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President Hollande rejects French asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

In an open letter to the French president on Friday the founder of WikiLeaks, Julain Assange, made an apparent appeal for political asylum in France. Assange, whose whistleblowing organisation was behind the recent revelations published by Mediapart and Libération about US spying on French heads of state, said that he faced “political persecution” and that his life was “in danger”. However, within an hour of the publication of the open letter President Hollande's office issued a brusque statement rejecting asylum for Assange, who has spent three years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to escape extradition to Sweden. As Lénaïg Bredoux, Jérôme Hourdeaux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report, the episode quickly stirred up a row and will inevitably reignite the debate about how far France should be prepared to go in welcoming whistleblowers such as Assange and the former National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden.

Eurostar debuts London to Marseille high-speed rail service

Passengers on the service from St Pancras International will be able to reach the French Mediterranean port city in just over six hours.

A new wave of French chefs head for London

With restaurants continuing to close in France, will a small band of French wine bars and bistros opening in British capital be start of a new trend?

London and Paris the 'yin and yang' of Europe says mayor

London mayor Boris Johnson made comment during visit to meet counterpart Anne Hidalgo, as she described 'healthy' rivalry between two cities.

The haunting first novel of an 'Afropolitan' writer

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Novelist Taiye Selasi comes from a diverse background. Born in London to a Nigerian mother and Ghanaian father and brought up in the United States, she writes in English but now lives in Italy. Her first novel, Ghana Must Go, which has recently been translated into French, is every bit as hard to classify as its author – other than the certainty that it is evidence of a new and distinctive voice on the literary landscape. Mediapart has conducted a lengthy and fascinating interview in English with Taiye Selasi, a video of which can be seen below. But first Christine Marcandier explains some of the main themes of this remarkable début novel.

French say au revoir to France

More than two million French people now live abroad, and most are crossing the channel and heading to London.

France warns Germany not to push Europe too far on austerity

Premier Manuel Valls said Berlin and Brussels had to be 'careful' about how they spoke to France and that Europe project was 'at risk'.

‘France is pro-business’ French PM tells London

Giving a speech in the heart of the City, prime minister Manuel Valls urged British businesses to invest in France.

Is London really 'France's sixth biggest city'?

London mayor Boris Johnson claims the huge French population in his city gives it the title, but some figures say otherwise.

Paris beats London...says France

France’s regional tourism body declares that Paris has knocked London off the top spot for the world’s most popular city.

Now Paris mayoral candidate joins in cross-Channel spat

Anne Hidalgo, deputy mayor and tipped to win upcoming mayoral elections, slams London tourism claims and its 'boastful' mayor Boris Johnson.

Paris and London squabble over tourism figures

Paris City Hall bites back at claims that London is set to dethrone the French capital as the world's top tourist destination.

Embassy hits back at British press 'French bashing'

The French embassy in London slams a British newspaper’s claim that 'France’s failed socialist experiment is turning into a tragedy'.

France in 1984 bomb plot to test UK security

British police found explosives stashed in the grounds of French ambassador's residence ahead of visit by president François Mitterrand.

Arms deals fixer Ziad Takieddine refused UK entry and returned to France

Businessman, who is banned by the French courts from leaving France, may also have tried to take flight to Middle East before Christmas.