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

France — Link

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

International — Link

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

France — Link

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

French retailers sold baby milk despite possible Salmonella risk

France — Link

Ministers threaten sanctions after country’s big supermarkets said recalled Lactalis baby foods had still found their way onto shop shelves.

God can no longer lead sinners astray in new French Lord's Prayer

France — Link

From this Sunday, the new version of the prayer will say 'Do not let us enter into temptation' - shifting the emphasis of sin more onto the sinner.

Can French really become the world's major language?

France — Link

Author Steven Poole says Macron’s big ambition for French language is optimistic but nothing more than an enjoyable bit of grandiose rhetoric.

Starched stiff: a translator's view of UN-speak French

International — Opinion

Like most international institutions, the United Nations functions in several languages, demanding the translation of its thousands upon thousands of documents of various kinds into six tongues. But the task of its professional translators is far from straightforward, as Santiago Artozqui, a translator of UN texts from English to French, explains here. Not least is what he calls “a misplaced Atticism” required of French-language documents which “dunks the language in starch and leaves it as stiff as the shirt of a notable”.  

Minister rebukes Franco-Swiss company over Trump wall comment

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French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault intervened after LafargeHolcim's boss said he was prepared to supply materials forUS/Mexico wall.

French air traffic controllers to strike

France — Link

Four-day strike over hours and conditions, called by the UNSA union, will lead to cancelled flights between Monday 6th and Friday March 10th.

English versus French tensions in Cameroon turn deadly

France — Link

Teachers join strike led by lawyers over official use of French in English-speaking part of the country where ten were killed in demonstrations.

2016 a poor year for French cinema abroad

France — Link

Figures show French-made films sold 34 million tickets abroad last year, a fall of 70 percent compared to 111.4 million in 2015, a bumper year.

French citizen among victims of Turkish nightclub shooting

France — Link

Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said a woman with French and Tunisian dual citizenship died in deadly attack in Istanbul early on Sunday.

Hollande to visit French troops in Iraq Monday

France — Link

In last New Year message of presidency, Hollande also paid tribute to those killed in terror attacks this year, including the 86 who died in Nice.

France, Germany to share military facilities post Brexit

France — Link

Paris and Berlin announce plans to share air base and transport planes, probably at Orléans in central France, as part of a closer defence policy.

French poet Yves Bonnefoy dies

France — Link

The 93-year-old wrote 100 books and was also a translator known for his French versions of Shakespeare's plays and the poetry of John Donne.