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France probes 'revolting' claims of rapacious care homes

France’s government is pledging to investigate allegations that a world leader in care for older adults has been putting profit before quality, rationing food and other items for nursing home residents.

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Iran sentences French national to eight years in prison for spying

Benjamin Brière was charged with spying and ‘propaganda against the Islamic Republic’.

France reports record of more than 332,000 new Covid cases

The number of COVID-19 deaths in French hospitals rose by 246 in the last 24 hours, taking the total since the pandemic began to 97,670.

France removes EU flag from Arc de Triomphe after rightwing anger

Official in the French presidency says removal of flag was in line with planned schedule. 

France takes over EU presidency as national election looms

President Emmanuel Macron has announced an ambitious agenda for the 27-member bloc that could also serve his domestic campaign for re-election.

France tightens anti-Covid measures

French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Monday announced new measures to stem the rampant progression of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, including mask-wearing in city centre streets and limits on numbers attending indoor and outdoor gatherings, although no curfews are presently envisaged and schools will reopen as normal in January.

France urges UK to 'rebuild trust' after London's Brexit tsar resigns

French European affairs minister Clément Beaune has invited the British government 'to rebuild a climate of trust with France and the EU in the interest of all' following the resignation of London's chief Brexit negotiator David Frost.

France bars non-essential travel from UK over Omicron virus spread

The French government has announced a ban from Saturday on arrivals from the UK except for its nationals, others with official residency in the country and people who can justify 'essential' reasons for travelling in France, in a move prompted by the sharp rise in Britain of the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

New Caledonia votes no to independence from France

But France's Pacific territory faces further wrangling over its future after referendum boycott.

France rejects idea of British patrols along Calais beaches

Move would ‘compromise sovereignty’ and UK should sort out alternative to people’s perilous Channel crossings, says French prime minister.

First case of Omicron variant case found in mainland France

A statement from the Paris regional health authority said the case, a man between ages 50 and 60, tested positive on November 25th following his return from a trip to Nigeria.

France urges UK to open legal route for cross-Channel migrants

In the wake of the loss of at least 27 lives in the sinking last week of a boat carrying migrants sailing from France to Britain, French interior minister Gérald Darmanin said the British government must 'open up a legal immigration route' because asylum-seekers have 'no other choice' than to cross the Channel in clandestine conditions. 

Provisional toll of Channel migrant tragedy revised to 27 dead

The latest toll of the sinking of a dinghy carrying migrants attempting to cross the Channel from France to the UK on Wednesday is at least 27 dead, including seven women, one of whom was pregnant, and three children, while two survivors are critically ill in hospital.

French ski resorts reopen for 'crucial' new season

After Covid-19 restrictions last winter caused a collapse in earnings for French ski resorts, they begin reopening this month for what one official at Val d'Isère said was a 'crucial' season for local businesses. 

France returns 26 artworks looted from Benin 130 years ago

Until now the artefacts have been on display in a museum in Paris, along with other artwork stolen from Africa.