Keyword: French

French firms join forces to make 10,000 ventilators in 50 days

Consortium led by Air Liquide will help boost production of critical medical kit as President Emmanuel Macron promises to ramp up production of critical medical equipment to treat coronavirus.

PM warns toughest weeks lie ahead as French death toll reaches 2,314

Édouard Philippe said the first two weeks of April would be harder than the last two weeks as French officials reported 319 more deaths.

France’s virus toll reaches 1,696 after 365 more deaths reported

There are now 29,155 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the nation, compared to 25,233 a day ago and 13,904 people hospitalised of whom 3,375 are in intensive care.

France reports 231 more virus deaths, taking total to 1,331

French officials said that the overall number of coronavirus cases had risen to 25,233, a rise of about 13% in 24 hours.

Nurses, teachers and lawyers join pension protests in France

Dozens of school close and rail services severely hit as demonstration enters 36th day and as talks over pension reforms are due to resume Friday.

France to phase out single-use plastics

Single-use plates, cups, and cotton buds were banned from January 1st; more will be banned next year, in first steps towards goal of phasing out all single-use plastics by 2040.

Muslim headscarf debate divides France, in climate of hate

France is experiencing a  'venomous national debate' that is scrambling questions over the headscarf, Islam, immigration and radicalization.

France postpones exams over concerns for pupils in 'record' heatwave

Education minister says decision to postpone Le Brevet a week taken to 'guarantee security of the pupils' with temperatures set to reach 40C. 

French Islamic State accused handed over to face trial in Iraq

Iraqi president Barham Saleh said the 13 were handed over by Syrian Kurdish forces last month.

France, China launch first joint satellite to study climate change

The satellite, launched from China, will study ocean surface winds and waves around the clock and aims to help the better prediction of cyclones.

Guardians of French language seek to ban expression 'fake news'

Commission for the Enrichment of the French Language (CELF) has offered another possibility for French speakers - 'infox'.

The French 'children' forgotten in Belarus

Formerly displaced people from Europe were tempted 'home' to USSR but lost their previous nationality and suffered poverty and repression.

French air traffic controllers cause 'third of delays over Europe'

Report by French senate says strikes cost airlines €300 million a year and force some planes to skirt the country to shorten flight times.

Iraqi court sentences French woman to life for joining IS group

Mélina Boughedir, who left her home in France with her four children in 2015 to follow her husband to Iraq, was sentenced to life by Iraqi court.

French public opposes arms sales to Saudi-led Yemen coalition

Poll shows 75% of French people want President Emmanuel Macron to suspend arms exports to countries involved in the Yemeni war.