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.

France awaits new govt after shock resignation

2014-08-26 09:13

France’s PM is set to appoint a new cabinet after tendering his government’s resignation amid a row over economic policy, plunging the country into a fresh political crisis.

French govt dissolved amid feud, stagnant economy

2014-08-25 14:43

French President Francois Hollande has dissolved the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country's stagnant economy.

French minister warns of austerity measures

2014-08-24 13:30

Austerity measures being pursued by France and elsewhere in the eurozone are quashing growth, says Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg.

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.


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.

French PM to unveil pro-reform cabinet

2014-08-26 11:37

France's prime minister will scramble to put together a new pro-reform government following the surprise eviction of rebel ministers who had opposed budgetary rigour.

Honeybee genome throws up survival clues

2014-08-25 19:40

Honeybees probably originated in Asia, say scientists who have teased interesting tidbits from the busy little pollinators' genome that they hope can be used to protect it.

French president dissolves government

2014-08-25 11:07

French president Francois Hollande is dissolving the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country’s economy.

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.

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