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Smoke from the fire which started at a textile warehouse in La Courneuve, near Paris
18/04/2015 - FRANCE

Massive fire closes Paris motorway

The A86 motorway out of Paris was closed until 11.00am Saturday morning as thick smoke continued to billow out of a massive fire in a textile warehouse just outside the French capital.
Xylella has not yet infected French olive groves, but there are concerns it could affect vineyards.
17/04/2015 - France - Italy

Olive-killing Xylella bacteria found in France but experts say don't panic

A strain of bacteria that has decimated Italian olive trees has been found in France, although researchers say it does not mean it will spread.
The Paris climate change conference's logo
17/04/2015 - FRANCE

France backs fight against fossil fuel subsidies ahead of Paris climate change conference

France on Friday endorsed an eight-nation call for fossil fuel reform ahead of this year's international conference on climate change.
French gendarmes block demonstrators at the gates of the Reunion Marine Reserve building in Saline les Bains after a surfer was attacked by a shark in 2012
12/04/2015 - FRANCE - Reunion island

13-year-old killed by shark off France's Réunion island

A 13-year-old boy was killed by a shark off the coast of the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion on Sunday, the sixth death due to a shark attack there in four years.
Drawings showing lions in the replica of the Chauvet Caves, Vallon Pont-d'Arc in the Ardeche region, 8 April 2015.
10/04/2015 - FRANCE

Giant replica of prehistoric cave ready to open in south-east France

After two and a half years' work, involving 35 companies, hundreds of workers and a budget of 55 million euros, a replica of the famous prehistoric site, the Chauvet Caves, was inaugurated by French ...
Paris submerged in smog in March
10/04/2015 - FRANCE

Speed limits tightened in Paris, Lille on third day of high pollution

Speed limits were reduced 20kmph in the Paris region and north-west France on Friday and limits imposed on lorries passing through the capital on the third day of high pollution Friday.

The Ecrins national park in the French Alps
02/04/2015 - France

Five skiers killed in French Alps

Five people were killed in the French Alps on Wednesday. Three of them were caught in an avalanche and two mountainers fell to their deaths.

Melting ice shows through at a cliff face at Landsend, on the coast of Cape Denison in Antarctica.
25/03/2015 - FRANCE

Sea levels along French coasts rising at rapid pace: report

Sea levels along France's coasts have been rising at nearly double the rate over the past two decades compared with the 20th century, according to a new report.

The Mont Saint-Michel 11th century abbey to be entirely surrounded by the English Channel following exceptionally high spring tides.
20/03/2015 - France

French coasts on alert as "tide of the century" looms

France expects the "tide of the century" as exceptionally high spring tides will hit coasts over the weekend. 

Homes destroyed by the cyclone Pam in Port Villa, Vanuatu, Pacific Island, 16 March 2015.
16/03/2015 - France - Vanuatu

France sends aid missions to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam hits

France on Monday sent aid missions to Vanuatu after the cyclone Pam hit the Pacific island during the weekend. More than 100,000 people are reported to have lost their home.

The boat was taken in 2007 to the Piriou Shipyard
12/03/2015 - France

French shipyard threatens to sell Calypso in Cousteau heritage row

The fate of the Calypso, the boat in which the celebrated French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau sailed the world, is uncertain

Areva boss Philippe Knoche announces the company's losses on 4 March
11/03/2015 - France - Germany

French nuclear giant Areva to slash 1,500 jobs in Germany

French nuclear group Areva is planing to cut about 1,500 jobs in Germany by the end of 2017, company officials said on Wednesday.
Greenpeace protest near the National Assembly, Paris, 9 March 2015.
09/03/2015 - France

Greenpeace protest outside French Parliament over Hollande's nuclear promise

Greenpeace protested in front of France's lower house of parliament on Monday morning over a delayed energy bill.

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius
07/03/2015 - Op-ed: International Women's Day - Climate change

Taking climate action for and with women

The battle against climate change is part of the battle for women’s rights, argues French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius in an op-ed piece for RFI, published ahead of International ...
French gendarmes take position near environmental activists at the Sivens "zone to defend" (ZAD)
06/03/2015 - France

Police move to clear French dam protest site after council changes plan

French police moved to clear a protest camp at the site of a controversial dam project on Friday afternoon following a decision by the regional council

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