French Finance Minister Michel Sapin
27/07/2014 - France

France nets 1.3 billion euros from tax evaders' secret foreign bank accounts

Nearly 30,000 tax-dodgers with secret bank accounts abroad have confessed to French tax-collectors in response to an offer to go easy on them if they come forward.

French President François Hollande at a commemoration of Mohammed Merah's killing spree last year
27/07/2014 - France

Man arrested after failed firebomb attack on Toulouse Jewish centre

A man has been arrested after an unsuccessful Molotov cocktail attack on a Jewish centre in the southern French city of Toulouse on Saturday.

Smoke from what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Sunday
27/07/2014 - France - Middle East

France condemns ‘vicious cycle’ of Israel-Gaza violence

France on Sunday condemned the “vicious cycle” of attacks on Gaza and on Israel and called for a “real ceasefire” and negotiations, in a statement issued by Foreign Affairs ...

A French soldier at the site of the crashed flight AH5017
27/07/2014 - France - Algeria - Mali - Burkina Faso

Air Algérie crash bodies to be brought to France, Hollande

All the bodies of passengers on Air Algérie flight AH5017 are to be brought to France, President François Hollande announced after meeting families of the 54 French victims on ...


French weekly magazines review 27 July 2014

The Middle East is everyone’s front page story this week as pro-Palestinian protests ended in violence in the Barbès district of Paris and the suburban town of Sarcelles in the ...

Youths throw stones at riot police in Paris's Place de la République on Saturday
27/07/2014 - France

Banned Paris pro-Gaza protest ends in clashes

French police arrested about 70 people at the end of a banned Gaza solidarity demonstration in Paris on Saturday.

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius appeals for a truce in Gaza at a summit in Paris on Saturday morning
26/07/2014 - France - Middle East

Gaza solidarity demonstrators defy second ban on Paris demonstration

Gaza solidarity demonstrators gathered at Paris’s Place de la République as a court confirmed a ban on their rally against Israel’s offensive on the Palestinian territory.

A French military helicopter at the site of the Air Algérie crash
26/07/2014 - France - Algeria - Mali - Burkina Faso

French investigators en route for Air Algérie crash site, debris scattered over 500 metres

Investigators, including French police and civil aviation officials, were to arrive at the site of the Air Algérie plane crash in Mali on Saturday afternoon.

The A25 motorway in northern France
26/07/2014 - France

Thousands caught in 600km traffic jams as French head for summer holidays

Thousands of motorists are caught in 600km of traffic jams on France’s roads on Saturday as holiday-makers head for south and others headed home.


French press review 26 July 2014

The crash of Air Algeria flight AH5017 is top of the news as Paris after a disaster that killed all 116 passengers and crew, including 54 French nationals.

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Paris
26/07/2014 - France - Middle East

France hosts Gaza truce summit

US, European and Arab diplomats were to meet in Paris on Saturday to press for a truce in Gaza. A 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the conflict started earlier Saturday morning.

A French labour exchange
26/07/2014 - France

French unemployment hits new record

Unemployment in France has risen for the eighth consecutive month to 11 per cent of the workforce, leaving President François Hollande’s promise to reverse the upward trend ...

The Paris Picasso Museum's new director Laurent Le Bon
25/07/2014 - France

Picasso daughter donates works to Paris museum ahead of October reopening

Pablo Picasso’s oldest daughter is to donate a drawing and a sketchbook to Paris’s Picasso museum when it opens after five years of closure that were dogged by controversy.

Protesters mock French President François Hollande's stance on the Gaza conflict this week
25/07/2014 - France - Middle East

Paris police ban another pro-Gaza demo

Paris police have banned a Paris Gaza solidarity demonstration for the second time. Organisers claim the decision to stop Saturday’s march is political.

The clashes near the synagogue on Paris's rue de la Roquette on 13 July
25/07/2014 - France - Middle East

Jewish Defence League ‘member’ assaulted near Paris

A young Jewish man has called in French police after being attacked by about a dozen people outside his home in Bobigny, near Paris.

French President Francois Hollande announces that there were no survivors in the Air Algérie flight AH5017 crash
25/07/2014 - France - Algeria - Mali - Burkina Faso

Air Algérie flight recorder found but no survivors, Hollande

The flight recorder of the Air Algérie plane that crashed in northern Mali on Thursday has been found and should be examined as soon as possible, President François Hollande ...


French press review 25 July 2014

The big story in today’s French papers is the crash of Air Algeria Flight AH 5017 in Mali with 51 French nationals and 116 passengers and crew on board.

The sister-in-law of Flight AH 5017 passenger Randa Daher from Lebanon
25/07/2014 - France - Algeria - Mali - Burkina Faso

Storm most likely reason for Air Algérie plane crash, French minister

Weather conditions are the most likely cause of Thursday’s crash of Air Algérie flight AH 5017 in Mali, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Friday.

Palestinian children in Gaza's Beit Hanoun hospital
25/07/2014 - France - Middle East

France to give 11 million euros to Gaza, Palestinian mission receives death threat

France has pledged 11 million euros in humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, where an Israeli army offensive has left more than 800 people dead.

France's government threatens ban on protest against Israeli Gaza offensive
25/07/2014 - On-the-spot France

France's government threatens ban on protest against Israeli Gaza offensive

France’s government said Thursday it may ban a protest of the Israeli military offensive in Gaza planned for Saturday, even though a similar march on Wednesday was peaceful.

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