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French suburbs battle plan promises 'blast' effect

Paris - The man tasked by French President Emmanuel Macron with coming up with a battle plan for the country's most deprived areas called Thursday for a "radical change" in approach in high-immigration suburbs.

416 donors to IS identified in France: prosecutor

Paris - French authorities have identified 416 people who gave money to the Islamic State (IS) group, France's top anti-terror prosecutor said Thursday, as dozens of ministers met to discuss how to cut off funds for extremists.

Suspicious behaviour near Macrons' holiday home prompts two arrests

Lille - Two drunken men were arrested near the holiday home of French President Emmanuel Macron overnight after their suspicious behaviour caught the attention of security forces, police said Thursday.

More than skin deep: brotherly bond saved French burns victim

Paris - "Life". For Franck Dufourmantelle the word tattooed on his charred arm in English was like "a nod from destiny".

The disappearing jobs of yesterday

Paris - Ahead of May Day, AFP reporters, video and photo teams spoke to men and women around the globe whose jobs are becoming increasingly rare, particularly as technology transforms societies.

Iconic Magnum photographer Abbas dies

Paris - The legendary Iranian-born photographer Abbas, who covered wars and revolutions across the world during a glittering career behind the lens, died Wednesday in Paris, his Magnum photo agency said.

ETA hands over arms ahead of expected disbanding

Bayonne - Basque separatist group ETA has handed over several cases of weapons and munitions as a confidence-building measure ahead of its expected disbanding, a French prosecutor said Wednesday.

New 3-D map of Milky Way will 'revolutionise astronomy'

Paris - Europe's Gaia satellite has produced a 3-D map, hailed as revolutionary, of more than a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy -- complete with their distance from Earth, colour, and motion through space.

Trump, Russia and China media attacks 'threaten democracy'

Paris - Press freedom around the world is under threat from a triple whammy of US President Donald Trump, Russia and China's bid to crush all dissent, a watchdog said Wednesday.

Australians mark Anzac Day on France's Somme, 100 years on

Villers-bretonneux - Thousands of Australians gathered in the pre-dawn chill on the Somme in northern France on Wednesday for a poignant ceremony in memory of the soldiers who fought and died on the Western Front, a century on from the end of World War I.

Daraa province: cradle of Syrian revolt

Paris - Syria's southern province of Daraa, which could be the regime's next target after its bloody reprisal of Eastern Ghouta, is the birthplace of the uprising which erupted in 2011.

Mediterranean fears bitter future for citrus crops

Paris - Could we soon be forced to do without a glass of orange juice or a slice of grapefruit at breakfast? The answer is unfortunately yes.

Billionaire French tycoon Bollore detained in Africa corruption probe

Paris - Billionaire French tycoon Vincent Bollore was detained Tuesday as part of a corruption investigation into his group's activities in West Africa where it operates several ports, legal sources told AFP.

'No protection' for killers of Maltese reporter: minister

Paris - No one will be protected during a probe into the death of a Maltese journalist who had been investigating corruption by politicians on the island, Malta's foreign minister told AFP Tuesday.

Fashion giants in rights drive after Bangladesh factory tragedy

Paris - Five years on from the industrial disaster that killed over 1,130 clothing factory workers in Bangladesh, high street fashion giants have invested millions in developing more socially responsible practices.

Australians flock to French WWI battle site, a century on

Villers-bretonneux - Thousands of Australians including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived in northern France on Tuesday to remember the soldiers who lost their lives in a key World War I battle a century ago.

Does alcohol cause PMS?

Paris - Researchers reported a link Monday between PMS and drinking alcohol, but could not conclude whether premenstrual suffering causes women to hit the bottle, or the other way round.

French Muslims blast anti-Semitism letter as attack on Islam

Paris - A French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Koran to be removed on the grounds of rising anti-Semitism sparked anger Monday from Muslims who said their religion was being unfairly "put on trial".

California to 'whiplash' between drought, floods: study

Paris - California will zigzag between droughts and floods which will become more intense and more frequent in the coming decades unless global emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases are checked, researchers said Monday.

Italians, Swiss activists held in France for helping migrants

Brian - Four Italians and two Swiss activists were taken into custody in France on Monday for helping a group of migrants cross over from Italy via the Alps, prosecutors said.
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