our task is to resolve the financial crisis in Europe'

    US President Barack Obama said today during the Group of 20 Summit in Cannes, France, that "the most important aspect of our task over the next two days is to resolve the financial crisis here in Europe."

  • 03/11/2011 | World

    G20: Greek PM ready to go, dump referendum, for euro deal

    Fast-moving events in Athens overshadowed the first day of a summit of the Group of 20 major economies on the French Riviera, with anxious world leaders urging Europe to act to stop contagion from its sovereign debt crisis.

  • 04/11/2011 | World

    Carlos the Jackal back in court over 1980s bombs

    Gray hair and a paunch have replaced the beret, leather jacket and dark glasses but Carlos the Jackal's defiance remains intact before he stands trial in France for a series of bombings in the 1980s.

  • 19/10/2011 | World

    Bruni gives birth to baby girl

    French first lady Carla Bruni gave birth to a baby girl, French media reported, her first child with husband President Nicolas Sarkozy and the first baby born to a French presidential couple in office.

  • 25/10/2011 | World

    ECB row, Italy flare on eve of euro rescue summit

    A flare-up over the European Central Bank and political turmoil in Italy kept the euro zone on edge on the eve of a summit meant to confront the currency bloc's worsening sovereign debt crisis.

  • 02/11/2011 | World

    Merkel, Sarkozy say no more aid until Greece decides on euro

    Greece will receive no more European bailout aid until it has put an end to uncertainty and agreed to meet its commitments to the euro zone, the leaders of France and Germany said.

  • 19/09/2011 | World

    Gaddafi spokesman says UK, French mercenaries caught

    Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists said they had captured 17 mercenaries - some British and French - in what would amount to a severe blow to Libya's new rulers and their international backers.

  • 01/10/2011 | World

    Three men investigated over US$130 million French art heist

    Three men are being formally investigated over the theft of five famous paintings by artists including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse from a French museum, the Paris Prosecutor's office said, in a heist worth US$130 million.

  • 17/10/2011 | World

    Judge gives L'Oreal heiress's daughter control

    L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt's daughter won control over her mother's business affairs today, the daughter's lawyer said, almost two years after she first asked to take over on the grounds her mother had been exploited.

  • 03/09/2011 | World

    Medical report says Chirac unfit to face trial

    A medical report submitted this week argues that former French president Jacques Chirac is mentally unfit to face trial, his lawyers said today, two days before he is due to face charges of misusing public funds.

  • 12/09/2011 | World

    Explosion at French nuclear site kills one, injures four

    A furnace exploded at the Marcoule nuclear waste treatment site in southern France, killing one person, but there was no leak of radioactive material outside the furnace, France's ASN nuclear safety watchdog said.

  • 12/09/2011 | World

    IAEA says seeks info from France about blast

    The UN atomic agency is seeking information from France about today's explosion at a nuclear waste treatment site in the country's south, its head said.

  • 12/08/2011 | World

    French economy stagnates in second quarter

    French economic growth ground to a halt as household spending shrank in the second quarter, raising pressure on the government to announce cutbacks to convince turbulent markets it will deliver on debt reduction targets.

  • 22/08/2011 | World

    France wants transition summit for Libya

    France aims to host a meeting of international partners in Paris next week to lay out a roadmap for Libya's future, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said, as rebels swept into Tripoli.

  • 24/08/2011 | World

    France, partners working on new Libya UN resolution

    France and its partners at the United Nations are working on a draft resolution that would enable Libyan assets to be unfrozen and sanctions to be unlocked, a French diplomatic source said.

  • 03/08/2011 | World

    Row flares as pilots boycott Rio crash probe

    French pilots suspended cooperation with an inquiry into the 2009 crash of an Air France jet as a dispute over the causes of the disaster opened deep wounds in France's prestigious aeronautics industry.

  • 04/08/2011 | World

    IMF's Lagarde to be investigated for misconduct

    A French court ordered an investigation into possible misconduct by IMF head Christine Lagarde when, as finance minister, she approved a settlement to a businessman friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    Rating agencies confirm France as triple A

    Moody’s, Standard & Poor's (S&P) and Fitch confimed today that France still rates as a triple-A country with a stable outlook. Rumors that France could be downgraded earlier led to a sharp sell-off in French banking shares.

