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Hundreds of thousands march as France paralysed by strike

Paris - A nationwide strike brought much of France to a standstill on Thursday to protest the government's planned overhaul of the pension system, one of President Emmanuel Macron most ambitious reforms.The CGT union said 1.

France pledges hate crime office after Jewish cemetery desecrated

Westhoffen - France is to open a national bureau to lead the fight against hate crimes after 107 graves were smeared with swastikas at a Jewish cemetery in the northeast of the country, the interior minister said on Wednesday.

France to open anti-hate crime bureau after Jewish cemetery desecrated

Westhoffen - France is to open a national bureau to lead the fight against hate crimes after 107 graves were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in the northeast of the country, the interior minister said on Wednesday.

France braces for shutdown as Macron clashes with unions

Paris - France was Wednesday preparing for one of its biggest nationwide strikes in years with stoppages by transport workers and teachers expected to paralyse the country in an intensifying showdown between President Emmanuel Macron and unions.

French engineer assassinated in Colombian capital

Apo - An engineer working for French aerospace and defense company Thales has been shot dead in the Colombian capital Bogota in an apparent targeted assassination, officials said Tuesday.

Rare Gauguin fetches 9.5 mn euros at Paris auction

Paris - A rare canvas by French artist Paul Gauguin from his time in Tahiti fetched 9.5 million euros ($10.5 million) in Paris on Tuesday, nearly twice its estimated value, the auction house said.

France's SNCF cancels 90% of TGV trains for Thursday strike

Paris - French rail operator SNCF said Tuesday that 90 percent of high-speed TGV trains across the country will not run on Thursday, when unions kick off an open-ended strike against a planned pension overhaul.

France's Macron faces fresh challenge as massive strike looms

Paris - Trains cancelled, schools closed: France scrambled to make contingency plans on Tuesday for a huge strike against pension overhauls that poses one of the biggest challenges yet to President Emmanuel Macron's sweeping reform drive.

France charges Macron's failed EU pick over fake jobs

Paris - French magistrates have charged former defence minister Sylvie Goulard over a fake jobs scandal which wrecked her chances of being named an EU commissioner after being handpicked by President Emmanuel Macron, a judicial source said Monday.

Macron honours 'sacrifice' of 13 French soldiers killed in Mali

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron on Monday paid tribute to the "sacrifice" of 13 soldiers killed in a helicopter collision while battling jihadists in Mali, a disaster that has prompted fresh questioning of the costs of France's six-year campaign in West Afri...

Three French flood rescuers killed in helicopter crash

Paris - Three emergency workers were killed in a helicopter crash near Marseille while on a rescue mission in flood-hit southern France, the interior ministry said Monday.

Three French flood rescuers killed in helicopter crash

Marseille - Three emergency workers were killed in a helicopter crash near Marseille while on a rescue mission in southern France where floods left at least another three dead, officials said Monday.

Fury over Charlie Hebdo cartoons on French army deaths

Paris - French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Sunday defended itself following outrage over cartoons about a deadly military helicopter crash in Mali, the day before a memorial service for the 13 dead soldiers.

Macron, Erdogan go head-to-head in 'brain death' row

Paris - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out on Friday at Emmanuel Macron over his criticism of Turkey's military intervention in Syria, saying the French president was suffering "brain death", a phrase Macron recently used to describe NATO.

Prosecutor asks French court to clear cardinal over sex abuse cover-up

Lyon - A French prosecutor asked an appeals court on Friday to quash Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's conviction for failing to report sex abuse by a priest, eight months after a verdict that rocked the French Catholic Church.

Turkey accuses France's Macron of 'sponsoring terrorism' in Syria

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday accused Emmanuel Macron of sponsoring terrorism in reaction to new criticism by the French president about Ankara's operation in Syria.

Painting by French 'master of black' sets new world record

Paris - A canvas by the French artist Pierre Soulages has sold for $10.5 million, a new world record for the "painter of black" who is about to celebrate his 100th birthday.The work from 1960 of thick black stripes went for 9.

Macron defends 'wake-up call' for NATO after talks with chief

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday stood by his claim that NATO is suffering "brain death" with no strategic cooperation among members, after talks with alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg ahead of a high-stakes meeting outside London next week.

US to announce response to French tech tax on December 2

Washington - Trump administration trade officials announced Wednesday that they will offer an official response on Monday to the French tax on US technology giants following an investigation of the policy.

France raises possible return of Iran nuclear sanctions

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday raised the possibility of triggering a mechanism in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that could lead to the reimposition of UN sanctions.

Jailed French serial child killer charged over 2003 case

Paris - A convicted French serial killer has been charged with the abduction and murder of a nine-year-old girl who disappeared in 2003, in the latest twist in a case that has gripped France.

Putin and Ukraine's Zelensky set for Paris one-on-one: Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky are likely to have a one-on-one meeting during four-way summit talks in Paris next month, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

NATO brain dead? Macron's disruptive style rattles Europe

Paris - NATO is brain dead, it's time for a rapprochement with Russia and there can be no more EU enlargement for now: President Emmanuel Macron's abrasive foreign policy style has caused consternation in Europe and risks backfiring, analysts say.

Black boxes from crashed helicopters found in Mali

Paris - The black boxes from two French military helicopters that collided in Mali killing 13 soldiers have been found, a French military spokesman said Wednesday.

French soldiers killed in Mali helicopter collision

Paris - Thirteen French soldiers were killed in Mali when two helicopters collided during an operation against jihadists in the country's restive north, officials said Tuesday, the heaviest single loss for the French military in nearly four decades.

France's grinding battle with Sahel jihadists

Paris - France has had a major military presence in Mali since 2013, when it launched an intervention against Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists who had overrun the country's north.

Tiffany: an American jeweler headed for the LVMH empire

Washington - An iconic US company with a storied history, the jeweler Tiffany agreed Monday to be acquired by French luxury giant LVMH for $16.2 billion.

French couple shot dead in Haiti while seeking adoption, officials say

Port-au-prince - Two French citizens were shot dead in Port-au-Prince at the weekend shortly after flying into the Haitian capital to adopt a child, diplomatic and other sources told AFP Monday.

French and Sahel soldiers step up campaign against jihadists

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Watch this: China surveillance tech seeks to go global

Villepinte - Chinese firms are omnipresent at a Paris homeland security trade show, capitalising on their vast experience in developing surveillance systems for Beijing to conquer the global market despite concerns the technology has been used to violate human righ...
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