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Australian minister says French submarine leak 'embarrassing'

Sydney - A massive leak of secret data on French submarines is embarrassing, Australia's Defence Industry minister said on Friday, stressing that security between Australia and the DCNS shipbuilders would be "the most stringent in the world".

France's top court to rule on burkini ban

Paris - France's highest administrative court will decide Friday whether to overturn the ban on wearing the full-body burkini swimsuit which has sparked controversy at home and abroad.

Contentious burkini ban before France's highest court

Paris - France's highest administrative court will on Thursday examine a request to scrap a ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit which has sparked a furore in the country.

London mayor criticises burkini ban before Paris visit

London - London Mayor Sadiq Khan spoke out against the banning of the Islamic burkini swimsuit in France as he headed to Paris Thursday for talks with his French counterpart.

'Queen of Knitwear' Sonia Rykiel dies aged 86

Paris - Sonia Rykiel, the French fashion designer known as the Queen of Knitwear, died on Thursday at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, her daughter told AFP.

French writer Michel Butor dies aged 89: family

Paris - French writer Michel Butor, one of the leading figures of the experimental 1950s "Nouveau Roman" literary movement, died on Wednesday aged 89, his family told Le Monde newspaper.

The burkini, the veil, the niqab: What French law says

Paris - Burkinis banned on dozens of beaches, no veils in schools, no niqabs in the neighbourhood: in staunchly secular France, the law imposes an array of restrictions on anything denoting religious affiliation.

French schools boost anti-terror defences

Paris - Thousands of police reservists will patrol outside French schools next week as children return to the classroom after a summer overshadowed by two jihadist attacks, the government announced Tuesday.

France warning as burkini furore heats up

Nice - French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned Wednesday against stigmatising Muslims, as a furore over the banning of burkinis grew with the emergence of pictures showing police surrounding a veiled woman on a beach.

Muslim women say burkini debate 'absurd'

Paris - Before Wendy bought her first burkini this summer, the 22-year-old French Muslim convert would dress up in leggings, a tennis skirt and a T-shirt to enjoy days at the beach. "I usually wear a normal headscarf, I don't hide my face.

French Muslim body to meet with govt on burkini ban

Paris - The head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) will meet Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Wednesday to discuss the burkini bans at the centre of a bitter row over Muslim integration.

Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate

Nice - An angry debate over a ban on burkinis in France was further stoked Wednesday as images of a veiled woman surrounded by police on a beach in Nice went viral.

British woman dies in Australian 'Allahu Akbar' stabbing

Sydney - A young British woman died and a man was critically injured when a French national allegedly stabbed three people while saying "Allahu Akbar" at an Australian backpacker's hostel, police said Wednesday.

British woman dies in Australian 'Allahu Akbar' stabbing

Sydney - A young British woman died and a man was critically injured when a French national allegedly stabbed three people while saying "Allahu Akbar" at an Australian backpacker's hostel, police said Wednesday.

British woman dies in Australian 'Allahu Akbar' stabbing

Sydney - A young British woman died and a man was critically injured when a French national allegedly stabbed three people while saying "Allahu Akbar" at an Australian backpacker's hostel, police said Wednesday.

French submarine maker hit by secret data leak: report

Sydney - French defence contractor DCNS has been hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines likely to alarm India, Malaysia and Chile, which use the boats, The Australian newspaper reported Wednesday.

Top French court to examine burkini ban

Paris - A ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit by several French towns will come before France's highest administrative court on Thursday, the tribunal said.

Hollande voices 'concern' to Putin over Ukraine tension

Paris - French President Francois Hollande voiced his "concern" over a spike in tensions in Ukraine, in a telephone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, his office said Tuesday.

Sudanese migrant killed in Calais clashes

Lille - One Sudanese migrant was killed and another injured in clashes with Afghan migrants outside the French port of Calais, authorities said Tuesday.

Three held in France in August for 'planning attacks'

Paris - Seven people with links to terrorist networks, at least three of whom were planning attacks, have been arrested in France this month, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday.

Four held off Madagascar after double murder

- Police investigating the double murder of two French volunteers on an island off Madagascar have arrested four suspects.

Tribunal confirms French resort's burkini ban

Nice - A French administrative tribunal on Monday upheld a burkini ban decided by a Riviera resort which was one of a growing number of towns to outlaw the body-concealing Islamic swimsuit.

Sarkozy: Abrasive, divisive and running again to lead France

Paris - Nicolas Sarkozy, who has launched a bid to regain the presidency four years after telling voters they had seen the back of him for good, is one of the most abrasive figures in French politics.

'Big Three' leaders insist EU not finished after Brexit

Ventotene - The leaders of Italy, France and Germany insisted Monday that Britain's shock decision to quit the European Union would not kill the bloc.

Sarkozy announces long-awaited bid for French presidency

Paris - Nicolas Sarkozy launched a bid Monday to win back the French presidency, announcing he would seek his party's nomination to run in next year's election.

Big three tackle EU future on symbolic island

Naples - The leaders of Italy, France and Germany meet Monday to lay the groundwork for a summit aimed at salvaging the European project in the wake of Britain's shock vote to leave.

Two French volunteers 'murdered off Madagascar'

Antananarivo - Two young French volunteers found dead Sunday on an island off the northeast coast of Madagascar were likely murdered, French and Madagascan authorities said.

Chinese march in Paris to demand better security

Aubervilliers - Around 1,800 people from the Chinese community in France took part in a march near Paris Sunday calling for greater security after a deadly robbery earlier this month.

Maverick Montebourg enters French presidential race

Frangy-en-bresse - Former French economy minister Arnaud Montebourg on Sunday joined the race to become French president in next May's election, effectively signalling the start of the campaign season.

Nice becomes latest French city to ban burkini

Nice - Nice has become the latest French seaside resort to ban the burkini, the body-concealing Islamic swimsuit that has sparked heated debate in secular France, city officials said Friday.
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