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France returns skull of New Caledonian chief, 135 years on

Paris - France returned the skull of a New Caledonian rebel chief on Thursday, 135 years after it was cut off in a battle between the people of the South Pacific island and their French colonisers.

France's new economy minister sparks storm over '35-hour' law

Paris - France's new economy minister touched off a political storm Thursday, only one day into the job, with comments made before he was appointed about the controversial "35-hour" labour law.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie secretly wed

On Saturday, in the French hamlet of Correns, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie officially tied the knot, sources close to the couple confirmed.

France rules out cooperation with Assad against Islamic State

Paris - France's president on Thursday rejected any cooperation with Bashar al-Assad whom he accused of being a "de-facto ally" of jihadists wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, and urged a "humanitarian and military" response to the threat.

IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case

Paris - IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.

Rosetta comet probe team narrows landing site to five locations

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Comet mission has chosen five likely landing sites for its Philae's lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander is scheduled to descend down to the comet's nucleus in November.

France awaits new government after shock resignation

Paris - France was set to unveil a new cabinet Tuesday, after the shock resignation of the government amid a row over economic policy plunged the country into deep crisis.

Op-Ed: 6 Reasons François Hollande Is ‘The Ice-Bucket’ President

If French King Louis XIV was known as ‘The Sun King’, President François Hollande should be remembered as ‘The Ice-Bucket President’ or ‘The Rain Man’ for after only two years of mandate, he keeps appearing under the rain everywhere he goes.

Paris relives joy of liberation, 70 years later

Pendreff - President Francois Hollande led tributes to the French Resistance on Monday, as Paris celebrated the 70th anniversary of its joyful liberation after four long and bitter years of Nazi occupation in World War II.

Europe sees five possible sites for first-ever comet landing

Paris - The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday said it had drawn up a shortlist of five possible sites for carrying out the first-ever landing on a comet.

President Hollande demands his government resign

Paris - France, lagging behind most euro zone economic recoveries, slipped further into crisis mode Monday when leftist ministers rebelled against austerity, forcing Hollande to call for the resignation of government in order to select a new cabinet.

Fresh crisis in France as Hollande orders cabinet shake-up

Paris - France was thrown into fresh crisis on Monday as President Francois Hollande told his prime minister to form a new government after damaging splits within the ruling Socialist party burst into the open.

Two Galileo satellites lose their way

Paris - Two European Galileo satellites launched as part of a navigation system designed to rival GPS have failed to locate their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday.

Two Galileo satellites lose their way

Paris - Two European Galileo satellites fired into space by a Russian-built rocket on Friday from French Guiana failed to reach their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday.

America's foes crow over Ferguson shooting unrest

Paris - Usually, it is the United States that doles out rebukes over human rights abuses to the troublesome country of the day.

France forced to import wheat because of poor quality of harvest

France is the European Union's top wheat grower and exporter. But because of an unusually wet summer, France will be forced to buy Lithuanian and British milling wheat to mix with its poor quality crop to meet existing contracts.

Row over French MEP's veil comments

Paris - A French MEP and former minister has created a storm in France by posting a picture of a veiled woman sitting on a beach and criticising it as an "attack on our culture".

Don’t let driving law changes dent your vacation abroad

London - Whether hiring a car abroad or taking your own vehicle, there's a whole forest of road traffic laws. Worse, a different country means a different set of laws ready to catch out the unwary driver.

Saudi prince robbed of 250,000 euros in Paris carjacking

Paris - Heavily armed robbers have mounted a brazen attack on the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros in cash and stealing diplomatic papers, French police said Monday.

Three climbers die after 800-metre fall from Mont Blanc

Grenoble - Two climbers and their guide have fallen 800 metres to their death in the Mont Blanc range, French police said on Monday, the latest in a series of tragedies on Europe's highest mountain.
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