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France to deliver Mistral warship to Russia despite US & UK criticism

France will go ahead with the delivery of the first of two Mistral warships to Russia – despite protests by the US and UK, prompted by Moscow's stance in the Ukrainian crisis. The ship is nearly completed and will be presented in October.

French protest ban will only lead to more trouble

After three banned pro-Palestinian protests ended in full scale riots, the French government must now decide whether to allow another demo to go ahead on Saturday. The head of the French League of Human Rights tells The Local it would be major mistake to ban it.

Clash Between Zionists And North Africans In Paris

In Paris, Zionists break things while shouting 'We Ocuppy Palestine' before they were attacked by Algerians, Moroccans and Tunisians.

الصهاينة في باريس يكسرون ويسبون فلسطين بعد 5 دقايق هبطولهم المغاربة و الجزائريون و التوانسة

Jews in France are stand-ins for Israeli targets

Days after demonstrators, angry over the latest Israeli bombardment of Gaza, tried to storm two Paris synagogues, leaders of Jewish groups in France tell The Local that the community is braced for more anti-Semitic attacks.

Alps get summer snow as wet weather to stay

Holidaymakers in the Alps in recent days would have been forgiven for thinking they had come in the wrong season after the region was hit by some very unseasonal snowfalls.

French celebs blast EU-US trade treaty

One hundred of France's leading luminaries have launched a campaign to oppose Europe’s negotiations with the United States that would create a massive free trade zone. The group are worried about a lowering of "social standards", as well as tainted American food products.

France lashes out against US dollar, calls for ‘rebalancing’ of world currencies

The French government wants to break the monopoly the dollar has on international transactions after the country’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, was slapped with a record $9 billion fine and a 1-year dollar trading ban.

French train crash was 'just a question of time'

Experts tasked with probing one of France's worst train accidents said it was only a question of time before disaster struck. Investigators found "a state of disrepair never seen before" on the rail network.

French teacher stabbed to death by pupil's mum

A 34-year-old French school teacher was stabbed to death in front her students on Friday by the mother of a pupil, prosecutors said. President François Hollande described the killing as a "horrific tragedy" and pledged support for children and staff at the school.

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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrested in corruption case

The French judiciary took the unprecedented step yesterday morning of arresting former president Nicolas Sarkozy and placing him in 48-hour investigative detention in Nanterre police headquarters, near Paris.

Police 'lose explosives' in French airport exercise

Red-faced French police have had some explaining to do after they forgot where they had placed a block of explosives during a training exercise at Marseille airport, a report has claimed. An internal investigation has been launched.

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Ukraine urged to extend ceasefire

Leaders of Russia, Germany and France urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to extend the ceasefire that will expire Monday in a teleconference held Sunday, the Kremlin press service said.

France sees big jump in number of unemployed

Despite promises made by the President François Hollande to stem the rise in unemployment, the number of registered jobless in France jumped significantly in May,the latest figures reveal. The figures are bad, France's PM Manuel Valls admitted.

France says no military intervention in Iraq without UN backing

France will not consider military option to stop insurgents offensive in Iraq until it receives the United Nations greenlight, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday.

Concern in France over risk of chikungunya virus

French authorities have issued advice to counter the threat of the mosquito-born virus chikungunya, after dozens of cases were reported in the south. The risk of a chikungunya or dengue fever outbreak could be heightened by supporters returning from the World Cup in Brazil.

Ukrainian authorities 'act with impunity' because Western counterparts shield them-Lavrov

The Ukrainian authorities "act with impunity" on various issues because they are "shielded by our Western partners, or by some of them, at least," and their "irreconcilable" position in talks on natural gas trade with Russia is one way this "impunity" manifests itself in, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.

French bank 'ignored US warnings' over embargo

The bank is accused of breaking sanctions against Iran, Sudan and Cuba between 2002 and 2009 by carrying out dollar transactions with them.

Calls for Snowden to be given French citizenship

A campaign in France to grant asylum to Edward Snowden gained momentum this week when two senators lodged a proposal to make the US fugitive an honorary French citizen.

EU not ready to accept Ukraine - French Foreign Minister

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that the European Union (EU) is not ready to accept Ukraine as a member.

Ex-leader Le Pen makes gas chambers 'pun'

Anti-racism campaigners reacted with outrage on Sunday to an apparent anti-Semitic pun by France's former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen that even his own party and daughter were quick to criticize.

'EU uses threats, blackmailing, sanctions to set Ukraine apart from Russia' - Marine Le Pen

Europe's meddling in Ukraine has brought nothing but grief so far. That's according to Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's National Front Party, which has been basking in the spotlight after a recent surge in the popularity. 

'EU uses threats, blackmailing, sanctions to set Ukraine apart from Russia' - Marine Le Pen to RT

Syrian chlorine samples may be inconclusive

France said Thursday samples it had collected suggesting Syrian government forces had used chlorine gas in the country’s civil war may not prove to be conclusive and would need to be cross-checked with other information to determine its use.

Logistical Appetite: Hollande ready to eat 2 dinners to keep Putin & Obama apart

G7 leaders may be without Russia at their summit in Brussels, but some European heads of state have chosen not to skip a private meal with President Putin later in France. President Hollande will have to choose between cheeseburger or pancake. 

Logistical Appetite: Hollande ready to eat 2 dinners to keep Putin & Obama apart

‘Russian troops in Ukraine? What’s your proof of that?’ Putin’s best answers to French media

Vladimir Putin faced a barrage of tricky questions in France from the media ahead of his meeting with world leaders at the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings. Here are his best replies on key issues: Ukraine, Crimea and relations with the US.

US demands billions in fines from BNP Paribas

American regulators want French bank BNP Paribas to pay over €7 billion in fines on charges it violated economic sanctions against countries like Iran and Cuba. A settlement is reportedly "weeks away."

French farmers detain presidential advisor

A farmers’ rights group angry over the arrest of some of its members, ‘detained’ one of the French president’s agricultural advisers on Friday, which capped off a terrible week for the historically unpopular leader.

Unemployment rising in Germany and France, figures show

Number of unemployed people in Germany rose by 24,000, while France's jobless total reached record high of 3.364m.

France to go through with Mistral deal with Russia despite US indignation

France will go ahead with the sale of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia's navy despite US pressure to halt the deal.

US lawmakers urge France to sell Mistral warships to NATO, not Russia

Amid growing Western pressure being put on Russia, US congressmen are calling on France to reconsider the sale of its two Mistral helicopter carrier ships to Russia and instead allow NATO to buy or lease them.

Calais, France: Riot police expel migrants from camps

Police cleared out improvised camps in the port city of Calais on Wednesday morning, which migrants use as a base in their effort to reach the UK. It’s the latest chapter in a long-running humanitarian and political struggle.

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