France's Macron seeks new horizon, hints at presidential bid

2016-08-31 21:30

Potential presidential contender Emmanuel Macron has said he's leaving his job as French economy minister because he wants to take new risks, after a tenure marked by controversial labour reforms.

Vowing to 'transform' France, Macron quits as economy minister

2016-08-30 21:47

France's Emmanuel Macron has vowed after stepping down as economy minister to "transform" an ailing country, but has stopped short of declaring a presidential run.

UN hails suspension of France's burkini ban, slams 'stigmatisation'

2016-08-30 15:49

The UN has welcomed a decision by France's highest administrative court to suspend a controversial ban on burkini swimwear, warning that the ban had fuelled religious intolerance and stigmatisation.

Anti-burkini law would be 'unconstitutional' - French minister

2016-08-29 07:02

It would be "unconstitutional" for France to pass a law banning the burkini, and such a move could cause irreparable harm, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has warned in an interview published online.

French top court overturns burkini ban

2016-08-26 15:21

France's top administrative court has overturned a town's burkini ban amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches.

Muslim women say burkini debate 'absurd'

2016-08-24 21:17

Before Wendy had bought her first burkini this summer, the 22-year-old French Muslim convert would dress up in leggings, a tennis skirt and a T-shirt to enjoy days at the beach.

Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate

2016-08-24 18:58

An angry debate over a ban on burkinis in France was further stoked Wednesday as images of a veiled woman surrounded by police on a beach in Nice went viral.

Seven held after double murder off Madagascar

2016-08-23 17:13

Police investigating the double murder of two French volunteers on an island off Madagascar have arrested seven suspects.

Two French volunteers feared murdered off Madagascar

2016-08-22 06:08

Two young French volunteers found dead on an island off the northeast coast of Madasgascar were likely murdered, authorities say.

Jewish man injured in Strasbourg stabbing

2016-08-19 19:43

A Jewish man wearing a kippa skullcap has been stabbed in the French city of Strasbourg by a man who was promptly arrested, police and Jewish community sources have said.


Coca-Cola workers find smuggled cocaine in France shipment

2016-08-31 13:13

Workers at a Coca-Cola factory in southern France have opened a shipment of orange juice, but found a huge shipment of cocaine instead.

Tensions mount as record numbers crowd French migrant camp

2016-08-30 19:04

Tempers have been rising among migrants squeezed in record numbers into a shrinking slum camp in France's port city of Calais.

France seeks new chapter in Muslim relations

2016-08-30 05:35

France's government has sought to open a new chapter in relations with the country's Muslims following a summer scarred by jihadist attacks and a ban on burkinis that has ratcheted up communal tensions.

French resorts defiant over burkini ban

2016-08-26 22:30

France's highest administrative court has suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town, although other resorts have remained defiant, vowing to keep the restrictions in place.

French burkini bans face legal challenge as tension mounts

2016-08-25 17:28

France's highest administrative authority has been studying whether local bans on full-body burkini swimsuits are legal, amid growing concerns about police forcing Muslim women to disrobe.

France to teach children how to react to terror attacks

2016-08-24 21:17

France's government has unveiled a plan to teach children how to react in case of an attack at school.

Top French court to examine burkini ban

2016-08-24 11:30

A ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit by several French towns is set to come before France's highest administrative court, the tribunal says.

Sarkozy announces new bid for French presidency

2016-08-23 07:14

Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy has launched a fresh bid to win back the presidency, announcing he would seek the nomination of his centre-right party to run in next year's election.

Nice truck attack in Paris claims 86th victim

2016-08-20 15:53

The Bastille Day attack in the Riviera city of Nice, Paris has claimed an 86th victim.

Germany proposes burqa ban in public places

2016-08-19 16:09

Germany's interior minister has proposed partially banning the full-face burqa Islamic veil, as a debate on integration rages after two jihadist attacks and ahead of key state elections.

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