Keyword: France

France blocks EU call for halt to Haftar's offensive in Libya

A planned European Union statement calling on military strongman Khalifa Haftar to halt his Libyan National Army's offensive against the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli was vetoed by France, which has provided military assistance in past years to Haftar in his eastern stronghold.

Paris, Berlin add pressure on Warsaw over Polish judiciary reforms

At a meeting of European Union (EU) ministers on Tuesday, France and Germany said they were concerned over reforms of the Polish judicial system, which are regarded as politically intimidating for the country's courts and a threat to their independence, voicing their support for EU Commission infringement procedures which could in theory result in Poland losing its EU voting rights.

France softens resistance to Brexit delay bid

After days of tough talking which cast doubt over France's agreement to British Prime Minister Theresa May's request for an extension of the Brexit deadline due this Friday, an official in French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said Tuesday that France was ready to accept a new delay.

How the French rose up against a huge Amazon logistics centre

Protesters express concern over pollution and protected species in construction of huge centre for packing and delivery beside Lyon airport.

Rwanda genocide: Macron orders probe of France's role

Rwanda accuses France of complicity in mass killings - a charge denied by Paris  - and experts will now consult archives to analyse France's role.

France accused of failing to protect endangered birds

Official complaint lodged with EU by Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) says rules are being breached on hunting and trapping.

France’s new two-party system: centre vs extreme

Mainstream Left and Right struggle to stay relevant in French politics ahead of European elections, writes veteran commentator John Lichfield.

France takes Chinese billions despite EU concerns

Lucrative French deals came as German foreign minister warned some countries doing 'clever' deals with China could end up dependent.

French urged to cut down on their drinking

National campaign to encourage the French to cut down on their drinking came after study showing a quarter of them over-consume wine.

France and Germany set up parliamentary assembly

The 100-member Franco-German assembly, which implements the new Aachen treaty, met for its first biannual summit in Paris.

The story of how France abandoned its Afghan interpreters

A book just published in France details the tragic story of how hundreds of interpreters employed by the French army during its operations in Afghanistan were refused safe sanctuary after it pulled out of the country, abandoning them and their families to threats of retaliation by the Taliban and other groups. While France is not the only country previously engaged in Afghanistan to have subsequently betrayed its interpreters – called tarjuman in the Dari language – the investigation by journalists Brice Andlauer and Quentin Müllern offers a rare insight into the hypocrisy and cynicism of governments, far removed and insensitive to those involved in waging their war on the ground. Mediapart publishes here a telling extract from their book Tarjuman, une trahison française (‘Tarjuman, a French betrayal’).

Chinese president kicks off France visit with trip to Monaco

China's president Xi Jinping arrived in France on Sunday for a three-day visit that began on the Riviera and a visit to the tiny prinicpality of Monaco, before meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron ahead of bialteral trade talks Monday, and further discussions on Tuesday in Paris with Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

France says ready to veto unjustified Brexit date extension

An official with the French presidency said on Tuesday that Paris is ready to use its veto power against any request by Britain for an extension of the Brexit date, set for March 29th, 'if no real alternative is put forward in the next few days or even the next few hours'.

French arrest warrants for two Russian former athletics officials

French magistrates investigating alleged bribery behind a cover-up of doping of athletes have issued warrants for the arrests of Valentin Balakhnichev, the former head of Russian athletics who was also treasurer of the International Association of Athletics Federations, and Alexei Melnikov, a former Russian national team coach.

France repatriates several orphaned children of jihadists in Syria

France has announced the repatriation of five children aged up to five years who were placed in internement camps in Syria after their French parents, who had joined the Islamic State group, are reported to have died or gone missing in fighting, and thanked Kurdish-led forces 'for their cooperation, which made this outcome possible'.