Indonesia

Indonesia agrees deal with France for 42 Rafale fighter jets

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The Indonesian government on Thursday signed a deal for the immediate purchase from France of six Rafale fighter jets, with an option for a further 36, to replace an ageing air force fleet of mostly US F-16s and Russian Sukhois, and to a backdrop of rising US-China tensions in the Asian region.

Repression and death: how French-made weapons are being used in global conflicts

International — Analysis

Despite this country's proclaimed values and its international commitments, French-made weapons are being used to carry out repression and kill civilians in some of the worst conflicts on the planet, including in the Middle East. On the eve of President Emmanuel Macron's tour of Gulf states on 3rd and 4th December, in which further arms deals may be clinched, Mediapart lists some of the conflicts where exported French armaments are being deployed. Rachida El Azzouzi reports.

Death sentence for French man in Indonesia drug smuggling case

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Félix Dorfin, 35, who was arrested last September on the Indonesian island of Lombok carrying a suitcase filled with about three kilos of drugs, including ecstasy and amphetamines, has been sentenced to death by a local court despite a recommendation by prosecutors that he serve 20 years in jail. 

Indonesia frees French man jailed in 1999 for hash smuggling

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Michael Blanc, now aged 45, was arrested on Boxing Day in 1999 with 3.8 kilogrammes of hashish hidden inside scuba diving canisters, which he claimed he was unaware of, and after becoming a cause célèbre in France notably through the determined campaign of his mother who fiercely protested his innocence, narrowly escaped the death penalty before finally arriving back in Europe.

French parliament reduces proposed 'Nutella' tax sum

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A bill of law proposing a punitive 300-euro-per tonne tax on palm oil has been amended to 90 euros per tonne after protests from producer countries.

Indonesia rejects clemency for French death row convict

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Clemency bid was final legal recourse for Serge Atlaoui, granted a last-minute stay of action in April over death penalty for drug-related offence.

France's president warns Indonesia of consequences if Frenchman executed

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François Hollande spoke of diplomatic consequences if planned execution of Serge Atlaoui over drug trafficking offences goes ahead.

France warns Indonesia of damage to ties over death-row Frenchman

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French foreign minister Laurent Fabius says if death sentence is carried out on Serge Atlaoui it will have 'consequences' for bilateral relations.

Indonesian court rejects French man's appeal against death sentence

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Serge Atlaoui, who was arrested at an ecstasy laboratory in 2005, now faces firing squad after supreme court bid fails.

French reporters jailed in Indonesia to fly home next week

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Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat, held since August, were given two-and-a-half month jail terms for entering West Papua on tourist visas.

Confused Indonesia police arrest 17 over French flag

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Officers arrested 17 local supporters of France's football team after mistaking their hoisted French flag for a bold separatist statement.

Airbus wins major order from Indonesia's Lion Air

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France says the $18 billion deal with Indonesia’s budget carrier airline will create 5,000 jobs in France over the next 10 years.