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Two French soldiers suspended over Burkina child sex claims

Paris - France has suspended two of its soldiers over allegations they sexually abused children, including a five-year-old girl, in the west African country of Burkina Faso, the defence ministry said Tuesday.

Le Pen announces run for French regional polls

Arras - Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen announced Tuesday she would compete in regional elections due later this year considered a key test ahead of presidential polls in 2017.

Tennis players and pilgrims swelter as heatwave hits Europe

Paris - Tennis players at Wimbledon, fasting Muslims and ailing religious pilgrims in Lourdes were among those at risk from the blast of a major heatwave spreading up through Europe on Tuesday.

French prosecutor confirms IS link to factory beheading

Paris - A French prosecutor confirmed Tuesday that the man who beheaded his boss and tried to blow up a gas factory had a "terrorist motive" and links to the Islamic State group in Syria.

China PM kicks off France visit with climate pledge, Airbus deal

Paris - China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang made a long-awaited pledge to curb carbon emissions during a trip to France Tuesday in which a Chinese company also inked an $18 billion (16.1 billion euros) deal with Airbus.

NSA spied on French economy ministers, top companies: Reports

Paris - The US wiretapped two of France's economy ministers and spied on the country's largest companies, French media reported citing WikiLeaks documents, just days after it emerged the US had spied on three of the country's leaders.

French woman accused of poisoning four elderly men

Nice - A French woman was charged and remanded in custody accused of seducing and killing an elderly man and poisoning three others on the French Riviera.

Ex-French interior minister Charles Pasqua dies aged 88

Paris - Former French interior minister Charles Pasqua, a hardline politician who was a close ally of former president Jacques Chirac, died Monday aged 88, political sources said.

Top French court approves border controls with Italy

Paris - France's top administrative court said Monday that border controls on migrants at the Italian frontier were legal and did not violate the Schengen agreement that created Europe's passport-free zone.

Drilling, not quake, caused Indonesia mud volcano: paper

Paris - Geologists reignited the debate Monday about whether to blame nature or humans for the devastating eruption nine years ago of an Indonesian mud volcano still oozing its all-consuming sludge today.

Two Uber bosses taken into custody in France

Paris - Two top Uber bosses were taken into custody in France Monday as part of a probe into their ride-booking app which has sparked violent protests from regular taxi drivers, the company said.

French attacker denies Islamist aim, motivations murky

Paris - A man who beheaded his boss in France has denied any religious motivation, investigative sources said Monday, muddying efforts to pin down the reasons for an attack which bore the hallmarks of a jihadist act.

France says Greek referendum 'sovereign choice' on euro place

Paris - France's president said Monday that Greece's referendum on the EU's bailout proposals was a "sovereign choice" on whether or not to leave the euro zone, as he sought to allay contagion fears.

French beheading selfie 'sent to Syria'

Paris - The gruesome "selfie" taken by a man who has confessed to beheading his boss during an attack on a gas factory in France was sent to Syria, sources close to the investigation said Sunday.

ECB 'cannot cut off lifeline' to Greece: French PM

France - France's prime minister on Sunday warned the European Central Bank against cutting off Greece's "lifeline", as the Frankfurt-based institution gathers for emergency talks on the Greek crisis."The European Central Bank is independent but ...

'Real risk' of Grexit if Greeks vote 'no' in referendum: French PM

France - There is a "real risk" of Greece leaving the eurozone if the Greek people vote against the EU's bailout proposals in a referendum, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday.

Alamo, French champagne vineyards vie for World Heritage status

Paris - The legendary Alamo battleground and the vineyards that produce France's beloved champagne are among the sites likely to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting starting Sunday.

'A great bloke': Neighbours pay tribute to France attack victim

France - Friends and neighbours of Herve Cornara, a successful businessman who was found beheaded in a suspected jihadist attack in France, paid tribute to the 54-year-old father-of-one as a "great bloke" who fought passionately for local issues.

France attack suspect sent 'selfie' with victim's severed head: Legal source

France - The man suspected of decapitating his boss and pinning his head to the gates of a gas factory in France sent a "selfie" with the severed head, a source close to the investigation said Saturday.

French attack suspect begins to talk as gruesome 'selfie' emerges

Paris - French authorities were transferring the man suspected of beheading his boss in an alleged jihadist attack to Paris on Sunday, as it emerged he sent a macabre "selfie" of the decapitation.
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