Keyword: United Nations

How oil firm represents France on UN fuel pollution body

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A committee of the UN's International Maritime Organization is discussing ways to reduce the sulphur content in marine fuels, a pollutant said to be responsible for up to 50,000 deaths a year in Europe alone. But France's representative on the body is an employee of French oil firm Total - which produces those very same marine fuels. As Jade Lindgaard reports, there is embarrassment in Paris over this apparently flagrant conflict of interest.

France needs 'civil emergency' plan for Calais migrants says UN

Senior UN officials says situation is a 'civil emergency' but adds that with right action it is a 'manageable situation'.

Central African Republic: the grim backdrop to French troops childsex scandal

Following the revelation in late April that a UN investigation had collected convincing evidence that French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic (CAR) had sexually abused boys aged as young as nine, including acts of rape, the French authorities feigned to be unaware of the alleged events, despite being alerted at least eight months earlier. In this investigation by Mediapart, we present the confidential UN report in full, and hear from aid workers and members of inter-governmental organizations active in the strife-torn country how child abuse cases are in fact more widespread, why they believe there was a deliberate cover up of the UN evidence, and the tales of wider scandals involving members of the foreign community in CAR, a country that has become anything but a sovereign state. Thomas Cantaloube in Bangui and Célhia de Lavarène in New York report.

UN aid worker suspended for leaking report on child abuse by French troops

Anders Kompass said to have passed confidential document to French authorities after UN’s failure to stop abuse in Central African Republic.

Surge in militant attacks in Mali challenges French and UN forces

Mali, French and UN troops face attacks similar to those employed by Islamist militant movements Boko Haram in Nigeria and Somalia’s al-Shabaab.

France seeks UN Security Council resolution on Middle East talks

Paris aims to use resolution to spur talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a step that the United States resisted last year.

UN Ebola patient being treated in French hospital

The patient, who contracted Ebola while working to combat the epidemic in Sierra Leone, has been placed in isolation in a military hospital.

Clashes sweep Central African capital ahead of French troops

Fighting came to Bangui just as U.N. authorized a French and African intervention force to prevent bloodbath between Christians and Muslims.

France to introduce U.N. resolution on Syria chemical weapons

Text would require Syria to reveal extent of its chemical weapons program and turn its arsenal over to international inspectors to be neutralized.

How Hollande has single-handedly led us astray over Syria

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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris late on Saturday to discuss what increasingly appears to be an imminent US-led military attack, with the active support of France, upon the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Kerry said the international community was now before a "Munich moment", referring to the appeasement that failed to stop Nazi Germany in the 1930s. "We in the United States know, and our French partners know, that this is not the time to be silent spectators to slaughter," he said. The present crisis will, whatever the outcome, be recorded as a turning point for French President François Hollande. Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel argues here that Hollande has alone decided to lead his country to war in a simplistic and precipitated manner, while turning his back on the two challenges left by his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, namely a renewal of the democratic process in France and the establishment of a new approach to international relations.

Mali Islamists 'tougher than France anticipated'

French troops' initial clashes have shown that the desert fighters are better trained and equipped than France had expected before intervention.

French president's 'blinkered and lonely' war in Mali

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President François Hollande has just become involved in a large-scale war in Mali. Already some 800 French troops are on the ground in the African country, with the number expected to increase to 2,500 in the coming days and weeks. Meanwhile French aircraft have been carrying out strikes across the country. President Hollande sent in the troops last Friday, January 11th, after Mali's interim president made an urgent plea for help as Islamic rebels headed towards the country's capital. However, argues Mediapart's editor François Bonnet, the intervention has taken place in an impromptu manner, with shifting objectives, an unclear timetable and after having deliberately ignored the complex processes of political negotiations. As a result, he says, France finds itself alone without its European allies in a country that has completely fallen apart.

Mali conflict: UN backs France's military intervention

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes the intervention will help restore "Mali's constitutional order and territorial integrity".

France to back Palestinian bid for UN status

Foreign Minister said France had long backed Palestinian ambitions for statehood and would vote yes "out of a concern for coherency".

France warns Syria over chemical weapons use

French President Francois Hollande warned that any use of Syria's chemical weapons would be a legitimate justification for military intervention.