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France aims to extend state of emergency until July 2017

Paris - The French government announced plans Saturday to extend a national state of emergency until after elections next year, citing a heightened risk of jihadist attacks coinciding with polls.

France blocks extradition of Kazakh oligarch to Russia

Paris - France's highest administrative authority on Friday blocked the extradition of Kazakh opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia, where he is accused of embezzling billions of dollars.

Spain dismantles one of EU's main hubs for fake goods

La Jonquera - Authorities in Spain dismantled one of the European Union's main hubs for counterfeit goods, arresting 71 people and seizing close to 270,000 fake watches, jewellery and other goods, police and Europol said on Friday.

France to unveil copy of landmark prehistoric art cave

Paris - The last of four boys who discovered the Lascaux cave paintings, a stunning display of prehistoric art in southwest France, will visit a new replica of the site Saturday.

French politicians' legal woes

Paris - Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for hiding millions of euros abroad, adding to a long list of French politicians dogged by scandal.

Unruly drivers undermine Paris pollution ban

Paris - French police struggled to impose anti-pollution measures on motorists around Paris on Thursday as the city remained shrouded in smog during its worst winter pollution in 10 years.

Paris rat catchers deployed to tackle rodent scourge

Paris - Paris officials have announced a crackdown on rats which blight parks and gardens around the City of Light and are thought to easily outnumber humans.

France's Le Pen pledges no schooling for illegal migrants

Paris - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed Thursday that the children of illegal immigrants should be refused public school places as part of tough proposals to restrict state services for foreigners.

French 'tax evasion fighter' jailed for tax fraud

Paris - Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, whose brief in government was to crack down on tax dodgers, was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for tax fraud and money laundering.

WWII sacrifice of 'Free French' defending Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic "Free French" took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders.But their sacrifice, though largely unknown in their homeland, is not forgotten in Asia.

US, UK spies targeted airline passengers' mobiles: report

Paris - American and British spy agencies have tried to intercept data from passengers' mobile phones on commercial airlines including Air France, media reports say, citing documents from US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Verdict due for French ex-minister 'rooted in fraud'

Paris - Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac will on Thursday learn the verdict in his stormy tax fraud trial in which he was accused of hiding millions abroad while leading a crackdown on tax dodgers at home.

Netanyahu rejects Abbas peace talks in Paris: office

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected the possibility of a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas at a France-led peace conference later this month, his office said.

Paris choked by worst winter pollution in a decade

Paris - Paris was smothered Wednesday by its worst winter pollution in a decade, with commuters enjoying free public transport and half of all cars ordered off the road to try to clear the air.

French Socialists risk meltdown in stricken steel belt

Florange - Towering above the Moselle valley in northeast France are two rusting testaments to the dashed hopes of Francois Hollande's presidency that loom large over the election of his successor next year.

UK court convicts Belgian linked to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect

London - A British court on Tuesday convicted a Belgian man living in Birmingham of giving money to Brussels and Paris terror attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini.

New French PM was on frontline of fight against terrorism

Paris - New French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is a safe pair of hands who as interior minister had to deal with a series of jihadist attacks which were unprecedented in France.

Cazeneuve named French PM as Valls aims for president

Paris - French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was named the country's new prime minister on Tuesday after Manuel Valls resigned to seek the Socialist nomination in next year's presidential election.

French PM quits to enter presidential race

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is set to resign on Tuesday to free himself to do battle for the Socialist nomination in next year's presidential election.

French PM Manuel Valls joins presidential race

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday threw his hat in the ring to succeed Francois Hollande in next year's presidential election.

French PM Manuel Valls 'to announce run for president'

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will announce on Monday he is running to become the Socialist presidential candidate in elections next year, sources close to him told AFP.

Valls: Reformer with eye on French presidency

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But the tough-talking Socialist party moderniser may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet.

Swiss restaurant still in world's top 10 despite chef's suicide

Paris - The Swiss restaurant named the best in the world last year remained in the top 10 of the La Liste ranking Monday despite the tragic loss of its star chef who killed himself weeks after lifting the honour.

In Cuba, French minister defends Castro's rights record

Santiago De Cuba - French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, representing her government at a tribute for Fidel Castro in Cuba, defended the late communist leader's human rights record, questioning whether the regime imprisons dissidents.

Teenager charged over police fire bomb attack: French prosecutor

- A 17-year-old boy has been charged and held in connection with an attack on French police by youths who threw molotov cocktails at officers, leaving two with severe burns, prosecutors said Saturday.

IS jihadist linked to French plot arrested in Morocco

Rabat - A suspected Islamic State group jihadist who delivered instructions to a cell planning to carry out an attack in France has been arrested in Morocco, authorities said Saturday.

France upholds 25-year jail term for Rwanda genocide convict

Bobigny - A French court on Saturday upheld a 25 year prison sentence handed to a former Rwandan intelligence agent jailed in France's first trial over the African country's 1994 genocide.

No room for Virgin Mary in French public park

Grenoble - A town in eastern France has been ordered to remove a statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public, the local mayor said Saturday.

Hollande vows to fight for weakest until he steps down

Abu Dhabi - French President Francois Hollande vowed Saturday to spend the final months of his presidency fighting to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in society and the world.

Nations set to approve heritage protection fund

Abu Dhabi - Representatives of around 40 countries are expected to approve on Saturday establishing a fund to protect heritage sites in conflict-ravaged areas and a network of safe havens for endangered artworks.
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