Expatica : France (69)

Australia welcomes cancellation of French war graves wind farm

Canberra Tuesday welcomed as "very touching" the scrapping of a planned French wind farm on the site of a World War I battlefield where thousands of Australian soldiers died.French energy company Engie...

Leading Socialist faces inquiry for anti-semitic Macron tweet

A top official in France's Socialist Party is facing a legal inquiry after tweeted an image with anti-Semitic overtones against President Emmanuel Macron, sources close to the inquiry said Monday.Gerard...

Family ends row over legacy of artist Arman

A decade-long row between the heirs of the sculptor Arman, whose works were once some of the most expensive in the world, has been resolved, lawyers said Monday.The French-American artist, one of the...

Man faces French trial for 'complicity' in Rwanda genocide

A Rwandan man accused of transporting militiamen to the scene of a massacre during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda will face trial in France for "complicity" in crimes against humanity.Rwandan authorities...

Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France's Areva

Tubes supplied by French nuclear energy giant Areva to a plant in northern Switzerland are defective and will be replaced, Swiss nuclear safety inspectors and the company said Monday."The nuclear power...

French choke up over proposal to ban smoking in films

A proposal to ban smoking in French films has been met with splutters of indignation in a land raised on images of puffing, pouting silver-screen stars.The idea was floated last week by a senator from...

Apple Pay in first deal with major French bank

Apple has reached its first agreement with a major French bank on Apple Pay, as Societe Generale said Monday it would offer its clients the chance to use the smartphone payment system.In a brief statement,...

Goldman Sachs eyes two eurozone sites post-Brexit: CEO

Goldman Sachs is looking at Frankfurt and Paris as bases for its European activities after Britain quits the EU, its chief executive said in a French newspaper interview published on Monday.Brexit is...

Supermodel leads mourning for fashion's 'King of Cling'

Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Tunisia's president led mourners in a final tribute Monday to French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, who died this month aged 77 after winning a worldwide following.Campbell...

Alibaba takes $2.9 billion stake in food retailer

Alibaba said on Monday it would take a major stake in one of China's top food sellers for $2.9 billion as the e-commerce giant expands further into the retail world.China's largest e-commerce platform...

France to take in refugees rescued from Libya by UN

France will be the first to welcome African refugees evacuated from Libya to NIger by the United Nations refugee agency, French officials announced Monday.After experiencing appalling living conditions...

Gold leaf from Napoleon's crown fetches 625,000 euros

A gold laurel leaf removed from the crown Napoleon Bonaparte wore to his coronation sold for 625,000 euros at an auction in Paris on Sunday. The sale price far exceeded the estimate of between...

France to 'prevent' Muslim street prayers in Paris suburb

French authorities will stop Muslims from praying in a street north of Paris, the country's interior minister said Sunday, after a series of protests by lawmakers and locals over what they view as an...

Netanyahu to meet France's Macron on Lebanon crisis

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in early December for talks expected to include developments in Lebanon, Netanyahu's office said on Sunday.In...

French police officer kills three before committing suicide

A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said Sunday.The news comes with France...

Victoria's Secret to charm China with fashion gala

The star-studded, super-hyped Victoria's Secret lingerie show hits the catwalk in Shanghai on Monday, the first time the US brand is holding its self-described "sexiest show on earth" outside the United...

Museum seeks to convince Indians that toilets are not dirty

A throne with a built-in commode for a French monarch takes pride of place at a New Delhi museum trying to break taboos surrounding toilets in a country where such convenience remains a sensitive issue.The...

Fashion giant Azzedine Alaia dies at 77

French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless gowns won an army of devotees around the world, has died at the age of 77, his couture house said, sparking an outpouring of tributes from across...

Spanish police shoot Frenchman who 'shouted Allahu akbar'

Police in Spain shot and injured an unarmed Frenchman on Saturday at a toll station near the French border, who officers said was shouting 'Allahu akbar'.The officers mistakenly suspected he had a weapon,...

Sharing Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin finds voice in symphony

For 50 years Jane Birkin's breathy voice has interpreted her legendary late partner Serge Gainsbourg. But she feels his songs may sometimes be better off without her.Birkin has revived live performances...

Tintin and Snowy drawing sells for 500,000 euros

A colour drawing of Tintin and his faithful canine companion Snowy sold at a Paris auction on Saturday for more than half a million euros.The India ink and watercolour image, which went under the hammer...

Fashion giant Azzedine Alaia dies at 77

French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless gowns won an army of devotees around the world, has died at the age of 77, France's fashion federation said Saturday.Alaia, who rose to fame in...

Lebanon PM confirms he will return to Beirut for Wednesday

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri confirmed he will return to Beirut in time for Independence Day celebrations Wednesday, as political turmoil rocks his country following his resignation announcement...

Macron welcomes Lebanon's Hariri to Elysee Palace: AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks Saturday, an AFP reporter said, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis.Hariri, who...

