Presidential hopeful Macron sets out ideas to fix France’s ‘self-serving’ politics

Presidential hopeful Macron sets out ideas to fix France’s ‘self-serving’ politics

France is sick because politicians throw taxpayers money at problems instead of addressing them properly, presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday as he set out a first batch of ideas to reform the country’s political system. The former economy minister who quit President Francois Hollande’s government this summerslammed the whole political class for failing […]

France ‘asks Switzerland to hand over 45,000 UBS accounts’

France ‘asks Switzerland to hand over 45,000 UBS accounts’

French tax authorities have asked Switzerland to hand over client information for some 45,000 bank accounts as part of a probe into alleged tax fraud, Le Parisien daily said Monday. Swiss banking giant UBS said in July that the Swiss authorities had asked it to provide client information following a French request for international administrative […]

France’s Hollande tells UN General Assembly on Syria: ‘Enough is enough’

France’s Hollande tells UN General Assembly on Syria: ‘Enough is enough’

French President François Hollande on Tuesday appealed for an end to the carnage in Syria, telling the United Nations: “Enough is enough”. “The Syrian tragedy will be seen by history as a disgrace for the international community if we do not end it quickly,” he told the General Assembly. The French leader described Aleppo, which […]

Is France’s Nicolas Sarkozy trying to ‘Trump’ the far right?

Is France’s Nicolas Sarkozy trying to ‘Trump’ the far right?

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was likened to Donald Trump this week after the latest in a string of provocative statements that have pushed his presidential campaign ever further to the right. The comparison with the Republican candidate for the White House, a notorious climate change sceptic, followed a speech on Wednesday in which Sarkozy […]

Hollande says France and Vietnam have ‘overcome’ difficult past

Hollande says France and Vietnam have ‘overcome’ difficult past

President François Hollande on Tuesday declared that France and Vietnam had “overcome” their conflictive past during a historic visit to the Southeast Asian country, which was marked by lucrative deals for French aviation giant Airbus. Speaking to French expatriates in the Vietnamese commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, Hollande once again acknowledged that the […]

France held to goalless draw by Belarus in World Cup qualifier

France held to goalless draw by Belarus in World Cup qualifier

France got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a poor start as they were held to a goalless draw in Belarus in Group A on Tuesday. France, runners-up at this year’s European Championship, dominated the match but could find no way through with Olivier Giroud wasting their best opportunities. Giroud pulled an effort wide […]

French PM blasts NY Times for ‘false’ picture of life for Muslims in France

French PM blasts NY Times for ‘false’ picture of life for Muslims in France

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls issued a stern rebuke to the New York Times on Monday after the newspaper published an article he claimed painted a “false” and “intolerable” picture of what life as a Muslim woman is like in France. The US newspaper published the article on Friday after appealing for Muslim women living […]

France calls for end to EU-US TTIP trade talks

France calls for end to EU-US TTIP trade talks

France cast serious doubt on Tuesday on the prospects of an EU free trade deal with the United States, adding to opposition within Germany and growing scepticism among Americans. Washington and Brussels are officially committed to sealing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in January, but their […]

France’s complex commitment to secularism fuels burkini debate

France’s complex commitment to secularism fuels burkini debate

France’s highest court last week overturned a municipal ban on the full-body burkini swimsuit, a prohibition that ignited fierce debates with both sides claiming to uphold the French value of “secularism”. Citing the nation’s commitment to “secularism” (laïcité), the resort town of Cannes was the first to introduce a ban on full-body “burkini” swimwear earlier […]

French interior minister to host talks on the future of Islam in France

French interior minister to host talks on the future of Islam in France

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will hold a day of talks on Islam in France Monday in an effort to better integrate the religion with the “values of the Republic”. Although the controversy over the burkini ban is far from over, leaders of France’s Muslim community hope that Monday’s conference will help decisively turn the […]

Islam’s place in France set to dominate right-wing presidential primary

Islam’s place in France set to dominate right-wing presidential primary

The contest to pick a presidential nominee among France’s right-wing camp is shaping up as a battle between former president Nicolas Sarkozy and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé, with Islam’s place in France the hot issue of the primaries. Around a dozen members of the main opposition Les Républicains party (formerly UMP) have declared themselves candidates […]

Trudeau rules out France-style burkini ban in Canada

Trudeau rules out France-style burkini ban in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday defended individual rights and freedoms while touting cultural diversity and tolerance when asked about a controversy swirling in France over a burkini ban. “We should be past tolerance in Canada,” Trudeau told reporters after meeting with his ministers to plan the government’s legislative agenda. Some lawmakers in Canada’s […]

