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Albatrosses to spy out illegal fishing

Chiz - Fishermen illegally trawling the Indian Ocean might soon find they have more to worry about than the proverbial albatross around their neck -- real bad luck might now lurk in the form of one of the birds spying on them from the sky.

France to send aircraft carrier to Indian Ocean next year

Marseille - France said Friday it would send its aircraft carrier to the Indian Ocean next year, to defend freedom of navigation at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in disputed waters.

Turkey to host four-way Syria summit Oct 27 in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host a summit on the Syria conflict with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France on October 27 in Istanbul, his spokesman said Friday, the first such gathering with key EU leaders.

Turkey to host four-way Syria summit Oct 27 in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host a summit on the Syria conflict with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France on October 27 in Istanbul, his spokesman said Friday.

Wife of Interpol ex-chief fears for his life -- and her own safety

Bejing - The wife of fallen former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has expressed fears for his life and her own safety, lashing out at what she called the "cruel" and "dirty" Chinese government that arrested him in mysterious circumstances.

French MP proposes 'glottophobia' law after southern accent mocked

Paris - A French MP on Thursday announced the tabling of a bill to outlaw regional linguistic discrimination, "glottophobia", after a prominent politician mocked a journalist's southern accent."Do we speak French any the less with an accent.

Post-Brexit visas for Brits? 'Fake news' says Macron

Apo - Visas for visitors from Britain after Brexit? "Fake news!" insisted President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, scoffing at the idea that France would ever impose such a demand on it neighbour. "Brexit has consequences but..

US, Europe shun Saudi conference over Khashoggi

Washington - US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and senior ministers from Europe on Thursday pulled out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia, deepening the kingdom's isolation amid an uproar over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saint-Tropez cleans up after Mediterranean oil spill

Ramatuelle - French workers on Thursday scooped balls of tar off the beach in Saint-Tropez after oil that leaked from two ships which collided washed ashore in the Riviera resort.

Over 60 world leaders to attend Paris WWI commemorations

Paris - More than 60 world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, will travel to Paris next month for commemorations of the end of World War I a century ago, French officials said Thursday.

French leftist leader questioned over EU 'fake jobs' claims

Paris - French police on Thursday questioned leftist leader Jean-Luc Melenchon for five hours in connection with two funding probes after raids on his home and party headquarters this week which he loudly protested.

European leaders' beer summit as Britain dines alone

Apo - Theresa May knew even before she got to Brussels that she wouldn't be invited to dinner with her European opposite numbers, who wanted to discuss her Brexit plan without her.

French minister pulls out of Saudi conference over Khashoggi

Paris - French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday he was pulling out of a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mass tourism sparks battle for Montmartre's soul

Paris - Inside a dark, low-ceilinged room once frequented by Picasso and Modigliani when they were still struggling artists, a group of tourists from Russia, Canada and Australia are listening to traditional French songs.

Frenchwoman tackles Abe, Macron over sister missing in Japan

Paris - A French woman on Wednesday slipped into the grounds of the French presidential palace to question Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the fate of her sister missing in Japan.

British cyclist killed in Alps was 'a monster', mother says

London - The mother of a British cyclist killed by a hunter in the Alps has celebrated his death, saying she believed he was responsible for raping a young girl, British media reported on Wednesday.

Death toll in French flooding hits 14

Carcassonne - At least 14 people died and one remained missing after the storms and floods that battered southwest France earlier this week, local authorities said Wednesday, updating the toll.

French gay rights activist punched on Paris street

Paris - The head of a French gay rights NGO on Wednesday said he was punched in the face on a Paris street and told he "should be burned" in what he called a homophobic attack.

French leftist leader under fire for shoving officer during raid

Paris - French prosecutors on Wednesday announced they were investigating leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon after he shoved a prosecutor and an officer in a fit of rage over police raids on his home and party headquarters.

Putin will be in Paris on November 11 to mark 100 years since WWI end: advisor

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a November 11 ceremony in Paris marking 100 years since the end of World War I, his advisor Yuri Ushakov said Tuesday.

Mystery over shooting of British mountain biker in French Alps

Annecy - French investigators are struggling to explain how a young hunter out on a shooting expedition in the French Alps ended up killing a British mountain biker at the weekend, prosectors said Tuesday.

Salvini, Macron clash after France caught migrant dumping

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Tuesday hit out at President Emmanuel Macron after French police were caught committing the "unprecedented offence" of dumping migrants in Italian woods.

Terror-hit French town suffers second trauma in floods

Paris - A French town that was the scene of a jihadist shooting spree earlier this year has been swamped by floods, with one local woman known to have lost her husband in the attack and her parents in the latest disaster, officials said Tuesday.

Macron seeks second wind with long-awaited cabinet reshuffle

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday, replacing his interior, agriculture and culture ministers after a weeks-long search for new talent to try to revive his government's flagging fortunes.

Macron reshuffles government, names new interior minister

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron reshuffled his government on Tuesday after two weeks of fevered speculation about the changes, which will see former Socialist MP Christophe Castaner take up the key position of interior minister.

South Korean president lobbies for Kim Jong Un on Europe tour

Paris - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that world powers needed to reassure North Korea's Kim Jong Un that he had taken the right decision in committing to scrap his nuclear weapons programme.

Chef Jamie Oliver slams TV bosses over junk food ads

Cannes - Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver slammed his own bosses Monday in an extraordinary attack on their defence of junk food advertising on television.

S Korean president to lobby for Kim Jong Un on Europe tour

Paris - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that world powers needed to reassure North Korea's Kim Jong Un that he had taken the right decision to commit to denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula.

London, Paris, Berlin demand 'credible' Khashoggi probe

London - Britain, France and Germany insisted Sunday that "light must be shed" on the whereabouts of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible investigation into his disappearance.

British mountain biker shot dead by French hunter

Lyon - A 34-year-old Briton riding a mountain bike was shot dead by a hunter as he sped down a wooded track in the French Alps, officials said on Sunday.
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