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Le Pen plan to jettison euro spooks French business

Paris - The euro -- and her fervent wish to withdraw from it -- is a central theme of every stump speech by French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, topping her list of 144 election pledges.

What happened today in France's presidential race

Rome - With 29 days to go before the first round of France's two-stage presidential election, outgoing head of state Francois Hollande has urged candidates to keep faith with the European Union even as Britain prepares to leave the bloc.

Benin eyes return of colonial treasures from France

Cotonou - Benin is asking for the return of treasures that were taken during French colonial rule from the end of the 19th century, re-opening a thorny diplomatic issue that resonates across Africa.

Russia spurns French claim IS bastion Raqa 'surrounded'

Moscow - Russia's army on Saturday dismissed a French claim that Raqa, the Islamic State's stronghold in Syria, was surrounded by troops who were poised to storm it, saying it had "no relation to reality.

Two charged over supplying gun to French airport attacker

Paris - French anti-terrorism judges have charged two men suspected of involvement in supplying a weapon to the gunman killed at Paris's Orly airport after attacking soldiers, a judicial source said Saturday.

What happened today in France's presidential race

Paris - With 30 days to go before the first round of France's two-stage presidential election, the incumbent Francois Hollande made a rare sortie into the campaign after conservative candidate Francois Fillon accused him of orchestrating a smear campaign.

France's Hollande hits back at scandal-hit Fillon's claims

Paris - France's leader on Friday lashed out at presidential candidate Francois Fillon, saying the rightwinger lacked "dignity" after claiming the state had orchestrated a campaign to smear him.

Putin meets France's Le Pen in Moscow

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin met French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen as she visited Moscow on Friday, with the Russian leader stressing that the Kremlin does not meddle in France's politics.

France's Hollande says Fillon lacks 'dignity' after smear charge

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Friday rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon had exceeded the bounds of "dignity and responsibility" by accusing him of being behind a smear campaign."I don't want to enter the electoral debate...

Spacewalking French, US astronauts to upgrade orbiting lab

Miami - A French and an American astronaut are scheduled to float outside the International Space Station Friday for a spacewalk aimed at upgrading the orbiting outpost for the arrival of future space crews.

France's scandal-tainted Fillon accuses Hollande of media leaks

Paris - French centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday accused President Francois Hollande, a Socialist, of orchestrating media leaks that have dented his image as a scandal free leader a month ahead of the key vote.

France's scandal-tainted Fillon accuses Hollande of media leaks

Paris - French right-wing presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday accused President Francois Hollande, a Socialist, of orchestrating media leaks that have dented his image as a scandal free leader a month ahead of the key vote.

Macron gets heavyweight French Socialist backing

Paris - French centrist Emmanuel Macron has received weighty backing in his bid to become president from Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, sources close to the minister told AFP Thursday.

Serbia returns precious stolen violin to France

Belgrade - Nearly two years after it was stolen from a Paris home, a violin worth 300,000 euros, found in Serbia, will soon be back with its owner after it was handed over to French authorities in Belgrade, France's embassy said Thursday.

France's Le Pen to visit Moscow Friday

Moscow - French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will on Friday visit Moscow to meet with lawmakers, Russia's parliament said Thursday.

Three French pupils hurt in London attack

Paris - Three French pupils on a school trip were among those hurt in Wednesday's deadly car ramming attack near the British parliament in London, two seriously.

British tanks join NATO battle group in Estonia

Tallinn - British army equipment including tanks and self-propelled guns on Wednesday arrived by boat in Estonia, part of a NATO move to reinforce its eastern flank to deter a militarily resurgent Russia, according to Estonia's defence forces.

EU's Moscovici admits pricey suit gifts

Brussels - Top EU economics official Pierre Moscovici confirmed Wednesday he received expensive suits as gifts from the same shop as embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon.

Le Pen finds fertile ground in south of France

Saint-rapha - Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has won over voters in many parts of France, and on the southern Riviera coast there is little doubt in many minds that she can become president in May.

French voters adrift as unconventional election looms

Paris - One month before the French cast their first votes for president, mainstream parties are battling for relevance as anti-establishment candidates such as Marine Le Pen come to the fore.

Macron, 39-year-old French prodigy eyeing presidency

Paris - "Neither of the right, nor the left" in his own words, Emmanuel Macron is a 39-year-old former banker hoping to convince the French to take a chance on youth in this year's election.

France warns against big cuts to UN mission in DR Congo

New York - France warned Tuesday that drastic cuts to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo would be tantamount to "playing with fire" as the country faces election turmoil.

French prosecutors want Central Africa child-rape case dropped

Paris - Prosecutors in Paris have called for the case to be dropped against French soldiers facing allegations they raped children in the Central African Republic while on a peacekeeping mission, judicial sources told AFP Tuesday.

Czech zoo saws horns off rhinos after French killing

Prague - A Czech zoo said Tuesday it had begun to saw off the horns from its herd of rare rhinos after a brutal attack in a French zoo where poachers shot dead a white rhino and hacked off its horns.

French minister probed for hiring daughters as aides

Paris - French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux was placed under preliminary investigation on Tuesday for hiring his two daughters as parliamentary aides, prompting comparisons with scandal-hit presidential hopeful Francois Fillon.

French minister fights for survival after hiring daughters

Paris - France's Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux was fighting for political survival on Tuesday after it emerged that he hired his two teenage daughters as parliamentary assistants, earning comparisons with scandal-hit presidential hopeful Francois Fillon.

Delayed European rocket launch to go ahead after strike

Paris - The planned launch Tuesday of a European Ariane 5 rocket to place two communications satellites into orbit has been delayed due to striking workers in French Guiana, the French launch company Arianespace said.

Eight 'suspect' packages found at Athens postal centre

Atenas - Greek police said they found eight "suspect" packages on Monday addressed to global economic institutions, after a domestic militant group sent mail bombs to the IMF and German finance ministry last week.

Eight 'suspect' packages found at Athens postal centre

Atenas - Greek police said they found eight "suspect" packages on Monday addressed to global economic institutions, after a domestic militant group sent mail bombs to the IMF and German finance ministry last week.

Eight 'suspect' packages found at Athens postal centre

Atenas - Greek police said they found eight "suspect" packages on Monday addressed to global economic institutions, after a domestic militant group sent mail bombs to the IMF and German finance ministry last week.
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