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French court rejects damages claim in 1994 Baltic ferry disaster

Nterre - A court outside Paris on Friday rejected a claim for compensation filed by survivors and relatives of the victims in the 1994 sinking of the Estonia ferry, the deadliest accident involving a European ship since the Titanic.

French court to rule on damages case in 1994 Baltic ferry disaster

Nterre - A court outside Paris is to rule Friday on whether a French certification agency and a German shipbuilder should pay compensation to survivors and relatives of the victims in the 1994 sinking of the Estonia, the deadliest accident involving a European ...

Algerian football fans touch off national identity debate in France

Paris - Thousands of extra French police are set to be on duty later Friday in Paris and other major cities following clashes involving Algerian football fans that have touched off a debate about national identity.

Facebook's Libra money a threat and far from ready: G7

Vineuil-saint-firmin - A threat to the international financial system. Not ready to be implemented. A potentially shadowy mechanism that could be exploited by criminals.

'No risk' of lead poisoning from Notre-Dame, assures Paris

Paris - Local authorities in Paris stressed Thursday that lead contamination from the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral posed no danger to the public after claims in a media report that pollution in local schools had been covered up.

EU parliament condemns US treatment of migrants

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Thursday condemned the United States' treatment of migrants arriving at its border with Mexico, drawing a rebuke from the American ambassador in Brussels.

Humanity's climate 'carbon budget' dwindling fast

Paris - The concept of a carbon budget is dead simple: figure out how much CO2 humanity can pump into the atmosphere without pushing Earth's surface temperature beyond a dangerous threshold.

Louvre museum removes Sackler name amid opioid controversy

Paris - The Louvre museum in Paris has removed the name of the Sackler family from one of its wings, amid a controversy that has seen the billionaire donors accused of pushing a highly-addictive opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths.

French-Iranian academic held in Iran is 'respected' scholar

Paris - A French-Iranian academic who has become the latest dual national to be arrested in Iran is a respected scholar, colleagues say, rejecting any suggestion she might have been spying as "grotesque".

Inside Notre-Dame: rubble, emptiness and an immense task ahead

Paris - Three months after a fire ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, a rare glimpse inside the burned masterpiece on Wednesday revealed it to be eerily empty and with rubble still littering the nave.

For Russian director, facing trial, art is 'resistance'

Avignon - For Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov some one-and-a-half years of house arrest and a serious court case have been no obstacle to artistic creation.

French minister resigns after lobster dinner scandal

Paris - A senior French cabinet minister and close ally of President Emmanuel Macron resigned on Tuesday after reports accused him of extravagant state-funded lobster dinners and misusing public housing in a blow to the centrist government.

France urges G7 to find 'international solution' on digital taxes

Paris - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Tuesday urged the G7 club of top world economic powers to find an international solution to taxing digital giants at their meeting outside Paris this week.

French MPs agree Notre-Dame restoration as controversy swirls

Paris - French MPs on Tuesday approved a law on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, three months after flames ravaged the great Paris cathedral, but with the rebuilding process still mired in controversy.

Europe's rights court rules against Russia in LGBT case

Strasbourg - Europe's rights court on Tuesday ruled against Russia over its refusal to register three associations, saying it was "unacceptable" to do so simply because they were defending LGBT rights.

French minister resigns in luxury dinners scandal

Paris - A senior French cabinet minister resigned Tuesday after reports accused him of extravagant spending, including on luxury dinners, but lashed out at what he termed a "media lynching.

French MPs to agree Notre-Dame restoration as controversy swirls

Paris - French MPs were on Tuesday set to approve a law on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, three months after flames ravaged the great Paris cathedral, but with the rebuilding process still mired in controversy.

Training journalists in the era of fake news

Paris - As uncannily realistic "deep fake" videos proliferate online, including one recently retweeted by Donald Trump, journalism schools are scrambling to adapt to an era of misinformation -- or fake news.

MEPs narrowly elect von der Leyen to EU top job

Strasbourg - German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly elected president of the European Commission on Tuesday after winning over sceptical lawmakers.

Macron demands answers from Iran over academic's detention

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called on Tehran to explain why a Franco-Iranian academic based at a Paris university has been arrested in Iran, expressing concern for the woman's welfare.
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