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Despite advances, democracy in Africa hobbled by 'rigging'

Paris - Across Africa, military coups and election violence are becoming rarer but poll rigging and manipulation remain rife, hobbling the continent's democratic progress, experts say.

Nice massacre reopens divisions in French society

Paris - The Bastille Day attack in Nice -- the third terrorist massacre to hit France in 18 months -- has sparked anger and racism, putting further strain on an already tense political atmosphere.

Royals at the Court of the Olympics

Paris - Saudi Prince Faisal Al Shalan is an equestrian rider at Rio, the latest in a long list of kings and queens, barons and counts to throw their titles into the court of the Olympics.

Hollande seeks to defuse row over Nice security

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Monday sought to defuse a row over allegations his government tried to alter a security report after the Bastille Day massacre in Nice.

Norway's Breivik, the inspiration behind Munich attack?

Paris - German police on Saturday said there was an "obvious" link between the actions of a teen gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Munich, and those of Norwegian far-right mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

15 injured in Welsh bus accident in France

Strasbourg - Fifteen people were injured, two of them seriously, when a bus carrying teenagers from Wales rolled over on a motorway in eastern France on Saturday, the local gendarmerie said.

Police attacked near Paris, cars torched over death in custody

Beaumont-sur-oise - Protesters furious over the death of a young man in custody attacked police and burnt cars in a fourth night of unrest in northern suburbs of Paris.

Hundreds protest death in French police custody

Beaumont-sur-oise - Hundreds of people took to the streets on Friday in a northern suburb of Paris, furious over the death of a young man in custody."Justice for Adama!

Russia facing Rio Paralympic ban over doping report

Paris - Russia could miss the Paralympics in Rio as well as the Olympics after the International Paralympic Committee decided Friday to open suspension proceedings following a damning report into state-sponsored doping.

French police ask Nice to destroy CCTV images of attack

Nice - French police have asked authorities in the city of Nice to destroy CCTV footage that captured last week's truck attack that killed 84 people.

IMF boss Lagarde to stand trial over $400 mn Tapie payout

Paris - IMF chief Christine Lagarde was ordered Friday to stand trial in France over a massive state payout to a colourful tycoon when she was French economy minister, dealing a setback to her stellar career.

France to supply artillery to Iraqi army: Hollande

Paris - France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country.

Paris dismantles camp housing over 2,600 migrants

Paris - Police in Paris on Friday dismantled a tent camp under a railway housing over 2,600 people mainly from Afghanistan and east Africa, part of an ongoing drive to remove camps sprouting up around the French capital.

Ruling due on whether IMF chief to face trial in France

Paris - IMF chief Christine Lagarde is to find out Friday whether she will stand trial in France over a massive state payout to tycoon Bernard Tapie when she was French economy minister nearly a decade ago.

Hollande defends minister under fire over Nice attack

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Friday defended his government from accusations it relaxed its anti-terror defences after the Euro championships, and announced plans to arm the fight against the Islamic State group which claimed the Nice attack.

Nice killer and suspected accomplices: what we know

Paris - Truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had long plotted the carnage in the French city of Nice that killed 84 people, with the assistance of five suspects, prosecutor Francois Molins said Thursday.

Five suspects charged, held over Nice attack: Prosecutor

Paris - French judges on Thursday charged five suspects who were in contact with truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel in the lead-up to the Nice attack that left 84 people dead, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

Nice killer and suspected accomplices: What we know

Paris - Truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had long plotted the carnage in the French city of Nice that killed 84 people, with the assistance of five suspects who are now in custody, prosecutor Francois Molins said Thursday.

Hollande tells UK no single market without free movement

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday told Britain it would have to choose between access to the single market and the free movement of people when it begins its negotiations on leaving the European Union.

French parliament adopts contentious labour reforms

Paris - The French parliament definitively adopted a set of contentious labour reforms on Thursday which sparked months of violent protests against a package seen as a threat to cherished workers' rights.
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