Keyword: Laurent Fabius

BNP Paribas '$10bn' US fine unreasonable, says France

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius said proposed fine for alleged sanctions busting by French bank was an 'unfair and unilateral decision'.

French ambassador accuses foreign ministry of abject racism and resigns

Zaïr Kédadouche, France's man in Andorra, writes to President Hollande that he 'met the most abject racism' in elite diplomatic service.

French foreign minister makes historic visit to Cuba

Laurent Fabius has met Cuban leader Raul Castro in first visit by senior French figure to the communist-run Caribbean island in 31 years.

Ukraine: France warns Russia it could cancel warships deal

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius says £1bn contract for two high-tech Mistral warships could be blocked if situation escalates.

France says EU shirking duty to Central African Republic

French defence and foreign ministers 'strongly' urge EU members to do more, saying military contributions so far 'fall short' of what is needed.

Ukraine crisis: Russia sanctions could start this week, says France

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius warns measures against Russia could kick in soon if Moscow does not respond to Western proposals to solve crisis.

France to ask European partners for more help in C.Africa

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius to make formal appeal in Brussels for assistance as French forces try to pacify Central African Republic.

Nuclear deal with Iran 'close', says France

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius says world powers 'not far' from striking a nuclear deal with Iran, days after France blocked an initial accord.

Iran blames France for failure of nuclear talks

Iranian foreign minister says Geneva deal on its nuclear programme could have been reached if 'one of the delegations' had not blocked it.

France will keep to Mali troop reduction calendar

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius says the killing of two French journalists in Kidal will not affect timetable of the withdrawal of French troops.

Kerry, Fabius say 'wide and growing' support for Syria strikes

At a joint press conference in Paris, US Secretary of State and his French counterpart say countries ready to join attacks number 'double digits'.

Fabius visits Israel, Palestine to back peace talks

French foreign minister will meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders this weekend to encourage them to continue with direct negotiatations. 

France warns Syria of forceful response over chemical weapon claims

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius says if UN cannot make a decision then international commuity would find 'other ways', but rules out ground troops.

France fears extremists will 'take advantage' of Egypt violence

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius urges Egyptian military and police to show 'maximum restraint' in face of protests by Muslim Brotherhood.

France's Fabius 'confirms sarin use' by Syria regime

Foreign minister says lab tests in Paris confirmed numerous uses of the nerve agent, adding that those who use chemical weapons must be punished.