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Fires in southern France 'under control'

2017-07-27 19:14

Huge fires that forced mass evacuations of residents and holidaymakers in southern France were "under control", firefighters said, although they warned new blazes were still starting.

10 000 evacuated over new wildfire in France

2017-07-26 08:49

At least 10 000 people were evacuated overnight after a new wild fire broke out in southern France, which was already battling massive blazes that have consumed swathes of forest, authorities said Wednesday.

France asks for help to fight Cote d'Azur fires

2017-07-25 21:01

France has asked for Europe's help in fighting wildfires that have consumed swathes of forest in the southeast, one of which is raging near the popular resort of Saint-Tropez.

French leader plays peacemaker, hosting top Libyan rivals

2017-07-25 17:00

President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker in a country where the stakes are high for Europe and Africa

Pioneering Paris canal swimming spot closed due to pollution

2017-07-24 21:14

A new public bathing area on a Paris canal that has been helping residents keep cool during the summer has been temporarily closed due to pollution concerns just a week after opening.

SA child born with HIV has virus under control without drugs

2017-07-24 11:12

A South African child born with the Aids virus has kept the infection suppressed for more than 8 years after stopping anti-HIV medicines.

French grape harvest heading to historic low

2017-07-23 15:41

Knocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped dramatically this year and could hit "a historic low".

Is that really a beached whale beneath Paris' Notre Dame?

2017-07-22 18:38

A sperm whale appears to have beached on an embankment in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris - but it's really just an art installation from a Belgian artists' collective.

Top Africa stories: Kaunda, Africa, Zim

2017-07-20 20:00

The office of the Zambian high commissioner in SA says Kenneth Kaunda is not dead,and France has refuted recent media allegations that President Emmanuel Macron made a controversial and racist remark regarding Africa.

Controversial French anti-terror bill clears hurdle

2017-07-19 10:57

A controversial bill to toughen France's security laws cleared its first hurdle when the conservative-dominated Senate approved the legislation by a majority.

 

France to conduct asylum seeker checks in Libya: Macron

2017-07-27 16:19

France will set up a processing centre this summer in Libya for asylum seekers trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean, President Emmanuel Macron says.

Gene therapy helps dogs with muscle dystrophy, humans next?

2017-07-25 22:04

Researchers have used gene editing to reverse symptoms in dogs of Duchenne muscular dystrophy - a muscle-wasting and life-shortening disease that affects one in 5 000 baby boys.

Rival Libyan leaders in France to seek way out of chaos

2017-07-25 20:44

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj is holding French-brokered talks with Khalifa Haftar, the rival military commander who controls the east, to try to end the chaos in the conflict-ridden country.

France battles raging inferno on Cote d'Azur

2017-07-25 14:52

Thousands of firefighters are battling forest fires in large areas of southeast France, with one "extremely virulent" inferno raging near the jetset resort of Saint-Tropez.

France bringing top Libyan rivals together in new initiative

2017-07-24 16:20

French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya to try to "contribute to an end to the Libyan crisis", his office says.

French growth slows even as manufacturing touches six-year high

2017-07-24 10:37

France’s private-sector economy has slowed in July as the best manufacturing numbers in more than six years couldn’t compensate for a weakening in services.

Popularity tumbles for France's Macron

2017-07-23 08:24

A poll out on Sunday shows the popularity rating of France's new President Emmanuel Macron has slumped 10 points to hit 54% over the past months

Macron seeks to repair damage after army chief quit

2017-07-20 21:09

French President Emmanuel Macron was to address troops at an air base on Thursday as he sought to repair the damage following the resignation of a highly-regarded military chief who challenged the government's budget cuts.

EXCLUSIVE: Macron did not slur against Africans, France says

2017-07-20 11:55

France has refuted recent media allegations that President Emmanuel Macron made a controversial and racist remark regarding Africa and African women at the G20 summit in Hamburg, German.

Macron urges resumption of Mideast talks based on two states

2017-07-16 18:36

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a resumption of long-stalled Middle East peace talks based on a two-state solution.

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