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French defence minister in India to push Rafale jet deal

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:34
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is due to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Tuesday in a fresh push to finalise a deal to sell 126 French Rafale fighter jets to New Delhi after a three-year-long wait.

Muslim boycott of Jewish event highlights religious tensions in France

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 16:09
French President François Hollande outlined a plan to fight anti-Semitism Monday at a Jewish council event that was boycotted by Muslim leaders after the council's president said young Muslims were behind "all" the violent crime in France.

Palestinian groups ordered to pay $218.5 million to victims of attacks

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 14:48
A US jury ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Monday to pay $218.5 million for supporting deadly terrorist attacks in the Jerusalem area more than a decade ago.

Greece economic reform list deadline ‘delayed’

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 14:19
Greece will send its economic reform plans to euro zone finance ministers on Tuesday morning, a government official said, missing a Monday deadline for submitting the list which is a condition for extending the country’s bailout programme.

Hollande to outline plan against anti-Semitism at Jewish annual dinner

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:26
French President François Hollande outlines his government’s upcoming plan to fight anti-Semitism and racism at an annual dinner of France’s most influential Jewish organisation Monday amid mounting alarm over recent anti-Semitic attacks.

New Charlie Hebdo issue marks return to business as usual

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:27
Seven weeks after two gunmen killed 12 people in an attack on the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the newspaper’s newest issue was released on Wednesday as it resumes normal publication.

Video: Ukraine ceasefire not holding, OSCE says

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:26
Monitors from the OSCE, which is monitoring the ceasefire between Kiev and separatist rebels in east Ukraine, told FRANCE 24 on Monday that the truce is not being respected in critical areas nor with regard to the withdrawal of heavy weapons.

France seizes first passports of Syria-bound citizens

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:01
Six French citizens have had their passports confiscated after allegedly planning to travel to Syria, a security source said on Monday -- the first time the measure has been used.

Al Shabaab threatens attacks on Western shopping centres

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 01:19
Al Shabaab Islamists have called for attacks on shopping malls in the United States, Canada, France and Britain in a video posted Saturday. The Somalia-based group launched a 2013 siege on Nairobi's Westgate mall that left more than 60 people dead.

'Birdman' soars to Oscar heights with best picture win

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 20:50
The dark comedy "Birdman" won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday while the best actor honour went to Britain's Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything" and Julianne Moore took home the best actress statue for "Still Alice".

Deadly explosion strikes rally in eastern Ukraine's Kharkiv

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 12:10
Ukraine said on Sunday it feared unrest could spread beyond territory held by pro-Russian separatists, after an explosion killed two people at a memorial rally in an eastern city far from the front line.

Oscars promise a night of anticipation and suspense

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 10:11
Hollywood’s awards season reaches its apogee on Sunday at the 87th Academy Awards, where “Birdman” and “Boyhood” will battle for best picture and veteran actors are likely to grasp their first golden Oscar statuettes.

Greece races to meet deadline for list of reform proposals

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 07:37
The clock is ticking for Greece to submit a package of reforms ahead of a Monday deadline that Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has described as “inhuman”.

Crowds flock to French Atlantic coast for ‘tide of the century’

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 04:28
Tourists have flocked to the rugged coast of Brittany and the legendary Mont Saint-Michel to witness a month of exceptionally large spring tides.

Pro-Russia rebels 'to withdraw weapons from Ukraine frontline’

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 01:30
A senior pro-Russian rebel commander said separatist forces were due to begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline in east Ukraine on Sunday, a step towards implementing an internationally brokered peace deal.

Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate soldiers, relocate tomb

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 00:20
Turkey launched an overnight military operation into neighbouring Syria to evacuate troops guarding an Ottoman tomb and to move the crypt to a new location, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday.

Nigerian forces ‘retake’ border town from Boko Haram

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:26
Nigerian forces backed by air strikes seized the northeastern border town of Baga from Islamist group Boko Haram on Saturday, the military said, a significant victory in an offensive against an insurgency affecting four African states.

Hollande observes cow-patting ritual at Paris farm fair

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:55
As per tradition, French President François Hollande spent several hours tasting wine, patting livestock and chatting with farmers as he opened the 52nd edition of the Paris Agricultural Fair on Saturday.

France seeks Silicon Valley allies in war on terror

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:50
France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve toured the Silicon Valley on Friday to drum up support for the fight against online terrorist propaganda.

Napoleon re-enacts escape from Elba, 200 years on

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:23
On February 28, 1814, British General Sir Neil Campbell realised with horror that his illustrious prisoner, Napoleon Bonaparte, had slipped away from the island of Elba to go and meet his Waterloo.