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'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils, for automakers

Paris - It's November 22, 2028 and Sarah, a young mother, gives her two children a kiss goodbye before buckling them into the driverless car that will bring them to school.Sarah doesn't have a car and has no plans to buy one.

French police officer kills three before committing suicide

Sarcelles - A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said Sunday.

France to 'prevent' Muslim street prayers in Paris suburb

Paris - French authorities will stop Muslims from praying in a street north of Paris, the country's interior minister said Sunday, after a series of protests by lawmakers and locals over what they view as an unacceptable use of public space.

French police officer kills three before committing suicide

Sarcelles - A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said Sunday.

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64

Paris - AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after suffering for several years with dementia, the band announced Saturday.Young founded the Australian rock group with his brother Angus, who said he will leave "an enormous legacy".

French rocker Johnny Hallyday released from hospital

Paris - Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who has been battling lung cancer for several months, returned home Saturday after being hospitalised for days with breathing problems, a family member said.

Tintin and Snowy drawing sells for 500,000 euros

Paris - A colour drawing of Tintin and his faithful canine companion Snowy sold at a Paris auction on Saturday for more than half a million euros.

Fashion giant Azzedine Alaia dies at 77

Paris - French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless gowns won an army of devotees around the world, has died at the age of 77, France's fashion federation said Saturday.

New leader for Macron's party as honeymoon fades

Lyon - Emmanuel Macron's party named a new leader Saturday as the French president faces the first rebellious grumblings in the 19-month-old movement that swept him to power.

Macron welcomes Lebanon's Hariri to Elysee Palace: AFP

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks Saturday, an AFP reporter said, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis.

France, Lebanon and the Hariri family have close ties

Paris - France under President Emmanuel Macron has played a leading role in trying to avert a fresh crisis in Lebanon following the surprise resignation of its prime minister Saad Hariri.

Lebanon's Hariri lands in Paris

Paris - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived Saturday in France from Saudi Arabia, where his resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will.

Macron's party to name leader in testing times

Paris - Emmanuel Macron's political party is to name a new leader on Saturday as the French president faces the first rebellious grumblings in the movement he founded in April last year.

Lebanon's Hariri in Paris after Saudi 'hostage' rumours

Paris - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France on Saturday from Saudi Arabia, where his shock resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will.

French wine country unveils its answer to kobe beef

Dijon - As the unofficial capital of France's Burgundy region, Beaune is a town that thrives on wine -- and now even its cows are going to taste like grapes.

France, Lebanon and the Hariri family have close ties

Paris - France under President Emmanuel Macron has played a lead role in trying to avert a fresh crisis in Lebanon amid claims that its prime minister Saad Hariri was being detained in Saudi Arabia.

French union protests fizzle against Macron

Paris - People protested across France on Thursday against President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms but low turnout suggested that resistance to an agenda seen as too pro-business was losing steam.

Novel on legacy of Algerian war wins France's richest prize

Paris - A powerful account of what happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French during the country's war of independence won France's most lucrative book prize Thursday.

Crime writer Nesbo faces up evil in new Nordic chiller

Paris - We now know who to blame for Jo Nesbo scaring the living daylights out of millions of readers with his blood-drenched crime thrillers."When I was a child my mother used to send me down to the cellar for potatoes," the Norwegian writer told AFP.

French consent law in the dock over sex with 11-year-olds

Paris - In most developed countries, the age of sexual consent is a fairly straightforward matter.Not so in France, which is in the midst of a furious debate over the issue after a man in his twenties was acquitted of raping an 11-year-old girl.
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