Court rejects part of Hollande’s tax plan

2014-08-07 09:30

A top French court has rejected part of President Francois Hollande's economic reform package.

France to use military in Mali to find missing jet

2014-07-24 20:04

President Francois Hollande has vowed to deploy all of France's military means in Mali, where it has hundreds of troops, to track down a missing Algerian plane.

Looting in Paris as Europeans protest against Israel

2014-07-21 07:46

A French rally against the deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza once again descended into chaos as protesters looted shops and riot police lobbed tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds.

Hollande hints at tax cut for middle class

2014-07-15 09:30

French President Francois Hollande has suggested that his government will ease taxes for the middle classes.

Ukraine tightens grip on rebels amid truce pressure

2014-07-09 15:59

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was to face renewed European pressure to talk to pro-Russian rebels on a truce as Kiev tightened its grip around rebel stronghold Donetsk.

Ukraine fighting rages as ministers prepare meeting

2014-07-02 12:28

Ukrainian government forces have pressed on with a military drive as Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France prepared a meeting of foreign ministers to control the crisis.

Ukraine's president faces decision on cease-fire

2014-06-30 18:03

Ukraine's president faces a decision on whether to extend a shaky cease-fire with pro-Russia rebels in the country's east.

Hollande urges end to French rail strike

2014-06-13 17:45

President Francois Hollande has called for a rapid end to one of the longest railway strikes in years, but labour unions vowed to prolong industrial action.

World leaders gather for D-Day tribute

2014-06-06 13:17

World leaders and veterans gathered by the beaches of Normandy under clear blue skies to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings.

Hollande takes up BNP fine with Obama

2014-06-04 14:30

French President Francois Hollande has written to his US counterpart Barack Obama to express concern over the $10bn-plus fine for BNP Paribas.

Hollande to discuss BNP fine with Obama

2014-06-03 13:48

French President Francois Hollande will bring up the $10bn BNP fine during talks with US President Barack Obama in Paris, officials say.

Declaration of war on Boko Haram 'a game changer'

2014-05-19 07:54

The declaration of "war" on Boko Haram extremists by African leaders at a security summit in Paris is a major step to tackle the regional threat posed by the groups, analysts say.

UN slams killing of French journo in CAR

2014-05-14 09:48

The UN Security Council has condemned the killing of a French journalist in the Central African Republic, and stated those responsible “shall be held accountable”.

Kidnappings: US flying 'manned missions' over Nigeria

2014-05-13 07:35

The US says it is flying "manned" missions over Nigeria in search of over 200 abducted schoolgirls, after Lagos dismissed a prisoner-swap offer from the Boko Haram kidnappers.

France to host summit on Boko Haram

2014-05-12 10:25

France has offered to host a summit with Nigeria and its neighbours focused on Islamist militant group Boko Haram, President Francois Hollande says.

Rebels hold vote to split from Ukraine

2014-05-11 08:21

Voting has begun in referendums called by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine to split from the rest of the ex-Soviet republic, as the West fears that the polls could spark civil war.

Kidnapped girls: France pledges help for Nigeria

2014-05-07 13:31

President Francois Hollande has pledged that France would help Nigeria look for more than 200 girls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in an incident that has triggered global shock.

Death toll rises in Ukraine, warnings of civil war

2014-05-06 12:17

The death toll from a military offensive in a flashpoint town in east Ukraine has risen to at least 34, officials say, amid fresh warnings of civil war.

New Syria chemical claims emerge

2014-04-22 13:56

Claims have emerged that President Bashar Assad's government may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month, despite an agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical arsenal.

Hollande's ex-partner appointed a minister

2014-04-02 19:33

French President Francois Hollande has recalled his former partner Segolene Royal from the political wilderness to join a new streamlined government, days after his Socialist Party suffered an election drubbing.

France in new tack to fight roots of terrorism

2014-03-31 15:08

To stop the stream of French youths pursuing jihad in Syria, France is preparing to try to tackle terrorism before it starts, by involving schools, parents and local Muslim leaders.

Socialists lose in French local polls

2014-03-24 11:18

France's far-right National Front party has dealt a major blow to the ruling Socialists, after several of its candidates took prime positions in the first round of local elections.

France striving to stop CAR split – Hollande

2014-03-01 10:08

French President Francois Hollande has told CAR that his troops would work to stop the country splitting in two and endeavour to disarm rival fighters engaged in months of inter-religious killing.

CAR president asks France to stay till polls

2014-02-18 07:44

The leader of the strife-torn CAR has asked French troops to stay until polls due in early 2015, as unabated sectarian violence wrecked Paris’s hope of a quick exit.

