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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.

French Air Force locate, destroy ISIS weapons depot

Paris - While conducting its first airstrikes of Islamic State targets in Iraq, the French government has announced it has hit and destroyed a weapons logistics depot belonging to the terrorist organization.

France carries out first air strike in Iraq: Hollande

Paris - French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

Hollande goes on offensive with Iraq air strike decision

Paris - President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct air strikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home.

Under-fire Hollande faces press grilling

Paris - French President Francois Hollande holds a rare and hotly awaited news conference later Thursday as the embattled and deeply unpopular leader seeks to turn the tide on a catastrophic few weeks.

Air France pilot strike to enter fourth day as talks sputter

Paris - Striking Air France pilots dug in their heels Wednesday, rejecting government calls to go back to work and new assurances from management that low-cost operations would not threaten their jobs.

French parliament approves jihadist travel ban

Paris - France's parliament approved a new anti-terror bill aimed at preventing potential jihadists from travelling to Iraq, Syria or elsewhere by confiscating their passports.

Embattled French government scrapes through confidence vote

Paris - France's crisis-hit government on Tuesday narrowly won a crunch parliamentary vote of confidence in its economic reform path, in a rare respite for the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande.

French PM sticks to reform plan ahead of crunch confidence vote

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged Tuesday to stick to the disputed economic reform plan that he has championed, ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote of confidence.

France says 930 citizens or residents involved 'in jihad'

Paris - Around 930 French citizens or residents, including at least 60 women, are either actively engaged in jihad in Iraq and Syria or are planning to go there, the interior minister said Sunday.

Brussels Jewish museum suspect in custody for 3 months

Brussels - Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, suspected of killing four people at Brussels' Jewish Museum in May, was remanded in custody for another three months on Friday, judicial officials said.

French leader pledges to step up military involvement to Iraq

Baghdad - French President Francois Hollande told Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi Friday his country was willing to step up its military support against jihadists.

Anti-Semitic attacks nearly double in France

Paris - Anti-Semitic attacks nearly doubled in France in the first seven months of the year, the country's main Jewish group said.

Op-Ed: France takes lead in suggesting new foreign intervention in Libya

Tripoli - Once again there is international pressure for a new intervention in Libya as competing militias continue to clash and competing governments exist in Tobruk and Tripoli.

France's Hollande 'hurt' at ex's claim he hates the poor

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday launched a fresh salvo against a scathing memoir written by his former partner, saying he had been particularly "hurt" by claims he secretly despises the poor.

France's Moscovici wins big EU job despite reservations

Brussels - Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici, appointed the new EU commissioner of economic and financial affairs Wednesday, won the post despite German reservations about Paris's ability to meet Brussels budget rules.

Brussels Jewish museum to reopen in defiance of 'brutes'

Brussels - The Jewish museum in Brussels will reopen on Sunday under tight security, in a message of defiance against "brutes" after a gunman shot dead four people there in May, officials said.

France ups rhetoric on 'terrorist hub' Libya

Paris - France on Tuesday issued a clarion call to the rest of the international community to act in Libya, amid growing fears the country is becoming a major "terrorist hub" on Europe's doorstep.

French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel wins conditional release

Fleury-m - Jerome Kerviel, the French rogue trader who brought one of Europe's biggest banks to the verge of ruin with nearly five billion euros in losses, left prison Monday after winning conditional release."I am super happy to leave today ...

Far-right at 'gates of power' in France, says PM Valls  

Bologna - The far-right National Front is at the "gates of power" in France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday in a stark assessment of the crisis embroiling the country's centre-left government.

Replica 18th-century frigate due for maiden France voyage

Rochefort - A life-size replica of the Hermione, the French navy frigate that shipped General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting British troops in the US war of independence, will undertake its maiden voyage on Sunday, organisers said.

French President counterpunches after weeks of body blows

Paris - French President Francois Hollande launched a blistering counterattack Friday, saying he had no intention of throwing in the towel after weeks of political, economic and personal body blows that have seen him plumb new depths of unpopularity.

'Miracle' of the Marne: the WWI battle that changed history

Paris - At the start of September 1914, after just one month of war in Europe, the German army were at the gates of Paris. The word on the street was that emperor Wilhelm II had already booked a dinner table on the Champs-Elysees.

Dutch dentist accused of mutilating French patients arrested in Canada

Bourges - A fugitive Dutch dentist accused of mutilating dozens of French patients has been arrested in Canada following an international manhunt.

Hollande's day of disasters ends with new blow

Paris - Embattled French President Francois Hollande was hit by a triple whammy of political calamities on Thursday, with a tell-all book by his former lover, record unpopularity and the resignation of one of his ministers over his tax affairs.

France's ex-first lady attacked for 'outrageous' kiss-and-tell

Paris - After the bombshell, the backlash. France's former first lady on Thursday found herself facing a maelstrom of criticism for her kiss-and-tell memoirs about her tumultuous relationship with President Francois Hollande.

French 'rogue trader' Kerviel to be freed from prison

Paris - Jerome Kerviel, the rogue trader imprisoned after losing nearly five billion euros through risky bets at French bank Societe Generale, will be freed next week, his lawyer said Thursday.

France 'still building' controversial warship

Paris - France may have frozen the delivery of the controversial "Mistral-class" helicopter gunship to Russia, but its construction is still ongoing, a well-informed source said on Thursday.

Greenpeace members defend daring French nuclear protest

Colmar - Greenpeace activists who launched an audacious break-in at France's oldest nuclear power plant to highlight weaknesses at atomic installations defended their actions at the start of their trial Thursday.
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