French rocker Johnny Hallyday released from hospital

Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who has been battling lung cancer for several months, returned home Saturday after being hospitalised for days with breathing problems, a family member said. France's...

Hariri will be in Lebanon for Independence Day on Wednesday: president

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who has not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation two weeks ago, will be home for Independence Day on Wednesday, the president's office said.Hariri telephoned...

Lebanon's Hariri lands in Paris

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived Saturday in France from Saudi Arabia, where his resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will.A source...

Macron's party to name leader in testing times

Emmanuel Macron's political party is to name a new leader on Saturday as the French president faces the first rebellious grumblings in the movement he founded in April last year.Six months after coming...

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Riyadh for France: Lebanese TV

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday left Saudi Arabia for France, a television channel owned by his family said, two weeks after his shock resignation."Mr Hariri left Riyadh airport on his...

Lebanon's Hariri says he's on way to Riyadh airport: Tweet

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is expected to fly to Paris, said late Friday he was on his way to the airport in the Saudi capital Riyadh where he has been since his shock resignation "To say...

Cantona the artist ponders sex, life and death in new book

Football legend Eric Cantona was a brooding artist on the field. Now he is proving that he is also one off it as a book of his drawings is published.The former Manchester United star muses on sex, death,...

Brigitte Bardot says Trump 'unfit' after permitting elephant trophies

French screen legend and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot on Friday slammed US President Donald Trump as "unfit for office" after his administration's "shameful actions" in authorizing the import...

French wine country unveils its answer to kobe beef

As the unofficial capital of France's Burgundy region, Beaune is a town that thrives on wine -- and now even its cows are going to taste like grapes.This weekend will see luminaries of the wine-making...

French rocker Johnny Hallyday hospitalised

Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who has been battling lung cancer for several months, has been hospitalised with breathing problems, his entourage confirmed Friday.Celebrity magazine Voici had...

What is the Paris Agreement?

On December 12, 2015, 195 countries gathered in the French capital to conclude the first truly universal climate treaty, the Paris Agreement, aimed at preventing worst-case-scenario global warming.The...

Iran says 'biased' French policy stoking Mideast crises

Iran said on Friday that "biased" French policy was stoking crises in the Middle East after Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused it of "hegemonic" ambitions in the region."Unfortunately it seems...

Hariri to arrive in France Saturday to meet Macron: presidency

Lebanese leader Saad Hariri will arrive in France on Saturday and meet President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, the French presidency said Thursday.Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon's...

France, Lebanon and the Hariri family have close ties

France under President Emmanuel Macron has played a lead role in trying to avert a fresh crisis in Lebanon amid claims that its prime minister Saad Hariri was being detained in Saudi Arabia.At the invitation...

French union protests fizzle against Macron

People protested across France on Thursday against President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms but low turnout suggested that resistance to an agenda seen as too pro-business was losing steam.The demonstrations...

Tennis: Nadal wins doping defamation case against French ex-minister

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal won a defamation case against former French health and sports minister Roselyne Bachelot on Thursday after she accused him of doping on television.Bachelot was handed...

Novel on legacy of Algerian war wins France's richest prize

A powerful account of what happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French during the country's war of independence won France's most lucrative book prize Thursday."The Art of Losing"...

Top judge in EU's Kosovo mission quits with graft warning

The president of judges in the European Union's rule of law mission in Kosovo has announced his resignation while warning of corruption within the deployment, in an interview with French daily Le Monde...

Saudi Arabia says Hariri 'free to leave'

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Thursday he would travel to France "very soon" from Saudi Arabia, which rejected accusations the premier was detained in Riyadh following his shock resignation.Hariri,...

Lebanon's Hariri meets French FM in Riyadh: AFP

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met the French foreign minister in Riyadh Thursday, the most senior Western official he has met publicly since his shock resignation announcement earlier this month.The...

Hariri free to leave Riyadh 'when he pleases': Saudi FM

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is free to leave Riyadh "when he pleases," the Saudi foreign minister said on Thursday, rejecting accusations from Beirut that the kingdom was "detaining" him.Hariri,...

France worried by Iran's 'hegemonic' intentions: FM

France is worried by Iran's "hegemonic" intentions in the Middle East, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday.At a press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir, Le Drian...

Lebanon's Hariri to travel to Paris: French FM

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to travel to Paris after Beirut accused Riyadh of detaining him following his shock resignation, the French foreign minister said Thursday."He...

Luc Besson to direct US detective show

French filmmaker Luc Besson is working on a pilot for a proposed police drama starring the Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin, a source at US television network ABC told AFP on Wednesday. "The French Detective,"...

Lebanon's 'detained' premier to travel to France

Lebanon's premier Saad Hariri will travel to France "in the coming days", a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation.International...

France says Lebanon's Hariri will arrive 'in coming days'

Lebanon's former prime minister Saad Hariri will come to France "in the coming days", a source at the French presidency told AFP on Wednesday.The development came after the office of President Emmanuel...