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Most French 'understand' irate Air France workers: poll

Paris - A majority of French people "understand" the behaviour of striking Air France workers who attacked two of the airline's managers this week, ripping their clothes, a poll to be published Sunday showed.

'Rape of Nanjing' inscribed in UNESCO Memory of the World register

Paris - Documents related to the Nanjing massacre, a Japanese military rampage that Beijing says killed 300,000 people in 1937, were inscribed Friday in the Memory of the World register kept by the UN's scientific and cultural body.

Migrant injured after jumping on Eurotunnel shuttle to Britain

Lille - A 17-year-old from Eritrea was seriously injured Friday after making an apparent bid to jump on a Eurotunnel shuttle from France to Britain, a firefighter said, adding that his life was not in danger.

France closes Louvre museum Israeli discrimination case

Paris - The French justice system on Friday closed an official investigation into allegations that the Louvre museum in Paris discriminated against Israeli students who wished to visit the world-famous museum, finding no proof to back the claim.

Court upholds decision to keep brain-damaged Frenchman alive

Reims - A French court on Friday upheld a hospital's decision to keep a brain-damaged man alive in a case that has divided his family.

How IS's black flag became the symbol of modern jihad

Paris - Whether fluttering over the ruins of a captured city in Iraq or Syria, or in the background of gruesome execution videos, the black flag used by the Islamic State group has become an instantly recognisable symbol of modern global jihad.

China's smoking death toll to double to 2 million in 2030: study

Paris - Cigarette smoking will kill about two million Chinese in 2030, double the 2010 toll, said researchers Friday who warned of a "growing epidemic of premature death" in the world's most populous nation.

French MPs adopt bill to block minors from leaving for jihad

Paris - French lawmakers adopted a draft law Thursday that will require minors to have permission from their parents or legal guardians before leaving the country in a bid to curb departures for jihad in Iraq or Syria.

French MP race dispute highlights tricky balance for right-wing

Paris - As France's right-wing Republicans punish a leading figure over her comments about race, the party is facing a tricky balancing act in trying to pinch far-right votes without losing moderate supporters.

'Americans destroy others': Actor Depardieu rails against U.S.

Paris - Gerard Depardieu played a Frenchman desperate to do anything to live in America in the 1990 movie "Green Card", but in a new interview, he shows little love for the US."The US?

Merkel says EU's asylum rules 'obsolete'

Strasbourg - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday described as "obsolete" European Union asylum rules that put the onus on EU states where migrants first arrive to process their refugee claims."Let's be frank.

Failure in Syria risks 'total war' for region: Hollande

Strasbourg - Failure to act in Syria risks stoking a "total war" in the Middle East, French President Francois Hollande said in a landmark speech to the European Parliament alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Hollande did not suggest Assad-Free Syrian Army alliance: Aide

Strasbourg - French President Francois Hollande did not suggest forming an alliance between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the moderate opposition Free Syrian Army, an aide said Wednesday, contradicting comments by Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

EU warships start migrant smuggler patrols as leaders urge unity

Strasbourg - European Union nations agreed to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers as they took a harder line toward tackling the bloc's worst migration crisis since World War II.

Spain's Podemos vows pragmatic policies, blasts France, Germany

Strasbourg - The head of Spain's radical left party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, vowed Tuesday to implement a pragmatic programme if he wins a year-end general election.

French minister says five 'terrorists' to be lose nationality

Paris - French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday he had requested that five "terrorists" be stripped of their nationality.

France drops genocide, torture case dropped Rwanda priest

Paris - French judges have dropped the case against Rwandan priest Wenceslas Munyeshyaka for his alleged role in the country's 1994 genocide, a judicial source said Tuesday.

Russia carving out a fortress for Assad, say experts

Paris - The contours of Russia's strategy in Syria are emerging as it tries to carve out a rebel-free zone for Bashar al-Assad's regime and shut out Western forces from his air space.

Hollande warns Air France violence 'could harm country's image'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday scenes of Air France executives fleeing an angry mob after having their shirts ripped off by striking workers were "unacceptable" and put the country's image at risk.

Factfile on Nobel anti-malaria drug artemisin

Paris - A frontline drug in the fight against malaria, artemisinin has a history going back many centuries, for it traces its past to ancient Chinese medicine.
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