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French inquiry opened over police assault of protester

Paris - French prosecutors said Sunday that an inquiry had been opened after a riot police officer was seen punching a detained protester at a demonstration in Paris, a scene that was caught on camera and went viral.

Designer hopes green lingerie takes off

Paris - In a tiny workshop in central Paris, Paloma Casile puts finishing touches on eco-friendly lingerie that she hopes will catch on at an international show a few days hence.

Tear gas, arrests in new anti-Macron demo in Paris

Paris - French police fired tear gas under a rain of projectiles and arrested dozens of people on Saturday as thousands of "yellow vest" anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Paris.

Macron rushed from Paris theatre during protest

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife were rushed from a Paris theatre late Friday after protesters tried to burst in and disrupt the performance.

French unions vow to stand firm as pension strike softens

Paris - Striking workers poured into streets across France Thursday for a sixth day of demonstrations against a pensions overhaul, putting up a show of defiance after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the historic transport stoppage "has gone on for too lon...

Police brutality: French government admits to problems

Paris - As the number of protesters badly injured at the hands of the security forces grows, the French government has been compelled to abandon its hear-no-evil, see-no-evil approach to police violence, experts say.

Ghosn's top Japanese lawyers quit

Apo - The Japanese lawyer nicknamed the "Razor" who was spearheading Carlos Ghosn's defence said Thursday he is quitting the case after his client skipped bail and fled Japan for Lebanon.

France ex-presidential hopeful Royal probed over expenses

Paris - French prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened an investigation into allegations that former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal used expenses meant for her ambassadorial job on external interests including promoting her book.

Family of dead Franco-Irish teen push for inquest in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - The parents of a Franco-Irish teenager whose body was found in a Malaysian jungle are demanding an inquest after authorities ended investigations into the case, the family's lawyer said Wednesday.

Volunteer-run grocery revives rural French village

Sauxillanges - Like so many villages tucked in the folds of the French countryside, the centre of Sauxillanges faced a near-certain death.

French priest admits 'caresses' in boy scout abuse trial

Lyon - Accused of sexually abusing dozens of boy scouts in the 1970s and 80s, a French Catholic priest confessed in court Tuesday to "caresses" he knew were forbidden, and said for 20 years "it happened every weekend".

Nissan denies reported plans to split with Renault

Apo - Nissan is "in no way" planning to end its partnership with Renault, the Japanese auto giant insisted on Tuesday after a report suggested a divorce was possible in the wake of the Carlos Ghosn scandal.

Nissan denies reported plans to split with Renault

Apo - Nissan is "in no way" planning to end its partnership with Renault, the Japanese auto giant insisted Tuesday after a report suggested a divorce was possible in the wake of the Carlos Ghosn scandal.

Spike Lee to be first black head of Cannes film festival jury

Paris - American director Spike Lee was named president of this year's Cannes film festival jury on Tuesday, becoming the first black head of the panel.

A photographer's search for his mother in Nazi concentration camps

Paris - Piles of skeletal bodies, the doors to a crematorium, emaciated faces -- an AFP photographer documents the full horror of the Nazi extermination camps in the spring of 1945, as he searches for his deported mother.

Paris synagogue bombing suspect sues Canada over extradition

Ottawa - A Lebanese-Canadian academic once accused of a Paris bombing in 1980 on Monday sued the Canadian government for having extradited him to France to face a failed prosecution.

US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

Apo - The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer said, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region.

French strike rumbles on as PM, unions defiant

Paris - Parisians again battled stamina-busting commutes on Monday as a transport strike dragged on into its 40th day, with both the French government and hardline unions digging in on the pension reforms that sparked the standoff.

France, Sahel nations vow to step up anti-jihadist fight

Pau - France and its five partner nations in the Sahel region of West Africa pledged Monday to bolster their efforts against jihadists waging an increasingly deadly insurgency, while urging the United States to keep its troops engaged in the region's anti-te...

Thousands march in Spain's Basque region for return of ETA prisoners

Bilbao - Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the Basque Country on Saturday to demand prisoners linked to the former armed separatist group ETA be transferred to jails closer to the northern Spanish region.

French govt offers compromise in bid to end transport strike

Paris - France's government Saturday proposed a compromise to end a crippling transport strike against pension reform, with an offer to withdraw a key proposal on raising the retirement age, but trade unions gave the announcement a mixed welcome.

French court orders 52mn euro payout in 'Mona Lisa' Ferrari battle

Limoges - A French appeals court has ordered the son of a renowned Ferrari collector to pay his siblings millions of euros over the disputed sale of a coveted racer considered the storied Italian automaker's "Mona Lisa".

France calls for 'gesture' from Iran over detained academics

Paris - France said on Friday that the imprisonment of two prominent French academics by Iran was unacceptable and that their release would represent a "significant gesture", as tensions mount between Tehran and the West.

French unions warn of new protests as pension battle heats up

Paris - French union leaders on Friday began crunch meetings with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and other top officials over a hotly contested pension overhaul that has sparked the country's longest rail strike in history.

Europe, N. Africa in diplomatic flurry to avoid 'second Syria' in Libya

Tripoli - Europe and North Africa have launched a diplomatic offensive to try to prevent Libya, with the increased involvement of international players in its conflict, from turning into a "second Syria".

Turkey-Libya deals 'void': Egypt, France, Greece, Cyprus

Apo - France, Greece, Egypt and Cyprus on Wednesday declared "null and void" agreements between Ankara and Libya assigning Turkey rights over a vast area of the eastern Mediterranean.

Stowaway child found dead in plane at Paris airport

Paris - A child stowaway was found dead Wednesday in the undercarriage of a plane at a Paris airport, officials said, having probably frozen to death or asphyxiated on the flight from Ivory Coast.

French ex-president Sarkozy to stand trial in Oct on graft charges

Paris - Nicolas Sarkozy will on October 5 become France's first ex-president to stand trial on corruption charges in a case in which he is accused of trying to obtain classified information from a judge.The trial will last until October 22, a Paris court said....

French publisher pulls books by writer accused of underage rape

Paris - French publisher Gallimard said Tuesday it was halting sales of books by a writer accused of raping children.France's most prestigious publishing house told AFP it was the first time in its 140-year history that it had taken such a radical step.

Iran drops spy charge for detained French academic: lawyer

Tehran - Iran has dropped espionage charges that had been laid against an Iranian-French academic detained in the Islamic republic since last year, her lawyer said on Tuesday.
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