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Hollande embarks on trip to Ebola-hit Guinea

2014-11-27 08:47

French President Francois Hollande is set to visit Guinea, making him the first Western leader to travel to a country hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.

Nuclear: Govt concludes workshop

2014-11-26 18:56

A nuclear vendor workshop with China, France, South Korea, and the USA has been concluded, the energy department says.

France suspends delivery of warship to Russia

2014-11-25 20:33

France has suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a Nato country to the Kremlin.

French jets to join fight against ISIS

2014-11-23 19:55

French fighter jets are due to arrive in Jordan soon to join operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Prime Minister Manuel Valls says.

Bianchi home, out of induced coma

2014-11-20 07:11

F1 driver Jules Bianchi, severely injured when his race car ran under a recovery tractor in rain during the 2014 Japanese, F1 GP, is out of his induced come and home in France.

Areva shares plunge after scrapping forecasts

2014-11-19 10:45

Areva's share price has plunged after the French nuclear giant announced it is scrapping its goals for 2014 and suspending its outlook for the next two years.

Australia stands firm against G20 pack on climate change

2014-11-19 08:45

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that next year's landmark climate change summit in Paris will fail if world leaders decide to put cutting carbon emissions ahead of economic growth.

Frenchman believed to be among ISIS killers

2014-11-17 14:55

France's interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve says a Frenchman is believed to be among the ISIS killers in a video that showed the beheaded aid worker.

Big Paris cat on prowl not a tiger

2014-11-14 22:35

French authorities searching for a mysterious big cat spotted prowling around a town on the outskirts of Paris have revealed it was unlikely to be a tiger as initially suspected.

France, Germany outpace EU indexes on relief

2014-11-14 12:30

French and German stocks have outperformed European bourses after data showed Germany has narrowly avoided recession and France has grown more than expected.

Police, students lead separate Paris protests

2014-11-13 18:53

Students are barricading school entrances across Paris and demonstrating against police brutality, just as a major union of police officers staged its own rally.

Napoleon Bonaparte's hat for sale

2014-11-12 19:53

Napoleon Bonaparte's famous bicorn hat is up for auction and on display next to the chateau where the French general lived when he wasn't leading troops into battle across Europe.

24 jihadists killed in Mali, French military says

2014-11-08 18:06

The French military says 24 jihadists were killed in a recent operation carried out in northern Mali that left one French soldier dead.

French farmers hand out veg in protest

2014-11-05 16:29

Flanked by mountains of potatoes in a central Paris square, irate farmers have handed out free fruit and vegetables in a protest against cheap imported produce.

New research for spontaneous HIV 'cure'

2014-11-05 08:16

French scientists claim to have found the genetic mechanism for a 'spontaneous cure' in two HIV-infected men, proposing a new strategy for combating AIDS even as other experts urged caution.

France urges anti-ISIS coalition to help Aleppo rebels

2014-11-05 06:14

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has called for the US-led coalition against the ISIS group to help rebels in Syria's second city Aleppo hold out against the Damascus regime.

BNP Paribas surprises with Q3 profit boost

2014-10-31 12:41

French bank BNP Paribas has surprised investors with a sharp rise in third-quarter net profit, sending its shares up more than 2.0%.

French man dies after downing 56 shooters

2014-10-29 15:37

A man in the central French city of Clermont-Ferrand has died of alcohol poisoning after knocking back 56 shooters in a drinking contest, local media report.

Another French teen held as clown terror spreads

2014-10-28 05:00

A 14-year-old dressed as a clown has been arrested near Paris for attempting to attack a woman, as a strange phenomenon of fake, evil clowns terrorising passers-by spreads in France.

Remains of French ship to be reassembled

2014-10-25 07:39

Texas archaeologists are assembling a historically important French ship that wrecked three centuries ago.

Schumi latest: Doc sets recovery time

2014-10-23 10:25

Jean-Francois Payen, a doctor who treated Michael Schumacher after his catastrophic skiing fall, believes the former F1 driver could recover within three years.

French small firms stunted by bureaucracy

2014-10-21 14:23

Many bosses in France won't hire a 50th worker to avoid subsequent obligations, as small and mid-sized businesses say growth is stifled by bureaucratic demands.

UK big grocers can learn from France

2014-10-20 18:03

The success of French retailers in stopping the advance of discounters in the last five years shows a way out of the crisis embroiling Britain's "big four" grocers.

Germany, France debate austerity strains

2014-10-20 13:11

Germany and France are to debate their differences over austerity and how to revive the eurozone economy at a meeting of ministers in Berlin.

