Laurent Fabius

French foreign minister denies tax-evasion ‘rumour’

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Newspaper says that Laurent Fabius is being investigated by Mediapart for allegedly holding Swiss bank account; Mediapart hits back at newspaper.

France reassures Mali over troop withdrawal

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Foreign minister Laurent Fabius tells Mali leaders that France is not planning an 'overnight' withdrawal of the troops it sent to liberate the country.

France wants to review EU ban on arming Syria rebels

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After officially recognising Syria's opposition, France to discuss supplying arms to Syrian opposition forces with EU partners.

France foreign minister hopes for better China relations

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Laurent Fabius wrapped up a visit to Beijing, saying he hoped for a "higher quality partnership" between France and China.

Syrian General Defects To France

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A military commander reportedly flees Damascus as supporters of the opposition gather in Paris to urge President Assad to quit.

France calls on UN enforcement of Annan's Syria peace plan

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French foreign minister Laurent Fabius says he will call on the UN Security Council to make mediator Kofi Annan's Syria peace plan mandatory.

French Socialist leaders 'knew of Strauss-Kahn 2002 sex attack allegations'

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French Socialist Party leaders were informed about an alleged sexual assault by Dominique Strauss-Kahn upon 22 year-old journalist Tristane Banon in 2002 but failed to take action, her mother (photo) has told Mediapart. Socialist Party heavyweight Strauss-Kahn was expected to run as the party's candidate in next year's French presidential elections, which opinion polls widely forecast he would win until his arrest May 14th in New York on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid.