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Iran's conservative media slams Fabius over blood scandal

Tehran - A trip to Tehran by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius faced a threat Tuesday of being overshadowed by a tainted blood scandal from the 1980s which killed hundreds of Iranians.

Eurotunnel says 2,000 migrants tried to enter premises overnight

Lille - About 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais overnight in a desperate bid to reach England through the Channel tunnel, a spokesman said Tuesday.

French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth

Toulouse - A 16-year-old French volunteer archaeologist has found an adult tooth dating back around 560,000 years in southwestern France, in what researchers hailed as a "major discovery" Tuesday.

France's Le Pen chalks up legal victory in feud with daughter

Versailles - Jean-Marie Le Pen, the veteran ex-leader of France's National Front (FN), on Tuesday won a legal victory in a battle over his expulsion from the far-right party amid a festering feud with his daughter.

France to decide on Russia warship deal 'in coming weeks'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that he would decide "in the coming weeks" whether or not to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships to Russia.

France charges Spanish coach driver after freak accident

Lille - French prosecutors Monday charged a Spanish coach driver with reckless endangerment after he drove the vehicle under a low bridge, causing the roof to be shorn off and seriously injuring six passengers.

France evacuates 10,000 campers as Provence burns

Paris - French officials evacuated 10,000 people from three different campsites Monday as hot winds fanned fires in drought-hit Provence in the middle of the summer holiday season, officials said.

Teen hands himself in after Tour de France barrier smashed

Paris - A 16-year-old youth handed himself in to police on Monday, confessing to smashing through barriers on the Tour de France route in Paris, sparking gunshots from security services hours before the finish of the famed race.

French police seize 6 tonnes of cannabis in drug bust

Paris - French police discovered nearly six tonnes of cannabis resin, known as hashish, in a villa in the southern city of Marseille and arrested three men, the interior ministry said Monday.

French farmers block routes from Spain, Germany

Strasbourg - French farmers blocked roads from Spain and Germany to stop foreign products entering the country, the latest protest against a fall in food prices that has brought them to the brink of bankruptcy.

France forest fire spreads, firefighters step up fight

Saint-jean-d'illac - A forest fire raging in southwestern France was again advancing on Sunday afternoon because of strong winds, even as efforts to put out one of the country's worst fires in five years were considerably stepped up.

French Riviera beach in lockdown as Saudi king comes to town

Vallauri - The Mirandole beach on the French Riviera, which is usually packed with holidaymakers and sunbathers, is eerily quiet as the stretch of sand has been locked down for the lavish visit of Saudi Arabia's King Salman that has riled some locals.

Six injured when roof sheared off bus in northern France

Lille - Six passengers were seriously injured early Sunday in a spectacular accident in northern France when the top of a bus was shorn off while trying to pass under a low bridge.

Thieves armed with guns and machetes rob French casino

Toulouse - Three assailants armed with shotguns and machetes held up a casino in the resort village of Castera-Verduzan in southwest France, escaping with around 12,000 euros ($13,168), local police said Sunday.

French retailer apologises for insulting its 'stupid' customers

Paris - French high-tech retailer Boulanger apologised Saturday for vitriolic comments about its customers in its computer files and promised an internal investigation.

French Riviera braces for Saudi royals after beach lockdown

Nice - King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in France on Saturday for a Riviera holiday, with the closure of the beach in front of his villa incensing local residents.

French defence minister visits Cairo after warplane deal

Cairo - French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian began a two-day visit to Cairo Saturday, just days after France delivered the first batch of 24 Rafale warplanes Egypt bought in a multi-billion-euro deal.

French court summons Le Pen over gas chamber comments

Paris - Veteran far-right French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen will appear in court over comments made in April in which he repeated that "gas chambers were a detail" of World War II.

Unidentified Germanwings remains buried quietly before ceremony

Le Vernet - Unidentified remains from the 150 victims of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps in March were buried quietly overnight ahead of a ceremony for families on Friday.

Saudi king hits French beach with a cast of a thousand

Vallauri - King Salman of Saudi Arabia is expected to arrive in France later Friday for a Riviera beach holiday, bringing with him no fewer than 1,000 people from his entourage.

France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia urge respect for Ukraine truce

Paris - The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held talks over the conflict in east Ukraine, with all sides calling for the full implementation of a ceasefire deal, the French presidency said.

Body of teenage migrant found on train in Britain

London - The body of a teenage migrant was found on a train that arrived in Britain from France on Thursday, police and a spokeswoman for the cross-Channel rail operator Eurotunnel said.

France's Hollande discussses Iran nuclear deal with Rouhani

Paris - French President Francois Hollande conferred with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani Thursday on "conditions for implementing" the Iran nuclear accord, Hollande's office said.

French doctors dodge decision on vegetative man over 'threats'

Reims - The tortuous legal battle over the life or death of a severely brain-damaged Frenchman took a surprising turn Thursday as doctors refrained from taking a decision on his fate, citing security fears.

Farmers block France's second city as Hollande bids to ease crisis

Paris - Hundreds of furious farmers on Thursday blocked access roads to France's second city Lyon with their tractors, unimpressed with a 600-million-euro government plan to ease a dire financial plight sparked by falling prices.

Collector's fury as Chinese antiques returned from Paris

Bejing - More than 30 ancient gold ornaments went on show in a Chinese museum this week after Paris quietly insisted a billionaire collector and France's top antique dealer return them on the grounds they were stolen.

UN official resigns amid scandal over handling of sex abuse report

New York - A top UN official who was allegedly informed of a sex abuse scandal before it became public is resigning, a spokeswoman for the United Nations said Wednesday.

Shark attacks surfer off La Reunion

Saint-leu - A shark attacked a surfer and tore off a "good chunk" of his arm off the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion on Wednesday, according to officials and witnesses.

France signals 'breakthrough' in climate talks

Paris - France signalled a "breakthrough" Tuesday at 46-nation talks in Paris tasked with paving the way for a highly-anticipated climate rescue pact to be inked in December.

Feathers fly as French cockfighting lands in top court

Paris - France's top court will this month rule on cockfighting, an ancient blood sport that continues in some French regions despite being banned in most parts of the world.
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