Keyword: opposition

UMP party leadership contest slips into farce amid fraud allegations

Former French Prime Minister François Fillon and his rival Jean-François Copé both claim victory for leadership of the conservative UMP party.

France funding Syrian rebel civic projects

Senior diplomat says France is providing funds to rebel-held parts of Syria to help restore water supplies, sanitation, health services and bakeries.

France steps up protection of exiled Syrian opposition members

France moves to protect opponents of the Syrian government after threats against the main Syrian National Council, whose leader is based in Paris.

France warns Syria not to intimidate activists

France has warned Syria it will not tolerate harassment by its agents in Paris against opponents protesting against President Bashar al-Assad.

How Japan's nuclear industry ignored the disaster to come

Following the major earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th, the threat of a nuclear catastrophe caused by overheating at the country's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant increases hour by hour. The crisis has highlighted the perilous number of nuclear installations established in a country regularly rocked by quakes. Mathieu Gaulène reports on the history of Japan's nuclear energy programme and the past incidents that so clearly announced a disaster to come.