Expatica : France (49)

Macron says Iran nuclear deal no longer enough

France's President Emmanuel Macron declared Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal is no longer a sufficient safeguard against the growing power that Tehran wields in its region."We need the 2015 accord,"...

Guadeloupe: Natural disaster to be declared after Maria

France is to declare a natural disaster for Guadeloupe after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, a move that is a vital step for victims to secure compensation, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said...

Macron says Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is 'genocide'

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said attacks on Myanmar's Rohingya minority amounted to "genocide".France will work with other members of the UN Security Council for a condemnation of "this...

Macron calls for new measures to be added to Iran deal

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday called for the Iran nuclear deal to be expanded to include measures to restrict ballistic missile development and to prolong its controls on uranium enrichment."We...

Burned-out French chef gives back Michelin stars

A chef in southern France with three Michelin stars says he wants to be stripped of the distinction because of the "huge pressure" to dish up flawless fare each day.Sebastien Bras's Le Suquet restaurant...

French Socialists to sell HQ after election debacles

Once a sign of the might of the French Socialists, the party's grand headquarters in central Paris have been put up for sale following the electoral drubbing suffered by the leftwingers this year.The...

West Africa steps up battle against pirates and poachers

Armed and stony-faced, six black-clothed members of Senegal's marine special forces board the Chinese fishing boat, alerted by radio that it may be operating illegally.Identity papers are demanded and...

Airbus opens first plane-completion centre in China

Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.China is one of the...

France's Macron at UN defends Iran, climate deals

French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to return to the fold.Macron, like the US president,...

Czech zoo burns horns it sawed off rhinos after French attack

A Czech zoo on Tuesday burnt 33 kilos of rare rhino horns, including some it sawed off its own animals in the wake of a brutal attack on a French zoo.Poachers broke into the Thoiry zoo near...

France's Macron at UN defends Iran, climate deals

French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to return to the fold.Macron, like Trump appearing...

Hurricane Maria leaves one dead, two missing in Guadeloupe

At least one person was killed as Hurricane Maria battered Guadeloupe, officials said Tuesday, in the first confirmed casualty from the huge storm sweeping the eastern Caribbean. The person was killed...

French cardinal to face trial for alleged church abuse cover-up

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin will go on trial in April on charges of covering up for a priest accused of abusing children in his Lyon diocese over 25 years ago, a court ruled Tuesday.Barbarin, the...

France clears hundreds of migrants from wood near Calais

French authorities evacuated hundreds of migrants from a wood on the northern coast near Calais on Tuesday over fears it could become a magnet for others hoping to head to Britain.Some 350 men, women...

US teen 'unstoppable' in fight for girl power in Africa

With braces on her teeth and sneakers on her feet, Zuriel Oduwole from Los Angeles may look like a typical American teen. But over the past six years, the willowy 15-year-old has been granted audiences...

Protesters who set Paris police car ablaze go on trial

Nine men were to go on trial Tuesday over a dramatic attack on Paris police in which a patrol car was torched with two officers still inside it.Videos of the May 2016 assault, which have been viewed hundreds...

French, Rwandan presidents hold rare meeting amid tense diplomatic ties

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in New York for rare talks, Kigali said Tuesday, as diplomatic ties remain icy over the 1994 genocide.Kigali has long...

US cool on French call for Syria 'contact group'

The United States gathered ministers from key allies to push for a political settlement in Syria on Monday, but gave short shrift to a French call for a new contact group to resolve the conflict.Meeting...

Kenya's electronic voting system won't be ready, says French firm

The electronic voting system due to be used in a re-run of Kenya's presidential poll will not be ready in time, the French biometrics firm behind it said Monday.OT-Morpho provided Kenya's Independent...

Trump eyes military parade for July 4 celebrations

US President Donald Trump on Monday revealed plans to transform America's Independence Day celebrations next July 4 into a vast military parade, styled on France's Bastille Day."We're actually thinking...

France leads push to urge Trump to save Iran deal

France stepped up global efforts to convince US President Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal Monday, suggesting a way could be found to prolong its effects.Trump has signalled he is ready...

Eiffel Tower starts work on anti-terror upgrade

Works began Monday to boost security at the Eiffel Tower as an anti-terrorism measure, city hall said, with bulletproof glass walls set to go up around the world's most visited monument.The changes come...

France leads UN push to keep Trump in climate accord

France on Monday led a push at the United Nations to keep the United States in the Paris climate agreement, as Donald Trump's administration insisted it was not changing gears.Gary Cohn, the chief White...

Model Ratajkowski blasts French magazine for slimming her curves

The US model and actress Emily Ratajkowski has called out a French magazine for reducing her lips and breasts in a photograph for an interview which deals with the discrimination she says she has faced...

France warns against Kurdish independence vote

France's top diplomat on Monday urged Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to cancel next week's planned independence vote, warning that now is not the time to go it alone.Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian,...

