Keyword: French

French yachtsman rescued in Southern Ocean

Round-the-world sailor had been in a life raft in the ocean for three days after his yacht lost its mast and its hull was damaged in rough weather.

French films reach record box office revenue abroad

At home the industry faces criticism, but French exports brought in nearly $1.2 billion in international markets last year and sold 140 million tickets.

Mali Islamists 'tougher than France anticipated'

French troops' initial clashes have shown that the desert fighters are better trained and equipped than France had expected before intervention.

Frenchwoman fired after leaving Japan during nuclear crisis sues employer

Emmanuelle Bodin says contract with state broadcaster was unjustly terminated after she fled Japan at start of Fukushima crisis in March 2011.

Mali: Britain sends planes to help French

Britain will provide transport planes to assist the French military operation in Mali, as France attempts to contain al Qaeda-linked rebels.

French troops conducting military operations against extremists in Mali

Arrival of the French forces dramatically ups stakes in conflict in a swath of lawless desert where terrorism and kidnapping have flourished.

'French bashing' should stop, says MEP

Corinne Lepage says that other countries, as well as fellow countrymen, should stop treating her nation like "the scum of the earth".

New Air France fares target bag-free travellers

French carrier says one-way "MiNi" tickets will start at 49 euros including tax for the 40 percent of people who travel without checked baggage.

The secret to why the French live longer - Roquefort cheese

Eating the ripened cheese could help guard against cardiovascular disease despite its high fat and salt content, according to new research.

French mountaineer Maurice Herzog dies

The first man to climb an 8,000-meter Himalayan peak despite losing all his fingers and toes to frostbite has died aged 93.

The hidden hand of French companies in US elections


While attention in France and elsewhere in the world last week was mainly focused on the presidential race between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, there were also many Congressional contests taking place across the United States. An investigation has revealed that a number of French groups were involved in funding candidates at those elections. Officially the fund-raising was carried out by American employees of those French businesses rather than the firms themselves. But, curiously, these staff members tended to favour Congressional candidates who were close to their own company's interests. Martine Orange reports.


Claude Bosi dismisses fellow French chefs as 'lazy'

The outspoken London-based French chef has launched a blistering attack on his countrymen, claiming they lack imagination in the kitchen.

Death penalty for Afghan soldier who killed French troops

Soldier who killed five French soldiers in January during a joint operation in Kapisa province has been sentenced to death by a military court.

London, France's sixth biggest city

More French people live in London than in Bordeaux or Strasbourg and it is now thought to be France's sixth biggest city in terms of population.

Germany and France turn to British-made Jaguar and Land Rovers

German and French car buyers are turning to British-made Jaguar and Land Rovers at an unprecedented rate despite the eurozone debt crisis.