France opens probe into Hollande lover pic

2014-02-04 20:49

French prosecutors say they had launched a criminal probe into the publication of a photo of actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made global waves.


Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash

2014-07-25 12:07

French President Francois Hollande has announced that one of the aircraft’s two black boxes has been found in the wreckage of an Air Algerie plane that crashed over the West African state of Mali.

UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

2014-07-22 22:08

The UN secretary general has said it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel.

French president Hollande visits Niger

2014-07-18 14:20

France's president is paying a visit to the former colony of Niger, a landlocked desert nation in West Africa that has played a key role in French military efforts in the region.

Putin called to pressure Ukraine rebels on talks

2014-07-08 11:28

France and the US have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pressure pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine to agree a dialogue on reaching a ceasefire with Kiev.

Sarkozy corruption probe a blow to comeback hopes

2014-07-02 10:41

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign.

France unveils ambitious energy bill

2014-06-19 08:25

France has unveiled a much-anticipated bill to reduce the country's dependency on nuclear energy and fossil fuels, after months of debate over one of the government's pet projects.

Hollande taps bank economist to lead

2014-06-10 18:00

Francois Hollande's top economic advisor is standing down and will be replaced by a senior economist from a US bank, an official at the French presidency says.

Obama, Cameron set new Russia sanctions deadline

2014-06-06 05:00

Obama and Cameron lay out new conditions for Putin in Ukraine to avoid tougher sanctions

Hostage appeals in video for negotiated release

2014-06-04 08:49

A video of French hostage Serge Lazarevic, appealing to France’s president Francoise Hollande to negotiate his release after two years in captivity in Sahara, has been aired by Dubai-based Akhbar Al Aan TV.

EU leaders look for answers amid euroscepticism

2014-05-27 15:07

European leaders are set to carry out a post-mortem, with calls for reforms to the bloc following the dramatic breakthrough of nationalist, eurosceptic and anti-immigrant parties in EU elections.

Nigeria, neighbours to join forces over kidnapping

2014-05-17 18:35

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan meets with leaders of neighbouring states in Paris for talks aimed at forging a strategy against Boko Haram holding more than 200 schoolgirls.

Nigerian girls 'held near their school for 11 days'

2014-05-12 11:31

Boko Haram Islamists reportedly held the more than 200 Nigerian girls for 11 days near their school without the authorities intervening.

Ukraine pro-Russia rebels win vote for independence

2014-05-12 07:20

Pro-Russian rebels have claimed that voters in eastern Ukraine massively backed independence in a disputed poll that Kiev and the West dismissed as an illegal "farce".

France, Nigeria boost ties to fight Boko Haram

2014-05-08 09:08

France says it is boosting intelligence ties with Nigeria and sending security service agents there to tackle Boko Haram after more than 200 girls were kidnapped by the Islamist group.

US slams Russia as Ukraine war fears rise

2014-05-07 07:58

The United States has accused Russia of plotting to annex more of Ukraine's territory via a "bogus" referendum.

Dos Santos visits France after years of frosty ties

2014-04-29 16:31

Angola’s long-serving President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos has met his French counterpart Francois Hollande on a rare official visit abroad after years of frosty ties caused by a damaging bribes scandal.

3 charged over Hollande affair actress photo

2014-04-12 22:32

A photographer and two executives at the magazine that exposed French President Francois Hollande's affair with an actress are set to be charged under France's strict privacy laws.

France's Hollande names new centrist PM

2014-03-31 22:02

French President Francois Hollande selected centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after the ruling Socialists were trounced.

French minister in the soup over disgusting food

2014-03-29 14:06

France's trade minister has had to eat humble pie after she was caught on film saying that food served at a state dinner for China's President Xi Jinping was disgusting.

Police enforce car ban as Paris battles smog

2014-03-17 12:49

France has deployed hundreds of police in Paris to enforce the most drastic curbs on car use in 20 years as authorities sought to reduce health-endangering pollution.

Hollande in CAR as France digs in

2014-02-28 10:31

French President Francois Hollande is expected in Bangui, nearly three months into a mission to stop deadly sectarian killing that is proving more arduous than planned.

Hollande promises tax stability

2014-02-17 17:44

President Francois Hollande appealed to foreign business leaders to invest in France, offering them simpler and more stable tax policies.

Queen invited to France for D-Day anniversary

2014-02-03 18:43

Royal officials say Queen Elizabeth II will travel with her husband to France to attend events marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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