Regional president Xavier Bertrand says migrants in Calais seeking asylum in the UK should be allowed to lodge their claim in France.
Right-wing presidential contender who is favourite in polls to win 2017 election seeks quick ‘divorce’ but says UK should not be ‘punished'.
Britain's royal family joined ceremonies to mark Battle of the Somme in northern France, the deadliest battle in British history.
Whichever way Britain votes in its referendum on EU membership this Thursday, French president François Hollande has promised new “initiatives” in the coming days to reinvigorate the European Union. Hollande himself has gone out on a limb by associating himself strongly with British premier David Cameron's opposition to so-called 'Brexit'. Meanwhile, as Lénaïg Bredoux reports, the French Left is itself split over the issue of Europe and how to approach it.
Series of polls show that between 32 and 41 percent of French population would see their neighbour's departure from EU in positive light.
Ryanair said it has scrapped 70 flights on Thursday and some easyJet flights are also affected by protest over labour law reforms.
Plans by French energy giant EDF to build two European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) at the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in south-west England have already triggered the resignation of the company's finance director, led to opposition from unions and raised doubts from France's financial watchdog. Now, Mediapart can reveal, in an unprecedented move a number of EDF's own engineers have also expressed their deep misgivings about the multi-billion euro project and called for it to be delayed. As Martine Orange reports, the engineers fear the Hinkley Point construction could threaten the group's plans to renew France's own nuclear power stations in the near future.
Marseille said to be worst affected but other airports hit include Toulouse, Bordeaux, Orly, Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, Lyon and Nice.
Bernard Cazeneuve contradicted claims about impact of Brexit saying: 'We don't need statements that create buzz we need long-term action.'
Paris and London to spend £1.5bn developing next generation of drones, as summit in France discusses security and Calais migrant crisis.
As diplomatic efforts to keep UK in the EU gather pace before key Brussels summit this week, France heads campaign against City of London perks.
Michel Sapin said UK's settlement with internet giant 'seems more the product of a negotiation', and pledged France would apply 'the law'.
Rob Lawrie, 49, stands trial in Boulogne on Thursday for trying to smuggle young Afghan girl from miserable migrant camp to join her aunt in UK.
The £1.1 million migrant centre will be built near existing shanty town at Grande-Synthe, just five miles from the ferry port at Dunkirk.
As MPs debate joining attacks on Islamic State group in Syria, France regards a 'yes' vote as being of high military and diplomatic importance.