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France hails progress in fight against jihadists in Sahel

Bamako - The fight against jihadists in Africa's Sahel region is "achieving results", France's prime minister said in Mali on Saturday, two days after French forces killed a top extremist leader.

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld cremated: report

Paris - Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld was cremated in France Friday, fulfilling his last wishes following his death this week at the age of 85, the magazine Closer said.

France says kills top Al-Qaeda commander in Sahel

Paris - French armed forces have killed a top jihadist leader in an air and ground ambush in Mali, the government said on Friday, ending a years-long hunt for a man accused of masterminding the kidnapping of Westerners in the Sahel region.

France says kills top Al-Qaeda commander in Sahel

Paris - French forces have killed a top jihadist leader, Yahya Abou El Hamame, in an operation in Mali, Defence Minister Florence Parly said Friday.

Submarine deal shows France-Australia ties in 'new phase'

Paris - A giant submarine deal between France and Australia is the latest sign of deepening relations between the two countries, which are being driven together by mutual concern about China and Britain's changing role in the world, analysts say.

'Voice of Paris attacks' killed in Syria: sources

Paris - A top French Islamic State jihadist who became notorious after voicing an audio recording claiming responsibility for the November 2015 attacks in Paris has been killed in an overnight airstrike, security sources told AFP.

Keep calm and carry on: Northern France 'ready' for Brexit

Lille - Northern France, with its huge ports and historic trading links to England, has more to fear than most if Britain makes a messy exit from the European Union next month, but local leader Xavier Bertrand insists everything is ready.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony

Paris - Karl Lagerfeld will be cremated without ceremony and his ashes are likely to be scattered with those of his mother and his lover, the designer's label said Wednesday.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony

Paris - Karl Lagerfeld will be cremated without ceremony and his ashes are likely to be scattered with those of his mother and lover, his label said Wednesday.

Anti-Semitism worst since WWII, Macron tells Jewish group

Paris - Anti-Semitism appears to have reached its worst levels since World War II, French President Emmanuel Macron told Jewish community leaders on Wednesday, a day after thousands of people took to the streets to denounce hate crimes.

French Senate demands probe into Macron aides over bodyguard scandal

Paris - A French Senate commission on Wednesday demanded an investigation of three close aides to President Emmanuel Macron after finding "major flaws" in the government's handling of a scandal involving an ex-bodyguard to the president.

Ghosn case a chance to 'mend' Japan's system: lawyer

Apo - Carlos Ghosn's lawyer said Wednesday his client's high-profile and controversial detention was a chance to "mend" Japan's justice system, as he insisted the former Nissan boss was innocent of all charges.

Police kill man who injured three in Marseille knife attack

Marseille - French police on Tuesday shot dead a man who wounded three pedestrians in a knife attack in the southern city of Marseille, officials said.The prosecutor's office said the attack was not politically-motivated.

Spanish PM to visit France to pay tribute to civil war exiles

Madrid - Spain's prime minister is to travel to France this weekend to pay tribute to the 450,000 Spaniards who sought refuge there at the end of the 1936-39 civil war and the Franco dictatorship that followed, his office said Tuesday.

Melania Trump salutes 'creative genius' Karl Lagerfeld

Washington - US First Lady Melania Trump, a former model, on Tuesday paid brief tribute to iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld, who died Tuesday at age 85."Today the world lost a creative genius. We will miss you Karl!

Netanyahu slams 'shocking' anti-Semitic vandalism in France

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday slammed the "shocking" anti-Semitic vandalism of a French cemetery, which prompted a cabinet colleague to urge French Jews to "come home" to Israel."Today something shocking happened in France.

French murder suspect could be linked to 40 unsolved cases: police

Paris - French investigators have identified around 40 unsolved disappearances and other cold cases potentially linked to a former soldier who was arrested last year and charged with two murders in southeast France.

Israeli minister tells French Jews to 'come home' after vandalism

Jerusalem - Israeli Immigration Minister Yoav Gallant called Tuesday on French Jews to "come home" to Israel following the anti-Semitic vandalism of a cemetery in eastern France.

Fashion mourns death of 'Kaiser' Karl Lagerfeld

Paris - The fashion world was plunged into mourning on Tuesday by the death of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, the rapier-witted dandy who ruled over the industry for half a century.

80 graves vandalised at Jewish cemetery in France

Strasbourg - Around 80 graves have been daubed with swastikas at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, local officials said, hours ahead of nationwide marches on Tuesday against a rise in anti-Semitic attacks.

After IS, French women held in Syria say ready to go home

- Detained after fleeing the Islamic State group's crumbling Syrian holdout, two women from France say they are ready to go home -- if they are judged fairly.

French court okays screening of film on priest's abuse of boy scouts

Paris - A French court Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director's new film about the real-life story of a priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial.

'Air Cocaine' smuggling trial starts in France

Aix-en-provence - Two former French air force pilots went on trial in France on Monday six years after they fled the Dominican Republic following a spectacular drugs bust on a private jet in the Caribbean nation.

Belgian Jewish museum trial interrupted as juror questioned

Apo - The trial of a Frenchman accused of shooting dead four people at the Jewish museum of Belgium was briefly interrupted on Monday as police were summoned to question a juror.

'Yellow vest' protests condemned for anti-Semitic abuse, anti-police attacks

Paris - French officials on Sunday strongly condemned anti-Semitic abuse and anti-police attacks by some "yellow vest" demonstrators as hundreds gathered in central Paris to mark the third month of the anti-government protests.

Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse by 'yellow vest' protestors

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron condemned anti-Semitic abuse of a leading intellectual by "yellow vest" protestors and said it would not be tolerated.

French cash van driver who made off with $3.2 mln haul charged: prosecutors

Bobigny - The driver of a French cash delivery van who made off with about three million euros ($3.2 million) was charged and remanded in custody on Saturday, prosecutors said.

French to mark three months of 'yellow vest' protests

Paris - Demonstrators are to hit French city streets again Saturday, marking three months of "yellow vest" protests as a poll now suggests that most of the country wants them to stop.

Erdogan dubs Macron a 'political novice' over Armenia issue

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called French counterpart Emmanuel Macron a "political novice" over the announcement that France would hold a national day to commemorate "the Armenian genocide".

Anti-EU parties eye gains in European election: France's Le Pen

Nterre - Anti-EU parties expect to win a greater share of European parliament seats in May elections as they field more candidates and look to cooperate in alliances, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday.
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