  • 27/06/2011 | World

    E. coli outbreak: French-German gov’t advise to avoid sprouts

    Dutch and British health officials advised people to avoid raw sprouts and seeds today after scientists linked an outbreak of E. coli in France to a highly toxic one in Germany that has killed 43 people.

  • 29/06/2011 | World

    Francois Baroin to replace Lagarde as finance minister in France

    Francois Baroin, France's budget minister and government spokesman, was named finance minister, replacing Christine Lagarde who is leaving to be the new head of the International Monetary Fund.

  • 11/07/2011 | World

    Diplomats say Assad loyalists attack US, French embassies

    French embassy guards in Damascus fired live ammunition to disperse loyalists to President Bashar al-Assad who tried to break into the compound and are still surrounding it, diplomats in the Syrian capital said. A similar crowd broke into the US embassy but later left, they added.

  • 07/06/2011 | World

    French media can tweet,- but can't mention Twitter

    French TV and radio stations can tweet as much as they like but must stop telling people to consult them on Twitter and Facebook, which amounts to advertising for those sites, France's media regulator says.

  • 18/06/2011 | World

    Greeks protest, almost half oppose austerity

    Thousands of Greeks marched on parliament in a show of unabated public anger after Prime Minister George Papandreou vowed to push on with an austerity campaign that a poll showed half the country opposed.

  • 23/06/2011 | World

    France says to start gradual Afghan withdrawal

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he would follow the United States in starting a gradual troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a move that could shore up his popularity before a 2012 election.

  • 26/05/2011 | World

    G8 Summit: Powers urge Yemen leader to go

    Leaders of the Group of Eight called on Yemen's president to quit, hoping to avert civil war flaring up in one part of the Arab world as they prepared to help new democracies flourish in another.

  • 27/05/2011 | World

    G8 Leaders pledge initial US$20 billion to back Arab Spring

    Group of Eight leaders promised US$20 billion in aid to Tunisia and Egypt today and held out the prospect of billions more to foster the Arab Spring and the new democracies emerging from popular uprisings.

  • 29/05/2011 | World

    French minister quits over sex harassment case

    A junior minister in French President Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right government resigned after he was accused of sexual harassment by two women, the government said.

  • 06/05/2011 | World

    Libya: France expels 14 diplomats, Russia opposes foreign intervention

    France expelled 14 Libyan diplomats loyal to the government of Muammar Gaddafi, the French foreign ministry said. France, the United States, Britain and others are trying to go beyond the NATO bombing campaign. Russia said opposes any foreign ground operation in Libya.

  • 20/05/2011 | World

    Europeans race to nominate Strauss-Kahn successor

    European leaders raced today to nominate a successor for fallen IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn before a G8 summit in France next week, with French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde in pole position.

  • 26/05/2011 | World

    G8 leaders gather in France, eyes on Arabs, IMF

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy hosts an opening lunch for the 24-hour annual summit in the northern seaside resort of Deauville. Bilateral meetings among the leaders of the G8 have already begun before lunch.

  • 11/04/2011 | World

    France starts ban on full-face veil

    France's ban on full face veils, a first in Europe, went into force today, making anyone wearing the Muslim niqab or burqa in public liable to a fine of 150 euros ($216) or lessons in French citizenship.

  • 12/04/2011 | World

    Libya campaign continues until Gaddafi goes

    Leaders of Britain, France and the United States vowed on to keep up their military campaign in Libya until Muammar Gaddafi leaves power, and rebels said his forces pounded the city of Misrata with missiles.

  • 20/04/2011 | World

    France promises Libyan rebels it will intensify air strikes

    In Paris, President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged stronger military action at his first meeting with the leader of the opposition Libyan National Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the Elysee presidential office said in a statement.

  • 30/03/2011 | World

    IAEA suggests Japan widen exclusion zone near nuclear plant

    The UN nuclear watchdog suggested Japan consider widening an evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear plant as French President Nicolas Sarkozy was due to arrive on Thursday, the first leader to visit since a devastating earthquake and tsunami sparked the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.

