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French trucks block borders over east Europe competition

Paris - Hundreds of truckers blocked France's borders with Italy and Belgium on Tuesday, angry at EU rule changes that they say fail to protect them from low-cost eastern European competition.

PM quashes bid to make French less macho

Paris - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has clamped down on attempts to make French more female-friendly, issuing a ban on so-called "inclusive writing" in official texts, according to a memo seen by AFP on Tuesday.

Leading Socialist faces inquiry for anti-semitic Macron tweet

Paris - A top official in France's Socialist Party is facing a legal inquiry after tweeted an image with anti-Semitic overtones against President Emmanuel Macron, sources close to the inquiry said Monday.

Man faces French trial for 'complicity' in Rwanda genocide

Paris - A Rwandan man accused of transporting militiamen to the scene of a massacre during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda will face trial in France for "complicity" in crimes against humanity.

Supermodel leads mourning for fashion's 'King of Cling'

Sidi Bou Sa - Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Tunisia's president led mourners in a final tribute Monday to French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, who died this month aged 77 after winning a worldwide following.

French choke up over proposal to ban smoking in films

Paris - A proposal to ban smoking in French films has been met with splutters of indignation in a land raised on images of puffing, pouting silver-screen stars.

Macron hopes for 'stable' Germany with EU plans on ice

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is hoping for a "strong and stable" German government to emerge, his office said Monday, following the collapse of coalition talks which risks delaying his ambitious EU reform agenda.

French police officer kills three before committing suicide

Sarcelles - A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said Sunday.

France to 'prevent' Muslim street prayers in Paris suburb

Paris - French authorities will stop Muslims from praying in a street north of Paris, the country's interior minister said Sunday, after a series of protests by lawmakers and locals over what they view as an unacceptable use of public space.

French police officer kills three before committing suicide

Sarcelles - A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said Sunday.

French rocker Johnny Hallyday released from hospital

Paris - Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who has been battling lung cancer for several months, returned home Saturday after being hospitalised for days with breathing problems, a family member said.

Tintin and Snowy drawing sells for 500,000 euros

Paris - A colour drawing of Tintin and his faithful canine companion Snowy sold at a Paris auction on Saturday for more than half a million euros.

Fashion giant Azzedine Alaia dies at 77

Paris - French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless gowns won an army of devotees around the world, has died at the age of 77, France's fashion federation said Saturday.

New leader for Macron's party as honeymoon fades

Lyon - Emmanuel Macron's party named a new leader Saturday as the French president faces the first rebellious grumblings in the 19-month-old movement that swept him to power.

Macron welcomes Lebanon's Hariri to Elysee Palace: AFP

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks Saturday, an AFP reporter said, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis.

France, Lebanon and the Hariri family have close ties

Paris - France under President Emmanuel Macron has played a leading role in trying to avert a fresh crisis in Lebanon following the surprise resignation of its prime minister Saad Hariri.

Hariri will be in Lebanon for Independence Day on Wednesday: president

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who has not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation two weeks ago, will be home for Independence Day on Wednesday, the president's office said.

Lebanon's Hariri lands in Paris

Paris - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived Saturday in France from Saudi Arabia, where his resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will.

Macron's party to name leader in testing times

Paris - Emmanuel Macron's political party is to name a new leader on Saturday as the French president faces the first rebellious grumblings in the movement he founded in April last year.

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Riyadh for France: Lebanese TV

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday left Saudi Arabia for France, a television channel owned by his family said, two weeks after his shock resignation.

Trump reverses elephant trophy decision, keeps ban

Washington - President Donald Trump said Friday he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration's decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry.

Lebanon's Hariri in Paris after Saudi 'hostage' rumours

Paris - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France on Saturday from Saudi Arabia, where his shock resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will.

French wine country unveils its answer to kobe beef

Dijon - As the unofficial capital of France's Burgundy region, Beaune is a town that thrives on wine -- and now even its cows are going to taste like grapes.

Lebanon's Hariri set to leave Saudi Arabia for France

Riyadh - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was on Friday preparing to leave Saudi Arabia for France, a move aimed at defusing political turmoil sparked by his shock resignation in Riyadh.

Iran says 'biased' French policy stoking Mideast crises

Tehran - Iran said on Friday that "biased" French policy was stoking crises in the Middle East after Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused it of "hegemonic" ambitions in the region.

Hariri Paris trip is 'start of solution': Lebanon president

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to accept an invitation to Paris is the "start of a solution" to the crisis sparked by his resignation in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon's president said Thursday.

France, Lebanon and the Hariri family have close ties

Paris - France under President Emmanuel Macron has played a lead role in trying to avert a fresh crisis in Lebanon amid claims that its prime minister Saad Hariri was being detained in Saudi Arabia.

French union protests fizzle against Macron

Paris - People protested across France on Thursday against President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms but low turnout suggested that resistance to an agenda seen as too pro-business was losing steam.

Novel on legacy of Algerian war wins France's richest prize

Paris - A powerful account of what happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French during the country's war of independence won France's most lucrative book prize Thursday.

Hariri to travel to France after Saudi says he's 'free to leave'

Riyadh - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will travel to France this weekend from Saudi Arabia, Paris said Thursday, after the kingdom rejected accusations he was detained in Riyadh following his shock resignation.
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