The Swiss canton, or state, of Geneva has launched legal action aimed at forcing the closure of the ageing, accident-prone French nuclear plant at Bugey, which lies just 70 kilometres from the border with Switzerland. The lawsuit is for “the deliberate endangering of lives” and “water pollution”. If successful, this extraordinary move could encourage other countries bordering France and its network of 58 nuclear reactors to take similar action. Agathe Duparc reports from Geneva where the local authorities presented their case at a press conference on Monday.
As Hollande and Merkel meet in Paris, president insists that France shares the same desire as Germany to tackle the problem.
German media quote expert as saying 2014 incident at Fessenheim plant near German border was unique occurrence in Western Europe.
Heads of Paris and Berlin central banks say European Central Bank is not enough to sustain long-term growth for currency bloc.
Manuel Valls said stricter controls were not imposed on the EU's external borders, then people would say 'enough of Europe'.
Paris worries its allies, including Germany, may not have the will to confront the militant threat head on, says The Wall Street Journal.
The French president said he expected Chancellor Angela Merkel to give 'exact details' over report that German intelligence spied on Laurent Fabius.
The 'historic' trip by Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier is aimed at helping South Asian country combat effects of climate change.
France’s relative lack of appeal for migrants has not blunted the fearmongering about immigration that has helped fuel support for far-right.
President Hollande called for mechanism forcing countries to take an obligatory number of refugees, though avoided use of word 'quota'.
Nobel prize-winner Joseph Stiglitz said Germany's influence on economic policy of President Hollande involved 'a kind of intimidation'.
The three nations want a special meeting of justice and interior ministers within two weeks to find 'concrete steps' to tackle situation.
The phones of German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and those of many of his ministry staff were systematically tapped by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in an eavesdropping operation that began at least 15 years ago, Mediapart can reveal in this report in collaboration with WikiLeaks. Confidential NSA documents obtained by WikiLeaks also disclose how Steinmeier, during his first term as foreign minister in 2005, “appeared relieved” to have been spared details of infamous rendition flights operated by the US over German airspace. Jérôme Hourdeaux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report.
The dogmatic intransigence and unprecedented brutality that Germany has directed towards the Greek government now marks a historic break-up of the European project, writes Mediapart editor François Bonnet in this analysis of the five years of high drama surrounding the Greek debt crisis. The camouflage, he writes, has finally dropped: the arrival of an aggressive German superpower in Europe, seated on economic strength but also its influence over a number of central European states, one that is intent on imposing its economic and monetary vision, promises untold divisions and dangers.