France orders Nice policing inquiry after Bastille Day attack

France orders Nice policing inquiry after Bastille Day attack

France’s government said on Thursday it was ordering an inquiry into security arrangements for the July 14 festivities in Nice, amid mounting anger at the failure to prevent a truck driver from ramming the crowd of revellers. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the national police inspectorate would lead the investigation, a week after Tunisia-born Mohamed […]

France questions if Turkey a ‘viable’ partner in Islamic State group fight

France questions if Turkey a ‘viable’ partner in Islamic State group fight

France’s foreign minister said on Sunday that questions needed to be asked about whether Turkey is a viable partner in the fight against Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. “There are questions that are being asked and we will ask them. It (Turkey) is partly viable, but there are suspicions as well. Let’s be honest […]

Froome holds on to Tour de France lead after post-crash dash

Froome holds on to Tour de France lead after post-crash dash

Defending champion Chris Froome retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the Tour de France after an incident involving a motorbike left him without a bike in a chaotic finale of the 12th stage on Thursday. The Briton’s bike was broken in a pile-up close to the finish and the Team Sky rider began running […]

France to end military operations in Central Africa in October

France to end military operations in Central Africa in October

  President Francois Hollande announced on Wednesday that France would end its military mission in the Central African Republic in October. “Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will go to the Central African Republic next October to officially declare the end of Operation Sangaris,” Hollande said at a reception at the defence ministry. Operation Sangaris was […]

South African President Zuma honours fallen black WWI soldiers in France

South African President Zuma honours fallen black WWI soldiers in France

One hundred years after they fought together in World War I, white and black soldiers are finally being honoured equally at South Africa’s memorial on the former battlefields in northern France. South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday inaugurated a new memorial wall at the site of the Battle of Delville Wood where some 3,000 […]

Why France’s Hollande holds on to ‘rebel’ minister Macron

Why France’s Hollande holds on to ‘rebel’ minister Macron

Emmanuel Macron’s first political rally on Tuesday evening is widely viewed as a prelude to a run for the presidency – as well as a distraction from his job as economy minister. So why does his mentor, François Hollande, let him get away with it? Harbouring a passion for nimble start-ups, geeky gadgets and all […]

After 30-year ban, gay men in France allowed to donate blood

After 30-year ban, gay men in France allowed to donate blood

Gay men in France were officially permitted to donate blood Monday after having been banned from doing so for 30 years. LGBT rights groups welcome the move, but many remain critical of the strict conditions of celibacy imposed on gay male donors. “It’s the end of a taboo and discrimination,” France’s Health Minister Marisol Touraine […]

Portugal beat France 1-0 in extra time to claim first-ever European Championship

Portugal beat France 1-0 in extra time to claim first-ever European Championship

Substitute Eder’s thunderous finish deep into extra time secured Portugal’s first European Championship title after they overcame the early loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to snatch a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over hosts France on Sunday. Eder picked the perfect moment to score his first competitive goal for his country, marauding forward before letting fly with a […]

Visit France’s Loire Valley for free: Take a virtual tour

Visit France’s Loire Valley for free: Take a virtual tour

Ever dreamt of visiting a majestic château in France’s world-famous Loire Valley but can’t afford it? Well, now you can. New technology has made it possible for everyone with a laptop to take a virtual tour of the regions magical castles. The Loire Valley, which once housed France’s kings and nobility, attracts thousands of tourists […]

France seek to settle old scores in Marseille meetup with Germany

France seek to settle old scores in Marseille meetup with Germany

Germany is Europe’s most successful football team and the one that every nation loves to hate. Thursday’s match against the French hosts in Marseille revives a historic rivalry. The Netherlands-Germany rivalry is legend, and Dutch children are raised on tales of their 1974 World Cup loss to their Teutonic adversaries. Tied with four World Cup […]

World champion Sagan rides into yellow in second stage of Tour de France

World champion Sagan rides into yellow in second stage of Tour de France

World champion Peter Sagan took the race leader’s yellow jersey after timing his attack to perfection to win the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday. Belgian Jasper Stuyven had spent almost the entire 183km stage from Saint-Lo to Cherbourg in the lead but was agonisingly caught in the final kilometre. Frenchman Julian […]

France and Germany seek joint response at Brexit crisis talks

France and Germany seek joint response at Brexit crisis talks

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy meet in Berlin on Monday as they scramble to contain the fallout from British voters’ shocking decision to quit the EU in a referendum last week. Britain’s decision to become the first member state to leave the 28-member European Union has plunged the bloc into uncharted waters, sparking […]

