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Study sounds alarm for slow-breeding forest elephants

Paris - Even without poachers, Central Africa's forest elephants would need almost a century to get their numbers back up to 2002 levels, said a study Wednesday that pried into the elusive creatures' slow-breeding ways.

Macron says quitting government to 'transform France'

Paris - France's Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday he had quit as economy minister to focus on drawing up a "diagnosis" of the country's woes, but stopped short of declaring a bid for the presidency in 2017.

Vowing to 'transform' France, Macron quits as economy minister

Paris - France's Emmanuel Macron vowed after stepping down as economy minister Tuesday to "transform" an ailing country but stopped short of declaring a presidential run.

France rules out imminent EU-US trade deal, wants talks halted

Paris - France said Tuesday it wanted to halt thorny EU-US trade talks as President Francois Hollande said there would be no deal until after President Barack Obama leaves office in January.

France seeks new chapter in Muslim relations

Paris - France's government sought Monday to open a new chapter in relations with the country's Muslims following a summer scarred by jihadist attacks and a ban on burkinis that ratcheted up communal tensions.

Tapeworm drug stops Zika from replicating in lab: study

Paris - A common drug used to kill tapeworm prevented the Zika virus from replicating in lab experiments, scientists said Monday.

Burkinis and Islam's role in France cause sparks in presidential race

Paris - The campaign to choose a centre-right candidate for the French presidential election has already descended into clashes between former president Nicolas Sarkozy and his main rival Alain Juppe over bans on the burkini swimsuit.

Anti-burkini law would be 'unconstitutional': French minister

Paris - It would be "unconstitutional" for France to pass a law banning the burkini and such a move could cause irreparable harm, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned in an interview published online late Sunday.

Relative of Charlie Hebdo killer held on terror-linked charges

Paris - The brother-in-law of one of the jihadists who attacked French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year faced terrorism charges on Saturday for allegedly trying to join Islamic State fighters in Syria, a judicial source said.

Five key dates in France's burkini row

Paris - In barely a fortnight, a French Riviera mayor's decision to ban burkinis -- full-body swimsuits -- blew up into a major controversy dividing public opinion at home and abroad.Following are key dates in the political and legal battle over the ban.

Several French mayors stick to burkini ban despite court ruling

Marseille - Several mayors in southeast France on Friday said they would maintain their bans on the Islamic burkini swimsuit despite a ruling by France's highest administrative court to suspend the measures.

French court suspends burkini ban after challenge

Paris - France's highest administrative court on Friday suspended a ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit brought by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups.

Milk price rise fails to placate French users

Paris - Europe's biggest dairy group Lactalis told French farmers Friday it would raise milk prices in a bid to repair relations, but agricultural unions said the move fell short of their demands.

France's top court suspends burkini ban

Paris - France's highest administrative court on Friday suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups.

Contentious burkini ban before France's highest court

Paris - France's highest administrative court will on Thursday examine a request to scrap a ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit which has sparked a furore in the country.

'Queen of Knitwear' Sonia Rykiel dies aged 86

Paris - Sonia Rykiel, the French fashion designer known as the Queen of Knitwear, died on Thursday at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, her daughter told AFP.

French writer Michel Butor dies aged 89: family

Paris - French writer Michel Butor, one of the leading figures of the experimental 1950s "Nouveau Roman" literary movement, died on Wednesday aged 89, his family told Le Monde newspaper.

The burkini, the veil, the niqab: What French law says

Paris - Burkinis banned on dozens of beaches, no veils in schools, no niqabs in the neighbourhood: in staunchly secular France, the law imposes an array of restrictions on anything denoting religious affiliation.

Habitable planet found in solar system next door

Paris - Scientists Wednesday announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our Sun, opening up the glittering prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots.

French schools boost anti-terror defences

Paris - Thousands of police reservists will patrol outside French schools next week as children return to the classroom after a summer overshadowed by two jihadist attacks, the government announced Tuesday.
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