  • 31/03/2011 | World

    France calls for world nuclear reforms after Japan crisis

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for a reform of global nuclear standards by the end of the year during a first visit by a foreign leader toJapan since the earthquake and tsunami that triggered its atomic disaster.

  • 04/04/2011 | World

    France says finds bodies in Atlantic crash wreckage

    France has located the bodies of some passengers who perished when an Air France plane crashed off Brazil in 2009, as well as wreckage from the aircraft, the government said.

  • 26/03/2011 | World

    Libyan rebels rout Gaddafi forces in strategic town

    Libyan rebels backed by allied air strikes recaptured the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiyah, pushing out Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

  • 27/03/2011 | World

    Sarkozy squeezed by left and right in French polls

    The opposition Socialist Party comprehensively won French local elections as the far-right National Front surged, between them pressuring President Nicolas Sarkozy a year before he faces the electorate.

  • 29/03/2011 | World

    France, US to help Japan in nuclear crisis

    France and the United States are to help Japan in its battle to contain radiation from a crippled nuclear complex where plutonium finds have raised public alarm over the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.

  • 23/03/2011 | World

    Gaddafi tanks move in again on besieged Libyan city

    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces resumed their attack on the rebel-held town of Misrata, moving back onto the offensive just hours after Western strikes silenced their guns.

  • 25/03/2011 | World

    West targets Libyan forces in bid to end stalemate

    Western warplanes bombed Muammar Gaddafi's tanks and artillery in eastern Libya to try to break a battlefield stalemate and help rebels take the strategic town of Ajdabiyah.

  • 08/01/2011 | World

    Germany and France want Portugal to accept aid

    Germany and France want Portugal to accept an international bailout as soon as possible in order to prevent its debt crisis spreading to other countries, German magazine Der Spiegel reported.

  • 08/03/2011 | World

    French court postpones trial of ex-president Chirac

    A French court postponed the trial of former President Jacques Chirac yesterday over misuse of public funds while it seeks advice on a constitutional challenge that will hold the case up for months.

  • 16/03/2011 | World

    G7 to discuss Japan as yen soars

    The Group of Seven rich nations will discuss on possible steps to calm volatile financial markets roiled by fears about the deepening crisis in Japan.

  • 16/10/2012 | Latin America

    France snatch last-gasp equaliser to hold Spain

    France substitute Olivier Giroud headed past a diving Iker Casillas with almost the last touch of the game to snatch a 1-1 draw against world champions Spain in their World Cup Group I qualifier.

  • 08/07/2013 | Latin America

    Bolivia demands answers from Europe in plane spat over Snowden

    Bolivia demanded France, Portugal, Spain and Italy reveal who told them that former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was aboard President Evo Morales' flight from Moscow last week.

  • 12/04/2014 | Latin America

    French foreign minister meets Raul Castro on historic visit to Cuba

    France's foreign minister met with Cuban President Raul Castro during the first visit to the island by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.

  • 03/04/2011 | Latin America

    France says locates wreckage from Atlantic crash

    France has discovered what appears to be part of an Air France aircraft that crashed in the Atlantic almost two years ago killing all 228 people on board, accident investigators said.

  • 30/04/2012 | Latin America

    France holds Colombian FARC responsible for journalist

    France said it held FARC rebels responsible for the life of a French journalist in Colombia, calling on the drug-funded group to release him immediately in line with a pledge it made to stop taking hostages for ransom.

  • 07/05/2012 | Latin America

    FARC wants media debate for Frenchman's release

    Colombia's leftist FARC rebels accused the government of manipulating journalists and demanded a debate on freedom of information as a step that may lead to the release of a French reporter kidnapped nine days ago.

  • 27/09/2014 | Sports

    Argentine show-jumping team, let’s be realistic

    By Kim Mandel

    No athlete competes thinking that he can’t win, that he has already lost. While some have better chances of winning, there are others who are trying to improve so they can do better in the future.

