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American charged over police car attack in Paris protests

Paris - A 27-year-old American man has been charged in connection with the torching of a police car while two officers were inside during a protest in Paris last week, prosecutors said Sunday.

France set for transport strike chaos

Paris - France is bracing for a week of severe disruption to transport after unions called for more action in their bitter standoff with the Socialist government over its labour market reforms.

Hollande, Merkel call for European unity at Verdun centenary

Verdun - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed Sunday for Europe to unite to face its current challenges as they marked the 100th anniversary of Verdun, the longest battle of World War I.

Hollande, Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Verdun battle

Verdun - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Sunday stand shoulder to shoulder on the battlefield of Verdun to remember those killed 100 years ago in one of the bloodiest episodes of World War I.

One dead, several injured as lightning storms hit Europe

Paris - One man was killed and several people, including children, were injured Saturday as lightning strikes hit parts of Europe, including a park in Paris and a football pitch in Germany.

11 injured as lightning strikes Paris park

Paris - Eleven people, most of them children, were injured Saturday when lightning struck a birthday party in a Paris park, officials said, adding that six of the victims were seriously injured.

FFF boss slams Cantona attack on Deschamps as 'stupid, pathetic'

Paris - French football chief Noel Le Graet on Saturday slammed claims by former international Eric Cantona that France coach Didier Deschamps was guilty of racial discrimination in his Euro 2016 selection as "stupid" and "pathetic".

Green legacy of WWI carnage: The riches of Verdun forest

Verdun - The little blue flowers that have grown for a century now in France near the graves of the war dead at Douaumont can easily be mistaken for local forget-me-nots.

French govt keeps up tough line as petrol shortages ease

Paris - The French government maintained a hard line Saturday ahead of a fresh wave of protests over a bitterly-disputed labour law that has seen demonstrators blockading oil refineries and strikes paralysing the transport network.

Like the petrol, Parisians' patience for strikes runs dry

Paris - French estate agent Benjamin Pastor finally found a filling station that had not run out of petrol on Thursday after four others turned him away.

French aviation body tells airlines to fuel abroad amid strikes

Paris - France's civil aviation body wants airlines to fuel up abroad during the current protests at refineries and depots to ensure two complete flights, an Air France spokesman told AFP Friday.

What are France's controversial labour reforms?

Paris - France is in the grip of one of its worst industrial disputes in the past 20 years, with a wave of protests and strikes over controversial government reforms to labour laws.

Blockades at French fuel depots cleared, one still on strike

Paris - Blockades of French fuel depots manned by union activists have been cleared away and just one remains out of operation because of a strike, the government said Friday.

French government hits back against striking workers

Paris - The French government fought back Friday in a bitter labour dispute with unions, sweeping away blockades at fuel depots after President Francois Hollande vowed to "stand firm" over the reform that sparked the industrial action.

French unions call for stepped-up action over labour law

Paris - French unions on Friday called on workers to "continue and step up their action" as a wave of strikes against a disputed labour law disrupted transport and fuel supplies.

Deep-water search for EgyptAir black boxes to start 'in coming days': France's BEA

Paris - Deep-water search operations to locate the wreckage and black boxes of the EgyptAir jet that plunged into the Mediterranean last week will start in the coming days, France's BEA air safety agency said Thursday.

Clashes as France gripped by fresh wave of strikes

Paris - Masked youths clashed with police in Paris and striking workers blockaded refineries and disrupted nuclear power stations on Thursday as an escalating wave of industrial action against labour reforms rocked France.

Private firms to hunt for Egyptair black boxes: France

Paris - France and Egypt will hire two private firms to help in the hunt for the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last week on route from from Paris to Cairo, the French foreign ministry has said."We are in talks with two private companies...

France gripped by fresh wave of power, transport strikes

Paris - Striking French workers disrupted oil refineries and nuclear power stations and halted planes and trains on Thursday in mounting industrial action against labour market reforms.

France faces fresh strikes as nuclear workers join protest

Paris - France faced fresh strikes Thursday after nuclear power station workers voted to join gathering protests against labour law reforms that have forced the country to dip into strategic fuel reserves due to refinery blockades.
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