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Croatia arts festival to stage Houellebecq play after all

Zagreb - A play by author Michel Houellebecq -- whose book imagining a Muslim-governed France stirred controversy -- will be staged as planned at a Croatian arts festival despite calls for its cancellation over security fears, the culture ministry said Wednesda...

France honours four Resistance fighters among Pantheon heroes

Paris - France inducted four Resistance fighters into the illustrious Pantheon mausoleum on Wednesday for their contributions to fighting the Nazis during World War II.

French barman sentenced after man drinks 56 shots and dies

Clermont-ferrand - A French barman received a suspended jail sentence Wednesday after he was convicted of manslaughter for letting a man do 56 shots during a drinking contest that led to his death.

French farmer on trial in killing of suspected truffle thief

Valence - A French farmer went on trial on Tuesday for shooting dead a man he thought was stealing his truffles.

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen visits Moscow

Moscow - The leader of France's far-right National Front party Marine Le Pen visited Moscow for high-level talks Tuesday, amid fears the Kremlin is courting radical politicians across Europe.

Political mood good for climate deal: France's Fabius

Paris - Despite "extremely complex" issues, the political mood for reaching a global climate deal this year is stronger than ever, says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Asian mother, two children found dead near Paris

Villeneuve-saint-georges - An Asian mother who fell from a fourth-floor apartment and her two young children, apparently stabbed, were found dead in Val-de-Marne southeast of Paris on Monday, witnesses and officials said.

U.S. fighter jets scrambled for French flight to NY

New York - An Air France passenger jet flying from Paris to New York was escorted by two U.S. fighter planes for the last stretch of the trip Monday because of a bomb threat against the flight, the airline and US officials said.

French adventurer seeks Pacific record with 'flying' boat

Los Angeles - Skimming across the surface of the vast Pacific, Alain Thebault scans the horizon with his blue Breton eyes. He is feeling good. A record is there to be broken.

Rallies after student threatened over Charlie Hebdo tribute

Saint-maur-des-foss - Teachers and students at a French school rallied Thursday in support of a pupil who received death threats for publishing an edition of the school newspaper in support of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Eiffel Tower reopens after staff walk out over pickpockets

Paris - Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists for several hours on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument.

France hits reverse on sinking tyres for artificial reefs

Brest - Tourists and film stars hitting the beach at the French Riviera resort of Cannes may be blissfully unaware but lurking beneath the sparkling waves are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development.

French, German leaders hold talks with Greek PM in Riga

Riga - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held "friendly and constructive" debt talks with the leaders of France and Germany but gave no sign of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial June deadline.

European court to rule on right-to-die case

Strasbourg - Europe's human rights court will on June 5 rule on whether a man in a vegetative state can be taken off life support, a case that has ignited a fierce euthanasia debate in France, a spokesman said Thursday.

Destruction of Palmyra would be 'enormous loss to humanity:' UNESCO chief

Paris - The destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra would be an "enormous loss to humanity", the head of the organisation warned on Thursday after Islamic State fighters seized the ancient Syrian city.

Time short for global climate deal in Paris, warns Hollande

Paris - French President Francois Hollande warned Wednesday that time was short for a year-end deal on climate change and called on world leaders to unlock the complex process in the months ahead.

Bin Laden's bookshelf: French economics and conspiracy theory

Washington - Osama bin Laden's English language reading list included numerous books by conspiracy theorists and an inordinate number on France, suggesting he may have planned to strike the country's economy, US officials said Wednesday.

International meeting on Iraq and Syria in Paris June 2: France

Paris - An international meeting on the conflicts in Iraq and Syria will take place in Paris on June 2, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Wednesday.

Guggenheim vs Guggenheim in French court over art treasures

Paris - The descendants of famous heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim on Tuesday went head to head in a French appeals court over her sumptuous collection of works housed in an 18th century palace on Venice's Grand Canal.

All 150 Germanwings crash victims identified: Statement

Marseille - Investigators have identified the remains of all 150 people aboard a Germanwings flight that was deliberately crashed into the French Alps, a prosecutor said Tuesday, allowing them finally to be laid to rest.

Teachers strike in France to protest school reforms

Paris - Teachers in France went on strike Tuesday to protest against a proposed reform of secondary education that has become a bitter battleground for one of the country's rising political stars.

EU parliament lifts immunity for Sarkozy aide

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday lifted the immunity of a French lawmaker wanted for questioning by judges over a scandal relating to the funding of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign.

Hollande rejects EU migrant quotas but backs better distribution

Berlin - French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that quotas for migrants in Europe were "out of the question" but said he supported a better distribution of refugees between EU countries.

John Malkovich sues Le Monde for Swiss account report

Paris - John Malkovich has filed a defamation suit against French daily Le Monde over Swissleaks reports the US actor says incorrectly stated he owned a secret Swiss account, his lawyer said Monday.

Charlie Hebdo to give 4.3 mn euros to attack victims

Paris - Charlie Hebdo said Monday 4.3 million euros in donations will go to the victims of a jihadist attack against the French satirical magazine, which has faced internal tensions over the use of the money.

'No right to fail' on climate change, warns France's Fabius

Berlin - France's foreign minister warned Monday that the international community had no option but to combat climate change as there is "no alternative planet".

French police arrest a dozen suspects over Saudi carjacking

Paris - French police arrested around a dozen suspects on Monday in connection with a spectacular robbery on the convoy of a Saudi prince in Paris last year that netted the thieves 250,000 euros.

French police cleared over electrocution deaths

Rennes - A French court Monday cleared two police officers of failing to help two youths electrocuted in 2005, whose deaths led to three weeks of rioting in France's downtrodden suburbs.

France offers Russia 785 mn euros to ditch warship deal: Report

Moscow - France has offered Russia its terms to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis, but Moscow judged the sum as unacceptable, a report said Friday.

Le Monde journalists reject owners' candidate for director

Paris - Respected French daily Le Monde faced a management crisis on Wednesday after journalists rejected the owners' candidate for editorial director, a year after the first woman to hold the position resigned.
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