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French PM Manuel Valls joins presidential race

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday threw his hat in the ring to succeed Francois Hollande in next year's presidential election.

French PM Manuel Valls 'to announce run for president'

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will announce on Monday he is running to become the Socialist presidential candidate in elections next year, sources close to him told AFP.

Manuel Valls: Reformist French PM with a big battle ahead

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But the tough-talking Socialist party moderniser may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet.

Swiss restaurant still in world's top 10 despite chef's suicide

Paris - The Swiss restaurant named the best in the world last year remained in the top 10 of the La Liste ranking Monday despite the tragic loss of its star chef who killed himself weeks after lifting the honour.

Teenager charged over police fire bomb attack: French prosecutor

- A 17-year-old boy has been charged and held in connection with an attack on French police by youths who threw molotov cocktails at officers, leaving two with severe burns, prosecutors said Saturday.

France upholds 25-year jail term for Rwanda genocide convict

Bobigny - A French court on Saturday upheld a 25 year prison sentence handed to a former Rwandan intelligence agent jailed in France's first trial over the African country's 1994 genocide.

No room for Virgin Mary in French public park

Grenoble - A town in eastern France has been ordered to remove a statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public, the local mayor said Saturday.

Hostages safe in Paris armed robbery, thief on the run

Paris - Several people taken hostage Friday evening in a Paris travel agency were released safe and sound, police said, but the armed robber who seized them was on the run."Armed robbery on Massena Boulevard in Paris: operation over," police tweeted.

Manuel Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

Paris - Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But France's former top cop may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet.

French Socialists seek new champion after Hollande bows out

Paris - French Socialists were seeking a new standard-bearer Friday after President Francois Hollande decided against running for a second term, paving the way for Prime Minister Manuel Valls to enter a race already rich in upsets.

France's Hollande: 'Mr Normal' faced extraordinary hurdles

Paris - French President Francois Hollande, who announced Thursday he would not seek re-election, said he wanted to be "Mr Normal" at the start of his time in office -- but his four years at the helm have been anything but.

France's Hollande says will not seek re-election

Paris - French President Francois Hollande dramatically announced Thursday he would not seek re-election next April at the end of his five-year term as he bowed to historic low approval ratings.

Hollande's re-election plans still unknown for French Socialists

Paris - France's divided ruling Socialists began accepting candidates on Thursday for a party primary race ahead of next year's presidential election, with incumbent Francois Hollande yet to declare whether he will stand.

French MPs debate ban on 'false' anti-abortion websites

Paris - The French parliament on Thursday began debating a bill to ban pro-life websites from spreading "false information" about abortion, with rightwing lawmakers arguing it would contravene freedom of expression.

Megacities key to reaching global climate goals

Paris - The world's big cities must collectively cut their carbon footprint nearly in half within a decade if global climate goals are to be met, according to an analysis unveiled Thursday.

The woman who decides what wine presidents drink

Paris - It came as a shock. But Virginie Routis learned very early that one of the obstacles she was going to have to overcome to become a top wine waiter was sexism.

European court hears key online privacy case

Strasbourg - The question of whether employers have the right to monitor workers' online communications returned to the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday ahead of a ruling that could have Europe-wide implications.

Three found guilty in Air France 'shirt-ripping' trial

Paris - Three former Air France employees on trial for ripping company executives' shirts during a dispute over layoffs were found guilty on Wednesday in a case that highlighted the country's fraught labour relations.

A Paris satellite town's unabashed shift to the far right

Mantes-la-ville - Emilie Fougerolles voted for the far left in 2012 and is "troubled by the racism" of France's far-right National Front, but nevertheless she is seriously thinking of voting for its presidential candidate Marine Le Pen next year.

Syrians' suffering fails to strike a chord in Europe

Paris - As the bombs rain down on the besieged city of Aleppo the scenes of suffering are horrific, yet the Syrian war fails to move people to protest in the way that the US intervention in Iraq or the siege of Sarajevo did.
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