  • 10/09/2014 | Sports

    France upset hosts Spain in FIBA World Cup

    FIBA World Cup hosts Spain saw their hopes of taking the title on home soil evaporate as they went down to France, who prevailed 65-52 in a quarter-final game the Spaniards will want to quickly forget as they endured a horror show in Madrid.

  • 12/09/2014 | Sports

    Serbia beat France to join US in World Cup final

    Serbia has continued their remarkable run in the basketball World Cup knockout rounds after a 90-85 win over European champions France steered them into Sunday's final against holders United States.

  • 26/03/2013 | Sports

    Spain back on track as big guns hit the target

    Europe's top teams took important steps towards next year's World Cup finals in Brazil with qualifying victories, notably world champions Spain who scored a hugely significant 1-0 win over France in Paris.

  • 04/04/2013 | Sports

    Davis cup: Argentina-France heads-up ready

    After this morning's heads-up draw held at La Usina del Arte arts centre in La Boca BA City neighborhood, tomorrow's opening day of the Davis Cup's quarterfinals will see Carlos Berlocq facing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Juan Mónaco against Gilles Simon.  

  • 06/04/2013 | Sports

    Nalbandian, Zeballos win Davis Cup doubles against France

    Argentina's David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos competed in the double Davis Cup quarter-final tennis match against France's Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra and achieved a significant triumph in Buenos Aires.

  • 28/09/2012 | Sports

    New French taxes will be 'disastrous' for football

    Clubs and players lashed out after the French government unveiled its 2013 budget, saying new tax plans would have a "disastrous effect" on domestic football.

  • 25/01/2013 | Sports

    France back Dulin out of Six Nations squad with injury

    France fullback Brice Dulin will be out of action for several weeks because of a hamstring injury and is set to miss most of the Six Nations championship, the French federation (FFR) said today.

  • 23/02/2013 | Sports

    Replacement policy backfires for France

    International rugby coaches never tire of saying that the modern game is a 23-man effort and rarely can the influence of the opposing benches have had as much impact as in England's 23-13 Six Nations victory over France today.

  • 08/08/2012 | Sports

    Basketball: Spain beat France in bad-tempered clash

    Spain broke open a fierce defensive battle in the final minute to beat France 66-59 and reach the semi-finals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament in a bad-tempered contest that threatened to turn into a brawl.

  • 26/09/2012 | Sports

    Zidane head-butt on permanent display in Paris

    Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final has been immortalised in a statue now on display in Paris.

  • 23/06/2012 | Sports

    Spain ease into semis without breaking sweat

    Xabi Alonso marked his 100th Spain appearance by scoring both goals as the holders eased to a comfortable 2-0 win over a feeble France and into a Euro 2012 semi-final against Portugal back in Donetsk on Wednesday.

  • 29/07/2012 | Sports

    USA men in joyful romp over France

    The US men's basketball team launched their Olympic title defence with a joyful display of high-flying skill fuelled by camaraderie, soaring past France 98-71.

  • 09/04/2012 | Sports

    Bitter fans want Marseille to lose again to deny PSG

    Olympique Marseille have lost 10 of their last 11 matches and their biggest supporters group wants that miserable run to continue on Wednesday.

  • 15/06/2012 | Sports

    France storm past Ukraine in wet Donetsk

    Sparkling attacking football and goals from Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye earned France a 2-0 win over Ukraine in their Euro 2012 Group D match after the game was halted for 55 minutes due to a thunderstorm.

  • 21/06/2012 | Sports

    Frustrated France defuse tension before Spain game

    Tensions may have risen in the France dressing room after they lost their final Euro 2012 group game but they are ready to start from scratch against Spain in Saturday's quarter-final.

  • 15/10/2011 | Sports

    Heroic Wales fall just short of first final

    Wales fell agonisingly short of reaching their first rugby World Cup final today after playing three-quarters of their semi-final against France without captain Sam Warburton who had been sent off in the first 20 minutes.

  • 20/10/2011 | Sports

    New Zealand unchanged for World Cup final

    New Zealand coach Graham Henry named an unchanged team for the World Cup final against France at Eden Park on Sunday, keeping faith with the same players who overwhelmed Australia to reach the global showpiece.

