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French senators grill assault-accused Macron aide

Paris - French senators on Wednesday grilled President Emmanuel Macron's disgraced former security aide Alexandre Benalla over an assault scandal that tarnished Emmanuel Macron's reputation.

Norway police find missing WikiLeaks associate's kayak

Oslo - Norwegian police on Thursday said they have found a kayak they believe belonged to a missing WikiLeaks associate who disappeared in mysterious circumstances three weeks ago.

Man arrested over viral assault on Paris woman

Paris - A man has been detained on suspicion of assaulting a 22-year-old student who released a shocking video of the attack last month outside a Paris cafe which went viral online.

Putin's shadow falls on Austria secret services

Vienna - Is Moscow being passed intelligence gathered by Austria's secret service?

Rape-accused scholar Ramadan loses latest bid to be freed from French jail

Paris - An appeals court in Paris has upheld a decision by judges to keep Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan in jail while he is being investigated on rape charges brought by two women, a legal source told AFP on Thursday.

French interior minister defends handling of Macron aide scandal

Paris - France's interior minister on Monday defended his handling of a video showing a top security aide to President Emmanuel Macron hitting a May Day protester, a scandal that has rocked the government and prompted accusations of a cover-up.

Riots ease as family of French police shooting victim plans lawsuit

Nantes - A relative calm began to return to the western French city of Nantes early Sunday after days of rioting over a police officer's fatal shooting of a black man, whose family plans to file a lawsuit over a killing which has cast a fresh spotlight on tensi...

French minister says won't resign over helicopter jailbreak

Paris - France's justice minister on Wednesday ruled out resigning after a notorious robber was broken out of prison by helicopter, despite a recent warning that the convict was on the verge of trying to escape.

France charges two cannabis 'coffeeshop' managers after raids

Paris - Paris prosecutors said Friday that two people have been charged over illicit drugs following raids on two shops at the centre of an "ultralight" marijuana craze.

French Muslims on edge as police probe suspected far-right plot

Paris - French police on Tuesday continued questioning 10 suspected far-right extremists over an alleged plot to attack Muslims that has fuelled safety concerns in Europe's biggest Muslim community.

French police bust major Marseille drug ring

Marseille - French police said Friday that they had smashed a major drug trafficking ring in the southern city of Marseille, a key hub in the trans-Mediterranean cannabis and cocaine trade where several people are killed each year in turf wars.

Escaped lion shot dead at Belgium zoo, sparking criticism

Apo - Belgian police have been criticised for shooting dead a young lioness at a zoo on Thursday after it escaped from its enclosure.

'Hero' Malian saves child, 4, in spectacular Paris rescue

Paris - A young Malian man was hailed a hero on Sunday after he sprang into action to save a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony by single-handedly scaling the facade of the building and hauling the youngster to safety.

Two killed in Marseille shooting

Marseille - Two more violent deaths occurred overnight in the southern French city of Marseille, known for its turf wars for control of the drug trade, officials said Saturday.

Tariq Ramadan loses appeal for release ahead of rape trial

Paris - Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, detained in France over rape allegations by four women, has lost an appeal for early release ahead of his trial, the Paris appeals court said Tuesday.

Ex-French leader Sarkozy faces ruling on campaign finance trial

Paris - Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy faces a hearing Wednesday on whether he must stand trial on charges of illicit financing of his failed 2012 presidential campaign, one of several legal inquiries which have dogged the rightwing politician since he l...

Rape suspect Tariq Ramadan loses bid for release ahead of trial

Paris - The Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is being held in France over rape allegations by three women, has lost his bid for early release ahead of trial, his lawyer told AFP.

Suspicious behaviour near Macrons' holiday home prompts two arrests

Lille - Two drunken men were arrested near the holiday home of French President Emmanuel Macron overnight after their suspicious behaviour caught the attention of security forces, police said Thursday.

France arrests 14 over vicious New Year's attack on police

Paris - Twelve men and two women were arrested Tuesday over a brutal attack on two officers called to a New Year's Eve party in a Paris suburb, an assault that shocked France after a video of the female officer's beating circulated on social media.

Four artworks vanish from French parliament

Paris - Four works of art have vanished from the walls of France's national assembly, parliamentary officials said Wednesday, prompting a police investigation to track them down.

Dean charged after clashes at French college, protests spread

Montpellier - The dean of a university in the southern French city of Montpellier has been formally charged, a prosecutor said Thursday, after being accused of abetting a violent attack on students protesting education reforms that have sparked demonstrations at cam...

French vegan guilty of terror charge over dead butcher comment

Foix - A French vegan activist was handed a suspended prison term on Thursday for condoning terrorism after writing on Facebook that "justice" had been served when a butcher was killed during an Islamist attack last week, a legal source said.

Jewish grandmother murdered in Paris flat: 'She didn't believe in evil'

Paris - A Jewish grandmother found murdered in her Paris apartment was an "admirable woman" who had escaped the Nazi round-up of Jews in the city more than 70 years ago, her family said.

France and the challenge of tracking 20,000 suspected extremists

Paris - The latest attack in France by a gunman who was known to be a potential threat has led to renewed focus on how the country keeps track of suspected Islamist extremists.

The secretive UK army lab where poisons are hunted and made

London - A secretive British army base, which identified the nerve gas used to poison a Russian ex-spy earlier this month, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons.

The secretive UK army lab where poisons are hunted and made

London - A secretive British army base, which analysed the nerve gas used to poison a Russian ex-spy this weekend, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons.

Israeli police grill Netanyahu on new fraud case

Jerusalem - Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife for several hours on Friday over corruption allegations that threaten the right-wing premier's long tenure.

French MP receives racist death threat

Paris - A French MP elected under President Emmanuel Macron's party revealed on Wednesday she had received a letter containing racist death threats.

Bone discovery revives century-old French murder mystery

Morlaix - For nearly a century the case of Guillaume Seznec, accused of killing his business partner even though no body or weapon was ever found, has fascinated France as one of the country's most notorious legal mysteries.

French minister Darmanin denies second sex abuse claims

Lille - French Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin denied Thursday that he had used his political position to ask for sexual favours, saying a second complaint from a woman this week was a "slanderous accusation".
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