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Who are France's masked cobblestone throwers? Opinions abound

Paris - French political activists agree with the government that small groups of "troublemakers" are to blame for violence that has marred many of the protests seen nationwide over the past two months, but their identity is largely a matter of conjecture.

France touts good economic news as violent protests persist

Paris - France's embattled Socialist government seized on good economic news showing "solid growth" on Friday after fresh protests over planned labour reforms descended into violence.

New violence as Paris police break up youth protest

Paris - Several dozen youth protesters clashed with police in the early hours of Friday in a central Paris square after refusing orders to disperse, police said.

Defending the indefensible? Lawyers who take on 'monsters'

Paris - Every suspected terrorist, mass murderer or war criminal needs a lawyer -- but the person who takes on this role can often provoke incomprehension, disgust and even violence.

24 police injured, three seriously, in French labour protests: govt

Lyon - Twenty-four policemen were injured Thursday in French protests against labour reforms, including three seriously in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Police hurt, scores arrested as French protests turn violent

Paris - Two dozen police officers were injured, three of them seriously, as violence flared in mass protests across France against a hotly contested labour reform bill.

Does Abdeslam hold key to Paris attacks probe?

Paris - Salah Abdeslam is sitting on a potential goldmine of information as the last surviving member of the Paris attacks terror squad.

Only one in five European films made by women, says report

Paris - Only one film in five in Europe is made by a woman director, according to a new report which calls for positive discrimination to combat the imbalance.

New Eurogroup Greece meeting within next two weeks: Dijsselbloem

Paris - Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday said the next Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers to discuss debt-crippled Greece could take place within the next two weeks."I don't have a deadline.

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam hands new lawyer 'challenge of career'

Lille - Salah Abdeslam's last lawyer described him as a "little moron" who brought him nothing but trouble.Now French lawyer Frank Berton is taking up the baton, by agreeing to take on the daunting task of defending the Paris attacks suspect.

Abdeslam slapped with terror charges over Paris attacks

Paris - A French court on Wednesday charged Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam over his role in the November 2015 carnage that left 130 dead, just hours after his extradition from Belgium.

Abdeslam: Pot-smoking 'little moron' of Paris attacks

Paris - Salah Abdeslam, the key Paris attacks suspect who was transferred to France on Wednesday, showed little sign of religious fervour before the bloodshed and was known to enjoy a beer and a joint.

Marseille synagogue to be converted into mosque

Marseille - A synagogue in Marseille is to be converted into a mosque, reflecting demographic shifts in the southern French city, a Jewish leader has told AFP.

Despite damage Palmyra retains 'authenticity': UNESCO

Paris - The UN cultural agency said Wednesday that the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra had suffered significant damage at the hands of Islamic State fighters, but that the archaeological site retains much of its authenticity.

New Paris museum for one of world's top art collections

Paris - One of the world's biggest private art collections, amassed by French billionaire Francois Pinault, is to be housed in a new Paris museum a stone's throw from the Louvre, the city's mayor said Wednesday.

Salah Abdeslam: From French attacks to extradition

Paris - Salah Abdeslam, 26, who was handed over to French authorities on Wesdnesday, eluded police for four months until his arrest last month in Belgium.

Six French theatres occupied as pay protest spreads

Paris - Entertainment workers were occupying six theatres across France Wednesday as protests grew against a bid to cut their pay.

French investigators to quiz key Paris suspect Abdeslam

Paris - Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam arrived at a court in the French capital Wednesday where he was to be grilled by investigating judges following his extradition from Belgium.

When technology bites back

Paris - From the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic to the Chernobyl nuclear accident 30 years ago, technology has repeatedly confounded the confidence of its creators.

French Muslim shopowner fined over sexist opening hours

Bordeaux - A Muslim shopkeeper has been fined 500 euros ($560) for ordering different opening hours for men and women at his store in the French city of Bordeaux, his lawyer said Tuesday.
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