France

Jean-Marc Ayrault has been named as France's new foreign minister
11/02/2016 - FRANCE - POLITICS

Former French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault named new foreign minister

French President Francois Hollande has chosen former prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to take over as foreign minister.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon arrives at the presidential Elysée Palace for a dinner with Cuban president Raul Castro on 1 February, 2016
11/02/2016 - FRANCE - POLITICS

Left-winger Jean-Luc Mélenchon announces French presidency bid

Far-left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon said he will run for the French presidency again next year, a move which some analysts say could reduce Socialist President Francois Hollande's chances ...
The Bataclan concert hall, in Paris's 11th district, undated
11/02/2016 - FRANCE

Paris's Bataclan music hall to reopen this year

The owners of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people were murdered by jihadists on 13 November, 2015, say they plan to host music shows again before the end of the year.
The scene in Rochefort, France after a school minibus crash on 11 February, 2016
11/02/2016 - FRANCE

France sees second fatal school bus accident in two days

At least six children were killed when a school minibus crashed into a truck in western France on Thursday, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead.

The Senate to consider Constitional amendments voted by the National Assembly, 10 February 2016
11/02/2016 - FRANCE

French MPs back constitutional reforms aimed at tackling terror

Members of France’s National Assembly on Wednesday approved controversial measures to change the country’s constitution following the deadly attacks that struck Paris in November, with ...
NetExplo conference Paris, 2016
11/02/2016 - FRANCE - EUROPE

Paris digital tech expo awards prosthetic Lego arm for children

A prosthetic arm made of Lego that children with disabilities can customise to their own needs won the grand prize at the Netexplo forum for digital technology in Paris on Wednesday.

11/02/2016

French press review 11 February 2016

The Paris transport system is on the verge of collapse. Either users pay more or they will have to get used to breakdowns, delays, cancellations and overcrowding.
The scene at the Jo Goldenberg restaurant on Paris's rue des Rosiers after the attack
10/02/2016 - FRANCE - JORDAN

Jordan rejects 1982 Paris attack suspects extradition

Jordan has rejected an extradition request from France for two suspects accused of carrying out a 1982 deadly attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris, according to a judicial source.
Foundation Louis Vuitton, designed by American architect Frank Gehry, at its official opening on 27 October, 2014
10/02/2016 - FRANCE - CULTURE

Foundation Louis Vuitton lands top art collection showing

One of the world's greatest private collections of modern art is to go display in its entirety this October at the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris, according to French news agency AFP.
A keyboard goes up in flames in this uncredited photo
10/02/2016 - FRANCE - CULTURE

Unlucky or too sceptical? Study finds French rarely find love online

Just who goes on the hundreds of dating websites in France? According to the French Institute for Demographic Studies or INED, lots of people of varied ages and socio-economic profiles.
Leaving the Elysee Palace, Fabius tells the press he had taken part in his last cabinet meeting, 10 February, 2016
10/02/2016 - FRANCE - POLITICS

French foreign minister Fabius says he's leaving government

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday that he was leaving the government.
Banner at Disneyland Paris, file photo
10/02/2016 - France

Disneyland Paris visitor numbers down since attacks

Disneyland Paris has seen visitor numbers fall by eight percent since the 13 November Paris attacks, according to the Euro Disney company.
General view of the National Assembly during a debate to extend a state of emergency, in Paris, France, 19 November 2015
10/02/2016 - France

French MPs vote to include stripping terrorists of nationality in constitution

After weeks of debate, lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday narrowly voted through a highly controversial proposal to amend the constitution to strip people convicted of ...
10/02/2016

French press review 10 February 2016

French farmers are angry. So are French socialists. And there's a lot of simmering anger in Tunisia too.
President François Hollande
09/02/2016 - France - Politics

Hollande likely to shake-up Cabinet

French President Francois Hollande is expected to set in motion Wednesday a government reshuffle aimed at boosting his appeal to voters ahead of a bid for a second term in 2017.
Waves crash against a lighthouse as the wind blows at around 100 km in Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France on 7 February, 2016.
09/02/2016 - France

Coastal France battered by storms - slideshow

Storm have hit Brittany, the Atlantic coast and the north of France and continue today, Tuesday..
The new refugee accomdation in 'the Jungle' in Calais
09/02/2016 - France - Britain

France will still monitor UK border if Britain leaves EU

The French Government has dismissed David Cameron’s claim that it would scrap a border agreement with Britain in the event of a Brexit, Citing sources in the interior ministry, British media ...
09/02/2016

French press review 9 February 2016

No surprises in today's French press.
09/02/2016 - France - Internet

Zuck off!, France tells Facebook

The French data protection authority on Monday gave Facebook, the social network created by Mark Zuckerberg, three months to stop tracking non-users' web activity without their consent.
Front National rally
09/02/2016 - France - Security

Front National is Islamic State armed group target

The Islamic State armed group has identified France’s Front National as a “prime target” in the latest issue of its Dar al Islam publication.
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