2 French teen girls probed as would-be jihadis

2014-08-22 22:38

Two girls, aged 15 and 17, are under investigation in France for allegedly making plans to join jihadis in Syria.

French baby's head bitten by circus camel

2014-08-21 16:14

A four-month-old baby boy is in hospital after a circus camel bit him on the head, French police say.

French woman gets jail for calling cops 637 times

2014-08-20 21:10

An unemployed French woman has been jailed for calling the police 637 times in the space of 48 hours last week, French media reports.

French cognac sales low as China exports drop

2014-08-20 11:30

Worldwide sales of cognac have fallen in 2013 to 2014 largely due to a drop in exports to China.

'Safer' pesticide could create toxic mercury

2014-08-19 21:06

A compound in pesticides that replaced another banned for its harmful effects, may threaten humans and wildlife by reacting with mercury in natural water to form a toxic chemical.

Saudi prince robbed of €250 000 in carjacking

2014-08-18 13:25

Kalashnikov-wielding robbers have attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with €250 000 in cash and reportedly stealing 'sensitive' documents, French police say.

Six climbers in fatal fall on Mont Blanc

2014-08-13 19:06

Six French climbers have died after a terrifying 250m fall from Mont Blanc, one of the worst accidents in a decade on Europe's highest mountain.

France warns over Russian aid convoy

2014-08-12 16:02

France has warned that any Russian aid convoy bound for Ukraine could be a pretext for a covert operation and stressed that Ukraine and the Red Cross must first give the green light to the mission.

Obama sends $10m for French action in Africa

2014-08-11 20:20

US President Barack Obama has authorised $10m in military aid for a major French counter-terrorism mission in the Sahel region of West Africa.

France ready to help in Iraq

2014-08-09 08:20

President Francois Hollande says that France is ready to take part in action to end civilian suffering in Iraq.

2 French journalists arrested in Indonesia

2014-08-08 10:37

Indonesian police have arrested two French journalists who were reporting on the separatist movement in the restive region of Papua, police and embassy officials say.

Voice recordings in Air Algerie crash unusable

2014-08-07 16:41

Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people last month are unable to access voice recordings from the flight deck.

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.

Light gene boosts tomato yields by a fifth

2014-08-06 05:00

Scientists have found a gene in wild tomatoes that enables farmed tomato plants to be grown 24 hours a day under natural and artificial light.

Ferrari engine boss headed for Renault?

2014-08-04 09:44

Luca Marmorini, former Ferrari engine boss and electronics chief, could take on another high-profile job in Formula 1, this time with engine-supplier Renault.

Air France grounds flights

2014-08-01 22:52

Air France has cancelled some of its short and medium-haul flights from airports across France on Saturday due to a strike by ground staff.

Identifying Mali air crash victims could take years

2014-07-31 18:37

Identifying the victims from last week's Air Algerie crash in Mali "could take weeks, months and maybe years", Algeria's chief of police says.

Air Algerie jet plunged rapidly

2014-07-30 20:56

The Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali last week appears to have plummeted to the ground from an altitude of 10 000 metres in just a few minutes after flying into a storm.

Rare Sri Lankan leopards born in French zoo

2014-07-30 15:09

Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility saY.

France to earmark €10bn of funding

2014-07-30 11:00

France will mobilise about €10bn for a package of tax breaks, low-cost loans and bonuses to boost investment in renewable energy.

France wages 'peach war' on Spain

2014-07-29 12:19

French fruit-growers' anger is boiling over amid fears that their industry is on the verge of disappearing entirely because of diving prices.

Air Algerie pilots asked to turn back

2014-07-28 19:00

France says the pilots of the Air Algerie passenger plane that crashed in Mali, killing all 118 people on board, had asked to turn back.

French flags fly half-mast after Air Algerie tragedy

2014-07-28 14:12

Flags are flying at half-mast in France in mourning for the 118 victims of the Air Algerie plane tragedy, as investigators wait for the black boxes from the crash site to arrive.

Investigators scour through debris at Mali crash

2014-07-27 20:19

French investigators have scoured through the debris of a shattered Air Algerie jetliner in Mali's remote desert north to get to the cause of the third global air disaster in eight days.

Elderly given an internet key to family links

2014-07-27 16:00

Two grandmothers mystified by computer tablets have inspired a start-up to develop an application to help the elderly stay in touch.