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

  France on Sunday launched a fresh wave of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, destroying an arms depot and combat positions in the group’s stronghold of Raqqa, the French foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said four Rafale and four Mirage 2000 fighter jets as well as an […]

Birthday girl Estelle Mossely is France’s first female to win boxing gold

Birthday girl Estelle Mossely is France’s first female to win boxing gold

Estelle Mossely celebrated her birthday in style by punching her way into the history books as she became the first Frenchwoman to win Olympic boxing gold on Friday. Mossely, who turned 24, also saw her fiance Tony Yoka battle into the men’s super-heavyweight final less than an hour earlier. She edged a nervy split-points decision […]

Olympics: France wins show jumping gold, Tony Parker bows out

Olympics: France wins show jumping gold, Tony Parker bows out

It was a day of mixed emotions for France at the Olympics in Rio on Wednesday as the country won gold in the team show jumping, but said goodbye to one of its top sporting stars as Tony Parker played his last basketball game for Les Bleus. The day also saw a Neymar-inspired Brazil storm […]

Plenty of medals but golds prove elusive for France in Rio

Plenty of medals but golds prove elusive for France in Rio

There was both joy and frustration for France’s athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio Tuesday with the country enjoying no shortage of podium places but missing out on adding to its gold medal tally. The day also saw US gymnast Simone Biles win yet another gold, Usain Bolt make light work of progressing towards […]

France wins Olympic golds in windsurfing and fencing

France wins Olympic golds in windsurfing and fencing

There was a double dose of Olympic glory for France on Sunday as the country took home golds in both windsurfing and fencing. France’s men’s fencing team combined to easily defeat Italy 45-31 in the team epee competition in what was a matchup between two of the sport’s traditional powers. France was already the favourite […]

‘Out of control’ wildfires spread in southern France, four firemen injured

‘Out of control’ wildfires spread in southern France, four firemen injured

Multiple fires whipped by high winds were ravaging sites in southern France on Wednesday, moving from village to village and creeping toward the Mediterranean port city of Marseille. Hundreds of children and adults were evacuated from recreation centers and homes in the town of Vitrolles, about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) north of Marseille where some […]

Parker on song for France in Rio as Japan’s Uchimura claims gold

Parker on song for France in Rio as Japan’s Uchimura claims gold

  There was high drama on the basketball court and at the Rio Olympics Wednesday with NBA star Tony Parker securing a last-gasp win for France, while in the gymnastics arena Japanese legend Kohei Uchimura added another gold to his collection. After a day of glory for France yesterday, when the country claimed its first […]

US, France push for aid to Aleppo as condition for new Syria talks

US, France push for aid to Aleppo as condition for new Syria talks

The United States and France pushed Tuesday for aid to reach Syria’s battlefront city of Aleppo before plans for a new round of talks can move forward. Russia, however, maintained that there should be no pre-conditions for the talks that the United Nations is hoping to reconvene in Geneva at the end of the month. […]

France wins first golds at Rio as Phelps wins 21st medal

France wins first golds at Rio as Phelps wins 21st medal

France got its first two gold medals of the 2016 Olympics on the board Tuesday as USA swimming legend Michael Phelps added to his own impressive medal haul and Serena Williams crashed out of the tennis in the fourth day at the Games in Rio. After a poor start in Brazil, the first taste of […]

Pogba joins Man United in most expensive transfer ever

Pogba joins Man United in most expensive transfer ever

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his club should feel “proud” about signing Paul Pogba as the France midfielder moved closer to rejoining his former team in a world-record transfer. Pogba, 23, is poised to complete a reported 89 million pounds ($116.4 million, 105 million euros) switch to Old Trafford after United and Juventus confirmed […]

Britain’s Chris Froome wins third Tour de France title

Britain’s Chris Froome wins third Tour de France title

Chris Froome won his third Tour de France as German Andre Greipel claimed Sunday’s 21st and final stage on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Froome, who was also champion in 2013 and last year, finished ahead of Frenchman Romain Bardet in second and Nairo Quintana of Colombia in third. For Greipel, who pipped world champion […]

France to supply artillery to Iraqi army, Hollande says

France to supply artillery to Iraqi army, Hollande says

France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country. “This morning at the defence council, I took the decision as part of the anti-Daesh coalition to make weapons available to Iraqi forces,” Hollande said, using […]

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