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Interpol sting seizes $51 million in fake drugs

Lyon - Interpol said Monday that it seized a record total of 25 million illicit and counterfeit medicines worth more than $51 million (42 million euros) in a weeklong worldwide operation.

Pandas rebounding, but their habitat isn't: study

Paris - China's fiercely protected giant panda had a smaller habitat in 2013 than when it was declared endangered more than 20 years earlier, researchers said Monday.

All eyes on models as much as clothes on Paris catwalks

Paris - Paris fashion week begins on Monday with all eyes as much on the models as on what they are wearing.French fashion's two biggest players, LVMH and Kering, said this month that they were banning ultrathin and underage models from their catwalks.

The far-right in Europe

Paris - The advance of Germany's hard-right AfD party in Sunday's election was welcomed by some European parties with similar anti-migration and nationalist agendas.Here is a snapshot of some of the far-right parties in Europe.

Macron's EU reforms could be tough sell for Merkel

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's grand Europe plan could be stymied by Angela Merkel's disappointing election score, with the liberal party tipped to join her coalition rejecting his proposals for radical eurozone reform.

French truckers block motorways, fuel depots

Paris - French truckers began blocking motorways and fuel depots on Monday at the start of a series of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron and changes to labour law.

The waste-collecting cyclists who caught the UN's eye

Nantes - Putting an end to the unnecessary burning of biodegradable waste, one restaurant at a time, has become the forceful mission of a team of French cyclists.

Le Pen, Wilders salute German hard right advance

Paris - Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front (FN), and Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders saluted the advance of Germany's hard right AfD after the nationalists on Sunday became the third-largest party in parliament.

Macron's party suffers setback in French Senate vote

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's new centrist political party suffered its first electoral setback in Senate elections on Sunday in which the right-wing Republicans party strengthened its dominance in the upper chamber of parliament.

French leftist leader Melenchon in hot water over Nazi comments

Paris - French leftist leader Jean-Luc Melenchon was plunged into the eye of a storm on Sunday after comments about the Nazis that one minister branded "shameful".

From slum-dweller to senator? French Roma woman aims high

L'ile-saint-denis - Anina Ciuciu, a 27-year-old law student who once begged for centimes, is vying to become France's first Roma senator on Sunday.

French Senate vote: Macron's first electoral setback?

Paris - Emmanuel Macron could suffer his first electoral setback in Senate elections on Sunday that follow a sharp slide in the young French leader's approval ratings.

French police evacuate 200 in Lille over car with gas cylinders

Lille - Nearly 200 residents of a wealthy suburb of the northern French city of Lille were evacuated Saturday night after five gas cylinders were found in a car, police said, while playing down the likelihood of it being terrorist-related.

Melenchon: the leftist aiming for 'pharaoh' Macron

Paris - After decades of railing against the French establishment, hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon suddenly finds himself the closest thing the country has to a leader of the opposition.

French left stages street showdown with Macron

Paris - Firebrand French leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon on Saturday vowed a lengthy battle against the labour law changes pushed through by President Emmanuel Macron as a tens of thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate.

Macron 'inflexible' on opposition to Nokia job cuts

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday told Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila of his "total inflexibility" to plans by telecoms giant Nokia to cut nearly 600 jobs in France.

Air France unveils Joon — the 'millenials' airline

Paris - Air France on Thursday unveiled a new lower-cost subsidiary called Joon that will specifically target well-travelled millenials.

A-bombs and H-bombs explained

Paris - The world's nuclear arsenals are comprised mainly of two types of warheads -- atomic bombs, also called A-bombs, and the more powerful hydrogen or H-bombs.

French rebel Melenchon takes the fight to Macron

Paris - On his lightning march to power, French President Emmanuel Macron felled several political veterans, but one of them, perennial rebel leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, has survived to lead resistance to his sweeping reforms.

French labour reforms: what's going to change?

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday made good on a central campaign vow to overhaul the country's complex labour code, overriding objections from some trade unions and the hard-left opposition.
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