  • 08/04/2012 | Sports

    Spain, US to meet in Davis Cup semi-finals

    Holders Spain clinched a Davis Cup semi-final berth at home to the United States when David Ferrer cruised to a 7-5 6-3 6-3 victory over Austria's Juergen Melzer to give the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead.

  • 27/05/2011 | Sports

    Heinze to leave Olympique Marseille

    Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze will leave the Olympique Marseille team at the end of the season, the former Manchester United player said in a statement today.

  • 30/07/2011 | Sports

    World champions Spain face France in World Cup

    World champions Spain will face former world champions France in their campaign to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014 following the gala preliminary round draw.

  • 13/10/2011 | Sports

    Wales bring form and lack of fear to semis

    Wales bring form, confidence and a fearless attitude to the first rugby World Cup semi-final against France at Eden Park on Saturday.

  • 05/05/2014 | Arts and Media

    Picasso's son: 'France couldn't give a damn about my father or me'

    The son of Pablo Picasso, Claude, accused French authorities of dishonouring his father by delaying the re-opening of the Picasso Museum in Paris. "I get the impression that France couldn't give a damn about my father or me," he told Le Figaro newspaper.

  • 28/08/2014 | Arts and Media

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wed in France

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the glamorous Hollywood couple dubbed "Brangelina" in tabloid headlines, were married in France, according to media reports.

  • 11/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    French comedian rallies broad front against gay marriage

    When the opponents of gay-marriage take to the streets in Paris on Sunday, their protest will be led neither by politicians nor priests, but by a sassy comedian in a pink T-shirt who goes by the stage name Frigide Barjot.

  • 22/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    Lagerfeld backs French gay marriage with Chanel catwalk finale

    Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld sent two models dressed as brides alongside his tiny godson down the catwalk in a public show of support for French government plans to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption.

  • 23/02/2013 | Arts and Media

    Actor Depardieu picks Russian abode far from French taxes

    Actor Gerard Depardieu has registered as a resident of the provincial Russian city of Saransk, where he plans to open a restaurant far from the high taxes of his French homeland, Russian media said today.

  • 13/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    Actor Depardieu puts Paris house up for sale

    French actor Gerard Depardieu, accused of trying to escape the taxman by buying a house just over the border in Belgium, has put his sumptuous Parisian home up for sale.

  • 20/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    Putin offers Depardieu a Russian passport

    President Vladimir Putin offered French actor Gerard Depardieu a Russian passport today, saying he would welcome the 63-year-old celebrity who is embroiled in a bitter tax row with France's socialist government.

  • 05/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    French actor Depardieu in Russia to meet Putin

    French film star Gerard Depardieu arrived in Russia today to meet President Vladimir Putin, who granted him citizenship after a public spat in France over his efforts to avoid a potential 75 percent income tax.

  • 31/08/2012 | Arts and Media

    Depardieu, Adjani to star in France's Strauss-Kahn movie

    The disgraced power couple of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair will be played by two of France's best-known actors, Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani, in an upcoming movie about sex, politics and love on the rocks.

  • 08/09/2012 | Arts and Media

    Paul McCartney decorated with France's highest award

    Former Beatle Paul McCartney received France's highest public distinction for his contribution to music on Saturday when President Francois Hollande made him an officer of the Legion of Honour in a short ceremony at the presidential palace.

  • 29/11/2012 | Arts and Media

    France’s Depardieu detained for drunken driving

    French actor Gerard Depardieu was detained for driving his scooter while drunk after he had a minor accident in Paris, prosecutors said.

  • 26/07/2012 | Arts and Media

    Madonna voices love for tolerant France in Paris show

    Pop star Madonna treated fans to an intimate show at Paris' famed Olympia theatre, voicing her love for a France that is open to minorities and artists and reinterpreting "Je t'aime moi non plus," a song laced with sexual innuendo.

  • 09/08/2012 | Arts and Media

    Rumoured 'Brangelina' nuptials draw blank looks in South France

    Rumours of a weekend wedding between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sent photographers and reporters rushing to the couple's chateau in southern France, but local officials said they had no knowledge of any impending nuptials.

