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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.
A Heuliez travaillent car factory in western France
07/12/2014 - France

France ranks 23rd in global competition league but investors praise productivity

The World Economic Forum's (WEF) global competitiveness report has ranked France 23rd out of 144 countries. But another report praises the country’s record in innovation and productivity.

Béziers mayor Robert Ménard with his town council's crib, known as a "crèche" in French
06/12/2014 - France

French local councils ordered to scrap Christmas cribs

French officials have ordered local councils to take down Christmas nativity cribs in public buildings because of France’s strict secular law on the separation of church and state.
Lille mayor Martine Aubry (L) with President François Hollande
06/12/2014 - France - Israel - Palestinian Territories

Lille mayor Martine Aubry files complaint against Zionist hacker Ulcan

The city council and the mayor of the northern French city of Lille have lodged formal complaints against Franco-Israeli hacker Ulcan for a Facebook threat to “punish” her for the ...
A railtruck at Auschwitz concentration camp
06/12/2014 - France - US

France to pay US 60 million dollars for Holocaust deportations

France is to pay 60 million dollars (49 million euros) to victims of the Holocaust transported by the national rail company SNCF during World War II and their descendants.
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 Justice Minister Christiane Taubira going to a cabinet meeting
05/12/2014 - France

Another far-right French councillor fined for comparing Justice Minister Taubira to monkey

A French local councillor has been fined 3,000 euros for comparing France’s black Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to a monkey in a tweet. He says it was just a joke.

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.
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