Ireland beat Italy 1-0 to set up France showdown at Euro 2016

Ireland beat Italy 1-0 to set up France showdown at Euro 2016

Robbie Brady struck with just five minutes remaining as the Republic of Ireland claimed a dramatic 1-0 win over Italy in Lille on Wednesday to reach the knockout phase of Euro 2016. Brady’s goal arrived just when it looked as if Ireland were heading out due to a combination of Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and […]

France bars aid convoy trying to reach desperate Calais refugees

France bars aid convoy trying to reach desperate Calais refugees

French authorities on Wednesday banned a massive aid convoy headed to Calais to help desperate migrants camped out in the northern port town, citing concerns over disruption to the “public order”. The 250-vehicle convoy was expected to reach Calais on Saturday after months of planning, according to organisers. As many as 5,000 refugees and migrants […]

France battle past Albania to reach last 16 at Euro 2016

France battle past Albania to reach last 16 at Euro 2016

Late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet saw France qualify for the last 16 of Euro 2016 after overcoming stiff resistance from tournament debutants Albania in Marseille. Follow the game as it happened on our liveblog.

France honours police couple killed in terrorist knife attack

France honours police couple killed in terrorist knife attack

France on Wednesday held a moment of silence to honour police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and officer Jessica Schneider, who were stabbed to death Monday in what officials described as a terrorist attack. FRANCE 24 takes a look at their lives. Jean-Baptiste Salvaing “was a police officer in the noblest sense of the term”, one colleague, […]

France calls for calm in Saudi-UN row over Yemen

France calls for calm in Saudi-UN row over Yemen

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Friday for calm to resolve an angry row between Saudi Arabia and the United Nations over the blacklisting of the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen. Ayrault said France could help defuse tensions following a UN decision to remove the coalition from a list of child rights violators. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon […]

France beat Romania 2-1 in nail-biting Euro 2016 opener

France beat Romania 2-1 in nail-biting Euro 2016 opener

 Dimitri Payet’s stunning 25 metre strike a minute from time got hosts France off to a winning start at Euro 2016 on Friday as they beat Romania 2-1. Payet was France’s standout performer all night. His cross also created the opener for Olivier Giroud before Bogdan Stancu’s penalty looked to have handed Romania a point. […]

Can France recapture spirit of ‘98 to lift a nation at Euro 2016?

Can France recapture spirit of ‘98 to lift a nation at Euro 2016?

On Sunday, less than a week before kicking off in the curtain raiser for Euro 2016, the France squad was paid a visit by none other than François Hollande, the country’s president. He had stopped by to give them a quick pep talk. It’s possible that the rallying call from the famously uncharismatic Hollande, with […]

Louvre Museum reopens as France flood damage bill tops €1bn

Louvre Museum reopens as France flood damage bill tops €1bn

 The world-famous Louvre and d’Orsay museums reopened their doors to the public on Wednesday as French insurance companies announced their initial estimates for the cost of the natural disaster. Visitors once again flocked to see the Mona Lisa and the Nike of Samothrace in the Louvre, five days after flood waters forced an emergency shutdown […]

France warm up for Euro 2016 with 3-0 win over Scotland

France warm up for Euro 2016 with 3-0 win over Scotland

Olivier Giroud silenced his doubters by scoring twice as France eased past Scotland 3-0 on Saturday in their final warm-up match ahead of next week’s Euro 2016 opener against Romania at the Stade de France. The Arsenal striker cleverly flicked home a Bacary Sagna cross to fire France into an eighth-minute lead in Metz, and […]

France disciplines five soldiers accused of abuse in Central African Republic

France disciplines five soldiers accused of abuse in Central African Republic

France has disciplined five soldiers accused of physical abuse in Central African Republic, where Paris had sent peacekeepers to quell bloody sectarian violence, the defence ministry said on Saturday. There are currently three investigations under way into allegations that French troops in the country sexually abused children, but the latest case does not relate to […]

Last-gasp Payet wonder strike sees France beat Cameroon 3-2

Last-gasp Payet wonder strike sees France beat Cameroon 3-2

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet scored a last-gasp wonder free-kick to help Euro 2016 hosts France snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cameroon on Monday. The attacking midfielder stepped up on the stroke of regulation time to curl a magnificent free-kick past Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa. France opened the scoring through Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi before […]

France braced for week of transport strike chaos

France braced for week of transport strike chaos

  France is preparing itself for a week of severe disruption to transport after unions called for more action in their bitter standoff with the Socialist government over labour reforms. Workers at the country’s national rail-operator SNCF are set to begin a rolling walkout Tuesday evening, while Metro and rail workers in Paris will start […]

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