French youth who died in police custody had ‘serious infection’

French youth who died in police custody had ‘serious infection’

  Violence erupted in the northern suburbs of Paris for a third night in a row on Thursday, with 15 cars set ablaze by residents furious over the death of a young man in police custody. The unrest began on Tuesday night after it emerged that Adama Traore, 24, had died shortly after being arrested […]

French government faces backlash over Nice attack

French government faces backlash over Nice attack

French President François Hollande’s Socialist government has come under fierce criticism over last week’s horrific truck attack in Nice, with former president Nicolas Sarkozy accusing it of failing to do enough to combat terrorism. Less than a year before a presidential election, political opponents have abandoned the restraint that usually prevails immediately after such national […]

Brazil boosts Olympics security following attack in Nice

Brazil boosts Olympics security following attack in Nice

Brazil said Friday it will bolster security for next month’s Olympics in Rio following the truck attack in the French city of Nice. Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer held an emergency meeting with his intelligence chief and members of his cabinet late Friday to weigh the next steps after the Nice attack, which killed at […]

French authorities identify real leader of Paris attacks, report says

French authorities identify real leader of Paris attacks, report says

French authorities say they have identified the commander of the Nov. 13 Islamist militant attacks on Paris and know that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, cornered and killed days later by police, played a lesser role. Newly published official documents cite testimony by Bernard Bajolet,France’s head of external security, to a closed-door parliamentary inquiry into France’s anti-terrorism activities […]

Europe starts to crack on migrants: French say Britain COULD have trade deal and control its borders in a major boost for hopes of a smooth exit from the EU

Europe starts to crack on migrants: French say Britain COULD have trade deal and control its borders in a major boost for hopes of a smooth exit from the EU

France last night signalled the EU could strike a deal with Britain on immigration. In a major boost for hopes of a smooth exit for the UK, finance minister Michel Sapin said there would be no ‘red lines’ in talks over the single market. His declaration of flexibility was backed by Finland’s deputy PM. The […]

French politicians warn Calais border could move to UK

French politicians warn Calais border could move to UK

The day after Britain voted to leave the EU, some French politicians began to re-examine the Touquet accord, which has allowed British border controls to take place in France. The Touquet accord, signed in 2003, reinforced French-British cooperation on immigration, moving the British border to cross-channel embarkation areas in France and Belgium, such as ferry […]

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen stokes Frexit fears as she hails how ‘Britain gave the Europeans a dazzling lesson in democracy’

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen stokes Frexit fears as she hails how ‘Britain gave the Europeans a dazzling lesson in democracy’

The leader of the National Front in France has hailed Britain’s decision to leave the EU – and has called for France to hold a similar referendum. Britons went to the polls to vote on the country’s future relationship with the union on Thursday, with 51.9 per cent of more than 33 million votes going […]

French, Dutch far-right call for EU membership referendums after Brexit

French, Dutch far-right call for EU membership referendums after Brexit

France’s far right National Front party and Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders called for referendums in their own countries on European Union membership Friday in the wake of the UK vote to leave the bloc. Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN) party, cheered the Brexit vote. “Victory for freedom!” said […]

French, Dutch far-right call for EU membership referendums after Brexit

French, Dutch far-right call for EU membership referendums after Brexit

France’s far right National Front party and Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders called for referendums in their own countries on European Union membership Friday in the wake of the UK vote to leave the bloc. Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN) party, cheered the Brexit vote. “Victory for freedom!” said […]

Unions to defy government ban on French labour protest march

Unions to defy government ban on French labour protest march

French authorities on Monday asked unions to scrap plans for a protest march in Paris and limit their demonstrations to a single, static rally in hope that the violence which marred previous days of action can be avoided. Unions have been organizing protest marches for months against a draft law that will overhaul labor rules. […]

French Muslims march to protest murder of police couple

French Muslims march to protest murder of police couple

Thousand of Muslims marched in the French town of Mantes-la-Jolie on Sunday to protest the recent killing of a local police chief and his wife by a man who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group. Between 2,500 to 5,000 people took part in the solemn procession 50km west of Paris, which was organised […]

Police clash with demonstrators in Paris amid fresh labour reform protests

Police clash with demonstrators in Paris amid fresh labour reform protests

French police arrested at least 58 people in Paris on Tuesday as student groups and unions once again marched against contested labour reforms. Tens of thousands of people rallied in the French capital and across the country as unions and student groups refused to yield in a months-long labour row. French unions said 1 million […]

