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Paris curbs outdoor drinking over Covid-19 risks

Paris - Paris police warned Friday that alcohol consumption will be banned across large swathes of the capital this weekend, in the hope of avoiding a repeat of the huge crowds that have been gathering despite France's Covid-19 curfew.

France selects first oaks to rebuild Notre Dame

Paris - The first oak trees to be used in the reconstruction of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris were selected on Friday from a forest west of the capital.

Tsunami warnings lifted as threat from monster quakes subsides

Vila - Tsunami warnings were lifted across several South Pacific islands Friday allowing tens of thousand of evacuees to return home, as the risk from a series of powerful earthquakes appeared to ease.Quakes of 7.3, 7.4 and 8.

Mass evacuations as large quakes spark Pacific-wide tsunami alert

Wellington - Tens of thousands of coastal residents in New Zealand, New Caledonia and Vanuatu fled for higher ground Friday as a cluster of powerful earthquakes sparked a Pacific-wide tsunami alert.

French court acquits ex-PM Balladur in corruption trial

Paris - A French court on Thursday acquitted former prime minister Edouard Balladur of corruption charges but handed a suspended jail term to his former defence minister, in a case that involved kickbacks from arms deals with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

'It's over': Macron risks losing left in Le Pen battle

Paris - A leading French daily has rattled the ruling party and sparked intense speculation about next year's presidential election by suggesting that voters won't come to Emmanuel Macron's aid if he finds himself in a rematch with the far-right.

Macron admits France murdered Algerian independence figure

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron has admitted for the first time that French soldiers murdered a top Algerian independence figure then covered up his death in the latest acknowledgement by Paris of its colonial-era crimes.

Defiant Sarkozy on offensive after graft conviction

Paris - France's former right-wing president Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday vowed to "go all the way" to clear his name, two days after being handed a three-year sentence for corruption following a trial he portrayed as a travesty of justice.

Uighur author tells of imprisonment and China attacks

Paris - Gulbahar Haitiwaji knew that China would not be happy about her book describing nearly three years of imprisonment, brainwashing and harassment at the hands of the authorities simply because she is Uighur.

Head of French church child abuse probe says possibly 10,000 victims

Paris - The head of an independent enquiry investigating church child abuse in France said Tuesday that there might have been at least 10,000 victims since 1950.

France, Germany struggle to sell AstraZeneca vaccine safety

Paris - Already facing a daunting Covid vaccination challenge, French and German authorities are fighting to convince more people that a jab from the pharma giant AstraZeneca is just as effective as others.

French ex-president Sarkozy handed jail term for corruption

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday and handed a three-year prison sentence, in a ruling that deals a major blow to any lingering political ambitions.

Birkenstock steps into big league with new luxury owners

Berlin - Germany's unabashedly frumpy but comfortable flat sandal maker Birkenstock stepped into the luxury league on Friday, with an LVMH-backed company and the French group's billionaire owner snapping up the iconic brand.

French film giant Gerard Depardieu charged with rape

Paris - French film giant Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday, the latest in a string of such allegations against prominent figures in France.

French dance music superstars Daft Punk split

Paris - One of the era's defining dancefloor acts hung up their helmets on Monday, as electronic music stars Daft Punk announced their retirement in typically enigmatic fashion with a video showing one of them exploding in a desert.

Turkey's French teachers caught in diplomatic crosshairs

Istanbul - More than a dozen French professors at a top Turkish university face the threat of expulsion after being denied work permits while a diplomatic feud rages between Paris and Ankara.

Star French florist weathers pandemic

Apo - There was a time, pre-pandemic, that Thierry Boutemy's flowery creations graced catwalks, magazine covers and celebrity weddings.

Yacht once owned by French tycoon sinks off Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - A multimillion-dollar sailing yacht that once belonged to French tycoon Bernard Tapie has sunk off the coast of Malaysia, an official confirmed Sunday, after it caught fire a few days ago.

Top French TV presenter named in rape complaint

Paris - One of France's most famous television presenters Patrick Poivre d'Arvor is the subject of a rape investigation, prosecutors told AFP on Thursday.

Fire hits yacht that belonged to French tycoon off Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - A multi-million-dollar sailing yacht that once belonged to French tycoon Bernard Tapie went up in flames off Malaysia Thursday, with firefighters battling for hours to put out the blaze.

Virus crisis upends hopes for aviation careers

Paris - One year ago 26-year-old Perrine was on the cusp of realising her childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant.Then the Covid-19 pandemic arrived and Perrine is now on track for a job in insurance instead.

French minister warns of 'Islamo-leftism' in universities

Paris - The French minister for higher education has sparked a backlash from university heads after warning about the spread of "Islamo-leftism" in the country's academic institutions.

French lawmakers approve bill to battle Islamist extremism

Paris - France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of a law to battle "Islamist separatism" that is billed by the government as a riposte to religious groups attempting to undermine the secular state.

5G phones may interfere with aircraft: French regulator

Paris - The latest generation of smartphones, 5G, can interfere with aircraft altitude instruments, the French Civil Aviation Authority warned Tuesday as it recommended they should be turned off during flight.

What's in France's draft law against 'Islamist separatism'?

Paris - After months of controversy and 135 hours of parliamentary debate, MPs in France are set to approve a draft law to crack down on what has been termed "Islamist separatism" on Tuesday. AFP examines what is, and what isn't, in the new legislation.

France to step up effort to 'decapitate' Sahel Qaeda groups: Macron

Paris - France will intensify its efforts to help "decapitate" Qaeda-linked groups in the Sahel, President Emmanuel Macron told regional leaders via video conference on Tuesday.

Chad to send troops to Sahel jihadist flashpoint

Ndjame - Chad will send 1,200 troops to combat jihadists in a flashpoint Sahel border zone, its president said Monday, as France looks to reduce its longstanding military presence in the vast, volatile region.

France to meet Sahel leaders as it mulls troop drawdown

Ndjame - France and five allies gather on Monday to discuss the Sahel's jihadist insurgency, with Paris looking for support enabling it to cut French troop numbers in the strife-torn region.

200 years after Napoleon defeat, Russia and France bury their dead

Russia - The remains of French and Russian soldiers who died during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow in 1812 were Saturday laid to rest with military honours in a rare moment of unity between the two countries.

Will money laundering laws end art world's culture of secrecy?

Paris - When a Botticelli painting went under the hammer last month at Sotheby's in New York for $92 million, it was assumed the buyer was a Russian oligarch since the bidding was done by an adviser to wealthy Russians.
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