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Leaders of Finland (Prime minister Alexander Stubb), Netherlands (Prime Minister Mark Rutte), Germany (Chancellor Angela Merkel) and Lithuania (President Dalia Grybauskaite) at the summit in Brussels
24/10/2014 - EUROPE

Despite divisions, European leaders reach climate accord

An agreement on climate change targets puts Europe in the driver's seat ahead of next year's global climate conference in Paris -

24/10/2014 - FRANCE - US

French Academy of Science award winner on need to protect scientists

The French Academy of Science has awarded its top prize to Joel Lebowitz, a professor of physics and mathematics at Rutgers University

A Roma woman and child.
23/10/2014 - CZECH REPUBLIC

Forcibly sterilised Roma women to be compensated by Czech government

Between 1971 and 1989, up to 90 thousand Roma women in former Czechoslovakia were sterilised. The government has apologized, but until this point has offered little else.

The 2015 Tour de France route was unveiled in Paris on Wednesday
22/10/2014 - Tour de France

2015 Tour de France to start from the Netherlands

Next year's Tour will commence from the Dutch city of Utrecht, making it the 21st overseas start in Tour history.
Total named Thierry Desmarest (left) and Patrick Pouyanne (right) as the new chairman and new CEO respetively
22/10/2014 - France - Russia

French oil giant Total names new bosses

The company named a new chairman and a new CEO on Wednesday following the death of its chief executive Christophe de Margerie in a plane crash in Moscow.

Vladimir Martynenko signs his testimony before his lawyer in Moscow
22/10/2014 - FRANCE - RUSSIA

Snowplough driver claims he drove onto runway after "losing his bearings"

Total CEO Christophe de Margerie was killed on Monday night after his private plane collided with the snow clearing vehicle during take-off at Vnukovo airport in Moscow.

Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow on Monday
21/10/2014 - France/Russia

Russia will remember De Margerie with greatest warmth, says Putin

In a telegram sent to French President Francois Hollande, the Russian President said he was "shocked by the news" after the jet carrying Christophe De Margerie crashed into a snow plough at ...
A file picture of Christophe de Margerie who died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow on Monday
21/10/2014 - France

Total CEO killed in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie, chief executive officer of French oil giant Total, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on ...
Lille's mayor Martine Aubry and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls attend an intercommunal convention at Lille-Grand Palais
20/10/2014 - France

Lille mayor Martine Aubry wants to shake-up France's economy, but not government, she says

Martine Aubry broke her silence this weekend after she slammed the government's economic policy for bringing the country to a "standstill." The former Labour minister, who crafted France's ...
An Ebola warning sign at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris
20/10/2014 - France-Europe-Liberia-Sierra-Leone-Guinea

EU to appoint Ebola czar to battle deadly disease

European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to appoint an Ebola coordinator to bring together resources and funding to tackle the deadly disease before it becomes a global disaster.
French President Francois Hollande speaks with Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron as Finance Minister Michel Sapin gestures during a meeting at the OECD headquarter in Paris
20/10/2014 - France-Germany

French ministers in Germany to thrash out budget that EU will buy

France’s budget and economy ministers are to meet their German counterparts in Berlin today, to discuss boosting growth and investment.
Beachfront houses at Saqint-Jean-de-Luz
19/10/2014 - France

Austrian tourist drowns as warm weather fills France’s beaches

Unseasonably warm temperatures combined with French schools’ autumn break encouraged bathers and surfers to take to the beaches this weekend.
Smoke rising from fighting between Kurdish fighters and the Islamic State armed group in the Syrian city of Kobane
18/10/2014 - France - Syria - Turkey

Korean-born convert in dock in France’s first Syria jihadist trial

The first trial of a jihadist returned to France from Syria started on Friday.
Garry Kasparov (R) and Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov's daughter Madina in Paris on Thursday
17/10/2014 - France - Kazakhstan - Russia

Kasparov barred from testifying against Kazakh oligarch Ablyazov’s extradition to Russia

A French court on Friday blocked an attempt by chess champion Garry Kasparov to testify against Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov’s extradition to Russia.
An Air France Airbus at Nicve airport in the south of France
17/10/2014 - France

Air France reaches agreement with pilots of Transavia low-cost arm

Air France has reached an agreement with pilots’ unions to develop its low-cost arm, Transavia, the cause of the 14-day strike in September.
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