Man ‘claiming allegiance to IS group’ kills French policeman

Man ‘claiming allegiance to IS group’ kills French policeman

  A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group stabbed a French policeman to death on Monday night before he was killed in a dramatic police operation, sources close to the investigation said. French prosecutors have launched an anti-terror probe after the policeman and his partner were killed at their home in the […]

French soapmakers in a lather over traditional Marseille recipe

French soapmakers in a lather over traditional Marseille recipe

It is as French as baguette, and as emblematic of the country’s southern Provence region as lavender fields and cicadas. But a dispute over the “official” recipe for the region’s famed traditional soap, “savon de Marseille”, has producers in a froth. With cheap Chinese and Turkish soaps flooding the market, manufacturers want Marseille soap to […]

French court fines Uber EUR800,000 for illegal service

French court fines Uber EUR800,000 for illegal service

A French court on Thursday fined Uber 800,000-euro over the launch and marketing of its controversial ride-sharing service UberPOP, while slapping additional fines on two regional executives. The French court said the San Francisco-based firm was guilty of misleading consumers, illegal practice of the taxi trade, and unlawful collection of some personal data. Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, […]

French study links climate change to June flooding

French study links climate change to June flooding

 Torrential rains which caused flooding in France recently bore the unmistakable fingerprint of climate change, according to research to be submitted to a scientific journal next week. Global warming, especially in the last 50 years, had almost doubled the likelihood of the kind of three-day downpour that burst the banks of the Seine and Loire […]

Nisar rebuffs French govt’s threat over deportation issue

Nisar rebuffs French govt’s threat over deportation issue

According to a spokesman for the interior ministry, the minister has taken notice of what he called ‘inappropriate’ attitude of the government of France on the issue of deportation of the accused Mohammad Mansha and said that his deportation could not be possible without prior authentication of his nationality. Mansha has been living in France […]

French government declares natural disaster in areas affected by floods

French government declares natural disaster in areas affected by floods

Venezuela’s opposition cleared its first hurdle Tuesday in its uphill race to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for driving the country to the brink of collapse. But the leftist leader flexed his muscle when riot police fired tear gas to block opposition protesters from marching on the electoral authority’s […]

In pictures: Young talent to watch for at Euro 2016

In pictures: Young talent to watch for at Euro 2016

The Euro 2016 championships begin in France on Friday, and while all eyes will be on the big names, a number of extremely talented youngsters such as Kingsley Coman and Dele Alli will also be in the spotlight. FRANCE 24 looks at the young players who show the greatest promise of their generation, from Englishman […]

French court orders Société Générale to pay Jerome Kerviel €450,000 for unfair dismissal

French court orders Société Générale to pay Jerome Kerviel €450,000 for unfair dismissal

 A “rogue trader” who cost French bank Societe Generale billions of euros in losses won a wrongful dismissal case on Tuesday when a labour court ordered Jerome Kerviel’s former employer to pay him 450,000 euros in compensation. The court, made up of equal numbers of representatives of employers and trade unions, ruled that the bank […]

French pair Garcia and Mladenovic win women’s doubles at French Open

French pair Garcia and Mladenovic win women’s doubles at French Open

French duo Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic won their first Grand Slam women’s doubles title on Sunday, giving the home crowd a victory to cheer ahead of the men’s final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. The fifth-seeded pair beat Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, the No. 7 seeds from Russia, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, who […]

French economy minister pelted with eggs amid rail strikes

French economy minister pelted with eggs amid rail strikes

France’s economy minister was pelted with eggs on Monday as a strike against planned labour reforms disrupted rail services for a sixth straight day but appeared to be losing steam. Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron was splattered on the head when militants of the hardline CGT trade union cornered him at a post office in the […]

Murray to face Djokovic and Williams to take on Muguruza in French Open final

Murray to face Djokovic and Williams to take on Muguruza in French Open final

Both the mens’ and womens’ finals of the French Open will be showcases for the world’s top-ranking players aiming for personal bests. In the mens’ final on Sunday, top-seed Novak Djokovic will be hoping for his first ever win at Roland Garros when he faces the world’s number two player, Andy Murray. A victory would […]

Netanyahu steps up opposition to French-led Mideast peace initiative

Netanyahu steps up opposition to French-led Mideast peace initiative

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced his support for a 14-year-old Arab peace plan in an apparent snub of a French-led international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict due to start this week. Paris on Friday will host more than 20 foreign ministers, as well as United Nations and European Union diplomats, in what will be […]

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