Criminal arranges own funeral to escape jail

2014-09-19 22:34

A French criminal came up with a cunning plan to escape the long arm of the law by announcing his own funeral, which both the police and his unsuspecting granny attended.

French nurse for MSF contracts Ebola in Liberia

2014-09-18 05:46

A French volunteer working for Medicines Sans Frontieres in Liberia has contracted Ebola, the medical charity says, adding that seven local staff members have already fallen ill from the deadly virus.

French parliament approves jihadist travel ban

2014-09-17 12:08

France's parliament has approved a new anti-terror bill aimed at preventing potential jihadists from travelling to Iraq, Syria or elsewhere by confiscating their passports.

Scientists go ga-ga for baby-talk gene

2014-09-17 05:00

Scientists say they have identified a gene that appears to play an important part in babies' language development.

French jets to begin Iraq reconnaissance flights

2014-09-15 11:00

French aircraft will begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says before a conference bringing together some 30 countries to discuss how to fight against ISIS militants.

Air France to run fewer flights as pilots strike

2014-09-14 16:00

Air France will operate only 40% of its flights as pilots begin a strike over company plans to cut costs to recapture market share from budget airlines.

Europe needs strategy after broken promises

2014-09-12 13:30

Eurozone finance ministers have cast around for ways to revive the bloc's economy as their post-crisis strategy of budget rigour is left in tatters by France.

Boy ordered tried in French street artist's death

2014-09-12 11:37

A US judge has ordered a 14-year-old boy to stand trial on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges in the fatal shooting of a French street artist.

Kim shoots record 61

2014-09-11 20:48

Hyo-Joo Kim has fired a stunning 10-under-par 61 – the lowest ever round in men’s or women’s major - to take a four stroke lead.

Two thirds of French want Hollande to quit- poll

2014-09-11 17:42

Nearly two thirds of French voters would like to see their deeply unpopular socialist president, Francois Hollande, resign before the end of his term in 2017, a poll shows.

F1 bans pit-radio tips for drivers

2014-09-11 08:19

You know those cheerful little radio messages 'twixt pit and driver that lighten up F1 racing? Well, they're now banned, starting with the 2014 Singapore F1 GP on Sept 21.

French Muslim minister faces racist attacks

2014-09-09 13:00

The appointment of a young Morocco-born woman as France's education minister has sparked a wave of attacks that has renewed concerns about racism in the country.

Hollande's ex comes out in support of him

2014-09-08 09:12

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, as Francois Hollande has learned since a memoir published by his spurned girlfriend left France both aghast and greedy for details about the president's private life.

Beach blast kills one

2014-09-07 14:32

One person has been killed and another seriously injured in an explosion on a beach on the western French island of Groix.

France builds stealth wind turbines

2014-09-05 15:15

France is building the world's first wind farm with turbine blades designed to minimise interference with radar systems.

French man jailed for texting his ex 21 807 times

2014-09-05 10:02

A 33-year-old French man has been sent to prison after phoning and texting his ex-girlfriend 21 807 times, admitting that, with hindsight, 'it was stupid'.

Obama calls for anti-jihadist front

2014-09-04 07:45

US President Barack Obama has called for an international front against jihadists in Iraq and Syria after they beheaded a second American reporter.

Hollande tried to win me back, says ex

2014-09-03 14:37

French President Francois Hollande's former companion writes in a tell-all book that months after their public breakup he was trying to win her back with dinner and barrages of text messages.

French mum reunited with daughter taken by 'jihadi' dad

2014-09-03 11:46

A young French mother whose daughter was smuggled out of the country by her 'Jihadi' father have been reunited with the two-year-old girl after months of separation.

War could spread beyond Ukraine, warns Poland PM

2014-09-01 21:29

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has warned that the war in eastern Ukraine risks spreading if Nato does not toughen its stance quickly.

Search for survivors after Paris explosion

2014-09-01 09:49

Rescue workers have searched throughout the night for two people missing after an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, killing six and reducing half a residential block to rubble.

Boy with brain tumour 'could be in Spain'

2014-08-30 14:05

British police say a British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital by his parents without doctors' consent could now be in Spain.

Hollande: Russian troops in Ukraine unacceptable

2014-08-28 16:09

President Francois Hollande has described the possible presence of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine as 'intolerable and unacceptable' and called on Moscow to 'respect the sovereignty of Ukraine'.

New minister aims for 35-hour week: France

2014-08-28 13:39

France's new Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron has run into trouble with trade unions for suggesting companies could be allowed exemptions to the 35-hour week.

French economy minister joins jobless queue

2014-08-26 17:30

France's firebrand economy minister Arnaud Montebourg has loved setting off political bombs, but this time, one may have exploded on him earlier than expected.


Under-fire Hollande faces press grilling

2014-09-18 11:56

President Francois Hollande is set to hold a rare and hotly awaited news conference as the embattled and deeply unpopular leader seeks to turn the tide on a catastrophic in few weeks.

