Senator Jean-Vincent Placé (2nd L) with François de Rugy (2nd R) and Barbara Pompili (C)

French Green defections continue as divided Socialists stage summer meet

A second leading member of France's Green party, EELV, quit the movement on Friday ... a rare piece of good news for President François Hollande's Socialists, who hold their annual summer school this weekend. But it won't be all peace and love there, either, with a fresh row blowing up over the 35-hour work week.

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Michel Houellebecq
17/08/2015 - FRANCE
World-famous French author Michel Houellebecq is locked in bitter battle with Le Monde newspaper over a six-part series on him that started Monday.
Over 500 policemen at Tel-Aviv sur Seine, Paris Plage, on the 13th of August
13/08/2015 - FRANCE
Over 500 policemen are patrolling all day long on the riverbank to prevent any clashes at Tel-Aviv sur Seine.
Picasso's cubist "La Coiffeuse", worth about $15 million, was stolen in 2001
The painting “La Coiffeuse” (The Hairdresser), worth around 13.5 million euros, has turned up in Newark, in the United States, wrapped in a parcel.
Kenya's President, Uhuru Kenyatta, a left-hander
13/08/2015 - Africa

How left-handers are perceived is changing in Africa, says Armand Butera, a member of the Left-handers club in Kigali, as members celebrate International Left-Handers day worldwide.

Nigel Richards, New-Zealander is the new Francophone scrabble champion.
22/07/2015 - France
The French Scrabble world is reeling after 47-year old New Zealander Nigel Richards' victory in the Francophone Scrabble title in Belgium but he is not a French speaker.
Fireworks light up the sky as the Eiffel Tower is illuminated in the colors of the French flag.
15/07/2015 - France

In Paris on 14 July, the Eiffel Tower was illuminated with a spectacular fireworks show to end the Bastille Day celebrations.

Cheb Mami at a concert in Algeria in 2011
13/07/2015 - France, Algeria

A French court has ordered Franco-Algerian singer Cheb Mami and his production company EMI to pay a 200,000-euro fine to another Algerian songwriter for plagiarism last Friday.

The face of a young woman was one of the ancient images found at Arles in the south of France
10/07/2015 - France
Extremely rare ancient Roman frescos, comparable to those found in the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, have been uncovered in the historic southern French city of Arles.