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Briton accused of trafficking 1.3 tons of cocaine was 'big fish'

Paris - A British man charged with trafficking 1.3 tons of cocaine into France was on Thursday described in court as a "big fish" in the international narco-trade.

Fashion mogul Berge's radical chic library goes on sale

Paris - Revolutionary tomes by Karl Marx and the Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin from the library of one of richest men in fashion go under the hammer Friday in Paris.

Strasbourg gunman shot dead by French police

Strasbourg - French police on Thursday shot dead a gunman who had been on the run since killing three people at Strasbourg's popular Christmas market.

French govt urges 'yellow vests' not to protest after Strasbourg attack

Paris - The French government on Thursday urged "yellow vest" protesters to refrain from holding another round of demonstrations this weekend, citing the strain on security forces on high alert after the terror attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg.

US military probes Niger crash that killed French soldier

Washington - The US military is investigating a car crash that killed a French soldier in Niger, including whether alcohol was a factor and whether an American service member was driving, a US official told AFP on Wednesday.

Germany opens negligent homicide probe in Mali Airbus chopper crash

Berlin - German prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened a probe against three individuals for negligent homicide in the 2017 crash of a German military helicopter in a UN operation in Mali.

Top French court rejects sentences for helping illegal migrants

Paris - A top French appeals court on Wednesday overturned the suspended prison terms handed to two activists for helping migrants who entered the country illegally.

Strasbourg killer was jailed in Germany but not known Islamist: officials

Berlin - The suspect in the deadly shooting attack at a Christmas market in eastern France was jailed for burglary in Germany but was not deemed a potentially dangerous Islamist, German authorities said Wednesday.

C.Africa football boss held in France on war crimes charges

Den Haag - France on Wednesday arrested a member of Africa's top footballing body on war crimes charges in the Central African Republic, the International Criminal Court said.

Trump notes Strasbourg shooting to press for US border wall

Washington - US President Donald Trump pointed Wednesday to the mass shooting at a Christmas market in France to bolster his demands for funding to build a US border wall with Mexico.

Berlin treads softly-softly on Macron over deficit

Berlin - Germany is taking a softly-softly approach to French President Emmanuel Macron's use of government largesse to calm violent "yellow vest" protests, government sources say, as Berlin puts European stability above fiscal discipline.

Eerie quiet in France's 'Christmas capital'

Strasbourg - Around two million people converge on the picture-perfect island at the heart of Strasbourg every year for the Christmas market. On Wednesday, the streets were empty and the usual festive cheer was gone.

Strasbourg suspect: violent criminal on France terror watchlist

Strasbourg - The 29-year-old man sought by police over a shooting in Strasbourg lived in a small apartment in a ramshackle housing bloc and has convictions in France and several European countries after a life of crime, officials say.

Hunt for gunman after Strasbourg market attack kills three

Strasbourg - Hundreds of security forces were Wednesday deployed in the hunt for a lone gunman who killed at least three people and wounded a dozen others at the famed Christmas market in Strasbourg, with the French government raising the security alert level and r...

Stranded MEPs make do in Strasbourg lockdown

Strasbourg - The European Parliament in Strasbourg was under lockdown on Wednesday after a deadly shooting near a Christmas market rocked the eastern French city, shocking and stranding hundreds of MEPs, staff and officials.

Deadly terror attacks in France since 2015

Paris - Strasbourg was the latest French city to be rocked by a deadly attack after a gunman opened fire at its famed Christmas market on Tuesday before fleeing the scene.

'We can get what we want,' French protesters vow

Saint Etienne - A day after President Emmanuel Macron announced measures to help quell a mass revolt over living standards, "yellow vest" protesters picketing outside a shopping centre in central France on Tuesday pledged to stay put.

Macron blows hole in budget with 'yellow vest' measures

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's measures to help low-income families and so end the "yellow vest" protests will blow a hole in the budget and perhaps his reputation too, analysts say.

Juliette Binoche to head Berlin film festival jury

Berlin - Oscar winner and one of France's most recognised actresses, Juliette Binoche, will head the jury of next year's Berlin film festival, organisers said Tuesday.

Arc de Triomphe to reopen after Paris protest damage

Paris - The soaring Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysees in Paris will reopen Wednesday after being covered in graffiti and ransacked during anti-government protests which rocked the capital on December 1, the French monuments commission said.

France 'yellow vest' protests: Timeline of unrest

Paris - Here is a timeline of the "yellow vest" movement in France, from the first online rumblings against fuel tax increases to nationwide protests leading to riots, and measures announced Monday by President Emmanuel Macron in a bid to quell the unrest.

French PM to detail Macron's measures to appease 'yellow vests'

Paris - The French government will Tuesday try to convince lawmakers and the public that President Emmanuel Macron's speech met the demands of the "yellow vest" movement, even as many demonstrators said they were disappointed and vowed to press on with their p...

Macron unveils new measures in bid to end 'yellow vest' revolt

France - Embattled French President Emmanuel Macron Monday announced a series of financial measures seeking to defuse the "yellow vest" revolt that has triggered violent protests in cities across the country.

Legal fight in Brazil over Nissan apartment used by Carlos Ghosn

Rio De Janeiro - Japanese automaker Nissan is fighting a Brazil court order that allows the family of jailed former chairman Carlos Ghosn access to a luxury Rio de Janeiro apartment, saying it fears evidence could be destroyed.

French govt bristles as foreign leaders seize on 'yellow vest' crisis

Paris - The "yellow vest" protests that have made headlines around the world are garnering France some unwanted attention, particularly from foreign leaders not exactly known for their defence of liberal democracy.

Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn charged, served with fresh arrest warrant

Apo - Japanese prosecutors Monday formally charged Carlos Ghosn with financial misconduct for under-reporting his salary and also served him a fresh warrant on separate allegations, meaning the tycoon will likely spend Christmas in a cell.

Macron to meet unions, address nation seeking to end 'yellow vest' crisis

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation on the "yellow vest" crisis Monday and meet trade unionists and business leaders in search of a way to end the protests that have rocked France.

Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn charged, served with fresh arrest warrant

Apo - Japanese prosecutors Monday formally charged Carlos Ghosn with financial misconduct for under-reporting his salary and also served him a fresh warrant on separate allegations, meaning the tycoon will likely spend Christmas in a cell.

From shopping to tourism, French protests hit economy

Paris - Shops shuttered in the run-up to Christmas, chaos on the roads: France's "yellow vest" protests are dealing a blow to the economy which the finance minister says is no less than a "catastrophe".

France tells Trump to stop interfering in its politics

Paris - The French government on Sunday urged Donald Trump not to interfere in French politics after the US president posted tweets about the protests rocking the country and attacked the Paris climate agreement.
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