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22/11/2014 - France

France's ex-first lady in UK to tell all on Hollande

Former First Lady, Valerie Trierweiler, kicked off a promotional tour on Saturday of her best-selling book "Thank you for this moment," in which she tells all about her tumultuous love ...
French President Francois Hollande (L) and Junior Minister for Veterans Kader Arif (R) attend a ceremony to commemorate the end of the World War One, in Oyonnax, November 11, 2013.
22/11/2014 - France

More bad news for Hollande as close ally resigns

France's minister for veteran affairs, Kader Arif, resigned on Friday over allegations of favouritism, spelling a fresh blow for President François Hollande.
22/11/2014

French press review 22 November 2014

The contrasting political fortunes of President François Hollande and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé, falling petrol prices, the Bhopal gas tragedy in India are some of the stories which ...
Demonstration in Paris, with more than 5000 participants.
22/11/2014 - France

Far Right success dampens anti-racist group's 30th birthday

The French anti-racism group SOS Racisme marks its 30th anniversary today.
HSBC in New York
21/11/2014 - France - United Kingdom - Switzerland

HSBC charged in 180-billion-euro French tax fraud probe

The Swiss arm of British bank HSBC has been placed under formal investigation for money-laundering and helping tax-dodgers in a Franch tax fraud probe.
The Mistral Vladivostok at the STX  Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, April 2014
21/11/2014 - France - Russia

Second Russian Mistral warship nears launch in French shipyard

The second Mistral warship being built for Russia by French shipbuilders was placed in the dock in Brittany's Saint-Nazaire shipyard on Thursday night.
Jang Song-Thaek faces a military tribunal before his execution
21/11/2014 - France - North Korea

North Korean students missing in Paris amid purge of Kim Jong-un’s uncle’s aides

Spies from North and South Korea are said to be searching for 10 North Korean architecture students who have gone missing in Paris.
Japanese women on Thursday drinking Beaujolais Nouveau in Tokyo, 20 november 2014.
21/11/2014 - France - Asia

Six Boeing 747s fly Beaujolais Nouveau from Paris to Asia

Six Boeing 747s carried 2,000 tonnes of Beaujolais wine from Paris to Hong Kong so that Asians could celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 vintage on Thursday.

Eurostar's new train at St Pancras station in London, 13 November 2014.
21/11/2014 - France - Britain - Belgium

1,300 stranded for eight hours on Eurostar

Some 1,300 Eurostar passengers were stranded in northern France for eight hours on Thursday night.
21/11/2014

French press review 21 November 2014

Several national dailies are looking for answers to the terror threat posed by hundreds of French citizens joining the Islamic State (IS) armed group and other Islamist movements in Syria and ...
21/11/2014 - France

Jean-Marie Le Pen to appeal to European rights court over Roma racism conviction

The Paris court of appeal on Thursday upheld a fine of 5,000 euros against Jean-Marie Le Pen, honorary president of the far-right Front National for implying Roma were thieves.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris on Thursday
21/11/2014 - France - Iran - US

Fabius, Kerry in make-or-break talks with Iran over nuclear programme

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius travelled to Vienna on Friday to join US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s Javad Zarif for make-or-break talks on Iran's nuclear programme.

Mikaël Dos Santos was brought up in Champigny-sur-Marne to the east of Paris
21/11/2014 - France - Syria - Iraq

Confusion over 'French' IS executioner's identity, as new video calls for attacks in France

Sources in the Islamic State (IS) armed group have told RFI that French national Mickaël Dos Santos is not one of the executioners in a recent video, contradicting French officials’ claim ...
French chefs divided on putting protected ortolan back on menu
21/11/2014 - On-the-spot France

French chefs divided on putting protected ortolan back on menu

Top French chefs, including Alain Ducasse and Alain Dutournier, want to bring the ortolan, a tiny songbird which is a protected species, back onto French menus one weekend per year.

20/11/2014 - France

Cheers! this year's Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived

Thousands of Beaujolais wine lovers gathered at midnight on Wednesday night in the eastern French home town of Beaujeu to sample the Beaujolais 2014 vintage.

Marine Le Pen, leader of Front National
20/11/2014 - France

Le Pen says French government hiding true number of jihadists

Front National leader Marine Le Pen says the number of French nationals who are involved in jihad activities is much higher than the French government admits.

An Airbus A350, the  Airbus's newest plane, at Haneda airport in Tokyo, 19 november 2014.
20/11/2014 - France - Europe

Airbus to sign 11 billion-euro deal with America's Delta Airlines

Airbus is poised to sign for 11 billion-euro deal with the US company Delta Airlines to deliver 50 long-haul carriers.

20/11/2014

French press review 20 November 2014

Funding the army, poverty, and behind the scenes with the French president - all in today's papers ...

Thank You For This Moment has sold over 600,000 copies in France.
19/11/2014 - France

French President Hollande's ex earns millions with kiss-and-tell memoir

Valérie Trierweiler, former companion of French President François Hollande, has made between 1.3 and 1.7 million euros for her tale of her life with the head of state, her publisher ...
School students demonstrate against the death of Rémi Fraisse in Paris, 13 November 2014
19/11/2014 - France - European Union

EU to probe French dam project after death of protester

The European Commission announced Wednesday it has opened an inquiry into a contested dam project near the French town of Sivens, where a young protester was killed last month.
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