Keyword: French

The Afghan interpreters cut adrift by French army

Threatened at home, only 73 of the 258 former Afghan auxiliaries in French army who requested visas to live in France have been granted them.

French village is selling house building plots for 1 euro a square metre

Normandy village with population of 388 is seeking to lure people to come and build new homes after exodus of young people seeking work.

France to sell 24 Rafale fighter jets to Qatar

Deal estimated in excess of €6bn is third such contract in under 3 months and highlights recent revival of the jet’s commercial prospects.

France to set up centre for returning young jihadists

Voluntary centre will aim to reintegrate young French citizens who return from conflict zones such as Syria but who do not face prosecution.

French perfume maker bottles scent of the departed

The human smell of deceased loved ones – or even living lovers – can be reproduced and bottled, according to the woman behind the idea.

Surge in militant attacks in Mali challenges French and UN forces

Mali, French and UN troops face attacks similar to those employed by Islamist militant movements Boko Haram in Nigeria and Somalia’s al-Shabaab.

Paper claims pope personally rejected gay French diplomat as ambassador

Pope Francis allegedly cited displeasure with 2013 gay marriage law in France as one reason for decision to bar Laurent Stéfanini.

French and Syrian intelligence agents 'in contact' claims Assad

In interview broadcast on France 2 television, Syrian president said the contact had been with French intelligence officials who had visited Damascus.

France gives in to the hashtag

'French is not in danger' is a remarkable assertion from country that officially banned the use of anglicisms for decades, says William Alexander.

France's National Front struggles to turn popularity into power

Party's bid for power held back by distaste for its anti-immigration policies and election system that allows voters to block it from office.

Fourth French citizen dies of Tunisia attack wounds

News of further death after museum attack came as President Hollande prepared to join march in memory of the victims in Tunis on Sunday.

Radio France paralysed by longest strike in 10 years

Strike began on March 19 amid fears hundreds of jobs will be cut at public broadcaster which has projected 2015 budget deficit of 21.3 million euros.

French deficit figures mean economy is improving, says minister

After better-than-expected deficit data for 2014, France's finance minister Michel Sapin said there were reasons to be confident about growth.

France to double number of Islamic university courses

Prime minister Manuel Valls says improving home-grown Islamic education is essential to defeating the ignorance that fuels extremists and far right.

Pessimistic French more optimistic about EU

According to a poll, 41 percent of French people view the EU positively, up from 31 percent a year ago and the highest since 2008.