Keyword: Spain

Flamenco guitar legend dies in France

Manitas de Plata, who sold 93 million records during a long international career, died in the south of France at the age of 93.

'Eat French' say fed-up farmers in country-wide protests

Farmers fear that falling prices linked to Russia's import embargo and big harvests in the European Union this summer will cut incomes.

France remains the world’s favourite holiday destination

Study shows France welcomed 84.7 million foreign visitors in 2013, more than in 2012 and well ahead of the United States and Spain.

Swimmers warned after shark sightings in France and Spain

Swimming was briefly banned at popular beaches in the south of France and the island of Corsica after blue sharks were seen near the shore.

French pilot, 60, found hanging from tree after three-day search

Bernard Mengin is recovering in hospital after rescuers eventually located his motor glider in a tree in mountains across the Spanish border.

Guilty until proved innocent: how Spain's anti-terrorism campaign has stood justice on its head

By Braulio García Jaén, Matías Escudero Arce et Andrés Aguayo

Since the March 2004 Madrid train bombings, more than 500 people have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of involvement in terrorist actitivity, of which just 50 have been tried and convicted. For in the aftermath of the Madrid attacks, which left 191 people dead and more than 1,800 injured, the Spanish anti-terrorist campaign has adopted a tactic of preventive arrests, many based on little or no evidence, in which the presumption of guilt presides over that of innocence, often prompted by information from foreign intelligence services and interrogations carried out in secret. "On the other hand, we haven’t had any attacks for ten years,” argued one high-ranking Spanish magistrate in this report by Braulio García Jaén, Matías Escudero Arce and Andrés Aguayo.   

'Spaniards at peak of French power'

The ascensions of French PM Manuel Valls and newly elected Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, both Spanish-born, are celebrated in the Spanish media.

French new car sales down

New car sales in France fell by 1.4% year-on-year in February, although French carmakers improved their share of the home market.

A French austerity programme that threatens all of Europe's economies


Last month, French President François Hollande announced a programme to cut public spending by a further 50 billion euros by 2017, on top of 14 billion euros already set to be saved during 2014. Mediapart economy and finance specialist Martine Orange analyses the potentially disastrous effects that such drastic and unprecedented austerity measures may entail for both France and the rest of Europe at a time when economies across the continent are threatened by deflation.

Spanish boat breaks in two off French coast

Cargo vessel slams into dyke after 'complete electrical breakdown' in high winds and strong seas off Anglet near Bayonne on Atlantic coast.

France, Spain bust China-based human-trafficking ring

French and Spanish police announce arrests of 75 alleged members of a gang smuggling Chinese citizens into Europe and the US.

France and Spain call Google to account over private data 'breaches'

Spain launches proceedings against search giant for five suspected serious data breaches and France gives it three months to rethink privacy rules.

EU to give France more time to cut deficit

Reports say France could get an extra year cut its public deficits below the target limit of 3 percent of GDP, while Spain could get longer.

Four dead as forest fires rage on French and Spanish borders

Four French people have died in forest fires raging between France and northern Catalonia in Spain, the worst in the region in more than 20 years.

France arrests ETA commander and alleged accomplice

The military leader of the Basque separatist group ETA has been arrested in France along with an alleged accomplice, Spanish officials say.