France’s Hollande arrives in Iraq to visit troops battling IS group

France’s Hollande arrives in Iraq to visit troops battling IS group

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad Monday to meet the French forces helping Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group and to hold talks with top officials. Hollande had already visited in 2014 and remains the most prominent head of state to come to Iraq since the launch two and half years ago […]

France’s far-right chief Marine Le Pen congratulates Trump on victory

France’s far-right chief Marine Le Pen congratulates Trump on victory

France’s far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen congratulated Donald Trump on Wednesday as he looked set for a shock victory in the U.S. presidential election. “Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and to the free American people!” she said on Twitter. Opinion polls show Le Pen likely to […]

France’s Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

France’s Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

French President Francois Hollande warned Thursday that Islamic State jihadists under attack in the Iraqi city of Mosul are already fleeing to Raqa, their stronghold in neighbouring Syria. “We can’t afford mistakes in the pursuit of the terrorists who are already leaving Mosul for Raqa,” Hollande told an international conference in Paris.

2017 Tour to climb all of France’s mountain ranges

2017 Tour to climb all of France’s mountain ranges

Organisers have unveiled a route for the 2017 Tour de France featuring many early climbs in a bid to limit the opportunities for strong teams to dominate stages and reward aggressive riders looking to shake up the sport’s greatest spectacle. Race director Christian Prudhomme peppered the 2017 course with steep climbs, five of them making […]

France’s top court overturns burkini ban in Riviera town

France’s top court overturns burkini ban in Riviera town

France’s top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits in a southern French town amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches. The State Council (Conseil d’État) gave the ruling following a request from the Human Rights League and a […]

France’s Sarkozy announces re-election bid

France’s Sarkozy announces re-election bid

France’s former leader Nicolas Sarkozy announced on Monday that he is running again to become president in next year’s elections. “I have decided to be a candidate for the 2017 presidential election. I felt I had the strength to lead this battle at a troubled time in our history,” Sarkozy wrote in an excerpt of […]

France’s Yoka wins super-heavyweight boxing gold

France’s Yoka wins super-heavyweight boxing gold

France’s Tony Yoka completed a romantic Olympic double on Sunday, winning the super-heavyweight title just days after his fiancee had secured her own boxing gold medal. The 24-year-old from Paris — the first Frenchman ever to win the Olympic super-heavyweight division — outfoxed Britain’s Joe Joyce to claim a split-points decision. After the victory Yoka […]

Disappointment for France’s Lavillenie as wind, rain and fire disrupt Rio

Disappointment for France’s Lavillenie as wind, rain and fire disrupt Rio

There was disappointment for France but joy for hosts Brazil in the men’s pole vaulting at the Rio Olympics Monday on a day of disruptions caused by bad weather and a nearby wildfire. Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, the pole vault world record holder, had been the firm favourite to secure his country’s eighth gold of these […]

Chinese city suspends nuclear project planned with France’s Areva

Chinese city suspends nuclear project planned with France’s Areva

A Chinese city has suspended preliminary work on a proposed 100 billion yuan ($15 billion) nuclear waste processing plant following protests by local residents concerned about health risks. Reports that Lianyungang, a coastal city about 500 km north of Shanghai, was set to be chosen as the site for the project due to start construction […]

France’s National Assembly votes to extend state of emergency in wake of Nice attack

France’s National Assembly votes to extend state of emergency in wake of Nice attack

France’s National Assembly voted in the early hours of Wednesday to extend the country’s state of emergency for six months following last week’s massacre in Nice. The state of emergency has been in place since the Paris attacks in November, and the extension would see the measures — which give the police extra powers to […]

France’s Hollande warns striking unions: Don’t ‘spoil’ Euro 2016

France’s Hollande warns striking unions: Don’t ‘spoil’ Euro 2016

  As the stench of uncleared garbage wafts through parts of Paris and pilots prepare to strike, French President Francois Hollande said he would do what was needed to ensure protests do not spoil the Euro 2016 soccer tournament starting on Friday. “France was chosen to host this big event and will live up to […]

France’s small businesses vent fury at unions behind crippling strikes

France’s small businesses vent fury at unions behind crippling strikes

  France’s small businesses are angry at the crippling strikes and protests spearheaded by unions against proposed reforms to labour laws aimed at liberalising the employment sector. The impact of widespread industrial action, from public transport strikes to blockades of oil refineries, is being felt acutely by the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which […]

Stadium security ‘failures’ cast shadow over Euro 2016 football tournament

Stadium security ‘failures’ cast shadow over Euro 2016 football tournament

A French police chief has admitted security “broke down” during a football match at Stade de France on Saturday, the main venue for the forthcoming Euro 2016, raising concerns about France’s ability to protect fans during the month-long tournament. Despite reinforcements, police and security staff were overwhelmed by rowdy hooligans before and during Saturday’s Coupe […]