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Algeria identifies suspects in Frenchman's beheading

Algiers - Algeria has identified suspects in the kidnapping and beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, the justice minister said Tuesday, as the North Africa country widened its probe into the brutal execution.

Video: Bird's eye view of the Eiffel Tower and Paris

Paris - Taking a bird's eye view to a whole new technical level, a white-tailed eagle named Victor recently flew over the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, filming from a unique perspective with a video camera strapped to his back.

French right wins Senate, far right FN takes first seats

Paris - Three years after France's upper house Senate made its first ever swing to the left, the right has clawed back a majority, with the far-right National Front winning seats for the first time.

French right win Senate elections in fresh setback for Hollande

Paris - Just three years after France's upper house Senate made history with its first ever swing to the left, the right clawed back a majority Sunday in a new setback for Socialist President Francois Hollande.

Air France pilots end record strike

Paris - Air France's main pilots' union Sunday ended the longest strike in the carrier's history to allow "calmer" talks to go ahead over the contentious issue of the airline's low-cost subsidiary Transavia.

French Senate expected to swing to right in new blow for Hollande

Paris - Just three years after France's upper house Senate made history with its first ever swing to the left, the right is expected to claw back a majority Sunday in a new setback for Socialist President Francois Hollande.

France charges three suspected jihadists back from Syria

Paris - Three Frenchmen arrested in Turkey after travelling to Syria were charged Saturday with planning terrorist acts, one of their lawyers said.

Silent march for French slain hostage

Nice - Thousands of people joined a silent march Saturday in the southern French city of Nice in memory of Herve Gourdel, the hiker beheaded last week by Algerian militants linked to the Islamic State group.

Union makes offer to end marathon Air France strike

Paris - Air France's main pilots' union offered to lift its crippling strike if an independent mediator were named to run negotiations in a bitter battle over the fate of the company's low-cost subsidiary.

Man returning from Mideast 'combat zones' held at French airport

Nice - A young man was detained Friday at an airport in southern France as he returned from Iraqi or Syrian "combat zones" via Turkey, a source close to the case said.

French minister presses Turkey to avoid repeat of jihadi bungle

Ankara - The French interior minister on Friday held talks with his Turkish counterpart aimed at improving intelligence and security communications after an embarrassing bungle allowed three suspected jihadists who fought in Syria to walk free.

Muslims gather in Paris to denounce IS 'barbarism'

Paris - Hundreds of people gathered in Paris Friday answering a call by Muslim leaders to denounce the "barbarism" of Islamic State militants, as flags across France flew at half mast after the beheading of a French national.

Union makes offer to end marathon Air France strike

Paris - Air France's main pilots' union offered to lift its crippling strike late Friday if an independent mediator were named to run negotiations in a bitter battle over the fate of the company's low-cost subsidiary.

Muslim demo in Paris to denounce IS 'barbarism'

Paris - Muslim groups plan to hold a demonstration outside Paris's main mosque Friday to denounce the "barbarism" of Islamic State militants, as flags fly at half mast after the beheading of a French national.

France launches fresh Iraq strikes as country mourns hostage

Paris - France launched new air strikes in Iraq Thursday and promised more support for Syrian opposition forces, as the country mourned the beheading of hostage Herve Gourdel by jihadists.

Hollande calls crisis meeting after 'cowardly' beheading

Paris - President Francois Hollande was to convene an emergency meeting of his defence council Thursday with renewed determination to fight Islamic State extremists after the "cowardly" beheading of a French hostage in Algeria.

France to probe 'jihadist' bungle

Paris - France's interior minister on Wednesday announced a probe into a series of blunders that saw three suspected jihadists waltz out of a French airport after being transferred from Turkish custody.

French hostage fate unknown as Paris refuses to bow to blackmail

Paris - The fate of a French hostage abducted in Algeria by jihadists threatening to kill him unless France stopped bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq remained uncertain Wednesday after Paris refused to bow to any form of blackmail.

Court 'suspends' Sarkozy corruption probe

Paris - A French court has suspended a probe into corruption and influence-peddling targeting former French president Nicolas Sarkozy -- days after he dramatically announced a political comeback.

Merah's 'jihadi' brother-in-law walks free after flight bungle

Paris - Confusion reigned Tuesday over the whereabouts of three suspected French jihadists arrested in Turkey who include the brother-in-law of Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah after an apparent bungle by authorities.

France will not give in to hostage blackmail: Hollande

New York - Paris will not make any concessions to jihadists who have threatened to kill a French hostage in Algeria, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.

France vows not to give in to blackmail over Algeria hostage

Paris - President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday not to give in to jihadists who have threatened to kill a French hostage in Algeria, as troops raced against time to find him.

British, Iranian leaders to discuss IS at first talks since 1979

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron is to hold talks with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani over unrest in Iraq and Syria, officials said Tuesday, the first meeting between the country's leaders since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Video showing French hostage in Algeria authentic: Paris

New York - A video showing a Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria by a group linked to Islamic State jihadists is authentic, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday.

France 'not afraid' as IS urges lone-wolf attacks

Paris - France insisted Monday it was not spooked by a call for Muslims to kill citizens of countries fighting the Islamic State group, hours before jihadists claimed the kidnapping of a Frenchman in Algeria.

Sarkozy-bashing may not be panacea for French left

Paris - On the face of it, the return to France's political stage of unpopular right-wing former president Nicolas Sarkozy is welcome news for the beleaguered left.

London to help France pay for Calais migrants

Calais - Britain has bowed to French pressure to help foot the bill for migrants flooding into the northern port of Calais in a bid to reach Britain, Paris said on Saturday.

Cause of fatal Mali air crash still a mystery: probe

Bamako - Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people in July said on Saturday there was no obvious lead yet and all possibilities, including terrorism, were being explored.

France's Sarkozy takes to Facebook to announce comeback

Paris - Former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to French politics Friday, taking to Facebook to offer disenchanted voters a "new political choice" amid a deep economic crisis.

Op-Ed: Sarkozy 2.0. — Nicolas Sarkozy is back for revenge

Paris - It was a secret for no one that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was planning to return to politics this September. Nicolas Sarkozy made it official today via his Facebook page.
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