Top Hollande aide resigns over conflict of interest

2014-04-18 17:02

An adviser to President Francois Hollande has stepped down following media accusations of a past conflict of interest between a previous role working for the state and work for the drugs industry.

Marko slams 'aggressive' Merc

2014-04-16 12:43

Red Bull adivsor Helmut Marko has hit back at Mercedes after it called on the Formula 1 court of appeal to impose 'a further sanction' on Red Bull.

Merc seeks Red Bull punishiment

2014-04-15 15:19

'There is a real risk that it will do it again,' Mercedes has urged FIA judges to add to Red Bull's punishment.

Total drops shale gas licence in Poland

2014-04-15 10:13

French oil giant Total says it has decided not to renew its only shale gas exploration licence in Poland.

Nazi memorabilia sale stopped after protests

2014-04-14 17:59

Nazi memorabilia that belonged to Adolf Hitler and air force chief Hermann Goering have been withdrawn from a Paris auction following objections from Jewish bodies.

527 DNA tests planned over French school rape

2014-04-14 12:07

The 527 potential suspects in a French high school rape case have lead to a mass DNA test as police search for the assailant.

Schumi showing signs of 'consciousness'

2014-04-14 08:01

Injured former Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher is 'showing moments of consciousness', spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said.

France opens pimping probe into dating site

2014-04-10 21:14

French prosecutors have opened a probe into a website that brings together older men and young women over suspicions of "organised pimping", a judicial source says.

Cash-strapped France to sell UN apartment

2014-04-10 20:00

The French government, which unveiled sweeping spending cuts, is selling the luxurious New York residence of its envoy to the United Nations for $48m.

French teens charged with plot to wipe out family

2014-04-09 14:40

Two French girls aged 13 have been charged with plotting to killed the entire family of one of the teens, as prosecutors expressed horror at the nature of the plan.

Outrage in France over Rwanda accusations

2014-04-07 15:51

Top-ranking former French officials have angrily rejected claims of complicity in Rwanda’s genocide, as ceremonies were held in Kigali to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacres.

French envoy barred from genocide anniversary

2014-04-07 10:07

The French ambassador to Rwanda says he has been barred from attending events marking the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide amid renewed claims France was complicit in the killings.

Lafarge, Holcim agree merger plan

2014-04-06 16:18

The world's two largest cement manufacturers have agreed the terms of a merger that will create a company with a stock market value of around $55bn.

Schumi shows 'moments of awakening'

2014-04-04 13:22

Michael Schumacher's manager says the comatose ex-Formula 1 driver has 'moments of consciousness and awakening' as he enters a fourth month in a medically induced coma.

French cabinet gets anti-austerity ally

2014-04-03 10:51

A fierce critic of budget austerity has been named French economy minister in a reshuffled government packed with strident personalities.

Hollande's ex-partner appointed a minister

2014-04-02 19:33

French President Francois Hollande has recalled his former partner Segolene Royal from the political wilderness to join a new streamlined government, days after his Socialist Party suffered an election drubbing.

Injured Schumi to return home?

2014-04-02 07:46

Michael Schumacher could be moved from the French hospital in Grenoble to his home in Switzerland.

France in new tack to fight roots of terrorism

2014-03-31 15:08

To stop the stream of French youths pursuing jihad in Syria, France is preparing to try to tackle terrorism before it starts, by involving schools, parents and local Muslim leaders.

Ex-F1 doc: 'Lapses' in Schumi's care

2014-03-27 15:21

An ex-F1 chief doctor says "serious lapses" in early treatment may have compromised Michael Schumacher's condition.

Panis no fan of 'green' F1

2014-03-27 11:09

Another critic, another negative response for the 2014 F1 season. Former F1 driver said Olivier Panis dislikes the new F1.

Ex-F1 doc: 'Lapses' in Schumi's care

2014-03-27 08:47

An ex-F1 chief doctor says "serious lapses" in early treatment may have compromised Michael Schumacher's condition and his chance of recovery from a skiing fall were decreasing.

Doctor shocked at Schumi's weight loss

2014-03-25 14:38

Former Formula 1 driver Micheal Schumacher has lost 20kg since December 2013. What's worse, a doctor reports.

Doctor shocked at Schumi's weight loss

2014-03-24 12:13

Former Formula 1 driver Micheal Schumacher has lost 20kg since December 2013. What's worse, a doctor reports: "One must assume that his muscles have degraded greatly due to the immobility."

France offers warplanes for Baltic air patrols

2014-03-21 14:16

A defence ministry official says France is offering to send warplanes to help provide air patrols over the Baltic states and Poland amid growing tensions between the West and Russia.

