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France calls for halt to Turkish bombing of Kurdish forces in Syria

Paris - France called Sunday for Turkey to immediately halt the bombing of Kurdish forces in Syria and said it was concerned at the "worsening" situation in northern Syria.

Eagles of Death Metal play Stockholm gig ahead of return to Paris

Stockholm - American rockers Eagles of Death Metal took to the stage in Stockholm Saturday, ahead of their return to Paris next week to "finish" the fateful November concert that ended with jihadi gunmen killing 90 of their fans.

'No time to lose' to install Libya unity government: ministers

Munich - Foreign ministers put pressure on Libya Saturday to finalise its unity government and head off the growing threat from the Islamic State group.

Survivors torn as Eagles of Death Metal return to Paris

Paris - As Eagles of Death Metal return to Paris on Tuesday to 'finish' their fateful November rock concert that ended with jihadi gunmen killing 90 of their fans, survivors are torn over whether to go to the gig.

More major attacks in Europe 'a certainty': French PM

Munich - More major attacks in Europe are a "certainty", French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told an audience at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

Paris attacks suspect's DNA 'not found on suicide belt'

Paris - No DNA from fugitive Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in November's Paris attacks, has been found on a suicide belt discovered in the French capital, a source close to the inquiry said Friday.

French left scratching heads over baffling government posts

Paris - France's freshly reshuffled government left some puzzled Friday over the role of new ministries such as that of "real equality", while another linking "family, children and women's rights" has irked feminists.

Merkel's liberal refugee policy 'unsustainable', says French PM

Berlin - Germany's liberal refugee policy which ushered in 1.1 million asylum-seekers last year is not sustainable, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Friday, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said a group of EU countries may take more in.

Plans to move up to 1,000 from French migrant camp

Calais - Local French government authorities said Friday they want to move up to 1,000 migrants living in the notorious "Jungle" camp in the port town of Calais.

Hollande calls for Russia to halt action that supports Assad

Paris - French President Francois Hollande called Thursday for Russia to halt its military action in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Dominican court upholds 20-year sentences for French pilots

Santo Domingo - An appeals court in the Dominican Republic upheld 20 year prison sentences for two French pilots who fled the country last year after being snared in a cocaine smuggling case.

France's new foreign minister Ayrault is Hollande loyalist

Paris - Jean-Marc Ayrault, who resigned as French prime minister two years ago to take the blame for a sputtering economy, has been rewarded for his loyalty to embattled President Francois Hollande with the foreign affairs portfolio.

Former French PM Ayrault named foreign minister in govt shake-up

Paris - French President Francois Hollande reshuffled his cabinet Thursday, naming Jean-Marc Ayrault foreign minister and adding ecologists to the government as he seeks to widen his support base ahead of an re-election bid in 2017.

Six killed as school bus crashes with truck in France: Police

Paris - At least six children were killed when a school minibus crashed into a truck in western France on Thursday, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead.

Concert hall at centre of Paris attacks to reopen late 2016

Paris - The Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people were killed in the November jihadist attacks in the French capital, will undergo renovation and reopen its doors before the end of the year, the venue's owners announced Wednesday.

French dancer fined for selfie with snoozing far-right Le Pen

Paris - French dancer Brahim Zaibat, a former lover of Madonna, was fined one euro by a Paris court Wednesday for sneaking a selfie with far-right patriarch Jean-Marie Le Pen as he snoozed on an airplane.

French ex-budget minister's tax fraud trial delayed

Paris - The tax fraud trial of France's disgraced former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was adjourned Wednesday to September 5 after his defence challenged the constitutionality of the case.

Widow of famed chef Violier to run restaurant after his suicide

Ginebra - The widow of top chef Benoit Violier, whose January 31 suicide shocked the culinary world, said she would take charge of her husband's celebrated restaurant, in an interview published Wednesday.

French MPs approve post-attacks constitution changes

Paris - French lawmakers voted Wednesday in favour of measures to change the constitution following the November 13 jihadist attacks on Paris, but doubts remain as to whether the package will be fully adopted.

Outgoing French foreign minister raps U.S. Syria role

Paris - Outgoing French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday criticised the US role in Syria, saying he did not see "a very strong commitment" from Washington."There are ambiguities...

Spanish potholers trapped in southwest France are alive: Police

Toulouse - Seven Spanish potholers trapped in a cave in southwestern France have been found unhurt and rescuers are preparing to bring them to the surface, police said Wednesday."Contact has been made.

Veteran French politician Fabius quits government

Paris - France's veteran Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius bowed out of government Wednesday after a three-decade career which saw an early string of scandals but ended with him overseeing a complex climate deal.

Paris magic still enchants tourists despite terror attacks

Paris - Some visitors may be steering clear of the world's top tourist destination after terror attacks in the French capital, but for lovers, shoppers and gourmands who dare to go, Paris will always be Paris.

French MPs vote on post-attacks constitution changes

Paris - French lawmakers will vote on Wednesday on a controversial package of measures to change the constitution in the wake of the terror attacks on Paris in November.

France, Germany press Brussels on terror funding crackdown

Paris - France and Germany pressed the European Union on Tuesday to speed up plans designed to crack down on the funding of terrorist groups.

French Senate votes to extend post-attacks state of emergency

Paris - The French Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a three-month extension of a state of emergency imposed after the November jihadist attacks that claimed 130 lives in Paris.

French lower house votes to enshrine state of emergency in constitution

Paris - The lower house of the French parliament voted Monday in favour of enshrining in the constitution the process of declaring a state of national emergency, one of a series of controversial amendments the government proposed after November's Paris attacks...

Man arrested in France over school bomb hoaxes

Paris - French police arrested an 18-year-old man on Monday in connection with an investigation into telephoned hoax bomb threats that forced schools in Paris to be evacuated in January, sources said.

French ex-budget minister goes on trial for tax fraud

Paris - France's former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, who stashed millions abroad while cracking down on tax cheats at home, went on trial Monday for tax fraud.

French ex-budget minister on trial for tax fraud

Paris - Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, who resigned in disgrace in 2013 after admitting to having a secret Swiss bank account, goes on trial Monday for tax fraud.The 63-year-old faces up to seven years in jail and two million euros ($2.
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