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The Mistral-class helicopter-carrier Vladivostok, Saint-Nazaire shipyard, 4 Sept. 2014.
18/12/2014 - France - Russia

Russian Mistral sailors head home from France

Some 400 Russian sailors training to operate the Mistral-class warship left France for home on Thursday, with still no official decision in Paris over whether to deliver the vessel to Russia.

A volunteer for the Médecins du Monde NGO meets Albanian asylum-seekers in Lyon last October
17/12/2014 - France

French MPs vote to speed up asylum process

France is to speed up its handling of asylum-seekers, two years after being criticised by the European Commission for the time it takes to consider cases.
Afghan police outside the lycée Istiqlal in Kabul after the suicide attack
12/12/2014 - Afghanistan - France

Taliban targeted culture and creation in Kabul school blast, Hollande

Afghanistan’s Taliban showed their hatred of culture and creativity in Thursday’s suicide attack on a French high school and cultural centre in Kabul, French President François ...
After the suicide attack on the French Lycée Istiqlal in Kabul
11/12/2014 - Afghanistan - France

Suicide bomber hits French school in Kabul

Several people have been killed and a number of others injured in a suicide bombing in a French-sponsored school in Kabul that also houses a French cultural centre.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (3rd R) greets young women activists whom she invited to the Nobel award ceremony
10/12/2014 - Report: Nobel award ceremony

Malala, Kailash in Oslo for Nobel prize award along with Modiano, Tirole

Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were in the Norwegian capital Oslo on Wednesday for the official Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony.
Warm welcome - Russian President Vladimir Putin meets France's François Hollande at Moscow Vnukovo airport
07/12/2014 - France - Russia - Ukraine

Hollande meets Putin in Moscow to ‘deescalate’ Ukraine crisis

French President François Hollande became the first Western leader to visit Moscow since the start of the Ukraine crisis on Saturday.
French President François Hollande (L) and Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev at the opening of the Sorbonne-Kazakhstan Insititute in Almaty on Friday
06/12/2014 - France - Russia - Kazakhstan

Hollande to meet Putin in Moscow to discuss Ukraine crisis

French President François Hollande is to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin on an unscheduled stopover in Moscow in an attempt to “deescalate” the Ukraine crisis.
The Vladivostok at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in Brittany
05/12/2014 - France - Russia

France may never deliver Russia’s Mistral warships, defence minister

France may never deliver the Mistral warships it has built for Russia, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.
An Airbus at Toulouse airport on 4 December 2014
05/12/2014 - France

France to sell half-share in Toulouse airport to China

The French government announced on Thursday that it has decided to sell a 49.99 per cent stake in Toulouse airport to a Chinese consortium, made up of Chinese state-owned group Shandong Hi-Speed ...
French President Francois Hollande (L) shakes hands with Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana
05/12/2014 - France - Kazakhstan

Hollande in uranium-rich Kazakhstan to discuss contracts, relations with Russia

French President François Hollande arrived in Kazakhstan on Friday for a two-day visit to a country with vast uranium and gas reserves and infrastructure contracts on offer.
A French-built "all-purpose" Rafale jet
03/12/2014 - France - India

India promises to stick with Rafale jet sale after Modi election

The defence ministers of France and India have said they will iron out differences over the sale of 126 Rafale fighter jets to India.
The photo of Sergei Pugatchev issued by Interpol
27/11/2014 - Russia - France

Interpol issues warrant for Russian oligarch Pugachev

Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev, the former owner of French luxury food shop Hédiard and the paper France Soir.
The victims were studying oenology in Bordeaux
26/11/2014 - France - China

French men jailed for attack on Chinese wine students

In France three men aged 21-23 have been jailed and fined for attacking a group of Chinese exchange students last year.
A black pearl
25/11/2014 - French Polynesia

Tahiti customs seize 190,000 black pearls

Customs officers have seized a record 190,000 black pearls, worth thousands of euros, at the home of a drug trafficker on a French Polynesian island.
One of the Mistral warships in the Saint Nazaire dockyard
25/11/2014 - France - Russia

France suspends Mistral warship delivery to Russia over Ukraine crisis

France has suspended delivery of a high-tech Mistral warship to Russia over the Ukraine conflict. Moscow says it will not take legal action “for the moment”.

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