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Afghan film star in miserable French exile after death threats over veil

Paris - The feted star of an internationally-acclaimed film, Afghan actress Marina Golbahari, and her husband have been chased from their home to the brink of suicide in a filthy French asylum shelter after she was photographed without a veil.

First round of French presidential vote set for April 23 2017

Paris - The first round of France's presidential election has been set for April 23 next year and the second round for May 7, government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Wednesday, with legislative elections to follow in June 2017.

Chanel glitz comes to Havana, Cubans watch from afar

Havana - French fashion house Chanel staged its first Latin American catwalk show in newly trendy Havana Tuesday, but ordinary Cubans were left watching the glitz from afar.

French interior minister warns of Euro 2016 terror risk

Paris - The French interior minister on Tuesday warned of the Islamist terror threat to the Euro 2016 football tournament, to be played in France in June and July.

Merkel lends backing to halt rise of France's far-right

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she would do what she can to help curb the rise of France's National Front (FN), as support surges for far-right parties across Europe.

French 'zombie' worker sues boss over 'bore-out'

Paris - A Frenchman is suing his former boss over the crushing boredom he suffered in an 80,000 euro-a-year job which he claims turned him into a "professional zombie".

French minister defends contested labour reform

Paris - French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri staunchly defended the government's contested labour reform bill on Tuesday as it finally reached parliament after sparking two months of mass protests.

'Carlos the Jackal' must face trial for 1974 attack: Appeal court

Paris - Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most wanted militants, must face trial for a deadly 1974 grenade attack in Paris, France's highest appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Corsican separatists 'to end military operations'

Ajaccio - An underground separatist group in Corsica said Tuesday it would end "military operations", two years after the main militant movement on the French island laid down its arms.

France says EU-US trade pact talks likely to stop

Paris - Negotiations for a vast US-EU trade pact, which aims to create a free-trade zone covering 850 million people, are likely to grind to a halt because of Washington's reluctance to make concessions, a top French trade official warned Tuesday.

France's contested labour reform reaches parliament

Paris - The French government's contested labour reform bill finally reached parliament on Tuesday, having sparked two months of mass protests, but neither employers nor unions are happy.

Bali police shoot dead Frenchman resisting arrest

Denpasar - Police on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali shot dead a French national Monday after he killed a policeman while resisting arrest, an official said.

More than 1,000 people evacuated from Paris migrant camp

Paris - Police evacuated more than one thousand people from a makeshift migrant camp near a Paris metro station on Monday, the third time the camp has been cleared in as many months.

French journalist infiltrates jihadist cell for six months

Paris - A French journalist infiltrated a cell of would-be jihadists, filming them with a hidden camera as they plotted an attack in the name of the Islamic State group, before they were arrested, he told AFP.

France warns could nix TTIP if agriculture threatened

Paris - France will reject the ambitious TTIP transatlantic trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, President Francois Hollande warned Sunday.

French far-right family rivalries exposed at May Day rallies

Paris - There were barely enough statues of Joan of Arc to go around in Paris on Sunday as feuding factions of France's far-right National Front (FN) held rival May Day rallies at the feet of their heroine.

Tear gas in Paris, Istanbul as tensions erupt on May Day

Paris - French and Turkish police fired tear gas at protesters as tensions erupted in both countries during May Day rallies Sunday, while thousands marched across the globe for the annual celebration of worker's rights.

With help, Africa targets coordinated fight against Boko Haram

Ndjame - With US and European support, African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorising the region -- but a coordinated response is required if they are to succeed.

Sahel jihadists resorting to soft targets: French commander

Ndjame - The commander of a French anti-jihadist force in Africa's northern Sahel says Islamist insurgents are hitting soft targets elsewhere after losing the initiative in the region.

Germany says to host fresh Ukraine talks

Berlin - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Saturday said he had invited his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to talks in Berlin on May 11 intended to smooth differences between Moscow and Kiev.

Fire ravages Muslim prayer hall in Corsica

Ajaccio - A Muslim prayer hall in the French island of Corsica was ravaged by fire on Saturday in what prosecutors said was probably a criminal attack.

France says it will increase forces in Ivory Coast

Abidjan - France will increase the number of its troops in Ivory Coast, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday on a trip to the African nation which hosts a regional base for French forces.

Who are France's masked cobblestone throwers? Opinions abound

Paris - French political activists agree with the government that small groups of "troublemakers" are to blame for violence that has marred many of the protests seen nationwide over the past two months, but their identity is largely a matter of conjecture.

France touts good economic news as violent protests persist

Paris - France's embattled Socialist government seized on good economic news showing "solid growth" on Friday after fresh protests over planned labour reforms descended into violence.

UK pair accused of giving cash to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect

London - Two people appeared in court in London on Friday accused of giving thousands of pounds to Brussels and Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini when he was in Britain last summer.

New violence as Paris police break up youth protest

Paris - Several dozen youth protesters clashed with police in the early hours of Friday in a central Paris square after refusing orders to disperse, police said.

Defending the indefensible? Lawyers who take on 'monsters'

Paris - Every suspected terrorist, mass murderer or war criminal needs a lawyer -- but the person who takes on this role can often provoke incomprehension, disgust and even violence.

Nigeria, France step up joint fight against Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria and France on Thursday signed an agreement on closer military cooperation, including intelligence sharing, to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

24 police injured, three seriously, in French labour protests: govt

Lyon - Twenty-four policemen were injured Thursday in French protests against labour reforms, including three seriously in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Police hurt, scores arrested as French protests turn violent

Paris - Two dozen police officers were injured, three of them seriously, as violence flared in mass protests across France against a hotly contested labour reform bill.
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