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Rallies after student threatened over Charlie Hebdo tribute

Saint-maur-des-foss - Teachers and students at a French school rallied Thursday in support of a pupil who received death threats for publishing an edition of the school newspaper in support of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Eiffel Tower reopens after staff walk out over pickpockets

Paris - Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists for several hours on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument.

France hits reverse on sinking tyres for artificial reefs

Brest - Tourists and film stars hitting the beach at the French Riviera resort of Cannes may be blissfully unaware but lurking beneath the sparkling waves are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development.

European court to rule on right-to-die case

Strasbourg - Europe's human rights court will on June 5 rule on whether a man in a vegetative state can be taken off life support, a case that has ignited a fierce euthanasia debate in France, a spokesman said Thursday.

Destruction of Palmyra would be 'enormous loss to humanity:' UNESCO chief

Paris - The destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra would be an "enormous loss to humanity", the head of the organisation warned on Thursday after Islamic State fighters seized the ancient Syrian city.

Cold weather more lethal than hot spells, says study

Paris - Colder weather kills more people than hot spells, a probe into a key issue of public-health policy said on Thursday.

Time short for global climate deal in Paris, warns Hollande

Paris - French President Francois Hollande warned Wednesday that time was short for a year-end deal on climate change and called on world leaders to unlock the complex process in the months ahead.

EU parliament in surprise vote for 'conflict minerals' ban

Strasbourg - European legislators on Wednesday unexpectedly voted in favour of a law requiring firms to ensure they do not use so-called conflict minerals from Africa and other areas that end up funding warlords.

UNESCO chief 'deeply concerned' about Palmyra, urges ceasefire

Paris - The head of UNESCO said on Wednesday she was "deeply concerned" about fighting in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra and called for an "immediate" end to hostilities.

EU lawmakers accuse states of passing buck on migrants

Strasbourg - EU lawmakers on Wednesday accused some member states of passing the buck by rejecting a Brussels plan for binding quotas for refugees making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

International meeting on Iraq and Syria in Paris June 2: France

Paris - An international meeting on the conflicts in Iraq and Syria will take place in Paris on June 2, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Wednesday.

Hungary's Orban angers EU over death penalty, migrants

Strasbourg - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban angered EU lawmakers and officials Tuesday by insisting that Budapest had the right to debate closing the door to migrants and reintroducing the death penalty."Hungarians talk straight about tough things.

Guggenheim vs Guggenheim in French court over art treasures

Paris - The descendants of famous heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim on Tuesday went head to head in a French appeals court over her sumptuous collection of works housed in an 18th century palace on Venice's Grand Canal.

All 150 Germanwings crash victims identified: Statement

Marseille - Investigators have identified the remains of all 150 people aboard a Germanwings flight that was deliberately crashed into the French Alps, a prosecutor said Tuesday, allowing them finally to be laid to rest.

Teachers strike in France to protest school reforms

Paris - Teachers in France went on strike Tuesday to protest against a proposed reform of secondary education that has become a bitter battleground for one of the country's rising political stars.

EU parliament lifts immunity for Sarkozy aide

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday lifted the immunity of a French lawmaker wanted for questioning by judges over a scandal relating to the funding of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign.

Egypt using sex attacks to crush opposition: rights group

Paris - Egyptian security forces have stepped up sexual attacks against detainees since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, using them as a "cynical political strategy" to crush opposition, a rights group charged Tuesday.

Top cartoonist Luz to leave Charlie Hebdo

Paris - Cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo's front cover picture of Mohammed following the massacre of the satirical weekly's editorial team in January, said Monday he was leaving the paper.

John Malkovich sues Le Monde for Swiss account report

Paris - John Malkovich has filed a defamation suit against French daily Le Monde over Swissleaks reports the US actor says incorrectly stated he owned a secret Swiss account, his lawyer said Monday.

Charlie Hebdo to give 4.3 mn euros to attack victims

Paris - Charlie Hebdo said Monday 4.3 million euros in donations will go to the victims of a jihadist attack against the French satirical magazine, which has faced internal tensions over the use of the money.
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