French government faces key confidence vote

2014-09-16 12:36

France's under-fire government faces a crucial parliamentary confidence vote as the country battles a political and economic crisis and President Hollande's popularity stagnates..

Fired French minister 'forgot' to pay rent for 3 years

2014-09-10 08:01

Former French trade minister Thomas Thevenoud, who lasted less than a fortnight in office before being sacked for tax irregularities, also failed to pay rent for three years.

IMF sees world growth at just over 3%

2014-09-08 14:00

The International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde has hinted the global lender could downgrade its forecast for world economic growth.

French president’s public, private life in trouble

2014-09-06 16:02

Things can't get much worse for French President Francois Hollande: The economy is lagging; his new government is already under fire; and his private life has just been exposed.

France's scorned first lady kisses and tells

2014-09-03 13:08

France's former first lady has broke her silence over the tempestuous end of her relationship with President Francois Hollande, detailing her horrified reaction to the news he was having an affair.

Hollande: Assad cannot be ally against Islamic State

2014-08-28 14:21

President Francois Hollande says that opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should have more Western support, but President Assad could not be an ally against jihadists.

French PM to unveil pro-reform cabinet

2014-08-26 11:37

France's prime minister will scramble to put together a new pro-reform government following the surprise eviction of rebel ministers who had opposed budgetary rigour.

French govt dissolved amid feud, stagnant economy

2014-08-25 14:43

French President Francois Hollande has dissolved the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country's stagnant economy.

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.


Two thirds of French want Hollande to quit- poll

2014-09-11 17:42

Nearly two thirds of French voters would like to see their deeply unpopular socialist president, Francois Hollande, resign before the end of his term in 2017, a poll shows.

French Muslim minister faces racist attacks

2014-09-09 13:00

The appointment of a young Morocco-born woman as France's education minister has sparked a wave of attacks that has renewed concerns about racism in the country.

Hollande's ex comes out in support of him

2014-09-08 09:12

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, as Francois Hollande has learned since a memoir published by his spurned girlfriend left France both aghast and greedy for details about the president's private life.

Hollande tried to win me back, says ex

2014-09-03 14:37

French President Francois Hollande's former companion writes in a tell-all book that months after their public breakup he was trying to win her back with dinner and barrages of text messages.

Hollande: Russian troops in Ukraine unacceptable

2014-08-28 16:09

President Francois Hollande has described the possible presence of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine as 'intolerable and unacceptable' and called on Moscow to 'respect the sovereignty of Ukraine'.

Hollande to install govt with 'centre-left' agenda

2014-08-26 14:50

France is set to get a new centre-left government, a day after President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls dissolved their 5-month-old Socialist administration following an internal clash.

France awaits new govt after shock resignation

2014-08-26 09:13

France’s PM is set to appoint a new cabinet after tendering his government’s resignation amid a row over economic policy, plunging the country into a fresh political crisis.

French president dissolves government

2014-08-25 11:07

French president Francois Hollande is dissolving the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country’s economy.

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.

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