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Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

Mont-de-marsan - Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws.

French protests target 'fake jobs' candidates Fillon, Le Pen

Paris - Thousands demonstrated in Paris and other French cities Sunday to protest corruption, taking aim specifically at presidential candidates Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen, both accused of misusing public funds.

France denounces cyberattacks blamed on Moscow

Paris - Suspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign are "unacceptable", France's foreign minister said Sunday, adding it was clear that pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron was being targeted.

France's Fillon vows to run for president despite 'fake jobs' row

Paris - French conservative Francois Fillon said Saturday that he would press ahead with his presidential bid even if investigators charged him over claims his wife had a fake parliamentary job.

Great-grandson to reinvent iconic three-star French restaurant

Ouche - The Troisgros restaurant, a veritable shrine to France's haute cuisine, is pulling out of the town it put on the map thanks to the three Michelin stars it has boasted since 1968.

'It's a lie', France's Le Pen says as fake job scandal deepens

Besan - French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Friday furiously rejected reports that she has admitted to giving her bodyguard a fake job as a European parliamentary aide. "It's a bare-faced lie.

Migrants get crash course in French university life

Lille - A lawyer from Sudan, a footballer from Iran, an aeronautical engineer from Eritrea: They are among 80 migrants who have traded France's "Jungle" tent camp for a chance to earn a French degree and a new life.

Judicial pressure builds on France's Fillon as vote looms

Paris - French conservative Francois Fillon suffered a new blow to his ailing presidential campaign Thursday, with prosecutors ruling out dropping a probe into damaging claims his wife had a fake parliamentary job.

Assad vows to retake Raqa and 'every inch' of Syria

Paris - President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday said Raqa is not a priority target for his forces, saying his goal is to retake "every inch" of Syrian territory.

France's colonial past muscles into presidential race

Paris - French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron drew a storm of criticism Wednesday after calling France's colonisation of Algeria a "crime against humanity".

France warns Russia against meddling in election

Paris - France on Wednesday issued a stern warning to Russia against meddling in its upcoming presidential elections, after US intelligence accused Moscow of interfering in America's vote to boost Donald Trump.

Three suspects charged in France over 'terror plot'

Paris - Two men and a 16-year-old girl were charged in southern France on Tuesday on suspicion of planning a terror attack that the authorities believe was imminent, judicial sources said.

Hollande demands 'justice' in alleged French police rape

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday called for "justice" over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

Russia accused of 'smear campaign' against French candidate

Paris - An aide to French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday accused Russia of trying to derail his campaign by spreading false rumours, echoing charges of Russian meddling in the US election.

Le Pen's anti-euro plan 'to cost France 30 bn a year'

Paris - Marine Le Pen's pledge to ditch the euro if elected French president would cost the country over 30 billion euros a year in increased borrowing costs, the central bank governor warned Monday.

Four dead in massive French Alps avalanche

Lyon - A French father and son, as well as his half-brother and their guide died Monday in the French Alps after being swept away by a giant avalanche while snowboarding in the popular resort of Tignes, officials said.

France calls on Germany to hike investment spending

Berlin - French Economy Minister Michel Sapin has dismissed a US attack on Germany's trade surplus but urged Europe's biggest economy to boost its spending on investment.

Dozens arrested in French clashes over alleged police baton rape

Bobigny - Thirty-seven people were arrested in the Paris suburbs when clashes erupted after a protest over the assault of a young black man allegedly sodomised with a police truncheon, a police source said Sunday.

15,000 European Kurds protest for leader's release

Strasbourg - Some 15,000 people marched in the eastern French city of Strasbourg on Saturday demanding that Turkey release Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan, as Europe's Kurds held their biggest annual gathering.

French jihadist Kassim targeted in Mosul strike: Pentagon

Washington - French jihadist Rachid Kassim, suspected of inspiring several attacks in France, was targeted in a coalition air strike near the Iraqi city of Mosul, but his death is not yet confirmed, the Pentagon said Friday.

Security fears dictate new route for Nice carnival

Nice - For the first time in living memory, carnival revellers will not parade down Nice's Promenade des Anglais this year, seven months after the Bastille Day truck massacre that left 86 people dead.

Teenage girl arrested over 'imminent' attack in France

Paris - Anti-terrorist police on Friday arrested four people in southern France, including a 16-year-old girl, who were suspected of preparing an "imminent" attack linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.

French farmer given suspended fine for helping migrants

Nice - A French farmer who has become one of the symbols of Europe's migrant crisis after helping Africans to slip into the country was given a suspended fine of 3,000 euros ($3,200) on Friday.

French MPs clear way for payouts to atomic test victims

Paris - More than 50 years after France began conducting dozens of nuclear tests in the South Pacific, the French parliament on Thursday significantly eased the criteria for islanders who suffered health effects to be compensated.

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'

Caen - An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation.

Eiffel Tower to be shielded by 2.5-metre glass security walls

Paris - The Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris, will soon be protected by bulletproof glass walls 2.5 metres (eight feet) high, part of a plan to prevent attacks at the monument, the city said Thursday.The walls costing some 20 million euros ($21.

France's Fillon demands investigators drop 'illegal' probe

Paris - Lawyers for French presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday called on prosecutors to drop their probe into payments made to his wife for a suspected fake job, calling it "illegal".

Chile summons for suspect in Japanese student's death

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court has issued a summons for a Chilean man suspected of killing a Japanese student in France in December, officials said Wednesday.

Germany, France plan cross-border self-driving test zone

Frankfurt Am Main - European neighbours Germany and France plan to test self-driving vehicles on a stretch of road linking the two countries, the transport ministry in Berlin said Wednesday.

Inter Milan invites French 'police rape victim' to match

Rome - Italian football club Inter Milan on Wednesday invited the victim of an alleged sex assault by French police to watch a match as soon as he was well enough.
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