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Paris hygiene tsar slams ‘flushable’ toilet rolls

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:09
Paris is not impressed with a “hygienic and biodegradable” toilet roll which features a flushable tube, insisting the popular product is anything but green and would overwhelm the city’s sewage system.

Islamists claim responsibility for killing French soldier in Mali

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:48
A spokesman for the Islamist militant group al-Mourabitoun, which is led by veteran jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, claimed responsibility on Thursday for a suicide bombing earlier this week that killed a French soldier in northern Mali.

Mortars 'fired from Gaza' into Israel amid ceasefire

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:43
Three mortars struck southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the Israeli military said, just hours after a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire took effect. Hamas denied any involvement in the attack.

US, EU impose toughest sanctions yet on Russia over Ukraine

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:21
The US and the EU on Wednesday announced the most wide-ranging sanctions yet on the Russian economy, with Washington targeting key institutions including Gazprombank and Rosneft Oil Co, as well as other energy and defence companies.

It’s time for Africa again as Hollande starts three-nation visit

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:23
French President François Hollande on Thursday starts a three-nation West African visit to Ivory Coast, Niger and Chad as the French military operation in the restive Sahel region has expanded.

Journalists witness Israeli shelling that killed four Gaza children

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:38
FRANCE 24 correspondent Gallagher Fenwick, along with several other journalists, witnessed the Wednesday shelling by Israeli forces that killed four Palestinian children playing on a beach off a coastal road west of Gaza City.

French lawmakers scrap ‘unthinkable’ hotel tax hike

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:59
A plan to slap a five-fold increase on hotel tax in France has been ditched by France’s National Assembly after lawmakers said that such a steep rise would deal a blow to the country's vital tourism industry.

Tour de France: French new guard to end podium drought?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:43
After years of little to cheer about, a crop of talented young riders are raising hopes in France that one of their countrymen may be about to claim a place on the Tour de France podium for the first time in 17 years.

Egypt jails seven for life over Tahrir Square sexual assaults

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:24
An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced seven men to life in prison for having sexually assaulted women during rallies and public gatherings on Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Dutch court finds state responsible for 300 Srebrenica deaths

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:58
A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that the Netherlands was liable for the deaths of more than 300 people in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, when 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb troops a few months before the end of the Bosnian war.

Jail time for ex-National Front candidate over 'monkey' jibe

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:19
A former local election candidate for France’s far-right National Front (FN) was sentenced to nine months in prison Tuesday for comparing the country’s black Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to a monkey - a ruling condemned by the party’s leaders.

Mali rebels, government to start peace talks in Algiers

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:16
Tuareg separatists begin peace talks with Mali's central government on Wednesday in Algiers, in a bid to restore stability to the crisis-hit nation, which halted an Islamist advance on the capital with French help last year.

US pushes for new Russia sanctions ahead of EU talks

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:12
US President Barack Obama is considering a raft of unilateral measures targeting the Russian economy that could be implemented if EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Wednesday do not agree on new sanctions against Moscow, US officials said.

Prominent undocumented journalist freed after US border detention

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:06
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who revealed in a 2011 New York Times Magazine article that he is an undocumented immigrant, was freed by US border agents after being held for several hours on Tuesday.

Loophole in France’s 'homemade' cuisine logo cooks up a storm

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:03
France’s attempt to curb the proliferation of pre-packaged or reheated food in restaurants with a new “homemade” logo has been slammed by foodies, who say the new legislation includes too many loopholes.

Israel intensifies Gaza strikes after Hamas rejects ceasefire bid

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:03
Israel warned 100,000 Gazans to leave their homes on Wednesday ahead of an intensified air campaign after Hamas defied calls for a ceasefire, firing dozens of rockets into Israel overnight and claiming the first Israeli victim in the conflict.

Size matters: Red faces as Paris buys too-big metro escalators

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:23
Around 30 recently installed escalators in Paris Metro stations will need to be replaced because they are too wide, in an embarrassing blunder set to cost millions of euros to fix, transport chiefs admitted to a French newspaper Tuesday.

In pictures: Thousands welcome home Germany's World Cup winners

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 05:19
Tens of thousands packed the streets of Berlin on Tuesday to welcome home the triumphant German football team after their World Cup win in Brazil.

Passengers killed as Moscow metro derails during rush hour

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:11
At least 10 people were killed and scores were injured after a train derailed in the Moscow metro during rush hour on Tuesday, city authorities said. The accident is believed to be the most deadly in the history of the world's busiest metro system.

Video: On the road in Gaza with Palestinian ambulance crew

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:32
Palestinian health workers in Gaza are once again scrambling to cope with the casualties from the latest Israeli airstrikes which have killed nearly 200 people. FRANCE 24’s Gallagher Fenwick took a ride with an ambulance team.