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'Door open to discussions' on Greece: Hollande, Merkel

Paris - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the door was open for a return to debt negotiations with Greece, but called on Athens to make "serious" proposals.

Corks fly in France as Champagne, Burgundy win UNESCO status

France's wine-making region of Champagne and a part of Burgundy have been granted "World Heritage" status by UNESCO. This latest designation brings to 41 the number of French sites on the UN's world heritage list.

Migrants disrupt Channel Tunnel traffic in Calais: Officials

Calais - Traffic along the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France was disrupted late Friday night when dozens of migrants attempted to enter restricted areas of the tunnel in Calais, officials said.

France charges soldier over Burkina child sex abuse

Paris - A French soldier accused of sexually abusing two girls aged three and five in Burkina Faso was charged Friday in Paris, a judicial source told AFP.

Le Pen goes to court to stop FN party scrapping his post

Paris - Veteran far-right French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen announced Friday he is taking legal action in a bid to prevent the National Front (FN), the far-right party he founded, from changing its statutes and scrapping his post.

Uber suspends controversial UberPOP service in France

Paris - After a spate of violent protests and the arrest of two bosses, Uber finally suspended its controversial low-cost UberPOP private driver service in France on Friday, six months after it was banned.

France refuses Assange's 'request' for asylum

Paris - The French government, reacting to a letter from Julian Assange, said Friday it would not give the WikiLeaks founder asylum, only for his lawyers to claim he had never sought it in the first place.

Berlin's firm stance on Greece exposes divergence with Paris

Berlin - Germany has broken ranks with Paris and Brussels in slamming the door on talks with the Greek government on a new bailout deal before Sunday's crucial referendum, analysts say.

Johnny Depp selling his French village for $26 million

Plan-de-la-tour - Johnny Depp is selling his massive French compound for $26 million. The property is more than a single home, but rather Depp owned an entire village.

French mum jailed for 9 years for killing eight babies

Douai - A French court jailed a housewife for nine years Thursday for killing eight of her newborns after a dramatic trial in which she lied about having an incestuous relationship with her father.

France woos Chinese investors as PM wraps up fruitful trip

Toulouse - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls promised Chinese investors "the best welcome in all of Europe" as his Beijing counterpart wrapped up a visit in which he signed billions of euros in accords with France.

Strauss-Kahn still popular with French voters despite scandals

Paris - He lost his job over a rape allegation and had the sordid details of his sex life laid bare in a prostitution trial, but that is not enough to turn French voters against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

French court cancels elder Le Pen's suspension from FN

Nterre - A French court on Thursday cancelled the suspension of Jean-Marie Le Pen from the far-right National Front after he was booted out of the party he founded in a bitter spat with his daughter.

French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France

Paris - Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home Thursday and were taken into custody, said a legal source.

French court rules 'no error' by German safety body in implants scandal

Marseille - A French appeals court on Thursday found German safety standards body TUV had "fulfilled its obligations" in certifying breast implants that were found to be faulty and sparked a worldwide scare.

French prosecutors seek 18 years for mum in baby murders

Douai - French prosecutors on Wednesday called for an 18-year jail term for a housewife on trial for allegedly murdering eight of her children at birth, with most of their corpses found hidden in her garage.

French child abuse accused in Burkina Faso were special forces

Paris - The French soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso were members of an elite special forces unit, a source close to the investigation told AFP on Wednesday.

Two French soldiers suspended over Burkina child sex claims

Paris - France has suspended two of its soldiers over allegations they sexually abused children, including a five-year-old girl, in the west African country of Burkina Faso, the defence ministry said Tuesday.

Le Pen announces run for French regional polls

Arras - Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen announced Tuesday she would compete in regional elections due later this year considered a key test ahead of presidential polls in 2017.

French prosecutor confirms IS link to factory beheading

Paris - A French prosecutor confirmed Tuesday that the man who beheaded his boss and tried to blow up a gas factory had a "terrorist motive" and links to the Islamic State group in Syria.

China PM kicks off France visit with climate pledge, Airbus deal

Paris - China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang made a long-awaited pledge to curb carbon emissions during a trip to France Tuesday in which a Chinese company also inked an $18 billion (16.1 billion euros) deal with Airbus.

NSA spied on French economy ministers, top companies: Reports

Paris - The US wiretapped two of France's economy ministers and spied on the country's largest companies, French media reported citing WikiLeaks documents, just days after it emerged the US had spied on three of the country's leaders.

French woman accused of poisoning four elderly men

Nice - A French woman was charged and remanded in custody accused of seducing and killing an elderly man and poisoning three others on the French Riviera.

Ex-French interior minister Charles Pasqua dies aged 88

Paris - Former French interior minister Charles Pasqua, a hardline politician who was a close ally of former president Jacques Chirac, died Monday aged 88, political sources said.

Top French court approves border controls with Italy

Paris - France's top administrative court said Monday that border controls on migrants at the Italian frontier were legal and did not violate the Schengen agreement that created Europe's passport-free zone.

Two Uber bosses taken into custody in France

Paris - Two top Uber bosses were taken into custody in France Monday as part of a probe into their ride-booking app which has sparked violent protests from regular taxi drivers, the company said.

French attacker denies Islamist aim, motivations murky

Paris - A man who beheaded his boss in France has denied any religious motivation, investigative sources said Monday, muddying efforts to pin down the reasons for an attack which bore the hallmarks of a jihadist act.

France says Greek referendum 'sovereign choice' on euro place

Paris - France's president said Monday that Greece's referendum on the EU's bailout proposals was a "sovereign choice" on whether or not to leave the euro zone, as he sought to allay contagion fears.

French beheading selfie 'sent to Syria'

Paris - The gruesome "selfie" taken by a man who has confessed to beheading his boss during an attack on a gas factory in France was sent to Syria, sources close to the investigation said Sunday.

ECB 'cannot cut off lifeline' to Greece: French PM

France - France's prime minister on Sunday warned the European Central Bank against cutting off Greece's "lifeline", as the Frankfurt-based institution gathers for emergency talks on the Greek crisis."The European Central Bank is independent but ...
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