Panic over Ebola reaches fever-pitch

2014-10-17 17:23

Hysteria over Ebola has reached fever-pitch the world over as the death toll tops 4 500 despite repeated calls for calm.

 

F1 double-points tossed out for 2015

2014-11-27 07:50

The Formula One Commission has overruled Bernie Ecclestone-inspired double-points idea for the 2015 season. The fans hated it and so did Bernie, eventually!

Dakar 2015: Le Havre rite of passage

2014-11-26 10:59

645 vehicles, cleared at the French port of Le Havre, are heading for Argentina and the 2015 Dakar Rally. In many ways the port has become a rite of passage for competitors.

French, UK banks push EU to revise reform plans

2014-11-24 13:39

French and British banks are urging the European Commission to reconsider plans to isolate high-risk trading activities at big banks.

French jihadists call for attacks on France

2014-11-20 21:07

A horrified France was grappling with a new reality in which hundreds of its citizens are openly joining jihadist groups and directly calling for attacks on their homeland.

2nd Frenchman likely on ISIS beheading video

2014-11-19 10:43

France's government spokesperson says it seems that a second man who appears on a beheading video released by ISIS at the weekend is a French citizen.

Frenchman fights extradition from Namibia

2014-11-18 19:33

A French national, arrested in Namibia last year and wanted in India for allegedly committing sexual acts with minor boys, has appealed against his extradition.

Napoleon's hat sold for €1.8m

2014-11-16 20:33

One of Napoleon's famous two-pointed hats has been bought by a South Korean collector for €1.8m outside Paris, the Osenat auction house says.

France: Why did the tiger cross the road?

2014-11-14 18:32

A tiger eluding scores of security forces near Disneyland Paris has apparently crossed a major highway and slinked past a gas station, and is still on the loose.

Tiger still on the loose near Paris

2014-11-14 08:12

A tiger remains on the loose near Paris after fire-fighters and police have called off the search following a fruitless all-day hunt, with worried residents told to stay indoors.

Eurostar bets on new trains to win passengers

2014-11-13 11:15

Eurostar is betting on new destinations and bigger, wifi-enabled trains to lure more passengers from aeroplanes to the undersea tunnel.

Global energy system under stress

2014-11-12 11:25

With fossil fuels set to meet most of the increased global demand for energy, the IEA warns that climate change targets are at risk and conflicts could still wreak havoc with supplies.

France's unpopular Hollande vows no new taxes

2014-11-07 09:26

French President Francois Hollande says no new taxes will be imposed on anyone in France next year as he seeks to shake off record-low approval ratings.

French farmers dump manure in protest

2014-11-05 10:00

A group of more than 300 farmers have dumped around 100 tonnes of manure and rotten vegetables in Chartres in protest at falling food prices.

France facilitated evacuation of Burkina's Compaore

2014-11-05 08:15

France has facilitated the evacuation of Burkina Faso’s president in the heat of the west African country’s political crisis to neighbouring Ivory Coast, French President Francois Hollande says.

Mystery drones fly over French nuclear sites

2014-11-04 05:05

Security officials are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by drone aircraft over more than a dozen nuclear power stations in France.

Why are evil clowns wreaking havoc in France?

2014-10-28 21:52

Evil, armed clowns sow terror as part of an eerie trend that spreads from city to city: while this may sound like a Hollywood blockbuster, it's real and happening in France.

Clown terror spreads in France

2014-10-27 05:00

A wave of panic sparked by evil clowns stalking French towns has spread to the south of France where police arrested 14 teenagers dressed as the pranksters.

French raid destroys ISIS arms centre

2014-10-24 12:54

France’s military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

French energy industry reeling from recent exits

2014-10-21 16:05

France's powerful energy industry has been turned upside down as some of its most-high profile players have left - or been forced out - of their roles.

Elite team to probe Bianchi crash

2014-10-21 07:33

A 10-member team, comprising of Formula 1 veterans and safety officials, will make up a panel to investigate Jules Bianchi's horrific crash at the 2014 Japanese GP.

French journalists go on trial in Indonesia

2014-10-20 15:39

Two French journalists are on trial in Indonesia's Papua, accused of breaching visa regulations by illegally reporting on its separatist movement, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.

Vandals bring down sex toy sculpture in Paris

2014-10-18 20:30

Vandals have attacked a giant green inflatable sculpture in one of the most famous squares in Paris after its resemblance to a sex toy sparked an outcry.

France on Ebola alert

2014-10-17 14:46

France says it has appointed a team of experts to step up its response to the Ebola virus and will boost efforts to help west African nations.

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