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"The match has begun!" declared right-wing presidential hopeful Alain Juppé on Sunday
21/09/2014 - France

French right-wing presidential hopefuls square up to Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy’s main rivals as right-wing candidate in France’s 2017 presidential election squared up to the former president on Sunday after his political comeback on Friday.

Residents of Aleppo at the scene of what they say was a Syrian govenrment bombardment
21/09/2014 - France - Syria - Iraq

Teenage girls headed for Syria stopped at Marseille, ‘jihadi network’ members charged

French border police on Saturday stopped two teenage girls suspected of heading for Syria to join jihadi groups fighting there.
A French military helicopter lands at the crash site in Mali
21/09/2014 - France - Algeria - Mali - Burkina Faso

First Air Algérie crash investigation report fails to establish cause

A first report on July’s Air Algérie crash in Mali has failed to establish a cause, investigators revealed on Saturday in Mali.
21/09/2014

French weekly magazines review 21 September 2014

The weeklies are relishing the return to politics of one of France’s most divisive figures – Nicolas Sarkozy.
Marseille airport on Friday
21/09/2014 - France

Air France pilots extend strike for second week

Pilots at Air France have voted to continue their strike for a second week with the company cancelling more flights on Sunday than on preceding days.

French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll
20/09/2014 - France

Brittany farmers set fire to government buildings in new French rural protest

The French government has sworn that farmers who set fire to government buildings on Friday night will be taken to court and punished, as farmers’ unions say the protest was a symptom of crisis ...
Migrants followed by police outside the port at Calais
20/09/2014 - France - United Kingdom

Britain to pay 15 million euros to Calais after migrant ferry storming incidents

Britain is to contribute 15 million euros to tighten security at the French Channel port of Calais, following attempts by migrants to break through barriers and cross to the United Kingdom.

Comeback kid? Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy
20/09/2014 - Analysis: France

Could Sarkozy be French president again?

To nobody’s surprise, France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to active politics, declaring himself a candidate for the leadership of the right-wing UMP party, ...
20/09/2014

French press review 20 September 2014

The national dailies are all buzzing about Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s ex-president who vowed to quit politics when he lost the 2012 election.
Flowers were placed at the foot of this statue at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris.
20/09/2014 - France - Mali

France to declassify documents on RFI reporters’ murder in Mali

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says secret documents on last year ‘s murder of the two RFI reporters in Mali will be declassified.
Reconstitution of a Gallic village at  Pleumeur-Bodou, Brittany.
19/09/2014 - France - United Kingdom

French archaeologists find 2,000-year-old boomerang used by Gauls

The Gauls used boomerangs 2,000 years ago, according to archaeologists who have found a wooden curved stick on a beach in the northern French town of Cotentin.

A local council building in Guéckédou, Guinea, where Ebola patients are cared for
19/09/2014 - France - Guinea

French court scraps Guinean’s deportation because of Ebola epidemic

An illegal immigrant from Guinea escaped deportation from France because of the Ebola epidemic in his homeland on Friday. His lawyer hopes the case has set a legal precedent.

City hall of Alençon, Normandy.
19/09/2014 - France

French crook arranges own funeral to escape police

A 26-year-old persistent offender arranged his own funeral and placed a death notice in a regional newspaper to escape French police earlier this month.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum with France's François Hollande at this week's conference on his country in Paris
19/09/2014 - France - Iraq - US

French air strikes on Iraq begin

France has carried out its first air-strikes in Iraq, just hours after President François Hollande announced the country’s participation in the US-led offensive against the Islamic State ...
19/09/2014

French press review 19 September 2014

This morning’s papers all report President François Hollande’s press conference in Paris on Thursday afternoon.
The Bégin hospital at Saint-Mandé where the French nurse is being treated
19/09/2014 - France - Liberia

French nurse receives experimental Ebola treatment in Paris hospital

A French nurse who has contracted Ebola was receiving “experimental treatments” in a French military hospital on Friday after Health Minister Marisol Touraine took the exceptional step of ...
President François Hollande at his press conference on Thursday
19/09/2014 - France - US - Iraq

Obama welcomes French decision to join Iraq air strikes

US President Barack Obama on Thursday welcomed France’s decision to take part in air strikes against the Islamic State armed group in Iraq as Washington tries to win allies to fight the ...
France's historical monuments hold annual open days
19/09/2014 - On-the-spot France

France's historical monuments hold annual open days

The European Council adopted France's Heritage Days in 1991.
Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah of Brunei
18/09/2014 - France - Brunei

France’s Femina literary prize boycotts hotel over Brunei sharia law

The all-woman jury of France’s prestigious Prix Femina has decided to not to stage its awards ceremony at a luxury hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei because he is introducing sharia law in ...
Ebola vaccine trial at the Oxford Vaccine Group Centre , 17 septembre 2014
18/09/2014 - France - Africa

First French Ebola patient to be airlifted home

A French volunteer for the Doctor Withouth Borders (MSF) NGO, infected by the Ebola virus in Liberia, was to be airlifted to Paris on Thursday.
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