Hollande heads for showdown over job deregulation

2014-09-17 14:00

President Francois Hollande has angered everyone from medics to taxi drivers enough to drive them onto the streets in recent months.

Scandal-hit Sarkozy set to announce comeback

2014-09-17 09:16

Nicolas Sarkozy, who leapt to power in 2007 before suffering a humbling defeat five years later, is poised to make his comeback this week.

French government faces key confidence vote

2014-09-16 12:36

France's under-fire government faces a crucial parliamentary confidence vote as the country battles a political and economic crisis and President Hollande's popularity stagnates..

An emotional Beyoncé in tears as she and Jay Z end tour in Paris

2014-09-15 10:31

An emotional Beyoncé was in tears as she and husband Jay Z wrapped up their "On the Run" stadium tour in Paris, where the duo said they got engaged years ago.

Facebook 15 on trial for speed-trap warnings

2014-09-13 16:14

If a person tells a friend: 'Look out, there's a speed-trap south of Bloem' is that a crime? Extend that to telling 10 000 people on Face book - is that a crime? Seems to in France...

Chinese Fosun make counter-bid for Club Med

2014-09-12 13:00

Chinese group Fosun with its French ally Ardian and other partners have made a counter-bid for French holiday company ClubMed.

Anti-Semitic attacks double in France

2014-09-12 07:55

Anti-Semitic attacks nearly doubled in France in the first seven months of the year, the country's main Jewish group says.

Iran: West must drop 'illogical' nuclear demands

2014-09-11 17:42

Iran says world powers should abandon their “illogical demands” over its nuclear programme, ahead of talks to try to bridge wide differences in positions and end the decade-old dispute.

How Divine! New Citroen DS revealed

2014-09-11 13:36

Citroen's premium division, DS, will spin-off from the French automaker. The new 'brand' will showcase a stunning concept car ahead of the 2014 Paris show - the Divine DS.

Fired French minister 'forgot' to pay rent for 3 years

2014-09-10 08:01

Former French trade minister Thomas Thevenoud, who lasted less than a fortnight in office before being sacked for tax irregularities, also failed to pay rent for three years.

Brussels shooter's Syrian past sets off alarm bells

2014-09-08 10:50

Revelations that the suspected gunman in the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels had also served as a captor and torturer in Syria shows Europe's vulnerability to terror attacks, experts said.

Britain offers Nato fences to French port to block migrants

2014-09-08 05:00

Britain will offer the strong security fences used at last week's Nato summit to the French port of Calais, which is struggling to block migrants seeking illegal passage to Britain.

French president’s public, private life in trouble

2014-09-06 16:02

Things can't get much worse for French President Francois Hollande: The economy is lagging; his new government is already under fire; and his private life has just been exposed.

Dentist arrested after ‘mutilating patients’

2014-09-05 14:28

A fugitive Dutch dentist accused of mutilating dozens of French patients has been arrested in Canada following an international manhunt.

4 held in Detroit killing of French street artist

2014-09-04 10:31

Detroit police have arrested four people in the robbery and killing of a French street artist whose body was found in the ruins of an abandoned public housing project last year, authorities say.

Firms halt spread of grisly videos

2014-09-03 23:11

Firms have implemented plans to stem the spread of grisly videos after the Syria beheading of last week.

France's scorned first lady kisses and tells

2014-09-03 13:08

France's former first lady has broke her silence over the tempestuous end of her relationship with President Francois Hollande, detailing her horrified reaction to the news he was having an affair.

French journos held in Papua 'likely to face trial'

2014-09-02 08:45

Two French journalists arrested in Indonesia’s Papua while reporting on the separatist movement are likely to go on trial, their lawyer says.

7 dead in Paris building collapse

2014-09-01 16:40

The death toll in the collapse of an apartment building in Paris rose to seven as rescue workers continued to search for survivors.

Three killed as Paris suburb building collapses

2014-08-31 20:21

An 8-year-old child is among three people killed in an explosion that reduced half of a four-storey residential block in a Paris suburb to rubble.

Time running out for 'kidnapped' brain tumour boy

2014-08-29 19:14

British and French authorities are racing against time to find a desperately ill five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who officials believe was 'kidnapped' from hospital by his family.

Hollande: Assad cannot be ally against Islamic State

2014-08-28 14:21

President Francois Hollande says that opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should have more Western support, but President Assad could not be an ally against jihadists.

Decline of French language could cost jobs

2014-08-26 19:34

A decline in the number of people worldwide who speak French could cost France 120 000 jobs by 2020 and half a million by 2050.

Hollande to install govt with 'centre-left' agenda

2014-08-26 14:50

France is set to get a new centre-left government, a day after President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls dissolved their 5-month-old Socialist administration following an internal clash.

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