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French minister: Paris to overtake the City

French minister: Paris to overtake the City

A French government minister has claimed Paris could be the “first financial place” in continental Europe within five to 10 years. Junior economy minister Benjamin Griveaux – a key ally of President Macron – made his remarks while on a visit to...
French protests target Macron labour reforms

French protests target Macron labour reforms

French protests target Macron labour reforms 12 September 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright Reuters Image caption One of the biggest protests was in Marseille, led by members of the hard-left CGT union In the first big test of Emmanuel Macron’s...
Man held after girl disappears at French wedding

Man held after girl disappears at French wedding

Man held after girl disappears at French wedding 31 August 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright AFP Image caption The alarm was raised almost immediately but a police search has failed to find Maëlys A man has been detained by French police investigating the...
Macron government reveals French labour reforms

Macron government reveals French labour reforms

Macron government reveals French labour reforms 31 August 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright EPA Image caption President Macron’s popularity has plummeted in the past few weeks When centrist Emmanuel Macron was swept to power in presidential elections...
French wine production to fall 18% this year

French wine production to fall 18% this year

France’s wine production is set to plummet by 18% this year after a spring frost damaged vines across the country, the French government said. The forecast from the agriculture ministry echoes warnings from winemakers after bitterly cold weather struck twice in...
French fighter jet shadows British passenger plane

French fighter jet shadows British passenger plane

Airline Jet2 has asked French aviation officials to explain why one of its planes was shadowed by a French fighter jet. Passengers on board Friday’s flight LS1204 from Malaga to Birmingham say the aircraft was tracked by a military plane for up to 15 minutes....
26 French tourists among Barcelona victims

26 French tourists among Barcelona victims

The French foreign ministry has said 26 of its citizens were injured in the Barcelona attacks – 11 of them seriously. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the foreign minister, has said he will travel to the Catalonian city today. An Irish family of four were also caught up in...

French soldiers hit by vehicle in Paris

A group of French soldiers have been struck by a vehicle in western Paris, according to local media reports. Six of them were injured – two of them seriously – in the attack near the Place de Verdun in the Levallois-Perret suburb of the French capital...
Double death baffles French police

Double death baffles French police

Double death baffles French police 5 August 2017 From the section Europe French authorities are investigating the mysterious death of two friends whose bodies were found in a back garden bearing no sign of violence. Lucien Pérot, 69, and Olivier Boudin, 38, appear to...
Jeanne Moreau: French screen icon dies at 89

Jeanne Moreau: French screen icon dies at 89

Jeanne Moreau: French screen icon dies at 89 31 July 2017 From the section Entertainment & Arts Image copyright Reuters Image caption Moreau once said “physical beauty is a disgrace” Actress Jeanne Moreau, one of French cinema’s biggest stars of...
French actress Jeanne Moreau dies aged 89

French actress Jeanne Moreau dies aged 89

Jeanne Moreau, the actress who became a symbol of France’s New Wave cinema, has died aged 89. The award-winning star, whose films include Francois Truffaut’s 1962 classic Jules And Jim, was found dead at her home in Paris on Monday. Moreau rose to...
French fires force evacuation of 10,000 people

French fires force evacuation of 10,000 people

At least 10,000 people have been forced to flee campsites and homes after a new fire broke out along the French Riviera. Wildfires have already consumed swathes of forest in the region as well as on the island of Corsica in recent days. The new blaze is raging near...
Wildfires rage in French tourist hotspots

Wildfires rage in French tourist hotspots

A series of massive wildfires are raging across parts of southern France and Corsica, in areas popular with tourists. Up to 900 hectares of forest has been engulfed in flames, threatening homes on the island of Corsica, off the southern French coast. A further 860...

French singer dies on stage at festival

An up-and-coming French singer has collapsed and died on stage in the middle of a live performance during a festival. Barbara Weldens, 35, was singing in a church in the village of Gourdon, in the Lot region of southwest France, when she collapsed on Wednesday night....
French military head de Villiers quits over cuts

French military head de Villiers quits over cuts

French military head de Villiers quits over cuts 19 July 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Macron and Gen de Villiers attended the Bastille Day parade last Friday The head of the French armed forces has quit after a clash with President...

French military head quits after Macron clash

The head of France’s armed forces has resigned after clashing with President Emmanuel Macron over proposed budget cuts. In a statement, Pierre de Villiers said he no longer felt able to command an army “that I think is necessary to guarantee the protection...

Google wins court bid to escape French tax bill

Google has won a significant legal challenge against efforts by the French government to recover €1.1bn (£970m) in back taxes. At issue was the tech firm’s use of its Irish subsidiary to book revenues it gained in France between 2005 and 2010. It was accused by...
Benzema wins breakthrough in French sex tape case

Benzema wins breakthrough in French sex tape case

Benzema wins breakthrough in French sex tape case 11 July 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright AFP Image caption Since the case began neither Karim Benzema (R) nor Mathieu Valbuena (L) have played for France A French court has backed footballer Karim Benzema...
Paris flooding: Record rainfall hits French capital

Paris flooding: Record rainfall hits French capital

Paris flooding: Record rainfall hits French capital 10 July 2017 From the section Europe Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWater cascades down the steps of Porte de Pantin station (Video by Tiphanie Moreau) A two-hour storm unleashed 54mm...
Avignon shooting: 'Eight injured' near French mosque

Avignon shooting: 'Eight injured' near French mosque

Avignon shooting: Eight injured near French mosque 3 July 2017 From the section Europe Eight people have been injured in a shooting outside a mosque in southern France, officials have confirmed. Worshippers leaving the Arrahma mosque in Avignon were approached by two...

Reports: Gunmen open fire outside French mosque

Two men have carried out a shooting outside a mosque in Avignon leaving at least eight people injured, according to French media reports. The La Provence newspaper said the attackers arrived in a Renault Clio at the Arrahma mosque, with one carrying a handgun and the...

French general 'used fighter jet' at weekends

The acting chief of the French air force has been accused of using a fighter jet to commute home at weekends. General Richard Reboul is alleged to have used an Alpha Jet at least 10 times over the last year, flying between his workplace in Bordeaux to his weekend...
Top Macron ally Bayrou quits French government

Top Macron ally Bayrou quits French government

Top Macron ally Bayrou quits French government 21 June 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright Reuters Image caption Francois Bayrou said he is resigning as justice minister France’s justice minister, François Bayrou, has handed in his resignation hours...
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