CAR hatred at terrifying level

2014-03-20 17:15

The UN's rights chief has expressed horror at the level of violence in the Central African Republic, citing cannibalism, child decapitations and gruesome lynchings.


'Early mistakes' could cost Schumi

2014-04-17 08:32

A German magazine claims that paramedics misdiagnosed the seriousness of Michael Schumacher's head injuries and that they may have affected his hopes of recovery.

France says no to modified maize

2014-04-16 08:35

France's has adopted a law prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

FIA: Red Bull appeal rejected

2014-04-15 11:41

Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification at the 2014 Australian GP has been rejected by the International Court of Appeal, reports the FIA.

Merc seeks Red Bull punishiment

2014-04-15 09:05

'There is a real risk that it will do it again,' Mercedes has urged FIA judges to add to Red Bull's punishment amid F1's fuel flow affair.

Prosecutor: Easy decision to order 527 DNA tests

2014-04-14 16:32

The prosecutor in a French city has said that it was an easy decision to order DNA tests for 527 people in the rape of a 16-year-old girl who was attacked at school.

'New evidence' in Ricciardo appeal

2014-04-14 09:43

Red Bull will present 'new evidence' to the FIA as it challenges driver Daniel Ricciardo's Melbourne disqualification.

3 charged over Hollande affair actress photo

2014-04-12 22:32

A photographer and two executives at the magazine that exposed French President Francois Hollande's affair with an actress are set to be charged under France's strict privacy laws.

France charges Rwanda genocide suspect

2014-04-10 21:12

France has charged a Rwandan genocide suspect and is holding him without bail after a diplomatic row with Kigali during ceremonies to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacres.

French priest 'raped, tortured' during exorcisms

2014-04-10 18:14

A priest in an ultra-conservative Catholic sect has been charged with rape and torture for acts allegedly committed during exorcisms involving three schoolteachers.

French still chary of UK business trends

2014-04-09 10:08

Things are changing in France's business world, where the state influence doesn't always trump business interest.

Rwanda president hits out at France

2014-04-07 15:05

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at France, saying it is impossible to "change the facts" about the genocide 20 years ago.

1994 genocide: Rwanda mourns the dead

2014-04-07 09:04

Rwanda is set to hold commemorations for the 20th anniversary of the genocide in which 800 000 died, a time of intense national grief, but overshadowed by renewed claims France was complicit in the killings.

French power couple reunites - at Cabinet table

2014-04-04 13:53

The new French government’s first meeting includes a man and woman who had four children together, split up in the public eye and are now back together in the political spotlight.

Robust Spanish data help Europe's stocks

2014-04-03 17:34

European shares have rallied, with some national indexes hitting multi-year highs, after the European Central Bank opened the door for unconventional measures.

Millions with tropical diseases are 'neglected'

2014-04-03 07:38

At least 1.4 billion people worldwide require treatment for a group of "neglected" tropical diseases and almost two-thirds are going without adequate medical care, eradication campaigners say.

Injured Schumi to return home?

2014-04-02 13:13

Michael Schumacher could be moved from the French hospital in Grenoble to his home in Switzerland.

France's Hollande names new centrist PM

2014-03-31 22:02

French President Francois Hollande selected centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after the ruling Socialists were trounced.

French minister in the soup over disgusting food

2014-03-29 14:06

France's trade minister has had to eat humble pie after she was caught on film saying that food served at a state dinner for China's President Xi Jinping was disgusting.

'15 Dakar: Peugeot lion to roar again

2014-03-27 11:21

Peugeot has announced that its lion will roar in the desert again. The brand will be back in the Dakar Rally in 2015 for the first time in 25 years.

French jobless total surges to new record

2014-03-27 10:11

The number of people out of work in France surged in February by 31 500 to a new record, dealing a blow to President Francois Hollande during local elections.

French plane diverted after Russia closes airspace

2014-03-26 14:27

Air France says a plane carrying 495 passengers and 22 crew has been diverted on its way from Shanghai to Paris after Russia announced that its airspace is closed for a military exercise.

Too soon to launch undersea search for MH370

2014-03-24 18:56

French investigators say it is too soon to consider launching undersea searches for the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines jet.

Socialists lose in French local polls

2014-03-24 11:18

France's far-right National Front party has dealt a major blow to the ruling Socialists, after several of its candidates took prime positions in the first round of local elections.

French charge Obiang junior with money laundering

2014-03-21 09:00

The Equatorial Guinea vice president has been charged as part of a French money laundering investigation.

France bemoans troop shortage in CAR

2014-03-19 21:55

The French commander of a European Union peacekeeping force which had been due to deploy in the Central African Republic said he did not have enough soldiers.

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