Brexit: UK’s Johnson warns France against WW2-style ‘punishment beatings’

Brexit: UK’s Johnson warns France against WW2-style ‘punishment beatings’

Britain’s foreign minister warned France on Wednesday against World War II-style “punishment beatings” after Paris indicated that it would not accept improved conditions for the UK outside the single market. Boris Johnson said it would not be in anyone’s interest to penalise Britain for exiting the European Union, comparing the proposed trade tariffs to punishments […]

France takes steps to prevent an election hack attack

France takes steps to prevent an election hack attack

Alarmed by allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential race, French authorities have warned political parties against the threat of cyber attacks as the country prepares to elect a new president in May. A US president-elect who may be compromised by a foreign power. A presidential election marred by cyber attacks, leaks and […]

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump and Putin’s policies ‘good’ for France

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump and Putin’s policies ‘good’ for France

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday dismissed allegations that Russia was behind cyber-attacks during the US presidential elections, a day after America’s top intelligence official said Moscow aggressively interfered in the campaign. Le Pen defended Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump, who beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in November’s elections, […]

France’s left-wing presidential hopefuls unveil their platforms

France’s left-wing presidential hopefuls unveil their platforms

Former prime minister Manuel Valls and Vincent Peillon, an MEP and former education minister, unveiled their respective presidential platforms Tuesday as they gear up to compete with five other left-wing contenders in France’s April-May elections. The fellow Socialist Party politicians agreed on the need to revive the European Union, but diverged on the national budget […]

France, Germany and the Netherlands: The elections that could derail the EU in 2017

France, Germany and the Netherlands: The elections that could derail the EU in 2017

After Brexit rattled the European Union in 2016, a string of high-stakes elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands – along with possibly Italy – could bring even greater uncertainty to the bloc in the year to come. Buoyed by a year of electoral revolts on both sides of the Atlantic, Eurosceptic parties will be […]

France votes to extend state of emergency for fifth time

France votes to extend state of emergency for fifth time

France’s parliament voted early Wednesday to extend a national state of emergency until July 15, after next year’s elections. The security measures, in force since attacks in Paris that killed 130 people in November 2015, are now expected to be approved by the Senate on Thursday. It is the fifth extension of the state of […]

France arrests 11 people in Bastille Day truck attack in Nice

France arrests 11 people in Bastille Day truck attack in Nice

French police on Monday arrested 11 people suspected of helping to arm the Tunisian who killed 86 people by driving his truck into a crowd in Nice, sources close to the investigation said. Ten suspects, including one or more Albanians, were arrested in various parts of Nice and another was detained in the western city […]

France, UK and US lead call for ‘immediate’ Aleppo ceasefire

France, UK and US lead call for ‘immediate’ Aleppo ceasefire

French President François Hollande denounced on Wednesday “systematic obstruction” by Russia at the UN Security Council after the failure of a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo. A statement jointly issued with Canada, Germany and Italy also hit out at the regime in Damascus and its “foreign backers, especially […]

How Catholic hardliners shaped France’s race for the presidency

How Catholic hardliners shaped France’s race for the presidency

François Fillon’s abrupt surge from also-ran to hot favourite for the French presidency has cast a spotlight on the role played by Catholic voters and hardline activists in designating a conservative candidate for the Elysée Palace. In a year of electoral upsets that brought pollsters on both sides of the Atlantic into unprecedented disrepute, the […]

Australia’s Wallabies beat France 25-23 in Paris thriller

Australia’s Wallabies beat France 25-23 in Paris thriller

Australia beat France 25-23 in a thrilling one-off rugby union test match at the Stade de France on Saturday, handing the hosts a reality check after their thrashing of Samoa last week. The Wallabies, who rallied from 8-0 down to lead 13-11 at half-time, held off a late French charge with Camille Lopez missing a […]

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump win ‘good news for France’

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump win ‘good news for France’

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Wednesday said Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election was “good news” for France. “I repeat, the election of Donald Trump is good news for our country,” said Le Pen, who will be the anti-immigration National Front’s candidate in France’s 2017 presidential election. Le Pen, 48, was […]

France ends military mission in troubled Central African Republic

France ends military mission in troubled Central African Republic

France on Monday formally ended a peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, hailing it a success despite sporadic outbreaks of violence in its deeply troubled former colony. The move came just hours after about 10 people were killed in clashes between armed groups Sunday in the restive Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of the capital Bangui, according […]

