Keyword: France

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.

France's niqab ban violates human rights, UN committee says

UN body said two women fined for wearing full-face Islamic veils should be compensated and asked France to review its controversial 2010 law.

Former students sue French state for 'racist' stop and search

Case is latest legal battle in France over men of black and north African heritage being routinely pulled over and asked to show identity papers.

'Dead' Ukranian fugitive found to be château owner in France

A man who fled corruption and money laundering charges in his native Ukraine by faking a death certificate has been arrested near Dijon in east-central France where he was found to be living a luxury lifestyle with a château, works of art and vintage cars worth an estimated 4.6 million euros.

Italy suspects French police of 'dumping migrants' near Turin

Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini said he has demanded an explanation from Paris over an alleged incursion into his country by a French police van which Italian media said was captured on CCTV releasing two men thought to be African migrants in woods near Turin.

Macron waiting for 'clarity' before any response over Kashoggi case

French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking on Friday during a visit to Armenia, said he was still waiting for more facts about the fate of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, before deciding on France's response.

British expats in France fret over Brexit uncertainty

With just more than five months to go before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, the continuing confusion over the future status of EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU is causing mounting anxiety for many of the latter in France, and a leap in applications for French nationality.

Eyes to the Right as Macron prepares government reshuffle

The departure last week of heavyweight interior minister Gérard Collomb has forced French President Emmanuel Macron into announcing a government reshuffle expected on Wednesday, as he prepares to enter phase two of his government and draw a line under months of scandals and political setbacks.

World's first high-altitude cable car roof terrace opens in France

Hikers, skiers and sightseers can now ride on top of the Grande Motte cable car, almost 3,500m above sea level, for spectacular views of Alps.

I’ve made some mistakes, humbled Macron admits

French president insisted nothing would shake his determination to reform the country but showed rare touch of humility in newspaper interview.

In saving migrants we save ourselves

Migrants blocked at the railway station at Vintimille on the French-Italian border, June 15th, 2015. © LF Migrants blocked at the railway station at Vintimille on the French-Italian border, June 15th, 2015. © LF

The migrant issue has become a decisive test for all those on the Left who campaign for the emancipation of the people and equal rights for all. Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel argues that far from protecting existing rights, any concession to the politics of rejection, to the favouring of one nationality over others or to policies based on borders and identity, will simply help the cause of the extreme right.

Man who slapped woman's bottom fined under French 'cat-call' law

The man, drunk when he boarded the rush-hour bus, smacked the 21-year-old on the buttocks and made an insulting comment about her breasts.

Macron honours Algerians who fought for colonial France

President Emmanuel Macron has announced the bestowing of national honours to members of the community known as the Harkis, the Algerians who fought alongside the French army in the North African country's bloody war of independence, in his continuing bid to soften the still bitter divisions of left over from the Algerian war.