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Enigmatic Macron aims for French presidency

Paris - Emmanuel Macron is a former investment banker and economy minister who hopes his meteoric rise will propel him to the French presidency aged just 39.

Russians latest victims on French robbery motorway

Bobigny - A Russian couple have been robbed of jewellery and luxury goods worth some 100,000 euros on a stretch of Parisian motorway that is growing notorious for robberies of the wealthy.

Le Pen aide charged in 'fake jobs' scandal: judicial source

Paris - The personal assistant of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was charged Wednesday in a scandal over "fake jobs" at the European Parliament, a judicial source said.

Le Pen aide charged as France's Macron wins key ally

Paris - French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist Wednesday, hailing it as a turning point in his campaign, as an aide to his far-right rival Marine Le Pen was charged in a fake jobs scandal.

Seven Earth-like planets discovered around single star

Paris - Researchers announced Wednesday the stunning discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our galaxy, opening up the most promising hunting ground so far for life beyond the Solar System.

France's Macron accepts centrist's backing in 'turning point'

Paris - French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron told AFP Wednesday he accepted the offer of an "alliance" with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou and said it was a "turning point" in the campaign.

French anti-graft police quiz Le Pen aides

Paris - French anti-graft police on Wednesday questioned two aides to Marine Le Pen over "fake jobs" allegations as polls show the scandal does not yet appear to have hurt her bid for the French presidency.

Le Pen film takes aim at French far-right momentum

Paris - Few things seem to stop French far-right leader Marine Le Pen from rising in the polls. Not investigations for fraud and hate speech, attacks by opponents nor warnings from experts about her programme.

'Demonising' policies of Trump, others a risk: Amnesty

Paris - US President Donald Trump and other leaders whose policies "demonise" entire groups of people pose a growing danger for the world, Amnesty International said Wednesday in its annual report.

Huge art show questions legend of Vermeer the lone genius

Paris - A new blockbuster Vermeer exhibition which opens Wednesday aims to smash the myth that the Dutch master was a solitary genius who worked alone at home cut off from the world.

France arrests three suspected of planning terror attack

Paris - French police on Tuesday arrested three men suspected of planning a terror attack in raids in the Paris area, Marseille and the central city of Clermont-Ferrand, legal sources said.

France's Hollande criticises Britain over child refugees

Paris - French President Francois Hollande called Tuesday on Britain to "accept its responsibility" to take in stranded under-age migrants stuck in France who wish to join up with family in the UK.

France's FN raided over European Parliament expenses scandal

Paris - French investigators probing an alleged fake jobs scam by the far-right National Front (FN) raided the group's headquarters outside Paris on Monday, the party said.

'Spiderman' thief gets eight years for $100m Paris art heist

Paris - A thief nicknamed "Spiderman", who snatched five masterpieces from a top Paris museum, was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday over one of the biggest art heists in recent years.

'Spiderman' thief gets eight years for $100m Paris art heist

Paris - A thief nicknamed "Spiderman", who stole five masterpieces from a top Paris museum, was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday for one of the most daring art heists in recent years.

Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

Mont-de-marsan - Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws.

French protests target 'fake jobs' candidates Fillon, Le Pen

Paris - Thousands demonstrated in Paris and other French cities Sunday to protest corruption, taking aim specifically at presidential candidates Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen, both accused of misusing public funds.

France denounces cyberattacks blamed on Moscow

Paris - Suspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign are "unacceptable", France's foreign minister said Sunday, adding it was clear that pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron was being targeted.

France's Fillon vows to run for president despite 'fake jobs' row

Paris - French conservative Francois Fillon said Saturday that he would press ahead with his presidential bid even if investigators charged him over claims his wife had a fake parliamentary job.

Great-grandson to reinvent iconic three-star French restaurant

Ouche - The Troisgros restaurant, a veritable shrine to France's haute cuisine, is pulling out of the town it put on the map thanks to the three Michelin stars it has boasted since 1968.
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