French protests intensify against pension age rise
The number of marchers was expected to surpass the 1.12 million recorded 12 days ago as Macron government pushes ahead with its pension age reforms; opinion polls suggest two-thirds of voters are opposed to the changes.
Macron does not rule out sending fighter jets to Ukraine
'Nothing is excluded in principle,' said French President Emmmanuel Macron after talks on Monday with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte when asked about the possibility of sending jets to Kyiv as it battles Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
AP agency sorry for claim 'the French' is a 'dehumanising' phrase
US press agency Associated Press (AP) has apologised for its tweeted stylebook diktat that the phrase 'the French', like all generic labels for groups of people who share a single common trait, was 'dehumanizing' and implied 'a monolith rather than diverse individuals', prompting the French embassy in Washington to joke it should possibly change its name to 'the Embassy of Frenchness'.
France to comply with Burkina Faso demand for military withdrawal
France is to complete a total military withdrawal from Burkina Faso after the ruling junta of the West African country demanded on Monday that the around 400 French soldiers stationed there leave within a month, amid speculation that the Burkinabè regime will now turn to the Kremlin-backed Wagner mercenary group for support in its war with jihadist insurgents.
French author Constance Debré on motherhood, love and gay life
Best-selling French author Constance Debré, born into a prominent French political dynasty, who was once a criminal defence lawyer and who almost lost custody of her son after coming out as gay, is interviewed by The Guardian as her work is published for the first time in Britain.
French gender equality watchdog warns of growing sexist 'backlash'
In a report delivered this week, the High Council for Equality between Women and Men finds that sexism is far from retreating in France, noting that French society remains 'highly sexist at every level' and that 'younger generations are the most affected'.
French TouTuber jailed for life for stabbing to death ex-girlfriend
Mickaël Philétas, 41, who described himself online as a 'seduction coach', fatally stabbed his ex-partner more than 80 times, attempted to murder her new partner and her younger sister, who he also tried to sexually assault.
Russian broadcaster RT France to close after assets frozen
The French finance ministry has said the assets of the the French arm of the Russian state broadcaster were frozen in compliance with the most recent EU sanctions, and not on Paris's initiative, while the Kremlin has promised retaliation for the move.
Hit French novel sympathetic to Putin worries critics
Giuliano da Empoli's novel The Wizard of the Kremlin has become a bestseller in France since its publication shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but some critics are concerned that its broadly sympathic portrayal of Vladimir Putin may influence French policy towards the ongoing war.
Macron announces 118bln-euro hike of defence budget
The French president said the increased spending on defence over the next seven years would include a 60% increase in the military intelligence budget, adapted to 'high-intensity' conflict, along with investment in drones, cyber-defence and improved air defences, adding that, 'We need to be one war ahead'.