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Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giant

Brest - The sight of a basking shark's brooding silhouette gliding through the waters off western France is more than just a rare treat for sailors -- it is a boon for scientists trying to trace its secretive migrations across the globe.

Armed robbers flee with luxury watches after Paris heist

Paris - Two armed men fled with several luxury watches after bursting into a branch of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in Paris's chic eighth arrondissement on Saturday, police said, the latest in a string of robberies in the French capital.

Macron, Merkel warn of 'humanitarian risks' in Syria's Idlib

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced concern Friday about the humanitarian situation in the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib, which is shaping up be the country's next big battleground.

French fishing trawler nets WWII bomb

Rennes - A French fishing trawler netted a World War II bomb containing nearly a tonne of explosives off the coast of Normandy on Friday, prompting the emergency evacuation of the crew while the device was returned to the seabed, authorities said.

No place to hide: exiled Chinese Uighurs feel state's long reach

Paris - Sitting on the terrace of a Paris cafe, a young Chinese woman glances nervously at her mobile phone as a message from a police officer in her native Xinjiang region pops up.

Aquarius ship arrives in Malta after migrant-sharing deal

Valletta - The Aquarius rescue ship arrived in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.

Aquarius ship to dock in Malta after migrant-sharing deal

Paris - The Aquarius was due to dock in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard the rescue ship, which had yet again become stranded in the Mediterranean.

Threat from on high: race on to bolster drone defences

Paris - From hand-held copters that zoom around the living room to high-speed craft offering the sensation of flying over the countryside, drones have won over legions of fans -- and are proving a growing challenge for security authorities.

1,800 evacuated as France defuses British WWII bomb

Rennes - Some 1,800 people were ordered to evacuate their homes in northwest France on Sunday as a bomb squad defused a British bomb from World War II, officials said.

French police on Mont Blanc duty try to keep climbers in line

Saint-gervais-les-bains - Standing outside their yellow hut on a ridge 3,200 metres (10,500 feet) above sea level, two French gendarmes peer through binoculars at a group of foreign climbers making their way across a scree-littered stretch on what has become one of the deadlies...

Two Germans indicted in France over flooded youth campground

Marseille - Two Germans have been charged for causing unintentional injury and endangering the lives of others after they brought a group of teenagers to an unauthorised campsite in southern France, where a man was swept away by floods, French prosecutors said on ...

Aquarius 'resumes migrant rescues off Libya'

Rome - Two French groups operating the rescue ship Aquarius said Saturday it was back in Libyan coastal waters for the first time since triggering a diplomatic row over migration in June.

Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov 'ready to die': lawyer

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is "ready to die" after hunger striking in a Russian jail for nearly three months, his lawyer said Friday.

Three Italian climbers found dead on Mont Blanc

Lyon - Three Italian climbers were found dead Friday on Mont Blanc in the French Alps, three days after they set out to summit Europe's highest peak, rescue workers said.The body of Luca Lombardini was recovered by the mountain police rescue service.

Two Germans held in France over flooded youth campground

N - Two Germans who brought a group of teenagers to a campsite in southern France, where a man was swept away by floods, were held for questioning Friday after it emerged that the site was off-limits for camping.

Disinherited musician Jean-Michel Jarre scales up challenge over father's will

Paris - Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, who has mounted a legal challenge after being disinherited by his Hollywood composer father, said Friday he will take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

French court orders Twitter to change smallprint after privacy case

Paris - A Paris court on Thursday ordered Twitter to change its smallprint, according to a consumer group which accused the tech giant of having "abusive" clauses in its terms and conditions.

Macron to discuss Ukraine hunger striker Sentsov with Putin

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will on Friday discuss with Vladimir Putin the case of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian jail for almost three months, Macron's office said.

German man missing after floods rip through French campsite

Marseille - An elderly German man, who was helping supervise children at a campsite in southeast France, was missing on Thursday after being swept away by floodwaters, police said.

Spain-France border town sees marked increase in migrants

Ir - With migrant arrivals to Spain's southern shores on the rise, more of them are heading north to the border town of Irun, some sleeping rough as they wait to cross into neighbouring France, locals and officials say.

German missing after floods rip through French campsite

Marseille - A 70-year-old German man who was helping supervise children at a campsite in southeast France was missing on Thursday after he was swept away in his caravan by floodwaters, police said.

Theresa May, Prince William commemorate 'Entente Cordiale' in Amiens

Paris - Britain's Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May took part in commemorations Wednesday marking the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, which heralded the beginning of the end of World War I.

Brittany's capital revives forgotten heritage: Italian mosaics

Rennes - Italian mosaics, once all the rage in France, fell into neglect and ruin by the 1970s, when homeowners began covering them up with parquet floors or even linoleum.

Theresa May, Prince William mark centenary of key WW1 battle

Paris - Britain's Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May will join 2,000 guests at a service Wednesday marking the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, which rang in the beginning of the end of World War I.

Iraq sentences two Europeans to life for IS membership

Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison in the latest punishments handed down for belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group.

'Chef of the century' Joel Robuchon dies at 73

Paris - Joel Robuchon, the world's most-starred Michelin chef who tore down kitchen walls to give diners new insights into the art of cooking, died on Monday at 73.

World's most-starred chef Joel Robuchon dead at 73

Paris - Joel Robuchon, the world's most-starred Michelin chef who tore down kitchen walls to give diners new insights into the art of haute cuisine, has died at 73, a French government spokesman said Monday.

Last survivor of famed immigrant French Resistance group dies at 101

Paris - The last surviving member of a group of immigrant workers that courageously resisted the Nazi occupation of France during World War II has died at the age of 101, his family said Sunday.

Fire shuts highway between France and Spain

Madrid - A fire in northeastern Spain on the French border forced authorities to shut a highway linking the two countries for several hours on Saturday at the height of a heatwave, firefighters said.

Belgian wins inaugural France to China solar bike race

Bejing - A Belgian cyclist rode 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles) from the French city of Lyon to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in just 49 days to win an inaugural solar-powered electric bike race aimed at promoting renewable energy.
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