French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo to launch German edition

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo to launch German edition

The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, target of a jihadist massacre in January 2015, will launch a German edition on December 1, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The German version, with an initial print run of 200,000, will consist mainly of articles and cartoons translated from the French, but its editors also want to create German […]

Fillon proposes a new path for the French right

Fillon proposes a new path for the French right

He was the outsider few predicted would win the first round of primary voting among France’s centre-right presidential candidates, but François Fillon has emerged as the new favourite who just might sweep the conservatives to power. As he entered the first round of primaries, Fillon, 62, was not on many lists to win. By Sunday, […]

As it happened: Fillon tops French conservative primary

As it happened: Fillon tops French conservative primary

Former French prime ministers François Fillon and Alain Juppé will vie for the conservative nomination in a primary run-off after handing former president Nicolas Sarkozy a shock defeat on Sunday. Follow the events as they happened with our liveblog. Fillon stunned his opponents by taking more that 44% of the vote, well ahead of Juppé […]

French presidential hopefuls hold final rallies ahead of right-wing primary

French presidential hopefuls hold final rallies ahead of right-wing primary

  The frontrunners of France’s right-wing presidential primary held their final campaign rallies across the country on Friday, hoping to win over voters two days ahead of a poll that still appears to be up for grabs. French conservatives on Sunday are being asked to pick their preferred candidate from a field of seven politicians […]

French right-wing primaries up for grabs as Fillon surges in polls

French right-wing primaries up for grabs as Fillon surges in polls

The outcome of Sunday’s primary to choose a conservative presidential candidate looked increasingly uncertain Wednesday, after polls showed former prime minister François Fillon’s ratings shoot up from third place in what had been a two-man race. Just last week, polls had 71-year-old former prime minister Alain Juppé heading for a comfortable win in Sunday’s first […]

French journalist arrested in Turkey

French journalist arrested in Turkey

A French journalist was arrested in Turkey on Friday, his employer said, in a move that comes against a background of journalist detentions in the country following an attempted coup in July. Isabelle Roberts, the head of French news website lesjours.fr, said journalist Olivier Bertrand was arrested while reporting in the town of Gaziantep, just […]

Protesting French police officers converge on National Assembly in Paris

Protesting French police officers converge on National Assembly in Paris

Hundreds of police officers converged on the National Assembly in central Paris on Wednesday to protest an ever-increasing workload, outdated equipment and rules restricting their ability to defend themselves. The protest follows almost 10 days of nightly demonstrations in cities across France, spontaneously organised on social media by officers who view both the government and […]

French police seek clues after luxury hotel owner is abducted

French police seek clues after luxury hotel owner is abducted

French investigators said Tuesday they were searching for clues into the abduction of a 76-year-old luxury hotel owner a day after she was snatched near her Riviera home. Prosecutor Jean-Michael Pretre said Jacqueline Veyrac was getting into her SUV outside a pharmacy she had just visited when the abductors grabbed her, covered her head and […]

Juppé widens lead over Sarkozy ahead of French presidential primaries

Juppé widens lead over Sarkozy ahead of French presidential primaries

  Former prime minister Alain Juppé has widened his lead over rival Nicolas Sarkozy to win the centre-right’s nomination for France’s 2017 presidential elections, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, initially narrowed the gap with Juppé when he launched his campaign in August on a law-and-order platform. […]

French police defy government in growing protest movement over lawlessness

French police defy government in growing protest movement over lawlessness

Hundreds of police officers have been protesting in Paris and other cities to denounce what they say are insufficient resources to fight mounting lawlessness, defying government demands that they stop the unauthorised demonstrations. Six months from an election, the protest, now in its third day, has put President François Hollande’s Socialist government on the defensive […]

French police chief orders investigation after officers hold Paris protest

French police chief orders investigation after officers hold Paris protest

The head of France’s national police force on Tuesday ordered an internal investigation after hundreds of police officers held an unauthorized protest in central Paris overnight. Angry police officers marched on the iconic Champs Elysées boulevard in the French capital after dark on Monday, complaining that they are understaffed and ill-equipped. The rebel police officers, […]

EU-Canada free trade deal threatened by French-speaking Belgian region

EU-Canada free trade deal threatened by French-speaking Belgian region

Pressure has mounted on the Belgian government to save a landmark EU-Canada free trade agreement after the small French-speaking region of Wallonia essentially torpedoed the deal by voting to reject it. Supporters of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) say the deal will boost theEuropean Union economy by €12 billion ($13.4 billion) a year […]

