Merkel sets tough line at EU summit with eastern partners

2015-05-22 09:54

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told the EU’s eastern partners not to expect too much of the block and warned Russia to mend its ways over Ukraine if it wants to rejoin the G7 club of top nations.

France's Hollande meets Fidel Castro, urges end to embargo

2015-05-12 11:37

French President Francois Hollande has called for an end to the US embargo on Cuba, as he met with Fidel Castro during the first visit by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties.

Hollande heads to Cuba on historic visit

2015-05-11 09:55

Francois Hollande is due in Havana, the first French president to visit Cuba in more than a century, cementing Paris’s lead in the EU rapprochement with the communist island.

UN denies cover-up in CAR child sex abuse scandal

2015-05-02 12:00

Faced with mounting pressure to shed light on accusations that French soldiers sexually abused children in the CAR, the UN says suggestions of a cover-up are "offensive".

Hollande vows 'no mercy' if troops guilty of CAR child sex abuse

2015-04-30 16:48

French President Francois Hollande has vowed to “show no mercy” if peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic accused of raping starving children in exchange for food are found guilty.

France condemns 'shocking' Indonesia failings in death row case

2015-04-23 16:34

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the sentencing to death of a Frechman in Indonesia was the result of “serious dysfunctions” in the country’s legal system.

French TV channel gets hacked by ISIS

2015-04-09 08:23

French television network TV5Monde says it has been hacked by individuals claiming to belong to ISIS, bringing television broadcasts to a halt and taking over its websites and Facebook page.

Hollande: Identification of crash victims possible by week's end

2015-03-31 20:17

French President Francois Hollande has said that it would be possible to identify all the victims of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps by the end of the week.

France's right-wing parties lead local elections

2015-03-23 05:53

France's right-wing parties, led by former president Nicolas Sarkozy, appear to have edged out the far-right National Front to take first place in local elections.

Hollande urges web firms to fight hate speech

2015-02-24 11:01

French President Francois Hollande has urged internet companies like Google and Facebook to fight hate speech online.


French, German leaders appeal for end to use of fossil fuels

2015-05-19 13:34

The leaders of France and Germany urged the world to 'decarbonise', to completely phase out use of fossil fuels this century as pressure grows to end carbon-dioxide emissions.

French president to make rare visit to Haiti

2015-05-12 07:40

French leader Francois Hollande will make the second visit ever by a sitting president of France to its once prized possession of Haiti, where bountiful resources and brutal plantation slavery made it the European nation's most profitable colony.

5 years after quake, Haiti hospital clings to hope

2015-05-09 12:51

In the five years since Port-au-Prince was devastated by an earthquake, staff at Haiti's largest hospital have had to resort to examining patients in shipping containers.

Hollande promises to be 'relentless' against CAR rapists

2015-04-30 19:55

French President Francois Hollande has said that he would be "relentless" in pursuit of any soldiers guilty of raping children in the Central African Republic.

French leader visits gas chamber to honour Nazi camp victims

2015-04-26 18:06

French, European leaders visit gas chamber to honour Jews, resistance fighters killed by Nazis.

Hollande sees obstacles to Paris climate deal

2015-04-20 18:46

French President Francois Hollande say there are many obstacles to reaching a UN deal to fight climate change at a summit in Paris in December.

Rwanda: French genocide papers could answer 'dark' questions

2015-04-08 19:04

Rwanda says France’s declaration of documents relating to the 1994 genocide will shed light on unanswered questions over the mass killings, in which Kigali accuses Paris of having an indirect role.

Hollande, Merkel arrive in Alps for homage

2015-03-25 17:02

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have arrived in the remote Alpine region where an Airbus plane crashes, to pay homage to the 150 victims.

West vow 'strong' response if major Ukraine truce violated

2015-03-04 08:06

Western leaders have called for a "strong reaction" from the international community to any major violation of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as they seek to further pressure Russia over the conflict.

Jewish community will be protected - France

2015-02-24 07:41

French president Francois Hollande says that the country must offer its protection and affection to the Jewish community as anti-Semitism is on the rise in France.

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