  • 14/08/2012 | Arts and Media

    French mayor denies 'Brangelina' to wed at weekend

    A French mayor denied a report in celebrity magazine Hello that quoted him saying Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who own a chateau nearby, were due to get married this weekend.

  • 10/05/2011 | Arts and Media

    Cannes: Carla Bruni´s absence fuels pregnancy rumors

    France's First Lady Carla Bruni said she had canceled a red-carpet appearance at the Cannes film festival because of "personal reasons," feeding rumors that she might be pregnant.

  • 25/01/2012 | Arts and Media

    France's Jean Dujardin plays down Hollywood success

    His suave Clark Gable looks have made him an international heartthrob, while his role as silent movie icon George Valentin in French film "The Artist" has earned him a best actor Oscar nomination.

  • 09/07/2012 | Arts and Media

    Quidditch nerds target Games to promote their sport

    Quidditch players riding broomsticks tagged on to the Olympics, acknowledging the game adapted from the Harry Potter series was for nerds but arguing that it was a legitimate sport worthy of being in the Olympics.

  • 21/01/2011 | Arts and Media

    US returns stolen Impressionist painting to France

    A stolen painting by French Impressionist Edgar Degas was formally returned to France at the residence of the French ambassador to the United States after it surfaced at an auction in New York.

  • 01/03/2011 | Arts and Media

    Dior fires 'odious' Galliano over racist slurs

    French fashion house Dior said it is firing John Galliano after complaints were lodged with police that their star designer made offensive and anti-Semitic comments.

  • 02/03/2011 | Arts and Media

    Designer Galliano to go on trial over racist insults

    British designer John Galliano will go on trial over accusations he made racist insults, the French public prosecutor's office said.

  • 19/05/2013 | World

    Hollande signs gay marriage into law

    France will see its first gay weddings within days, after French President François Hollande signed a law yesterday authorizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples and ending months of nationwide protests and wrenching debate.

  • 04/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Stoppage-time save against France no big deal, says Neuer

    Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said his one-handed save to keep out Karim Benzema's shot deep into stoppage time was no big deal after his team beat France 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals.

  • 29/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Nigeria: World Cup win will unite troubled nation

    Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel is hopeful that victory over France and a first World Cup quarter-final appearance can help unite the African nation currently gripped by violence and bloodshed.

  • 30/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    France strike late to reach World Cup last eight

    France scored twice in the last 11 minutes to seal a 2-0 victory over Nigeria and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

  • 04/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Germany reach World Cup semi-finals with win over France

    Germany reached their fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final after defender Mats Hummels' first-half header gave the three-time winners a 1-0 victory over France at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana today.

  • 20/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Free-flowing France crush weak Swiss 5-2

    France blew away Switzerland with a three-goal first-half barrage en route to a thumping 5-2 World Cup Group E win that virtually assures them of qualification for the second round.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Goalless draw leaves France top, Ecuador out

    France and Ecuador drew 0-0 in their final World Cup Group E game to send the French into the last 16 as group winners and eliminate their opponents due to Switzerland's win over Honduras.

  • 26/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Buenos Aires’ French community supports Les Bleus from afar

    By Dan Edwards
    Ever since the city was dubbed the ‘Paris of South America,’ Buenos Aires has had a special affinity with France. Founding father San Martín may have been born in Argentina, but he spent his final days living in Boulogne sur-Mer, in the heart of the European nation.

  • 06/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    France suffer major World Cup blow as Ribery is ruled out

    France's World Cup chances suffered a severe blow when influential winger Franck Ribery was ruled out with lower back problems. Coach Didier Deschamps also said that attacking midfielder Clement Grenier was out of the finals in Brazil.

  • 15/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Powerful French smash 10-man Honduras

    A moment of madness in the first half and a landmark goalline technology ruling in the second helped France to a 3-0 victory over Honduras in their Group E World Cup clash.

  • 20/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Costa Rica reach last 16 with Italy win

    Costa Rica produced another huge upset to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the second time today with a 1-0 Group D win over Italy that also ensured England were eliminated.


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