Britain gives green light to French-Chinese Hinkley Point nuclear station

Britain gives green light to French-Chinese Hinkley Point nuclear station

The British government said on Thursday that it had given the green light to a controversial new nuclear project at Hinkley Point after Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a review. The go-ahead for French firm EDF to build the power plant in southwest England, with the help of Chinese funding on Thursday, ended weeks of […]

Shamed ex-minister implicates former French PM in tax fraud case

Shamed ex-minister implicates former French PM in tax fraud case

Former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac on Monday implicated a former French prime minister at the start of a high-profile tax fraud and money laundering case in Paris. Cahuzac, who is on trial for hiding his wealth in tax havens for years, told judges he opened his first secret bank account in Switzerland in 1992 in […]

Several French citizens ‘unaccounted for’ amid Gabon’s post-electoral violence

Several French citizens ‘unaccounted for’ amid Gabon’s post-electoral violence

France expressed concern on Monday about the safety of several of its nationals following violence in its former colony Gabon triggered by a disputed presidential election. Fighting erupted in Gabon last week after the announcement of a slim victory for incumbent President Ali Bongo. At least six people have been killed and more than 1,000 […]

French kids face new anti-terror guidelines at start of school year

French kids face new anti-terror guidelines at start of school year

Around 12 million children went back to school across France on Thursday as the government unveiled a series of security procedures and guidelines designed to help teachers in the event of a terrorist attack. An otherwise normal return to classes, or la rentrée as it is known in France, has been marked by tighter screening […]

Macron’s plotting for French presidency ‘a media fad and non-story’

Macron’s plotting for French presidency ‘a media fad and non-story’

Emmanuel Macron’s presidential ambitions are among the worst-kept secrets in French politics. But experts warn the former “maverick” economy minister, who quit the government this week, will struggle under his own banner. “It was time I set sail on a lighter vessel,” the 38-year-old told reporters as he left the economy ministry on Wednesday, indulging […]

French farmers step up fight against dairy giant Lactalis

French farmers step up fight against dairy giant Lactalis

  French milk producers on Monday stepped up their protests against global dairy giant Lactalis amidst a slump in prices ahead of crunch negotiations on Tuesday. Hundreds of angry dairy farmers, demanding higher milk prices, on Monday vowed to continue their week-long blockade at the Lactalis headquarters in northwestern France. Farmers also began a nationwide […]

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 […]

French newcomers Dijon stun Lyon as Guingamp go top

French newcomers Dijon stun Lyon as Guingamp go top

In-form striker Alexandre Lacazette scored before coming off injured in the first half as Lyon collapsed to a 4-2 defeat against newly promoted Dijon in Ligue 1 on Saturday. Lacazette put the visitors 2-1 up on 37 minutes at the Stade Gaston-Gerard with his sixth goal already this season after Corentin Tolisso’s opener for Lyon […]

French farmers, dismayed over diving prices, picket dairy group

French farmers, dismayed over diving prices, picket dairy group

French farmers are occupying an intersection outside the headquarters of dairy giant Lactalis and crying for help as they struggle to compete with cheaper countries in Europe’s single market. A glut of milk and diving dairy prices are forcing French farms to sell below cost. Farmers’ unions want big companies to pay more for milk […]

French Chinese community calls for better security in Paris protest

French Chinese community calls for better security in Paris protest

Around 1,800 people from the Chinese community in France took part in a march near Paris Sunday calling for greater security after a deadly robbery earlier this month. To cries of “Liberte, egalite, fraternite” (“liberty, equality, fraternity”), demonstrators marched through the northern Paris suburb of Aubervilliers where Zhang Chaolin, a 49-year-old tailor died after being […]

Maverick Montebourg declares French presidency bid

Maverick Montebourg declares French presidency bid

Former industry minister Arnaud Montebourg has said he will run in France’s presidential election after “wasted” years under Francois Hollande, the latest candidate on the left to challenge the government’s pro-business line. Ousted two years ago over his increasingly vocal criticism of Hollande, Montebourg is joining an already crowded field jostling to replace the unpopular […]

French authorities report ‘spectacular’ rise in Calais migrant camp population

French authorities report ‘spectacular’ rise in Calais migrant camp population

Local authorities in the French port city of Calais on Friday said the number of migrants living in the infamous “Jungle” camp has seen a “spectacular” rise over the summer, increasing by 53 percent in just two months. At the middle of August, authorities counted more than 6,900 people in the camp – the highest […]

