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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...
Posthumous wedding for French hero cop

Posthumous wedding for French hero cop

The partner of a French police officer shot and killed in a Paris terrorist attack has married him posthumously, according to French media reports. The daily paper Le Parisien said the wedding of the late Xavier Jugele and his partner Etienne Cardiles took place on...
Maria Sharapova denied French Open wildcard

Maria Sharapova denied French Open wildcard

Maria Sharapova has been denied a wildcard into this year’s French Open, tournament organisers have announced on Facebook. The 30-year-old Russian made her comeback last month after serving a suspension following a positive test for heart drug meldonium at last...
Why Macron picked a centre-right French PM

Why Macron picked a centre-right French PM

Bearded and standing at over 6ft, the new French Prime Minister is an experienced politician, a keen boxer and a one-time author. Ominously perhaps, in 2011 he published Dans L’Ombre (In the Shadows), a political thriller with intrigue and betrayal at its heart....
Macron selects Edouard Philippe as French PM

Macron selects Edouard Philippe as French PM

French President Emmanuel Macron has selected Republican Edouard Philippe as the country’s new prime minister. Mr Philippe, 46, is the mayor of Le Havre and a close associate of Alain Juppe, a prominent conservative who was touted to replace Francois Fillon as...
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