France cheers better wine harvest for 2014

2014-08-22 13:00

France will produce around six billion bottles of wine this year, a more successful harvest than in recent years.

France imports wheat because of poor crop

2014-08-21 15:45

France has imported milling wheat to mix with its poor quality, rain-soaked crop in order to reach quality required under contracts signed before the harvest.

How to greet people when travelling abroad

2014-08-20 15:54

Travelling to a different country soon, but not quite sure how to say ‘howzit’ to potential new foreign friends? Here’s your guide.

Magpies myth busted

2014-08-19 21:07

Magpies, black-and-white birds which for generations have been known as jewellery thieves, are in fact wary of shiny objects, a myth-busting study has claimed.

France to boost housing, cut taxes for low-paid

2014-08-19 11:15

The French government will announce measures soon to boost construction and give tax relief to low income households.

3 climbers die after 800m fall from Mont Blanc

2014-08-18 10:32

Two climbers and their guide have fallen 800m to their death in the Mont Blanc range, police say, the latest in a series of tragedies on Europe's highest mountain.

French company delivers first synthetic malaria drug

2014-08-13 09:40

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has announced the delivery of the first anti-malaria drugs using a semi-synthetic version of their key ingredient to millions of patients in Africa.

France still top global tourist destination

2014-08-12 10:30

France has welcomed 84.7m foreign tourists in 2013 making it once again the most-visited country in the world.

Hyundai teases next-gen i20

2014-08-11 09:14

Hyundai revealed the first images of its next-generation i20 ahead of its official debut at the 2014 Paris auto show in October. Check out our gallery!

European shares drop over Iraqi concerns

2014-08-08 11:08

European shares have dropped for the seventh time in eight sessions on rising geopolitical jitters after US President Barack Obama authorised air strikes in Iraq.

France seeks urgent council meeting on Iraq

2014-08-07 19:30

France has called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in northern Iraq, where the Islamic State has seized several Christian towns.

Areva may have negative credit rating

2014-08-07 16:30

French nuclear group Areva may find its investment grade credit rating under threat after warning of lower sales.

Probe rendezvous with comet after 6bn km

2014-08-06 18:38

The space probe Rosetta has made a historic rendezvous with a comet climaxing a 10-year, six-billion-kilometre chase through the Solar System.

Dozens hurt as migrants clash in France

2014-08-05 19:57

Dozens of mainly African migrants have been hurt in fresh clashes in the French port of Calais, as a new report warned of a dramatic rise in illegal immigration to Europe.

Thousands join pro-Palestinian rallies in France

2014-08-02 22:28

Thousands of people took to the streets in several cities across France to protest Israel's deadly offensive in the Gaza Strip.

50kg of cocaine missing from Paris police HQ

2014-08-01 12:04

French authorities have ordered a probe after more than 50kg of seized cocaine worth millions of euros went missing from the Paris police headquarters.

Russia must pay Yukos shareholders - court

2014-07-31 15:00

Europe's top human rights court has awarded shareholders $2.6bn in damages, a new blow to Russia on the brink of recession.

No intact bodies in grim Air Algerie probe

2014-07-30 16:54

French experts have been meticulously sifting through the debris of the Air Algerie plane that disintegrated over the Mali desert, killing all 118 on board. They have yet to see a single intact body

Paris tourists share picnics with rats

2014-07-30 11:51

On a summer's day in central Paris, hundreds of tourists are enjoying a picnic in the Tuileries garden. It's a stone's throw from the Louvre museum, with just one drawback, the rats.

France evacuating nationals from Libya

2014-07-29 18:01

France is evacuating its nationals from Libya amid increasing lawlessness and unrest after similar moves by other European nations.

France offers asylum to Christians of north Iraq

2014-07-29 07:10

France is ready to open its door to Christians from northern Iraq who were hounded out of their homes by extremist Islamic militants.

1000s march in Marseille in support of Israel

2014-07-27 21:49

Thousands took to the streets of Marseille in the south of France to show their support for Israel, the first such demonstration in the country since the start of the recent fighting in Gaza.

Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

2014-07-27 17:10

A French embassy spokesperson says black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali will be taken to France for analysis.

Air France ends diversion from Mali crash site

2014-07-25 20:03

Air France-KLM has ended a temporary precautionary measure which diverted its traffic away from the site in northern Mali of the crashed Air Algerie airline.

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