Seven accused of joining IS group in Syria go on trial in France

Seven accused of joining IS group in Syria go on trial in France

The trial of seven Frenchmen suspected of travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) group was due to get underway Monday, with one the brother of one of the perpetrators of the November 13 Paris terror attacks among the accused. The men from Strasbourg in eastern France, all aged between 24 and 26, […]

France’s Valls stands firm on labour reforms despite fuel blockade

France’s Valls stands firm on labour reforms despite fuel blockade

  The stand-off between France’s government and a hardline union over labour reforms stiffened on Wednesday as the country mobilised strategic oil stocks for the first time in 6 years and employers warned the protests were starting to hurt the economy. Police broke up a fuel depot blockade with water cannons while the CGT union […]

France beat Nigeria 2-0 for a place in World Cup quarter-finals

France beat Nigeria 2-0 for a place in World Cup quarter-finals

A header by Paul Pogba and a Joseph Yobo own goal sent France through to the World Cup quarter-finals as the French beat African champions Nigeria, 2-0, in Brasilia on Monday. France will play either Germany or Algeria in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. Nigeria, bidding to reach the last eight for the first time, […]

Messi world’s most valuable player, study shows

Messi world’s most valuable player, study shows

GENEVA: Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi remains the world’s most valuable footballer, even though his crown slipped this season, a market study showed on Wednesday. In its annual report on the player market, the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory put Messi’s value at 216 million euros ($294 million). Even though Messi’s lower performance levels slashed […]

France’s new trains too wide for old stations

France’s new trains too wide for old stations

France’s SNCF rail network has ordered 2,000 trains for an expanded regional network that are too wide for hundreds of station platforms, entailing costly repairs, the national operator announced on Tuesday. A spokesman for the RFF national rail operator confirmed the error, first reported by satirical weekly, Le Canard Enchaîné, in its Wednesday edition. “We […]

UK, France seek to block Juncker from top EU job

UK, France seek to block Juncker from top EU job

France and Britain are both strongly opposed to Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next president of the European Commission, according to media reports Sunday, with the UK even threatening to quit the EU if he gets the job. Juncker, Luxembourg’s former prime minister, is a favourite to take charge of the EU’s executive arm after being […]

France arrests Syria jihad suspects as Nemmouche held

France arrests Syria jihad suspects as Nemmouche held

Four people have been arrested in the Paris region and southern France, officials say, on suspicion of recruiting militants to fight in Syria. The raids came a day after it emerged a Frenchman was being held by police investigating the murder of three people at the Brussels Jewish Museum. Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, was arrested at […]

Jonny Wilkinson announces retirement from rugby

The former England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson will retire from rugby at the end of the season, the player announced Monday.

Jonny Wilkinson announces retirement from rugby

“I would like to take this opportunity to formally announce my retirement from playing rugby,” the 34-year-old said in a statement released by his club, French side Toulon. “It goes without saying that I have an enormous number of people to thank for their support from all around the world but especially here in France […]

Verdon Gorge: The Grand Canyon of Europe

Verdon Gorge: The Grand Canyon of Europe

The Verdon Gorge, called Gorges du Verdon in French, in south-eastern France between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Var is a spectacular river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful. The 25 kilometres long canyon is up to 700 metres deep and varies in width between 6 and 100 meters at […]

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