Keyword: UN

UN envoy slams France over 'dire' living conditions of migrants

The UN’s special rapporteur for housing, Leilani Farha, has spoken out at the 'inhuman or degrading treatment' of migrants and refugees living without proper shelter in France, notably in and around Calais where, she said, 'people are being compelled to live in really dire circumstances, having already endured harrowing journeys there'.

France to take in sub-Saharan migrants freed from Libyan camps

In the wake of footage of sub-Saharan migrants captured in Libya being sold as slaves, France has pledged to offer asylum to 25 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Sudanese, including 15 women and four children, who were taken to Niger under UN protection from detention in the North African country. 

Russia vetoes French-drafted UN resolution on Aleppo truce

France's  Security Council resolution demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s city of Aleppo.

France tells US that Paris climate conference is not just hot air

French president and FM give stern rebuke to comments by US Secretary of State that the upcoming conference's decisions would not be binding.

Another French soldier in Central African Republic accused of sexual abuse

Allegations that French soldier sexually abused a girl in her mid-to-late teens is latest in series of claims against peacekeeping forces.

At least 12 dead as French-assisted raid ends Mali siege

Four UN contractors freed in raid, but Mali's UN peacekeeping operation MINUSMA said 5 people associated with mission had died.

France wants 'short and concise' deal at UN climate conference in Paris

The call came in a briefing for international ministers attending preparatory talks next week in Paris ahead of December's 190-nation summit.

France launches criminal investigation into French troops CAR sex abuse claims

The judicial probe is launched after France was criticised for slow action on claims its troops sexually abused boys in Central African Republic.

Plus ça change…the stark reality of Mali's bright new future

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Eighteen months ago Mediapart reported from Mali on its attempts to rebuild itself after France's military intervention to thwart an imminent terrorist takeover. At the time there was cautious optimism within the fractured African country that it could construct a more positive future. Now Mediapart has returned to Mali and the mood is very different. The cautious hopes about the future have largely given way to frustration amid the return of old-style politics and corruption. Meanwhile the country remains under the effective control of international institutions and foreign countries. As Thomas Cantaloube reports from the capital Bamako, the lack of real progress in Mali also symbolises a French vision of foreign affairs that is strong on military intervention but short on political content.

France calls for urgent intervention in Libya

President François Hollande urged UN intervention to end militia wars, warning that otherwise 'terrorism will spread across the region'.

France asks for UN emergency meeting on Iraq

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said international community must bring help against 'intolerable abuses' by Islamic militants in Qaraqoush.

France wants $48 million for Park Avenue apartment

Indebted government in Paris is selling residence of its U.N. ambassador, located in one of New York’s most prestigious apartment buildings.

France 'underestimated religious hatred in Central African Republic'

France’s ambassador to the UN said his country 'did not foresee such deep, ingrained hatred' between Christians and Muslims in CAR.

Why French intervention may only maintain the Central African Republic's woes

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The Central African Republic (CAR), where French troops are engaged in attempting to restore order amid inter-religious violence and which has long been the scene of political chaos, is governed more by its influential neighbouring states than any true national leadership, writes Mediapart international affairs correspondent Thomas Cantaloube. In this analysis of a complex and seemingly blocked situation for the country’s future, he concludes that the French military intervention is unlikely to remove - and more likely to maintain - the fundamental reasons for the turmoil in CAR.

French troops begin operation in Central African Republic as violence worsens

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says that French troops have now moved to carry out patrols in capital Bangui, following UN green light.