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CEO of French oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - Russian and French experts were investigating Tuesday a plane crash at a Moscow airport which killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet struck a snowplough on takeoff.

Total chief executive De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff.

CEO of oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport after his private jet struck a snow plough on takeoff.Total confirmed the death of the 63-year-old early on Tuesday.

Teen convicted as 'armed clowns' spread panic in French towns

B - The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France.

Franco-German mini-summit to tackle growth, budget

Berlin - French and German ministers are due to meet Monday to discuss ways of boosting growth in Europe's two biggest economies, as Paris called on Berlin to step up investment.

Paris Opera expels veiled woman during performance

Paris - France's government is drawing up a new set of rules for theatres after the Paris Opera ejected a woman for wearing a veil during a performance, the institution's deputy director said Sunday.

Vlad the impaled: Femen militant fined for stabbing Putin waxwork

Paris - A Ukrainian member of the Femen movement was slapped with over 6,000 euros ($7,300) in fines on Wednesday for impaling a wax statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin with a stake, while bare-breasted, in a Paris museum.

Self-defence class 'mistaken' for jihad training in France

Strasbourg - A group of men accused by police of "training for jihad" in broad daylight in a French park were merely taking a self-defence class, one of them told AFP on Wednesday.

Belgian doctor says she 'drank vodka' before fatal Caesarean

Pau - A Belgian anaesthetist has admitted she drank vodka before assisting at a Caesarean in which a woman of British origin died in France last month, a French court heard Tuesday.

Transfer money with just a tweet in France from tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, French citizens will be able to transfer money to friends and family via a simple tweet thanks to a partnership between Twitter and French bank Groupe BPCE.

Ex-prostitute ends long march for French bill to penalise clients

Paris - A former prostitute who walked 800 kilometres (500 miles) across France to demand that the government make good on its promise to penalise clients ended her protest march in Paris Sunday.

300 masterpieces from French museums set for Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - Masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh will be among 300 works displayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Emirate said Sunday, as it aims to become a leader in fine art.

Russia extends house arrest for leading Putin critic

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday extended the house arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces graft charges his supporters say are politically motivated.

French ceremony honours slain war correspondents

Bayeux - Hundreds of colleagues, friends and family paid tribute Thursday to the numerous journalists killed over the past year, including US reporter James Foley, whose "vile" beheading at the hands of Islamic State militants sparked global outrage.

British press probes French stereotypes on Valls visit

London - The British press wrestled over stereotypes of France as a failing economy on Tuesday, after Prime Minister Manuel Valls travelled to London to insist his country is open for business.

Ex-French agent is Syria jihadist, report says as Paris denies

Paris - A former French intelligence officer who defected to Al-Qaeda was targeted by US air strikes in Syria last month, US media reported Monday, in an account promptly denied by Paris.

Eiffel Tower dazzles with ultra-modern glass floor

Paris - Visitors at the Eiffel Tower were left giddy Monday as the mayor unveiled a new glass floor on Paris's best-known landmark, offering millions of tourists another perspective on the world's most-visited city.

Disneyland Paris gets one billion euro bailout from Walt Disney

It seems the economic crisis in Europe has had its effects on the company which operates Disneyland Paris. While the park is a top draw for European visitors, there has been a sharp fall in the number of visitors and what they spend there.

Ten of thousands march for 'family values' in France

Paris - Tens of thousands took to the streets in Paris and Bordeaux Sunday to demonstrate for what protesters called "traditional family values" and against assisted pregnancies and surrogacy.

Two health workers in W. Africa cured of Ebola in Europe

Paris - A French nurse and a Senegalese doctor who contracted Ebola while working with patients in epidemic-hit west Africa have been cured of the virus in European hospitals, health officials said Saturday.

A stroll along the French Riviera Special

Toulon - The peninsula of Giens is located alongside the old French town of Hyères. Digital Journal paid a visit to the cliffs, overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean Sea.

Chadian asylum seeker tries to self-immolate in France

Montreuil - A Chadian suffered serious burns after setting himself alight on Friday inside a French courthouse when his final chance at obtaining asylum was thrown out, the court said.

US, France discuss potential French role in Syria

Washington - US and French defense chiefs discussed the possibility of France taking part in the American-led air war against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

French campaign funding scandal snares Sarkozy ally

Paris - A judicial enquiry into Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign on Thursday snared a close ally of the former French president, who announced a triumphant return to front-line politics only last month.

Algeria identifies suspects in Frenchman's beheading

Algiers - Algeria has identified suspects in the kidnapping and beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, the justice minister said Tuesday, as the North Africa country widened its probe into the brutal execution.

Video: Bird's eye view of the Eiffel Tower and Paris

Paris - Taking a bird's eye view to a whole new technical level, a white-tailed eagle named Victor recently flew over the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, filming from a unique perspective with a video camera strapped to his back.

French right wins Senate, far right FN takes first seats

Paris - Three years after France's upper house Senate made its first ever swing to the left, the right has clawed back a majority, with the far-right National Front winning seats for the first time.

French right win Senate elections in fresh setback for Hollande

Paris - Just three years after France's upper house Senate made history with its first ever swing to the left, the right clawed back a majority Sunday in a new setback for Socialist President Francois Hollande.

Air France pilots end record strike

Paris - Air France's main pilots' union Sunday ended the longest strike in the carrier's history to allow "calmer" talks to go ahead over the contentious issue of the airline's low-cost subsidiary Transavia.

French Senate expected to swing to right in new blow for Hollande

Paris - Just three years after France's upper house Senate made history with its first ever swing to the left, the right is expected to claw back a majority Sunday in a new setback for Socialist President Francois Hollande.
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