Iraq

Visas-for-sale scandal hits French consulate

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French judges have opened probe into claims that staff at Erbil in Kurdish-controlled Iraq were charging large sums for appointments and visas.

France's president backs Iraq as world ramps up anti-jihadist efforts

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During visit to Baghdad, François Hollande said he underlined France's readiness to provide even more military assistance to Iraq.

France says it's ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

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Foreign minister calls for international mobilization against militants from Islamic State group whom he described as a 'transnational danger'.

Hollande to visit Iraq ahead of security summit in Paris

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French president's trip to Baghdad on Friday aimed at underlining his support for fight against Islamic State ahead of Monday talks.

Iraqi Christians reach France after fleeing Islamists

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The group of about 40 arrived from Iraqi Kurdistan ahead of a further several hundred Christian refugees expected over the coming weeks.

France to deliver arms to Iraqi Kurds

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Statement from President Hollande's office says move is in response to the 'urgent need' expressed by the authorities in Kurdistan.

France rules out military intervention in Iraq

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France's foreign minister said Paris was 'currently' planning to give only humanitarian help in the battle with Islamic State militants. 

French foreign minister arrives in Iraq

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Laurent Fabius pledged French aid for displaced populations and met with Iraqi prime minister before flying to Irbil in the Kurdish region.

France to send aid for Iraqi Kurds

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The move comes as President Hollande assured Kurdish authorities that France will stand by 'victims of continued exactions of the Islamic State'.

France, UK to join US humanitarian assistance in Iraq: Obama

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US president says French and British leaders agreed to join in efforts to relieve populations isolated and fleeing Islamic State forces.

Iraqi Christians begin arriving in France

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The family of 11 are relatives of murdered Archbishop Faraj Raho, leader of the Chaldean Catholic church in northern Iraq.

France asks for UN emergency meeting on Iraq

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Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said international community must bring help against 'intolerable abuses' by Islamic militants in Qaraqoush.

France ready to grant asylum for Iraq’s Christians

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Paris says it is 'outraged' by recent ultimatum for Mosul's Christians to convert to Islam or face death, and will give refuge to those affected.

French police make fresh move on Calais migrants

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Officers clear makeshift camp housing some 500 migrants at a food distribution point close to the French port where they had been squatting. 

Iraq frees detained French reporter

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Reporter Nadir Dendoune is free to leave Iraq after the authorities close case against him for allegedly illegally photographing military and police.