Expatica : France (30)

US judge rejects Polanski victim's bid to close case

A US judge on Friday rejected a bid by a woman Roman Polanski raped as a teenager to close the case, saying the fugitive filmmaker must appear in court for the matter to be resolved.Los Angeles Superior...

Australian caught up in Barcelona, Paris, London attacks

An Australian woman who fled in fear from the Barcelona attack has told how she was caught up in two other recent terror incidents in Paris and London during her European travels."I was in London at the...

Brad Pitt must pay 568,000 euros to French chateau decorator

A French appeal court has ordered US stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to pay 568,000 euros to a lighting designer they employed for their chateau in southern France, judicial sources said...

Football: French league pays tribute to Barcelona victims

A minute's silence will be held before Ligue 1 and ligue 2 matches this weekend in tribute to the victims of Thursday's terror attacks in Spain, the French league announced on Friday."In a gesture of...

Paris police evacuate 2,000 migrants

French police moved out around 2,000 migrants from a makeshift camp in an area north of Paris on Friday, the 35th evacuation operation in two years in the capital.A similar roundup of the mostly Afghan...

26 French among Barcelona injured: foreign minister

Among the 100 or more people who were injured in the attack in Barcelona on Thursday are 26 French citizens, at least 11 of whom are in a serious condition, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian...

LNG tanker makes Arctic passage unaided

A tanker carrying liquefied natural gas has made the passage from Europe to Asia via the Arctic unaided, a maritime course that has become possible due to global warming, energy firm Total said Thursday.It...

New York to remove Nazi collaborator Petain plaque

New York's Democratic mayor has promised to remove a plaque dedicated to Nazi collaborator Philippe Petain, who led Vichy France during World War II, following deadly violence in Virginia.A woman was...

US blacklists Paris and Brussels attacks bomb suspect

The United States on Thursday added the suspected jihadist bombmaker said to have supplied the gangs behind the deadly attacks in Paris and Brussels to its terror blacklist. French and Belgian authorities...

Macron backs US anti-racism activists

French President Emmanuel Macron backed anti-racism activists in the United States on Thursday in a message that avoided criticising US President Donald Trump over his reaction to violence in Charlottesville."On...

Syrian activist who fled to France dies aged 44

Syrian actress-turned-activist Fadwa Suleiman, who fled to France after taking part in the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, died in Paris overnight of cancer, her family said Thursday....

French mayor near Mont Blanc to fine ill-prepared climbers

A mayor in an area of the French Alps which is a gateway to Mont Blanc said Thursday he planned to fine climbers attempting to scale the mountain without proper outdoor gear such as crampons and ropes.Exasperated...

Brigitte Macron says will take on informal role as first lady

The wife of French President Emmanuel Macron has said she will adopt the role of first lady, but only in an informal capacity after opposition to plans to give her an official status.Speaking to Elle...

French unemployment falls to five-year low

France's unemployment rate fell again to a five-year low in the second quarter, official figures showed on Wednesday, providing cheer for new President Emmanuel Macron who faces low popularity ratings...

France provides loos, taps for Calais migrants

French authorities on Wednesday set up portable toilets and water taps on a road near the northern port of Calais after losing a challenge to a court order to provide sanitation for migrants.Ten portable...

French baker jailed in China over out-of-date flour: family

A French baker has been arrested and jailed in China after being accused of using out-of-date flour by health inspectors and police, his family said Wednesday as they publicised a campaign to free him.Laurent...

Macron approval rating at 37 percent: poll

Only 37 percent of French voters are happy with President Emmanuel Macron's performance in his first three months in power, a new survey showed on Wednesday.The 39-year-old's approval ratings have fallen...

Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France

Police used water cannon and fired tear gas and stun grenades Tuesday as they battled with demonstrators protesting at plans to store nuclear waste at an underground site in northeastern France.Protest...

Polanski faces fresh accusation of sex attack on minor

A third woman came forward Tuesday to accuse Roman Polanski of sexual assault when she was a minor, four decades after he went on the run for raping another girl.The woman, identified only as Robin, told...

Catholic pilgrims gather in Lourdes under tight security

Thousands of Catholic pilgrims gathered Tuesday for the traditional open-air mass in Lourdes during Assumption celebrations, as security remained tight across France after last week's car attack against...

Macron seeks release of French reporter detained in Turkey

French President Emmanuel Macron sought to secure the release of a French reporter detained in Turkey at the end of July, during a conversation Tuesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a statement...

Macron files police complaint against photographer

French President Emmanuel Macron has filed a complaint against a photographer for allegedly hassling him during his holiday in the south of France and breaching his right to privacy, a spokesperson said...

French pizzeria crash driver under influence of medication: source

The driver who rammed his car into a pizzeria near Paris, killing a girl and injuring 13 people, had consumed large quantities of medication and had severe mental health problems, officials said Tuesday.The...

Car smashes into pizza restaurant east of Paris, girl dead: police

A car smashed into a pizza restaurant east of Paris late Monday, killing an eight-year-old girl and badly injuring six other people, the police said, adding that the driver had been arrested.Investigators...

Macron condemns 'terrorist attack' in Ouagadougou

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday condemned an overnight assault by presumed jihadists on a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou, calling it a "terrorist attack".In a statement, Macron also praised...

Search ends for Japanese climber missing on Mont Blanc

Rescuers called off their search Sunday for a Japanese climber who went missing on Mont Blanc, a day after a Czech mountaineer died while descending Europe's highest peak. No one had seen Hironobu Shimosawa,...

Amid calls for restraint, Trump again cites 'military' option on NKorea

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart pledged Saturday to work to denuclearize North Korea, but Trump again invoked the grim possibility of "military measures" if other steps should fail.Trump's...

Trump again cites 'military' option against North Korea

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart pledged in a phone call Saturday to work to denuclearize North Korea, but Trump again spoke of possible "military measures" if other steps fail.A White...

France's Macron warns against 'escalation of tensions' over N.Korea

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday warned against an "escalation of tensions" over North Korea amid a growing war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.In a statement, Macron voiced his...

Huge wildfires rage in Portugal and on Corsica

Scorching temperatures and high winds were culminating in huge wildfires in Portugal and on the French island of Corsica on Saturday, with hundreds of holidaymakers forced to flee and further blazes predicted.Almost...