Keyword: French

Man suspected of stabbing soldier in Paris 'known to French intelligence'

The  21-year-old was said to have been flagged up to French intelligence services months ago over fears he had been radicalised.

Michel Hazanavicius lambasts French film industry

The Oscar-winning director of 'The Artist' has criticised film funding in France, sheltered by state subsidy, high salaries and 'complacency'.

France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails

With the country on heightened security alert, authorities are increasingly worried about home-grown militants emerging from France's own jails.

Thousands protest against 'Mr Weak' François Hollande

As thousands take to streets to vent anger against French leader's first year in office a left-wing opponent accuses him of 'betraying his promises'.

Taliban 'Slim-Fast diet’ helped French hostage's escape

Pierre Borghi, held captive for 131 days, escaped after losing 12 kilograms, allowing him to slip out of his chains and climb through a narrow window.

Notorious French bank robber commits suicide after drugs arrest

Marc Armando was the suspected mastermind behind the 1992 robbery of the Bank of France in Toulon in which 146 million francs were stolen.

Austerity reaches France’s presidential wine cellar

Élysée says it will auction off 1,200 bottles of its finest wines, renew its cellar with “more modest” vintages and return surplus to the state budget.

France troops capture suspected French jihadist in Mali

Authorities had been searching for Gilles Le Guen since October when he published a video in which he warned France not to interfere in Mali.

France back in hedge funds' sights as economy stutters

Funds are speculating that President Hollande's gamble on increasing public spending to boost economic growth will fail.

French detectives seek vehicle in Alps murder investigation

Officers release image of dark-coloured 4x4 they want to trace in connection with murder last September of engineer Saad al-Hilli and three others.

More young French adults emigrating

Number of young French adults going abroad has swelled 14 percent in the past four years, according to government figures reported in Le Figaro.

Zinedine Zidane: Ex-France international helps wife's team

Star agrees to invest in Fourth Division Rodez Aveyron in south-west France where the family of his wife Veronique Fernandez-Lentisco live.

French far-left leader mocks assets declaration

Jean-Luc Mélenchon puts his weight, height and shoe size in his declaration of assets after President Hollande's call to clean up French politics.

President Hollande's bold bid to clean up French politics


President François Hollande has announced tough new measures to help 'clean up' public life in France following the Cahuzac affair. There will be a new body to oversee politicians' financial assets, more staff to tackle tax fraud and a promised war on international tax havens. However, as Lénaïg Bredoux reports, the proposals have been met not just with predictable disapproval from the opposition, but with dismay from some sections of his own Socialist Party too.

France's richest man Bernard Arnault 'drops bid to become Belgian'

The head of luxury group LVMH said he always denied the move was for tax reasons but had abandoned plans to avoid 'any ambiguity'.