Keyword: France

Belgium hands France brother of suspected Paris attacks mastermind

Yassine Atar, brother of Osama Atar who is suspected of having planned the November 13th 2015 Islamic State group attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead, has been extradited to France from Belgium where he was arrested in March 2016 in connection with the terrorist bomb attacks in Brussels that month which claimed 32 lives.

One million people in France quit smoking last year

Health authorities in France attribute the drop to recent anti-smoking measures and higher taxes on cigarettes.

France says EU will hit back at 'illegal' US tariffs

President Macron warned that the decision would penalise everyone, including US, and made his views clear to President Trump in phone call.

France ‘committed’ to glyphosate ban despite vote

French government statement came after National Assembly rejected moves to impose deadline for phasing out the herbicide.

Girl dies and vineyards destroyed as violent storms strike France

Child aged six  killed by falling branch as hailstorms sweep west of country including parts of the Bordeaux wine region.

France prepares return of cultural artefacts to Africa

The French government has appointed a French art historian and a Senegalese scholar to lead a feasibility study into an initiative by  President Emmanuel Macron to return African cultural artefacts currently held by museums in France, a move that one French historian said will 'make European curators quake in their boots'.

Anti-Macron marches in France fall short of 'tidal wave' predictions

A so-called 'tidal wave' of nationwide street demonstrations called for by radical-left party 'France Unbowed' together with one of the country's biggest trade unions, the CGT, and dozens of left-leaning associations on Saturday in protest at French President Emmanuel Macron's public sector reforms and tax breaks for the wealthy drew fewer numbers than hoped for, with the largest march, in Paris, numbering an estimated 32,000 people according to independent estimates, 5,000 less than a similar demonstration on May 5th. 

Economic slowdown fears as French jobless rate rises

French unemployment rate edged up to 9.2% in the first quarter of the year, up from 9% in the last quarter of 2017, with analysts pointing to a possible economic slowdown setting in across Europe.

French air-traffic controllers' strike to disrupt European flights

France's civil aviation authority has warned of significant disruption to flights during a strike from Monday evening to Wednesday morning by French air-traffic controllers in support of demands for increased pay and staff numbers, part of a series of public sector strikes called for Tuesday.

France to ban E171 additive found in sweets and pastries

Decision to ban Titanium dioxide, used mainly as a whitening and brightening agent in foods, comes after studies suggested it may cause cancer.

Has France become 'lazy' about increasing Franglais?

'Hacktivism', 'fashionista', 'SUV' and 'dark net' have all been added to France's two main dictionaries but there has been little or no uproar.

Mystery of seals killed in northern France

Since January, three seals have been found dead on the Côte d'Opale, and an animal conservation group is offering reward for information. 

France slams US moves to sanction firms trading with Iran

The French government has reacted angrily to US President Donald Trump's decision, after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, to re-impose sanctions on companies that do business with Tehran and which include Airbus, French carmakers Renault and PSA, and oil giant Total.

The return of the Cold War between French and Russian secret services

By and Jacques Massey
Vladimir Putin, himself a former KGB officer, listening to officials from the Russian foreign military intelligence agency the GRU in 2006. © Reuters/Itar-Tass/Service de presse présidentiel russe Vladimir Putin, himself a former KGB officer, listening to officials from the Russian foreign military intelligence agency the GRU in 2006. © Reuters/Itar-Tass/Service de presse présidentiel russe

Russian spies in France are trying to recruit business people, diplomats and military personnel, using resources and methods similar to those used at the height of the Cold War. French counter-intelligence officials are meanwhile working hard to unmask the Russian agents. Though Russia and France are co-operating over antiterrorism issues, their respective intelligence agents are engaged in a parallel, largely hidden struggle, with French soil as the battleground. Matthieu Suc and Jacques Massey report.

Macron urges Australia-France-India 'strategic axis'

But Australia academics say the president's motivations have more to do with French politics and that France is 'fairly peripheral' to region.