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France's Jean-Marie Le Pen defends Vichy leader in memoirs

Paris - France's wartime leader Philippe Petain did not dishonour himself by signing the 1940 armistice that allowed Nazi forces to occupy the north of the country, former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen says in his memoirs.

'I inherited a broke country', says new Liberian president

Paris - Liberia's new President George Weah on Tuesday pledged to fight endemic corruption as he spoke about conditions in his "broke country" on the first day of an official visit to Paris.

French prosecutors urge jail for tax-dodging ex-minister

Paris - French prosecutors on Tuesday asked a court to uphold the three-year, tax-fraud sentence of a former Socialist budget minister who stashed hundreds of thousands of euros in a Swiss bank account.

Private funeral held for Denmark's Prince Henrik

Copenhagen - Danish royalty and politicians gathered in a Copenhagen chapel on Tuesday for the private funeral service of Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Queen Margrethe who died this month aged 83.

France arrests three linked to Barcelona attacks: Spain

Madrid - Three people were arrested in France on Tuesday for alleged links to a suspect in last year's deadly jihadist attacks in Barcelona and a nearby seaside resort, the Spanish interior ministry said Tuesday.

Niece of French far-right leader to speak at US conservative event

Washington - The niece of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a hardliner tipped as a possible future leader of the anti-immigrant National Front, will share a stage this week with President Donald Trump and other US conservatives.

French rights icon Simone Veil set for rare Pantheon burial

Paris - French Holocaust survivor and rights icon Simone Veil, who died last year aged 89, will receive the rare honour of a burial in July at the Pantheon in Paris, the president's office said Monday.

French, Dutch teams unveil two newly restored Rembrandts

Amsterdam - Dutch and French art historians on Monday unveiled the surprising results of 18 months of painstaking restoration work on a pair of 17th century portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt.

France urges UN top court to dump E.Guinea case

Den Haag - France accused Equatorial Guinea Monday of wanting to "paralyse" French criminal procedure in a top-level corruption probe, as it urged judges to throw out a case against it before the UN's top court.

Macron's migrant law faces rough ride in parliament

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron faces a difficult week as lawmakers weigh up a controversial bill that toughens France's stance on migrants, with even some of his own party reluctant to back it.

France urges UN's top court to dump E. Guinea case

Den Haag - France on Monday urged the UN's top court to throw out a case brought against it in a bitter diplomatic row with oil-rich Equatorial Guinea over French accusations of top-level corruption.

French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies aged 62

Paris - Noted French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, a disciple of the late Stephane Grappelli, died of a heart attack early Sunday, his agent said.Lockwood, who performed at Paris jazz venue Bal Blomet on Saturday, had turned 62 on February 11.

Islamic scholar facing rape charges hospitalised in France

Paris - Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who was remanded in custody in France on rape charges earlier in the month, has been hospitalised due to multiple sclerosis, his support group said Saturday.

Thousands of Kurds stage protest march in France

Strasbourg - Thousands of Kurds marched through the French city of Strasbourg on Saturday to call for the release of jailed PKK founder Abdullah Ocalan and protest against Turkey's military offensive in Syria.

Stolen million-euro cello returned to French musician

Paris - An 18th-century cello worth more than a million euros was returned to an award-winning French musician on Saturday after she was robbed at knifepoint in a Paris suburb earlier in the week.

Two dead in France factory explosion

Dieppe - Two maintenance workers were killed when an explosion followed by a fire ripped through a vegetable oil refinery in the French coastal city of Dieppe on Saturday.

Children of French rocker Hallyday go to court over album

Paris - The biological children of French rock legend Johnny Hallyday have launched court action to get access to his planned posthumous album, their lawyers said Saturday, in the latest battle in a case that has transfixed France.

French serial killer 'admits' cold case murder of British girl

Paris - Serial killer Michel Fourniret has finally "confessed" to murdering British language student Joanna Parrish in France nearly three decades ago, the family lawyer told AFP on Friday.

Rape case against French budget minister dropped

Paris - French prosecutors on Friday said they had dropped an investigation into claims that Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin raped a woman who sought his help in having her criminal record expunged in 2009.

France agog as stars war over rocker Johnny Hallyday's will

Paris - France has been transfixed this week by the no-holds-barred battle over the legacy of its biggest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, with his pop star friends and one of his ex-wives being drawn into the fray.

Counting the homeless in the City of Light

Paris - Of Emmanuel Macron's many bold promises since sweeping to power last year, his pledge to completely banish homelessness from the streets of France was perhaps the boldest.

French musician robbed of million-euro cello at knifepoint

Bobigny - An award-winning French musician was robbed at knifepoint of her 18th-century cello, worth more than a million euros, outside her home in a Paris suburb on Thursday evening."Help!

'No taboos' in Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance: Renault CEO

Paris - Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn said the French carmaker is keeping all options open regarding its three-way alliance with Japanese groups Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Bank robber shot during hold-up off Paris Champs-Elysees

Paris - French police shot and injured a robber who held up a bank just off the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Friday.

France's Macron to face public sector protests on March 22

Paris - French railways workers were urged Friday to join civil servants in a nationwide day of protest next month against President Emmanuel Macron's reform agenda in what will be a major test of strength.

Renault green lights Ghosn for four more years at the top

Paris - French auto giant Renault's board on Thursday backed a new four-year term for chief executive Carlos Ghosn and set up his succession by naming a number two.

Murdered French girl Maelys will 'haunt' killer, says mother

Pont-de-beauvoisin - The mother of a murdered French girl whose remains were found this week said her child would "haunt" the ex-soldier who has finally confessed to killing her after months of interrogation.

Praise, positive data pile up for French economy

Paris - The good news keeps coming for the French economy: data published Thursday showed unemployment at its lowest level since 2009 while the head of the IMF praised recent reforms by President Emmanuel Macron.

Remains found of French girl Maelys who vanished at wedding

Pont-de-beauvoisin - French police have found the remains of an eight-year-old French schoolgirl who vanished from a wedding in the Alps last August in a case that gripped the country, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Moroccan held in Paris over 2015 train attack

Paris - A Moroccan man was arrested in Paris Wednesday on suspicion of helping a jihadist who staged an attack on a high-speed train in 2015, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.
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