Keyword: French

Changes to spellings of over 2,000 French words sparks outrage

Change that has sparked most fury is removal of traditional circumflex accent, which will vanish above vowels 'i' and 'u' in certain words.

French schools 'allow smoking on grounds' because of terror threat

Union representing head teachers and senior staff says students massing on the street constitutes even higher risk than that posed by tobacco.

France makes final attempt to salvage stricken freighter

Freighter Modern Express, adrift for six days, has 300 tons of fuel on board and is expected to hit French Atlantic coast within 24 hours.

Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director, dies at 87

Though Rivette never achieved celebrity status of François Truffaut or Jean-Luc Godard his often enigmatic work was revered by film fans.

Hollande defiant after IS release video of Paris attackers

President says threats will not weaken French resolve after video shows attackers training, beheading and shooting captives in IS territory.

French designer Courrèges dies aged 92

André Courrèges, who battled Parkinson’s disease for 30 years, revolutionized fashion in the 1960s and helped popularise miniskirts.

French daredevil falls to his death preparing for stunt

Renowned stuntman Tancrede Melet accidentally fell 98ft while holding onto a hot air balloonin in southern France. 

French explorer Jacques Cousteau's Calypso to sail again

The ship from 1970s TV series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau was badly damaged in 1996 in an accident in Singapore.

Michel Platini withdraws candidacy for FIFA presidency

Former French football star and UEFA boss, already suspended from football for 8 years, has formally thrown in FIFA presidential towel.

French telecoms operators Orange, Bouygues in tie-up talks

The companies, two of the four current players in the market, said talks are taking place on Orange buying Bouygues's telecoms arm.

Famous French singer Michel Delpech dies

French president François Hollande led tributes to 69-year-old music star whose songs reflected the mood of the 1960s and 1970s in France.

Nine out of 10 French support stripping dual nationals of citizenship

Some 86% of public back constitutional change to allow French citizenship to be taken from bi-nationals if convicted of terrorist offences.

French Muslims who swap 'heathen' France for Egypt

By Adama Sissoko
One of the French Muslim families who have moved to Cairo. © Adama Sissoko One of the French Muslim families who have moved to Cairo. © Adama Sissoko

They are French, Muslim and living in Egypt. Several hundred Salafists from France have chosen to live in this “Islamic land” because they no longer wish to stay in their country of origin, a “land of disbelievers” or heathens where they feel it has become impossible to practice their religion as they wish. They are not jihadists and have come to Egypt in search of their Islamic identity. Yet for many this is proving harder than they thought. Adama Sissoko reports.

France's Socialists split over plan to strip terrorists of nationality

Members of ruling party want key committee to rule that President Hollande and Prime Minister Valls's idea is against its principles.

France warns of jihadist kidnap threats in Burkina Faso park

The UNESCO World Heritage park, which attracts thousands of tourists, is being targeted by Malian jihadists say French officials.