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Thousands rally for climate action ahead of UN summit

Paris - Tens of thousands rallied in Melbourne on Friday to launch a global campaign for climate action ahead of a key summit in Paris, where marches were cancelled amid security fears.

France's Fabius sees Syrian regime participating in anti-IS fight

Paris - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday he could envisage Syrian regime troops taking part in the fight to crush the Islamic State jihadists that claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.

Hollande vows to crush 'army of fanatics' at solemn ceremony

Paris - A solemn ceremony was held Friday for the victims of the Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande vowing that France would respond to the "army of fanatics" with more songs, concerts and shows.

Surge in French police, army sign-ups after Paris attacks

Paris - France's emergency services and military have seen a surge of interest from young people keen to join up after watching the Paris attacks unfold on television."During the attacks I saw all these emergency workers helping people voluntarily.

French give nod to plain cigarette packaging

Paris - Cigarettes will have to be sold in plain packaging in France from next year after the French parliament narrowly voted through a proposal which has drawn the ire of tobacconists.

What's the carbon footprint of an email?

Paris - A long list of seemingly harmless everyday actions contribute to emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other climate-altering greenhouse gases.

Hollande urges Germany to do more in IS fight

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday urged Germany to do more in the fight against Islamic State jihadists after he held talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel following the Paris attacks.

Anti-IS coalition with Russia is wishful thinking, experts warn

Paris - Despite talk of a grand coalition between Russia and the West against the Islamic State group, experts warn that any such project would quickly run into obstacles.

Russia sanctions could be lifted if it meets Ukraine commitments: French PM

Paris - Sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine crisis could be lifted if Moscow fulfils commitments it made to help resolve the conflict, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday.

French lawmakers vote to extend air strikes in Syria

Paris - French lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to extend air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria, which have been stepped up following the Paris attacks.

UN climate talks brought forward as new report warns of peril

Paris - Negotiations for a world pact to curb global warming will start in Paris Sunday, a day ahead of schedule, the UN said Wednesday as a report warned 2015 could become the hottest year on record.

EU must limit migrant numbers: French PM

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday urged the European Union to limit the number of migrants it allows into the bloc, following heightened security concerns after the Paris attacks.

Hollande calls for display of French flags on day of mourning

Paris - President Francois Hollande on Wednesday called on French citizens to deck their homes with the national flag during a day of mourning later this week for victims of the Paris attacks.

France to deploy nearly 11,000 police for climate summit

Paris - France will deploy nearly 11,000 police for the climate summit in Paris, which begins a little more than two weeks after devastating attacks, the interior minister said Wednesday.

Good COP, bad COP: Will Paris climate summit prevail?

Paris - "Copenhagen". The mere mention of the Danish capital's name can send a chill down the spine of even the toughest climate negotiator.

Doctors relive Paris attacks

Paris - The medics treating the scores of victims in the Paris terror attacks came back without their belts -- so great was the need in the field for tourniquets, medical personnel said Tuesday.

Shock, tears and shame for families of Paris attackers

Bondoufle - It was the day after the Paris attacks and the brother of one of the suicide bombers had been glued to his TV for close to 24 hours.

One killed as hostage standoff ends in French town

Lille - French police killed one man after his heavily armed group took the family of a bank manager hostage in a northern town on Tuesday, officials said, adding that there was no terrorist link.

French entertainment industry wants $75 million in gov't aid

Paris - France's live entertainment industry was hard hit by the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13, and has demanded $50 million euros (US$75 million) in government aid to help in getting past the crisis.

Timeline: France's shifting Syria approach

Paris - France has been forced to modify its approach to conflict-devastated Syria in the fast-moving diplomatic events since Paris was attacked by jihadists on November 13.
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