Body believed to be missing French tourist found in Nepal

Body believed to be missing French tourist found in Nepal

  A body believed to be that of a 35-year-old French tourist who went missing in Nepal last week has been found, officials said Friday, as police awaited autopsy results to confirm her identity. Police began searching for the missing woman after a bag containing her passport, clothes and notebook was discovered near a highway […]

French train hits fallen tree in country’s south, several injured

French train hits fallen tree in country’s south, several injured

Eight people were seriously hurt in southern France Wednesday when an express train crashed into a fallen tree uprooted by a massive hailstorm, rescue workers said. The impact sparked panic, as some passengers feared a jihadist attack was underway, according to one witness. The regional express was carrying 219 passengers on a service between Nimes […]

Three French universities rank among world’s top 100

Three French universities rank among world’s top 100

France’s Université Pierre et Marie Curie (39th), Paris Sud (46th) and the Ecole normale supérieure (87th) all landed in the top 100 of the Shanghai Ranking of the world’s best universities, published Monday. A total of 22 French schools placed in the top 500 ranking publish Monday, making France the sixth-highest ranking country, after the […]

French pair win Olympic gold at men’s lightweight double sculls

French pair win Olympic gold at men’s lightweight double sculls

French duo Jeremie Azou and Pierre Houin won the Olympics men’s lightweight double sculls on Friday. They crossed the line in 6min 30.7sec to beat Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan of Ireland and Norway’s Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli. Ilse Paulis and Maalke Head of the Netherlands won the women’s lightweight sculls race in 7:04.03. […]

French court rejects bid to close Calais ‘Jungle’ camp cafes

French court rejects bid to close Calais ‘Jungle’ camp cafes

A French court has rejected a bid to close the 72 cafes and shops in the makeshift migrant camp in Calais, but the local government says it will continue to monitor what it calls a dangerous underground economy. The Lille court on Friday turned down the demand of the local government (prefecture) of the Pas […]

French court rejects conditional release of woman jailed for killing abusive husband

French court rejects conditional release of woman jailed for killing abusive husband

A French court rejected on Friday a plea to release Jacqueline Sauvage, a 68-year-old woman jailed since 2012 for killing her abusive husband; she was granted a rare presidential pardon on January 31 following public outcry. The Melun prosecutor’s office, which backed Sauvage’s conditional release, told AFP news agency that it would appeal the court’s […]

French Muslims to set up foundation to finance mosques

French Muslims to set up foundation to finance mosques

A new foundation will be created to help finance mosques in France and keep out radical donors, the head of France’s top Muslim body said Monday, days after the prime minister called for an end to foreign financing of mosques. Anouar Kbibech, who heads the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), an umbrella organization […]

French investigators formally identify second church attacker

French investigators formally identify second church attacker

A day after the Islamic State (IS) group released a video purportedly showing the two jihadists who attacked a northern French church and killed a priest, investigators formally identified the second assailant on Thursday. The French prosecutor’s office on Thursday identified the second assailant who attacked a church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray as […]

Priest killed in French church attack

Priest killed in French church attack

Two attackers killed a priest with a blade and seriously wounded at least one other hostage in a church in the northern French region of Normandy on Tuesday before they were shot dead by French police, officials said. Police said the two assailants were killed during an operation to free hostages who were being held […]

IMF chief Lagarde to stand trial over state payout to French tycoon Tapie

IMF chief Lagarde to stand trial over state payout to French tycoon Tapie

France’s highest appeals court ruled on Friday that International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial for her role in a 400-million-euros payout in 2008 to businessman Bernard Tapie. Lagarde, who has been at the helm of the IMF since 2011, was France’s finance minister at the time of the controversial payout. The […]

French state faces lawsuits over failure to thwart terrorist attacks

French state faces lawsuits over failure to thwart terrorist attacks

Several victims of the July 14 truck attack have said they plan to sue the French state and the municipality of Nice amid criticism of the authorities’ failure to prevent the latest deadly attack on French soil. French authorities have faced fierce criticism since Tunisia-born Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a 19-tonne truck along Nice’s packed sea-front […]

French parliament officially adopts controversial labour law

French parliament officially adopts controversial labour law

France’s parliament on Thursday finally adopted a deeply divisive labour law after the government used a special measure to force it through parliament without a vote. The law – which weakens union powers, makes layoffs easier and extends the work week – was passed Thursday after a 24-hour period passed without any party deposing a […]

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