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France targets mosques in crackdown on radical Islam

Paris - French authorities will inspect dozens of mosques and prayer halls suspected of radical teachings starting Thursday as part of a crackdown on Islamist extremists following a spate of attacks, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.

France mourns 'great European' Giscard after Covid death

Paris - Tributes poured in Thursday after the death of former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing from Covid-19 aged 94, with French and European leaders hailing him as an ambitious reformer and great statesman.

Anti-vaccine bastion France warily eyes Covid shots

Paris - France was once home to the father of immunisation, Louis Pasteur, but it is now among the most vaccine-sceptic nations on Earth -- a pressing concern as it prepares one of the biggest vaccination campaigns in its history.

Giscard d'Estaing: France's modernising president

Paris - Former president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who has died aged 94, brought a wind of change to French politics during his seven-year mandate, breaking with the conservatism that dominated after World War II.

Ex-French president Giscard d'Estaing dies of Covid at 94

Paris - Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, a leading advocate of European integration who led his country into a new modern era, has died of Covid-19, his family said. He was 94.

Macron slams Lebanon political inertia at aid meeting

Paris - France's President Emmanuel Macron Wednesday urged Lebanese politicians to form a government as he chaired a second aid conference to help the crisis-hit country after a deadly port blast.

Viral trash: French Covid clean-up nets mounds of masks

Paris - After two months of trekking across France, a French-British duo have completed their campaign to stop mask litter during the coronavirus crisis, having picked up every discarded face covering they spotted while walking to Paris from the Mediterranean ...

Eiffel Tower steps fetch 274,000 euros at auction

Paris - A 14-step chunk of the Eiffel Tower's spiral staircase was sold for 274,475 euros ($328,427) in Paris on Tuesday, nearly 10 times the guide price, auction house Artcurial said.

Sarkozy slams 'six years of slander' at corruption trial

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy complained Monday of being the victim of six years of "slander", in his first remarks to the court at his landmark corruption trial.

Wounded photographer says Paris protest brought back Syria memories

Paris - An award-winning Syrian photojournalist wounded in a Paris protest against police brutality said Sunday he had suffered a "heavy shock" and the experience had reawoken memories from the civil war in his home country.

French police charged over black man's beating

Paris - Four French police officers were charged Monday over the beating and racial abuse of a black music producer, a case that has outraged France and ramped up pressure on the government to give ground on a controversial security bill.

French ships pull 64 migrants from Channel

Lille - Sixty-four migrants including a pregnant woman and several children were rescued in the English Channel in the past 24 hours as they were seeking to reach Britain aboard rickety vessels, French maritime authorities said Sunday.

Award-winning photojournalist injured covering Paris protest

Paris - News outlets including Agence-France Presse joined media rights campaigners Sunday in denouncing the injury of an award-winning Syrian photojournalist during a Paris protest against police brutality.

Britain and France sign fresh deal to reduce migrant crossings

London - Increased patrols and technology will be deployed along France's beaches under a new agreement between Paris and London aimed at stopping illegal migration across the Channel.

French protesters clash with police over new security law

Paris - Violent clashes erupted in Paris Saturday as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against new security legislation, with tensions intensified by the police beating and racial abuse of a black man that shocked France.

Protests over security law as France reels from police violence

Paris - Dozens of rallies are planned Saturday against a new French law that would restrict sharing images of police, only days after the country was shaken by footage showing officers beating and racially abusing a black man.

No easy ride for EU-US even with Biden's francophone team

Paris - US-president elect Joe Biden's appointment of French speakers to top positions has cheered Paris but France knows it will take more than mother tongue chats to overcome transatlantic strains, even after the departure of Donald Trump.

French police violence: Five controversial cases

Paris - A video of officers beating up and racially insulting a black music producer in Paris is the latest in a string of incidents that have put French policing in the spotlight.

French policemen detained after beating black man 'shamed us': Macron

Paris - French authorities on Friday detained four police officers suspected of beating and racially abusing a black music producer in Paris in a case that President Emmanuel Macron said "shames us".

France struggles to retain Karabakh sway after Armenia defeat

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron faces a major challenge to retain France's influence over resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, needing to take account of the large Armenian minority in his country and accused by Azerbaijan of bias.

France outlaws discrimination based on regional accents

Paris - The French lower house of parliament on Thursday approved a law banning discrimination based on a person's accent, calling the practice "a form of racism".

Belgium tries Iranian diplomat over bomb plot

Antwerp - An Iranian diplomat went on trial in Belgium on Friday accused of plotting to bomb an Iranian opposition rally outside Paris, in a case that has stoked tensions with Tehran.

Outcry grows in France after police filmed beating music producer

Paris - A video of police beating a black music producer in Paris triggered outrage and condemnation on Thursday, leading to the suspension of several officers and a public backlash that drew in French World Cup football stars.

Paris train gunman tells trial he was looking for US soldiers

Paris - The Moroccan gunman on trial for an attempted terror attack on a Paris-bound train five years ago said Wednesday he had aimed at the heads of American soldiers but could not shoot.

Paris train gunman tells trial he was looking for US soldiers

Paris - The Moroccan gunman on trial for an attempted terror attack on a Paris-bound train five years ago said Wednesday he had aimed at the heads of American soldiers but could not shoot.

Anger in France over 'brutal' migrant removal as security bill wins green light

Paris - French authorities on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the "brutal" removal by police of a camp of migrants in central Paris, as parliament gave initial approval to a new security law condemned by activists as eroding press freedom.

Police use tear gas to disperse migrant camp in central Paris

Paris - Police used tear gas as they dismantled a new migrant camp in the centre of Paris set up to house hundreds of refugees evacuated from makeshift suburban shelters without being relocated.

Sarkozy: France's 'bling-bling' ex-president dogged by legal woes

Paris - Nicolas Sarkozy, who governed France as a tough-talking rightwing president from 2007 to 2012, is a political animal who divides opinion: a "bling-bling" hoodlum for some, a populist genius for others.

France ex-president Sarkozy goes on trial for corruption

Paris - France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy went on trial Monday on charges of corruption, becoming the first French ex-head of state in the dock and risking a humiliating end to a career tainted by legal woes.

Frenchman gets 25-year jail term for killing wife, burning body

Vesoul - A French court Saturday sentenced Jonathann Daval to 25 years in prison for killing his wife and then burning her body, in a case that shocked the country.The 36-year-old Frenchman was impassive as the verdict was read out.
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