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Private firms to hunt for Egyptair black boxes: France

Paris - France and Egypt will hire two private firms to help in the hunt for the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last week on route from from Paris to Cairo, the French foreign ministry has said."We are in talks with two private companies...

France gripped by fresh wave of power, transport strikes

Paris - Striking French workers disrupted oil refineries and nuclear power stations and halted planes and trains on Thursday in mounting industrial action against labour market reforms.

Hongkongers pooh-pooh waste treatment plant, despite free spa

Hong Kong - It is billed as a groundbreaking way to deal with Hong Kong's human waste, and even includes an onsite spa free to residents, but a new eco-friendly sludge treatment plant has not washed with some locals.

France faces fresh strikes as nuclear workers join protest

Paris - France faced fresh strikes Thursday after nuclear power station workers voted to join gathering protests against labour law reforms that have forced the country to dip into strategic fuel reserves due to refinery blockades.

Discrimination case against Disneyland Paris should be dropped: Prosecutors

Meaux - Discrimination charges against Euro Disney over job adverts that called only for "European" candidates should be dropped, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Leaked IS documents to be used in French jihadist trial

Paris - French prosecutors will use leaked Islamic State documents to help identify seven suspected jihadists going on trial next week, including the brother of a Paris attacker, sources close to the investigation said Wednesday.

French union 'going for broke' with blockades: Analysts

Paris - France's largest union, the CGT, has opted for a do-or-die strategy of choking off the nation's fuel supplies after failing to galvanise the masses against the Socialist government's labour reforms, analysts say.

Strike-hit France dips into fuel reserves

Paris - France said Wednesday it had been forced to dip into strategic fuel reserves due to blockades at refineries as power station workers threatened to join gathering protests against a labour law reform.

Strike-hit France smashes blockades as fuel runs dry

Douchy-les-mines - French police fired water cannon Wednesday to disperse scores of activists blocking a northeastern oil depot, as pumps ran dry and unions stepped up strikes in a bitter battle over labour reforms.

Suspect in 1980 Paris synagogue attack ordered back to jail

Paris - A French court on Tuesday ordered the chief suspect in a deadly attack on a Paris synagogue in 1980 to be sent back to jail, ten days after he was released on bail.

DNA samples taken as searchers hunt for EgyptAir plane

Cairo - Egyptian forensics officials collected DNA from relatives of EgyptAir MS804 victims Tuesday to help identify body parts retrieved from the Mediterranean, as investigators hunt for clues into the mysterious crash.

French government breaks blockades as petrol runs short

Paris - France's government on Tuesday stepped up efforts to break blockades and strikes at refineries that threaten to paralyse the country just three weeks ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament.

Netanyahu rejects French peace initiative, offers to meet Abbas

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a multilateral French peace initiative as he met his French counterpart on Monday, offering instead to hold direct talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Paris.

Petrol shortage as French labour reform protesters block refineries

Paris - Petrol shortages caused long tailbacks of motorists in parts of France on Monday as protesters angry over government labour reforms blockaded some of the country's oil refineries and fuel depots.

Search on for clues in EgyptAir crash

Cairo - Egypt enlisted a submersible Sunday to search the Mediterranean seabed for the black boxes of EgyptAir MS804, hoping the recorders would determine whether the plane crash was an accident or attack.

French PM visits Israel to push for peace plan

Telavi - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited Israel on Sunday to advance his country's plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts in the face of opposition from his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.

German comedy favoured to win top Cannes prize for woman director

Cannes - The Cannes film festival ends Sunday with a German comedy, a movie about a bus driver poet and a Romanian meditation on morality the favourites to lift its top prize, the Palme d'Or.

'Smoke on board' EgyptAir plane before crash

Cairo - Smoke was detected inside an EgyptAir plane shortly before it plunged into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, investigators said Saturday, offering clues but no answers as to why it crashed.

Four charged with attempted murder after police car torched

Paris - Four men were charged with attempted murder Saturday over the torching of a police car while two officers were inside during a protest in Paris this week, prosecutors said.

Smoke doesn't reveal what caused EgyptAir crash, experts say

Paris - Smoke detected in the cabin shortly before EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean suggests there was a fire on board, but is not enough to establish the cause of the disaster, experts said Saturday.

'Smoke on board' EgyptAir plane before crash

Cairo - Smoke was detected inside an EgyptAir plane shortly before it plunged into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, investigators said Saturday, offering clues but no answers about why it crashed.

France to test air passenger data sharing

Paris - France will test an EU-wide passenger data sharing system aimed at helping to detect jihadists at two of its busiest airports later this month, a senior interior ministry official said Saturday.

Dignity only in death for migrants at France's Calais 'Jungle'

Calais - They fled hardship and war only to find misery and squalor, but migrants who met a gruesome end in northern France hoping to reach England are finally getting a touch of dignity in death.

'No theories ruled out' on EgyptAir crash after smoke report

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Saturday that no theory on the cause of the EgyptAir crash has been ruled out, after revelations of smoke in the cabin minutes before the disaster."At this time...

Alerts indicate smoke on doomed EgyptAir flight: Reports

Washington - Egyptian authorities were investigating reports late Friday that there was smoke on the doomed EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo shortly before it crashed into the Mediterranean.

France's FN eagerly awaits far-right victory in Austria

Paris - If Austria's far-right wins the presidential election on Sunday, the leaders of France's National Front will be rubbing their hands with glee.

First Zika virus death in France's Martinique: authorities

Fort-de-france - The French Caribbean island of Martinique has suffered its first Zika virus-related death, the regional health agency said Friday.

Paris airport renews security crackdown after EgyptAir crash

- French investigators are checking again for security flaws at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport after Thursday's EgyptAir crash, despite already stripping hundreds of employees of their security clearance since last year's jihadist attacks.

French fests cancel Bataclan attacks band over Muslim remarks

Paris - Two French festivals on Friday cancelled shows by Eagles of Death Metal, the band whose November 13 show in Paris turned into a bloodbath, after the frontman made remarks critical of Muslims.

Plane crash prolongs Egypt's economic misery

Cairo - Egypt's latest air disaster is another crushing blow to a country whose tourism-dependent economy is struggling to recover from years of jihadist attacks and political turmoil, analysts said.
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