French judges, footballers and an ex-girlfriend hit back over explosive Hollande book

French judges, footballers and an ex-girlfriend hit back over explosive Hollande book

France’s president is facing a chorus of critics for reportedly describing judges as “an institution of cowardice”, suggesting footballers do a little “weight training on their brains”, and accusing his former partner of an “odious betrayal”. The controversial remarks appeared in a 672-page book titled “A President Should Not Say That” (in French, “Un président […]

Wear a veil or be French: Hollande shocks with views on Muslims and migrants

Wear a veil or be French: Hollande shocks with views on Muslims and migrants

The French president’s candid remarks on the sensitive issue of Islam, part of a wide-ranging collection of interviews that also touch on his troubled private life, have triggered a frenzy on both sides of the political divide. A 672-page doorstopper of a book, “A President Should Not Say That” is the result of a staggering […]

Russia vetoes French-drafted UN resolution on Aleppo truce

Russia vetoes French-drafted UN resolution on Aleppo truce

Russia vetoed a French-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s city of Aleppo, while a rival Russian draft text failed to get a minimum nine votes in favor. Moscow’s text was effectively the French draft with Russian amendments. It removed the […]

French presidential hopeful Juppé takes aim at ‘panicking’ rival Sarkozy

French presidential hopeful Juppé takes aim at ‘panicking’ rival Sarkozy

Presidential hopeful and former French prime minister Alain Juppé aimed several sharp jabs at Nicolas Sarkozy on primetime TV Thursday night, saying that it was clear his rival was “panicking” ahead of the primaries. During a two-hour, primetime interview on France 2 television, Juppé presented his policies for addressing France’s ailing economy, Europe’s migrant crisis, […]

French tourism companies call for special police in Paris amid safety fears

French tourism companies call for special police in Paris amid safety fears

France’s tourism sector on Tuesday urged French authorities to set up a special police force in Paris to fight crime targeting tourists as safety fears curb the number of visitors to the French capital. Foreign tourist arrivals to France could fall 4-5 percent this year following Islamic militant attacks and repeated robberies against Asian tourists, […]

French fighter jets launch mission against IS group in Mosul

French fighter jets launch mission against IS group in Mosul

French fighter jets took off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on Friday for an operation against the Islamic State jihadist organisation (IS) in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, an officer said. Eight jets took off from the carrier in the eastern Mediterranean, an AFP photographer on the flight deck reported. The Charles de […]

Two French teenagers arrested for ties to jihadist

Two French teenagers arrested for ties to jihadist

Two teenage girls from the French city of Nice are being held on suspicion of planning an attack directed by a notorious Syria-based French jihadist, a source close to the investigation said Sunday. The suspects, aged 17 and 19, live in the same area of Nice as , the radicalised Tunisian man who drove the […]

French Green Party struggles to find its voice as presidential race heats up

French Green Party struggles to find its voice as presidential race heats up

France’s Green Party is struggling to gain political momentum eight months before the first round of the country’s presidential elections, even as the ruling Socialist Party takes a pummelling in opinion polls. France’s Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV) party will hold a two-round primary on October 19 and November 7 to pick a nominee for next […]

India confirms deal to buy 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets

India confirms deal to buy 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets

India’s cabinet committee on security on Wednesday approved the purchase of 36 fighter jets from France’s Dassault, a senior Indian defence ministry official said. “The deal was approved at the meeting in the evening. It will now be formally signed by Indian and French defence ministers on September 23 in New Delhi,” the unnamed official […]

List of candidates for French right-wing presidential primary unveiled

List of candidates for French right-wing presidential primary unveiled

Election authorities on Wednesday unveiled a list of seven candidates competing for France’s conservative presidential nomination, a race that is widely expected to become a duel between ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé. Touted as the country’s centre and right-wing presidential primary, the contest in fact includes six members of the main opposition […]

Clashes erupt as French unions take to the streets against labour reform

Clashes erupt as French unions take to the streets against labour reform

Clashes erupted on Thursday as thousands of demonstrators protesting against a controversial labour law took to the streets of Paris and cities across France. The interior ministry said 32 people had been arrested in connection with the violence. France’s main CGT union estimated that 40,000 people had turned out to protest in Paris by mid-afternoon. […]

Flights cancelled as French air traffic controllers strike

Flights cancelled as French air traffic controllers strike

Airlines have been ordered to cancel 15 percent of their Paris flights scheduled for Thursday as air traffic controllers join a national public sector strike, France’s DGAC civil aviation authority said. Airlines have been asked to cut their flights to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais airports on September 15, the authority said in […]

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