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French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem with a pupil of a school in Blois.
04/02/2016 - FRANCE - Switzerland - BELGIum - Canada

French education minister calms nation after spelling reform outcry

France's Education Minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, was obliged to calm the nation's nerves today as reports of a reform of French spelling sent panic across social media and aroused protests from ...
The outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil began in April 2015
02/02/2016 - FRANCE – ZIKA

France’s Sanofi to search for Zika vaccine

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi announced Tuesday it was launching a project to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it to be a global health ...
There was pomp and ceremony - but only a small audience - for Raul Castro at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Monday
02/02/2016 - CUBA - FRANCE

Hollande calls for swift end to US Cuba sanctions as Raul Castro visits Paris

French President, François Hollande, has called for a rapid end to US sanctions on Cuba during a historic visit to Paris by President Raul Castro.
The outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil began in April 2015.
01/02/2016 - UNITED NATIONS - ZIKA

UN agency debates global health emergency over Zika

The World Health Organization (WHO) began deliberating on Monday whether to declare an international public health emergency over the outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin America.
French President Francois Hollande became the first Western leader to visit Cuba in more than 50 years following the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba.
30/01/2016 - France-Cuba

Raul Castro arrives in Paris as part of historic visit

Cuban President Raul Castro arrived in Paris on Saturday as part of his historic state visit to France.
Going for seconds - lMF chief Christine Lagarde
22/01/2016 - FRANCE - World economy

France's Lagarde to run for second term as IMF chief

Christine Lagarde has announced that she will run for a second term as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), pointing out that France, Britain, Germany and China have backed her and seeming ...
Goodyear employees at factory-gate meeting in Amiens in 2013
13/01/2016 - FRANCE

French court sentences trade unionists to jail for Goodyear bossnapping

French trade unions were up in arms Wednesday eight workers of a closed Goodyear tyre factory were sentenced to jail for holding two of their bosses prisoner during a dispute over the closure of the ...
Guy Wildenstein in 2006
06/01/2016 - FRANCE

French Wildenstein art dynasty tax fraud trial suspended

The trial of the head of a wealthy art-dealing dynasty was suspended by a Paris court on Wednesday on a technicality that will take the case to France's highest appeals court.
Sébastien Loeb of France waves to spectators during a demonstration event in central Sofia July 4, 2010.
01/01/2016 - Motor racing

Frenchman Sébastien Loeb eyes Dakar title

Rally racing drivers in South America are gearing up for the first motorsports event of 2016 - the Dakar Rally, with Frenchman Sébastien Loeb making a return to the World Rally ...
The Eagles of Death Metal on stage at the Bataclan before the 13 November attack
20/12/2015 - FRANCE

Catholic priest apologises for saying Eagles of Death Metal gig inspired by Satan

A French priest has apologised for describing the heavy metal gig where 90 people were killed by Islamic State attackers in Paris last month as "inspired by Satan".
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates winning the Fifa Club World Cup Final
20/12/2015 - Football

Barcelona beat River Plate to become champions of the world

Barcelona clinched the Fifa Club World Cup for a record third time after defeating River Plate 3-0 in the final.
2015  in Google Search showed a world hit by violence and natural disaster, plus showbiz and sport
16/12/2015 - FRANCE - United States

Paris attacks top Google searches in 2015

The November Paris attacks was the world's biggest event this year, according to searches on Google, with another spike for January's Charlie Hebdo killing spree.
Laurent Fabius John Kerry, Paris, 14 November 2015
15/12/2015 - FRANCE - SYRIA

Fabius, Kerry hold Syria talks in Paris

Meetings over the Syria crisis led by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and with the presence of US Secretary of State John Kerry were held in Paris on Monday.

United States Republican candidate Donald Trump on the campaign trail in Spencer, Iowa, 5 decembre 2015.
10/12/2015 - FRANCE - USA

France joins international condemnation of Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric

Currently the front-runner in national polls for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump’s call for a "total and complete" ban on Muslims entering the United States drew ...
An Air France plane takes off
08/12/2015 - FRANCE - United States - CANADA

Air France San Francisco-Paris flight diverted after terror threat

An Air France flight from San Francisco to Paris was diverted to Montreal on Tuesday because of an anonymous threat less than a month after the 13 November Paris attacks.

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