Fears of fresh violence in CAR as France ends military mission

Fears of fresh violence in CAR as France ends military mission

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian headed to the Central African Republic on Sunday to formally end Operation Sangaris, begun three years ago to halt mass killings there but which failed to disarm militias terrorising the population. The formal end to the French mission comes as a fresh wave of bloodshed shook the troubled nation, […]

France needs to ‘rethink the relationship’ between the police and citizens

France needs to ‘rethink the relationship’ between the police and citizens

As despair mounts among France’s overworked police force, FRANCE 24 speaks to criminologist Mathieu Zagrodzki about the frustration that has seen law enforcement take to the streets in protest against an increasing work load and extra hours. French President François Hollande meets with representatives of police unions on Wednesday after more than a week of […]

France’s iTélé show host suspended following journalists’ strike

France’s iTélé show host suspended following journalists’ strike

Journalists at French 24-hour news station iTélé went on strike for a second week on Monday over the hiring of presenter Jean-Marc Morandini, who is under formal investigation for sexual harassment and the coercion of minors. Morandini officially joined the channel earlier this month at the insistence of Vincent Bolloré – whose mass media conglomerate […]

British charities press France ahead of Calais camp closure

British charities press France ahead of Calais camp closure

British charities and lawmakers have urged French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to ensure the safety of children in the “Jungle” Calais migrant camp during its demolition set for Monday. The signatories said in a letter dated Friday they had “very serious worries concerning the security and well-being of unaccompanied minors and vulnerable adults”. Cazeneuve has […]

France seeks sanctions over chemical attacks in Syria

France seeks sanctions over chemical attacks in Syria

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Saturday asked the UN Security Council to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and urged that those behind the attacks be placed under sanctions. “I want… a clear condemnation of these crimes in a resolution from the UN Security Council… that places the perpetrators under sanctions,” Ayrault […]

An evening with a great personality

An evening with a great personality

14 oct 2016 was a very special day for the members of Shahbano Mir Adab Academy. We all had a great honour to meet H.E Moin Ul Haq , the ambassador of Pakistan. A high profile personality so down to earth welcomed us warmly. Shahbano Mir introduced all the team members individually to the ambassador. […]

Syria is top priority, new UN Secretary-General Guterres tells FRANCE 24

Syria is top priority, new UN Secretary-General Guterres tells FRANCE 24

Newly appointed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told FRANCE 24 on Saturday that resolving Syria’s five-and-a-half-year civil war would be his top priority. This war “became not only a tragedy for the Syrian people, but a big threat for the stability of the region, and a threat to the security of everybody everywhere”, the former UN […]

France scraps sterilisation law for transgender people

France scraps sterilisation law for transgender people

Rights activists celebrated a major victory in France on Thursday after the country passed legislation allowing transgender people to legally change their gender without undergoing sterilization. The move comes after a handful of European nations strengthened the rights of transgender people by ending requirements such as undergoing medical procedures in order to have their desired […]

Pogba’s goal decisive as France beat Netherlands in World Cup qualifier

Pogba’s goal decisive as France beat Netherlands in World Cup qualifier

France midfielder Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive player, scored with a swirling long-range shot after 30 minutes to secure a vital 1-0 win away to the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying on Monday. The victory at the Amsterdam Arena elevated the Euro 2016 runners-up to overwhelming favourites to finish top of Group A and […]

Gameiro hits double as France rout Bulgaria 4-1

Gameiro hits double as France rout Bulgaria 4-1

Kevin Gameiro marked his first international start in almost five years with a brace as France came from behind to beat Bulgaria 4-1 and kick-start their World Cup qualifying campaign on Friday. On their first outing at the Stade de France since losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal in July, France fell behind to […]

France in fresh diplomatic push to end fighting in Syria’s Aleppo

France in fresh diplomatic push to end fighting in Syria’s Aleppo

The United Nations Security Council will vote on Saturday on a draft resolution that demands an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s Aleppo city, but the measure appears doomed to be vetoed by Russia. The 15-member council has been negotiating for a week on the text drafted by France and Spain. […]

France warns Russia that ‘nothing can justify’ assault on Syria’s Aleppo

France warns Russia that ‘nothing can justify’ assault on Syria’s Aleppo

France’s foreign minister told Russia Friday there was no justification for the fierce assault on Syria’s Aleppo, as Moscow said it was ready to “work on” a French-drafted UN resolution seeking to allow aid into the besieged city. “What is happening in Aleppo is without precedent – nothing can justify such a deluge of fire […]

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