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France, UK to join US humanitarian assistance in Iraq: Obama

US president says French and British leaders agreed to join in efforts to relieve populations isolated and fleeing Islamic State forces.

The Belgium lawsuit threat to BNP Paribas executives after record US fine

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Last month BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, was fined 8.8 billion dollars after reaching a settlement with the US justice system in which it pleaded guilty to violating US economic sanctions against several countries, including Iran and Syria and Sudan. The guilty plea is crucial for the bank’s shareholders for it could allow them to begin legal proceedings against those responsible for incurring the fine, a record in such prosecutions in the US. As Mediapart economic affairs writer Philippe Riès details in this analysis of the potential case against BNP Paribas senior management, all eyes are now on the bank’s principal shareholder – the Belgian state.   

Hillary Clinton tells French radio 'a woman will be elected to White House'

Clinton is on a media tour to promote her new book, though many see the increased media exposure as a prelude to a presidential campaign.

D-Day warmth belies tensions in US-France ties

Row over sale of warships to Russia and US fine for French bank have cooled relations ahead of presidential meeting on Normandy beach.

Paris talks on Ukraine end in US-Russia deadlock

US Secretary of State John Kerry tells press conference that there was no breakthrough after four hours of talks with his Russian counterpart.

UPDATE: Russia, US and key EU states hold Paris talks over Ukraine crisis

US state secretary John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held their first face-to-face talks, which are to continue over coming days.

Obama says US and France will work closely on international security issues

As François Hollande continues his state visit to the US, the American president says the two see eye-to-eye on global security issues.

France must better US at economic intelligence says trade minister

Nicole Bricq said Paris must not 'whine' over the NSA spying scandal but become better organized with its own economic intelligence gathering.

France maintains tough stance in EU-US trade talks

French agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll tells FT that France insists that EC sets uncrossable 'red lines' in trans-Atlantic trade negotiations.

D-Day memorial among 24 overseas cemeteries closed by U.S. government shutdown

Ten cemeteries in France, including the D-Day Memorial in Normandy, have been hit by the political impasse in Washington.

Kerry, Fabius say 'wide and growing' support for Syria strikes

At a joint press conference in Paris, US Secretary of State and his French counterpart say countries ready to join attacks number 'double digits'.

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.

The 'series of balls-ups' that led to Hollande's Syria crisis

French president François Hollande has made clear that France will join the US in military strikes against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, dismissing calls for a vote of approval beforehand in parliament. As illustrated in yesterday’s heated debate in the lower house, the National Assembly, political and public opinion is deeply divided, both over the legality and consequences of the planned strikes. Lénaïg Bredoux and Caroline Donati have talked to senior French officials and experts close to the Syrian dossier, many of whom agreed to be interviewed on condition of anonymity, to find out why Hollande appears to have been finally wrongfooted amid a rushed and chaotic final denouement to a crisis of more than two years, and which one government advisor says is down to “a series of balls-ups”.

French opposition accuse Hollande of isolating France over Syria

Conservative UMP party accuses French government of a 'fundamental' doctrine change that puts in danger France's influence on the world stage.

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.