France warns on Iran, N. Korea ahead of UN assembly

France on Monday warned that salvaging the Iran nuclear deal was "essential" to prevent other countries from seeking nuclear weapons as world leaders gathered at the United Nations.Foreign Minister Jean-Yves...

Man held over grisly murder of pregnant Frenchwoman

A man was arrested in France on Sunday over the gruesome murder of a heavily pregnant woman who was suffocated in her bed, a source close to the investigation said.The 23-year-old woman, who was eight...

US tourists hurt in French acid attack

Two young female American tourists were sprayed with hydrochloric acid in the French city of Marseille on Sunday by a woman who appeared to have psychological problems, a police source said.The attack...

Security scare forces BA flight to evacuate in Paris

A London-bound British Airways flight was evacuated at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport on Sunday due to a security scare, but was later cleared for take-off, the airport's operator said.A spokesman...

French journalist freed by Turkey arrives home

A young French reporter who had been held on terror charges in Turkey, in a case that sparked tensions with France, arrived in Paris on Sunday after being freed.Loup Bureau, 27, arrived onboard an Air...

French journalist freed by Turkey to arrive in Paris Sunday: rights group

A young French journalist held on terror charges in Turkey for more than seven weeks was headed to Paris on Sunday after being freed, according to Reporters Without Borders."Loup Bureau is on board flight...

California court reinstates foie gras ban

A US court in California on Friday re-instated a ban on foie gras in a move celebrated by animal rights activists who have long opposed the controversial French delicacy made by force-feeding ducks and...

Man attacks two women with hammer in France

A man attacked two women with a hammer in a town in central France on Friday shouting "Allahu Akbar" before fleeing the scene, the local prosector said.Anti-terrorism prosectors are "following...

Macron urges lifting of Qatar embargo

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged the lifting of a Saudi-led embargo on Qatar in effect since June.Macron is calling for "the embargo measures affecting the people of Qatar, in particular...

France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in Europe

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire accused US internet giants on Friday of escaping their fair share of taxes in Europe, as he pushed the EU to urgently address the issue.Big EU countries have become...

Audit shows no hacking of Kenya vote system: French firm

An audit of the electronic system used to tally votes in Kenya's cancelled presidential poll showed no manipulation of data, the French biometrics firm that supplied the system told AFP Friday.Opposition...

France's champagne harvest weather-hit but 'promising'

Bad weather caused a severe decrease in this year's grape harvest in the Champagne region, but growers predicted Friday that quality would trump quantity in this year's bubbly.The area in northern France...

France's top court bars access to Rwanda genocide files

France's highest court ruled Friday that a researcher could be denied access to sensitive archives concerning the 1994 genocide in Rwanda even though they were ostensibly opened to the public in 2015.Researcher...

France restores old thyroid drug after complaints over new one

An old version of a thyroid medication will be reintroduced in France after thousands of the country's three million users complained of serious side effects from a new formula, the government said Friday.The...

Putin, Macron agree 'negotiations' only way to defuse N.Korea tensions

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed in a phone call Friday that resuming direct talks with North Korea is the only way to resolve tensions over its nuclear...

Renault-Nissan to launch 12 zero-emission models

Carmaker Renault-Nissan said Friday it will launch 12 all-electric cars over the next six years and equip dozens more with driverless technology.Presenting the alliance's new strategic plan to 2022, chairman...

Moliere meets Mad Men as French theatres prepare to show ads

French theatres are set to break a major taboo and show adverts before the curtain goes up.In what they claim is a world first, 12 privately-owned theatres in Paris will in November begin apeing cinemas...

Knife-wielding man attacks Paris soldier, no injuries: police

A knife-wielding man attacked a soldier on patrol in central Paris on Friday but did not cause any injuries, police said.The attacker lunged at the soldier at the central Chatelet metro station around...

AFP launches 2017 Kate Webb Prize for Asian journalists

Agence France-Presse on Friday launched the 2017 Kate Webb Prize to recognise exceptional Asian journalists doing difficult and dangerous work across the region. Photo and video journalists are strongly...

France's Le Drian urges Ankara to free jailed reporter

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday pressed Ankara to speed up the case of a French reporter held in Turkey for seven weeks and release him as soon as possible.Speaking after talks...

14-year-old charged with French arson spree

A 14-year-old boy was charged Thursday with starting a string of fires near the French city of Marseille, including one that left thousands of passengers stuck in train stations. Police caught the boy...

Monet's 'secret' art collection on show for first time

The "secret" art collection amassed by Claude Monet, the father of Impressionism, went on display for the first time in Paris on Thursday, 90 years after the great painter's death.French art historians...

Hermes bags record profitability in first half

Luxury goods maker Hermes said Thursday that good sales momentum across all of its divisions and in all regions helped it achieve a record profitability in the first six months. "The performance in the...

Vivendi 'controls' Telecom Italia: markets watchdog

Italy's markets watchdog said Wednesday that French media group Vivendi had "de facto control" over Telecom Italia but the Italian operator said it would contest the decision.Vivendi's role in Italy's...