US president says French and British leaders agreed to join in efforts to relieve populations isolated and fleeing Islamic State forces.
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.
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.
Row over sale of warships to Russia and US fine for French bank have cooled relations ahead of presidential meeting on Normandy beach.
US Secretary of State John Kerry tells press conference that there was no breakthrough after four hours of talks with his Russian counterpart.
US state secretary John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held their first face-to-face talks, which are to continue over coming days.
As François Hollande continues his state visit to the US, the American president says the two see eye-to-eye on global security issues.
Nicole Bricq said Paris must not 'whine' over the NSA spying scandal but become better organized with its own economic intelligence gathering.
French agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll tells FT that France insists that EC sets uncrossable 'red lines' in trans-Atlantic trade negotiations.
Ten cemeteries in France, including the D-Day Memorial in Normandy, have been hit by the political impasse in Washington.
At a joint press conference in Paris, US Secretary of State and his French counterpart say countries ready to join attacks number 'double digits'.
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.
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”.
Conservative UMP party accuses French government of a 'fundamental' doctrine change that puts in danger France's influence on the world stage.
French and Spanish police announce arrests of 75 alleged members of a gang smuggling Chinese citizens into Europe and the US.