French face smaller pensions, later retirement

2014-12-16 10:57

France's indebted pension system can only address chronic funding shortfalls if the French accept to work longer and take home smaller pensions, shows a report.

Global oil demand to slow despite price rout

2014-12-15 17:27

Global appetite for oil will grow at a slower pace in 2015 than earlier thought despite plunging crude prices, says the IEA.

UN chief applauds Lima climate deal

2014-12-14 22:22

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has applauded a global climate deal signed in Lima and urged countries to commit to tough negotiations taking place in Paris next year.

US boost helps halt eurozone share slide

2014-12-12 12:00

Eurozone shares have snapped a three-day losing streak, taking their lead from gains on Wall Street as consumer spending data show positive signs.

Dakar: Kamaz gears for truck race

2014-12-11 09:02

For the first time the Dakar will feature a marathon stage for the truck category, posing a unique challenge for the Kamaz, Iveco and MAN truck racers.

Reducing inequality will help growth - OECD

2014-12-09 19:45

Moves by national governments to reduce inequality between their rich and poor citizens will help to lift economic growth, says the OECD.

High heels have power over men

2014-12-09 05:10

Science proves Marilyn Monroe correct: High heels have significant power over men.

Global Resorts raises bid for Club Med

2014-12-05 17:15

Italian businessman Andrea Bonni's Global Resorts has raised its offer to counter the takeover ambitions of its Chinese rival.

French pair jailed for Israel hit-and-run

2014-12-04 16:33

A Frenchman who killed a young Israeli woman in a hit-and-run accident in Tel Aviv and immediately fled the country, has been sentenced to five years in jail.

French vote urges recognition of Palestinian state

2014-12-02 20:19

France's lower house of Parliament has voted to urge the government to recognise a Palestinian state, in the hope that it would speed up peace efforts after decades of conflict.

Genetic research may offer alternatives to GM crops

2014-12-02 12:06

Advances in understanding the genetic make-up of plants could ultimately help to produce more resilient, higher-yielding crops, the head of French seed company Limagrain says.

Swiss vote on capping immigration 'to save environment'

2014-12-01 14:17

Swiss voters will decide whether to dramatically cut immigration numbers in the name of saving the environment, in a referendum that opponents have labelled xenophobic.

French floods force more than 1 500 from homes

2014-11-30 16:05

The worst flooding in southern France for more than a decade has forced more than 1 500 people to evacuate their homes, officials say.

Sarkozy is back but can he regain the presidency?

2014-11-28 22:32

Nicolas Sarkozy is the frontrunner as French conservatives choose their new leader over the next two days, a crucial step in his bid to win back the country's presidency.

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.


No need to reform French pension system

2014-12-17 10:30

France's social affairs minister says there is no need to reform an indebted pension system, despite a report showing it will face chronic funding shortfalls.

EU investment plan may be delayed

2014-12-15 20:00

The European Union's vaunted investment plan, which still await agreement, will be discussed by the bloc's 28 leaders.

France's Accor hotels in strategic alliance

2014-12-15 10:56

French hotel group Accor and China's Huazhu have signed a deal to join forces in China, the world's largest travel market, as well as in Mongolia and Taiwan.

Mali: 4 prisoners exchanged for French hostage

2014-12-15 09:36

The Malian government says it exchanged four prisoners to secure the release of a French hostage held for three years by al-Qaeda's North African branch.

Tragedy as French climber dies in Nepal

2014-12-14 13:15

A 30-year-old French climber has fallen to his death on a mountaineering trip in Nepal's Everest region, police say.

Citroen updates C4 for 2015

2014-12-11 09:52

New engines and the automaker's latest technology, including new headlights, will form part of an upgrade for Citroen's C4 in 2015.

All you need to know about the Dakar

2014-12-10 11:29

Peugeot, a major entrant in the 2015 Dakar Rally in South America, shares with Wheels24 10 top things you need to know before the most gruelling off-road challenge on Earth starts.

German court throws out Nazi massacre case

2014-12-09 16:01

A German court has thrown out the case of a former SS man accused of involvement in the largest civilian massacre in Nazi-occupied France.

France's Hollande meets Putin

2014-12-06 20:10

French President Francois Hollande has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Ukraine crisis during a brief stopover at a Moscow airport.

General: CAR security better

2014-12-04 17:55

The commander of France's military operation in CAR says security has improved considerably in the country, with French authorities studying plans for a troop drawdown.

Bianchi going too fast - probe report

2014-12-03 20:42

Now brain-damaged Jules Bianchi was going too fast after being flagged to slow down in rain during the 2014 Japanese F1 GP, says an official report on his horrific crash.

Woman locks herself in freezer, commits suicide

2014-12-02 16:10

A 57-year-old French woman who was suffering from 'devastating loneliness' has been found dead in her freezer in an apparent suicide, police say.

European stocks knocked lower

2014-12-01 18:28

European shares have fallen, led lower by oil and mining stocks, as weak Chinese and euro zone economic data led a change in the commodities market.

Euro 2016 mascot named

2014-11-30 20:00

The mascot for the the 2016 European football championship in France has been named Super Victor in a vote by internet users.

3 French Mirage jet fighters deployed in Jordan

2014-11-29 22:38

Three French Mirage warplanes have been deployed in Jordan to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group, a military spokesperson says.

One dead, three missing in French floods

2014-11-28 07:24

A woman has died and three other people were missing after a heavy storm triggered flash flooding in southeastern France, the government says.

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.

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