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Inquiry in France over 'clandestine' Covid-defying dinners

Paris - A report by a French television channel alleging "clandestine" luxury dinners in Paris despite the pandemic has sparked an investigation and public furore over claims the nation's political elite were brazenly ignoring rules they themselves had set.

France says no place for Turkish group which spurned charter

Paris - An influential Turkish religious association founded by the mentor of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has no place in France as it goes against French values, the government spokesman said Thursday.

Five years after attacks, Belgium remembers its dead

Apo - 'Aline, Patricia, Leopold, Gilles, Johanna, Loubna ...' Five years on, the 32 victims of the Brussels bomb attacks were the focus of Monday's national day of commemoration.

French minister says Poland threatened to cancel meetings over LGBT activism

Paris - A French minister said Thursday that the Polish government had threatened to cancel his official meetings during a trip to the country if he visited a village that has declared itself an "LGBT-ideology free zone".

Biden names two women generals to lead military commands

Washington - President Joe Biden on Monday announced the nomination of two women to lead US military commands, who will be only the second and third women to hold such senior military positions in the United States.

Macron, Le Pen in battle for support of right

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to gain ground on far-right leader Marine Le Pen ahead of a possible duel in 2022 elections by seizing votes on the right, with a tough-talking interior minister and a bill cracking down on radical Islamists....

Macron announces diversity plan for France's elite ENA training school

Nantes - President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday announced a plan to make France's ruling class more diverse by creating dedicated places for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds at the elite ENA college that has groomed generations of French leaders.

France to scrap 'obsolete' Paris airport expansion

Paris - The French government has decided to cancel a planned expansion of the country's biggest airport, Paris's Charles de Gaulle, a minister said in remarks published Thursday.

France to scrap Paris airport expansion: minister

Paris - The French government has decided to cancel a planned expansion of the country's biggest airport, Paris's Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, a minister said in remarks published Thursday.

French ex-PM Balladur should get suspended sentence: prosecutors

Paris - Prosecutors in the corruption trial for former French prime minister Edouard Balladur on Tuesday called for him to be sentenced to a one-year suspended prison term.

US intelligence pick warns on China, pledges to stay apolitical

Washington - President-elect Joe Biden's pick for intelligence chief said Tuesday she would remain apolitical and would seek to reestablish confidence with allied intelligence bodies, after the turmoil of the outgoing Trump administration.

French trial opens for ex-PM Balladur over 'Karachi' kickbacks

Paris - Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur appeared in court Tuesday on charges he used kickbacks from 1990s arms deals to help finance a presidential bid, in a case that has already seen six people sentenced to prison terms.

Macron hails French Muslim charter against extremism

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron praised French Muslim leaders on Monday after they agreed on a "charter of principles" aimed at combatting sectarianism and radicalised teachings blamed for a surge in jihadist attacks in France in recent years.

Fresh protests in France against controversial security bill

Paris - Tens of thousands of protesters marched across France Saturday to denounce a security bill critics say would restrict the filming of police and posting images to social media, notably to document cases of police brutality.

France braces for new Covid curbs but set to avoid lockdown

Paris - The French government is expected Thursday to announce new restrictions to stave off a rise in coronavirus cases but unlike some of its neighbours a full lockdown appears off the agenda for now.

Canada will share any excess vaccine doses, Trudeau says

Montr - Canada, which has placed orders and options on more than 400 million doses of coronavirus vaccine, will share any excess doses with other countries once its population is inoculated, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

French researchers warn of virus risk from eating out

Paris - Spending time in a bar or restaurant increases the risk of catching Covid-19, French researchers said Thursday, while having guests over for dinner also plays a key role in transmission.

Macron says 'urgent need' to reform French police

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron has said there is "urgent" need to reform the French police following multiple allegations of brutality and complaints from officers about growing hostility from the public.

Spain's minority government relies on controversial allies

Madrid - Spain's leftist minority government is managing a delicate balancing act to govern with the support of several smaller regional nationalist parties, including the heirs of the former political wing of armed Basque separatist group ETA.

Macron poised to soften lockdown as virus caseload drops

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce lighter coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday thanks to a recent drop in new infections, paving the way for shops to reopen swiftly and allow travel for Christmas.

Demonstrators decry French bill to curb police images

Paris - Thousands of people marched in French cities Saturday to protest a draft law that would place limits on the filming of on-duty police officers, a move condemned as a curb on press freedom.

Macron imposes new virus lockdown as French hospitals engulfed

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday a new coronavirus lockdown until at least December 1, hoping to bring under control an outbreak that is poised to overwhelm hospitals in a matter of days.

'Hard choices' as France weighs new virus clampdown

Paris - French officials said Tuesday that tougher restrictions are looming to counter an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases, with doctors warning that many hospitals are just days away from being overrun with patients.

Paris under curfew as Europe battles soaring virus caseload

Paris - Millions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions on Saturday as governments stepped up efforts to slow the surge in infections, after the World Health Organization reported a "very concerning" 44-percent rise in European cases over one we...

Last night out in France for millions as virus curfew imposed

Paris - Millions of French people enjoyed a last night of freedom on Friday before a Covid-19 curfew in Paris and other large cities came into force at midnight, for a least a month, prompted by an alarming surge in new cases.

Last night out in France as 20 million face virus curfew

Paris - Millions of French people were looking forward to a last night of freedom on Friday before a Covid-19 curfew in Paris and other large cities comes into force for a least a month, prompted by an alarming surge in new cases.

Paris braces for maximum coronavirus alert level

Paris - Paris was preparing on Sunday to be placed under maximum coronavirus alert as alarming Covid-19 infection numbers appeared to leave the French government little choice but to tighten restrictions in and around the capital.

French PM target of legal complaint over virus management

Paris - A French association of Covid-19 victims will on Thursday file a legal complaint against Prime Minister Jean Castex for alleged mishandling of the pandemic, its lawyer said.

Spain wants to ramp up search for Franco victims in mass graves

Madrid - Nearly a year after relocating Franco's remains, Spain's leftist government approved a draft bill Tuesday which will finance the exhumation of victims of his dictatorship and the country's 1936-39 civil war that preceded it from hundreds of mass graves...

17 to stand trial over 'yellow vest' rampage at Arc de Triomphe

Paris - Seventeen people will face trial over looting and vandalism at the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris during a "yellow vest" protest that degenerated into running street battles, legal sources said Friday.
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