Keyword: France

French arms company in spotlight over Egypt labour rights abuse

Ahead of a planned visit to Egypt later this month by French President Emmanuel Macron, an Irish human rights NGO has highlighted the serious violations of the labour rights of Egyptian workers employed in the construction of French-designed battleships at naval yards where staff from France's Naval Group company have a permanent presence.

France launches 50m-euro contingency plan for no-deal Brexit

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Thursday announced a 50-million-euro contingency plan in the case that Britain would leave the European Union on March 29th without a trade agreement, which he described as 'less and less unlikely', which includes the building of infrastructures around transport hubs to deal with delays in commercial traffic and the recruitment of around 600 extra staff in customs and veterinary services.

French ambassador 'shocked' at Polish FM's 'sick man' comment

The French ambassador to Poland, Pierre Levy, has said he was 'shocked' at comments made by Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz in which he said recent social unrest in France and the slowdown of President Emmanuel Macron's timetable of reforms had made the country 'the sick man of Europe, dragging Europe down'.

Charlie Hebdo attack suspect in custody in France

Peter Cherif, 36, alias Abou Hamza, wanted for his suspected role in the January 2015 gun attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine which left 12 dead, was was immediately placed in detention after his extradition to France from Djibouti.

France says its troops will remain in Syria

President Macron apparently spoke to President Trump in advance to try convince him not to remove US troops from Syria.

The pregnant migrants risking it all to give birth on French soil

Seventy percent of the mothers giving birth in maternity ward in French territory of Mayotte off Africa are foreign, most of them illegal migrants.

France to introduce digital tax in new year

France had been pushing for Commission to agree EU-wide measures by end of 2018 but countries such as Sweden and Finland were against.

Now Huawei faces tech ban in France

As  phone companies in France begin seeking suppliers to build 5G networks, parts of the country’s telecoms infrastructure is being made inaccessible to Chinese telecom and electronic equipment company Huawei through legal and regulatory revisions, many classified, with the country's largest telecoms operator, Orange, saying it will not use Huawei products after 'a call to prudence by French authorities'.

France urged to change heritage law and return looted art to Africa

Report commissioned by President Macron recommends the restitution of artworks taken during France's colonial era.

France to embed 'regulators' at Facebook to combat hate speech

Beginning in January 2019, the French government will send a small team of senior civil servants to Facebook offices in Ireland for six months to assess the effectiveness of the social media giant's checks on racist, sexist or hate-fuelled speech, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday.

Trump in double faux pas during WWI Armistice ceremonies in France

While the centenary commemorations in France marking the end of WWI saw German Chancellor Angela Merkel take part in a symbolic ceremony with French President Emmanuel Macron, US President Donald Trump began his visit with a Twitter message attacking Macron's championing of a joint European defence force, and cancelled a visit to a US cemetery of fallen US soldiers, citing bad weather conditions.

Surge in numbers of reported anti-Semlitic attacks in France

The number of reported anti-Semitic attacks rose year-on-year by 69% over the first nine months of 2018, announced French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday, when he said the government was planning a series of measures against hate crimes, including a campaign aimed at educating schoolchildren on the issue of anti-Semitism.

Eleven more cases of babies born with deformed arms in France

Health minister has already announced investigation into phenomenon of babies born with no or stunted arms for which no cause has been found.

Snowstorms sweep across central France

The heavy snowfall in some towns and villages, up to 40cm in places, has caused chaos on the roads and cut power to nearly 200,000 homes.

France considers putting police officers in classrooms

New plans are set to be announced by interior minister Christophe Castaner following a string of violent incidents in country's classrooms.