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Austria hands over Paris attacks 'accomplices'

Vienna - Austria has handed over to France two suspected members of the same Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November, prosecutors said Friday.

Hell hath no fury: Wife jailed over mistress bomb hoax

Grenoble - It is often said that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but one cheated wife went to extraordinary lengths to exact revenge on her husband's mistress.

Syrian asylum seeker held over French church attack: Source close to probe

Paris - A Syrian refugee staying at a French centre for asylum seekers has been taken in for questioning in connection with a deadly jihadist attack on a church, a source close to the probe said Friday.

French PM moots temporary ban on foreign-funded mosques

Paris - France's prime minister said Friday he would consider a temporary ban on foreign financing of mosques, urging a "new model" for relations with Islam after a spate of jihadist attacks.

French street artist making splash with 'oil exploration'

London - French street artist Zevs is bringing his signature style indoors with an exhibition playing on the dominance of oil, which opens Friday in London.

Church attacker threatened France in new video

Paris - A jihadist involved in the brutal killing of an elderly priest pledged to attack France in a newly released video, as Catholic bishops called for a day of prayer in a nation shaken by the latest assault.

Corsican MPs urge France to shut radical mosques

Ajaccio - Corsican lawmakers on Thursday called on the French state to close down radical mosques on the Mediterranean island, hours after an underground separatist movement issued a threat against Islamic extremists.

From 'liar' to 'dear Boris': new British FM eases way in France

Paris - France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault may have called him a "liar" over his Brexit campaign, but Boris Johnson's command of French helped ease his way through his first official visit to Paris as Britain's foreign minister.

Terror 'contagion' hits a fragile Europe

Paris - The wave of terror attacks afflicting Europe is showing signs of "contagion", experts warn, at a time when the continent is already in the throes of an existential crisis.

To publish or not? French media divided over attackers' photos

Paris - Does publishing the photographs of those responsible for terror attacks help glorify them and play into the hands of groups like the Islamic State?

France, UK call for end to 'disastrous' Aleppo siege

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his British counterpart Boris Johnson called Thursday for the Syrian regime and its allies to end their "disastrous" siege on the city of Aleppo.

Petitjean: 'gentle' child turned priest killer

Aix-les-bains - Abdel Malik Petitjean, 19, identified as the second attacker involved in the killing of a French priest, was described as perfectly normal by his incredulous family and friends.

Hollande tells Trump: 'France will always be France'

Rivesaltes - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday brushed aside comments by White House hopeful Donald Trump that France was "no longer" the country it was because of a string of deadly jihadist attacks.

Russian snowplough driver admits guilt over Total boss jet crash

Moscow - A Russian snowplough driver on Thursday pleaded guilty to causing the fatal 2014 Moscow airport jet crash that killed the head of French oil giant Total.

Hollande confirms France to form National Guard to protect citizens

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday confirmed that a National Guard would be formed from existing reserve forces to better protect citizens facing terror attacks.

Iran condemns killings of French priest, boy in Syria

Tehran - Iran's foreign ministry condemned this week's killing of a French priest, drawing a parallel with the recent decapitation of a young boy by jihadists in Syria, state media said Thursday.

France names second priest attacker

Paris - French prosecutors on Thursday identified the second jihadist involved in the brutal killing of an elderly priest, as calls mounted for the prime minister and interior minister to resign after the latest terror attack.

French church attackers pledged allegiance to IS: What we know

Paris - Two jihadists who attacked a French church and brutally murdered a priest had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, a video showed Wednesday.

French church attackers pledged allegiance to IS in video

Paris - Two jihadists who attacked a French church and killed a priest pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, a video showed Wednesday, as investigators worked to identify the second assailant.

Police numbers adequate on night of Nice massacre: probe

Paris - An internal probe has found the security contingent in Nice was "not undersized" on the night of the Bastille Day truck attack that killed 84 people, the French authorities said Wednesday.

AFP falls victim to Nice attack hoax

Paris - Agence France-Presse said Wednesday it had fallen victim to a hoax by a person claiming to be a relative of a man killed in the Nice attack who never existed.

'A good man': Slain French priest Jacques Hamel

Saint- - From religious leaders to common parishioners, there was a singular refrain regarding the priest slain in his own church Tuesday by jihadists: Jacques Hamel was simply a good man.

French media pull attackers' photos over 'glorification' fears

Paris - Several major media outlets in France said Wednesday they would no longer use photographs of killers responsible for terror attacks to avoid giving them "posthumous glorification".

France priest killer was 'Syria obsessed time-bomb'

Saint- - One of the assailants who slit the throat of an elderly French priest was obsessed with going to Syria to fight the regime and had threatened to attack churches, neighbours and acquaintances said.

France aims to ease religious fears after church attack

Paris - French President Francois Hollande sought Wednesday to head off religious tensions after the jihadist murder of a Catholic priest in his church, while his government tried to fend off criticism over security failings.

'Unthinkable' that jihadists could hit small Normandy town

Saint- - No one in this small Normandy town could have imagined that one day they too would be the target of a jihadi attack, let alone Tuesday's knife murder of an elderly priest celebrating mass.

French jihadist attacks church while under house arrest

Saint- - A French jihadist who was under house arrest on terror charges took part in a church attack in which a priest was killed Tuesday, further inflaming tensions over security failures in the violence-weary nation.

France church attacker was charged for terror link

Paris - One of the two attackers who stormed a church in France and slit a priest's throat on Tuesday had been charged with terror links and held before being freed on bail, a source close to the investigation said.

Priest murdered in French church attack: what we know so far

Paris - An elderly priest had his throat slit in a church in northern France on Tuesday after two men stormed the building and took hostages.

Ethiopian killed in clashes in Calais migrant camp

Lille - An Ethiopian was killed and six other migrants injured when clashes erupted on the outskirts of the migrant camp in France's northern port city of Calais, authorities said Tuesday.
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