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A carving knife and fork in the distinctive Laguiole design
18/04/2014 - France

Laguiole - French village fights for right to use its name

A French village is calling for nationwide support after losing a legal fight for local businesses' right to use its name to sell their products.

Don't even think about it ... the two men were tagging trains across Europe
16/04/2014 - France

Australian tourists arrested on graffiti tour of Europe's rail network

French police have arrested two Australian tourists alleged to be on a tagging tour of Europe's rail network.

Aung San Suu Kyi in Paris with President François Hollande
16/04/2014 - France - Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi warns of Myanmar transition dangers on Paris visit

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for international support as her country faces a "difficult period of transition" on a visit to Paris on Tuesday.

Syrian asylum-seekers in Calais, France, last year
15/04/2014 - France

France asylum-seekers' system 'in crisis', report

France's system for handling asylum-seekers is "in crisis", according to a parliamentary report that highlights long-drawn-out and ineffective procedures and spending way over budget.

François I by Jean Clouet (around 1530)
11/04/2014 - France - China

Twelve great French paintings loaned to Hong Kong, Macau for Le French May

Twelve masterpieces from French museums are to travel to the Chinese territory of Macau as part of the Le French May season, celebrated annually on the island and in Hong Kong.

Containers from China being unloaded at Le Havre
11/04/2014 - France - China

French customs seize record fake drugs haul from China

Ten tonnes of fake Viagra, Cialis and other medicines were part of a record seizure by French customs in the northern French port of Le Havre, it was announced Thursday.

At a polling station in Bhangel village on the outskirts of New Delhi, 10 April, 2014
10/04/2014 - India general election 2014

Graphic: India's general election in numbers

Millions of Indians are voting in a general election that promises major changes in the country's politics.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev with Russia's Vladimir Putin
09/04/2014 - France - Kazkhstan

French court blocks Kazakh oligarch's extradition

A French court has blocked the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, who was arrested at his French Riviera villa in July.

A courthouse dedicated to handling immigration cases at Roissy/Charles De Gaulle airpôrt
09/04/2014 - France

France detains 500 lone migrant children per year, NGO

French authorities detain around 500 unaccompanied migrant children every year in transit zones at French borders, US-based NGO Human Rights Watch says.

An woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan
05/04/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014

Afghans queue to vote despite security fears

Outgoing Afghan president Hamid Karzai called on his compatriots to defy the Taliban and vote in a historic presidential election on Saturday.

02/04/2014 - Australia - France

Female French student found murdered in east Australia

A young French woman has been found dead in the Brisbane, the fourth foreign student to be murdered in the east Australian city since November.

Cheers! Xi Jinping (L) and François Hollande at the state dinner
28/03/2014 - France - China

France served China's Xi 'disgusting' state dinner, minister

The French presidential dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife was "disgusting", according to Trade Minister Nicole Bricq, caught talking to Prime Minister Jean-Marc ...

Mick Jagger (L) with L'Wren Scott in 2012
28/03/2014 - France

Rolling Stones Paris gig sold out in 51 minutes

An upcoming Rolling Stones concert in Paris was sold out in less than an hour, organisers said Friday. Fans snapped all 75,000 tickets in 51 minutes, they reported.

François Hollande and Xi Jinping, Elysée Palace, 26 march 2014.
27/03/2014 - France - China

Contracts signed, China's Xi Jinping due for lavish Versailles dinner

On the last day of his visit to France, Chinese leader Xi Jinping heads to the Palace of Versailles for a concert and a lavish dinner as the visit ends on a more cultural note after the commercial ...

Chinese Preisdent Xi Jinping is welcomed by French President François Hollande at the Elysee Palace, Wednesday 26 March.
26/03/2014 - France-China

After pomp and ceremony, French and Chinese leaders got down to business of nailing deals

The signing of fifty contracts representing fifty years of diplomatic relations got underway on Wednesday, with lucrative deals clinched in sectors like aeronautics and the car industry.

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