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A carving knife and fork in the distinctive Laguiole design
18/04/2014 - France

Laguiole - French village fights for right to use its name

A French village is calling for nationwide support after losing a legal fight for local businesses' right to use its name to sell their products.


French press review 17 April 2014

Algeria and austerity share the honours on this morning's French front pages.

Syrian asylum-seekers in Calais, France, last year
15/04/2014 - France

France asylum-seekers' system 'in crisis', report

France's system for handling asylum-seekers is "in crisis", according to a parliamentary report that highlights long-drawn-out and ineffective procedures and spending way over budget.

François I by Jean Clouet (around 1530)
11/04/2014 - France - China

Twelve great French paintings loaned to Hong Kong, Macau for Le French May

Twelve masterpieces from French museums are to travel to the Chinese territory of Macau as part of the Le French May season, celebrated annually on the island and in Hong Kong.

Containers from China being unloaded at Le Havre
11/04/2014 - France - China

French customs seize record fake drugs haul from China

Ten tonnes of fake Viagra, Cialis and other medicines were part of a record seizure by French customs in the northern French port of Le Havre, it was announced Thursday.

Cheers! Xi Jinping (L) and François Hollande at the state dinner
28/03/2014 - France - China

France served China's Xi 'disgusting' state dinner, minister

The French presidential dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife was "disgusting", according to Trade Minister Nicole Bricq, caught talking to Prime Minister Jean-Marc ...

François Hollande and Xi Jinping, Elysée Palace, 26 march 2014.
27/03/2014 - France - China

Contracts signed, China's Xi Jinping due for lavish Versailles dinner

On the last day of his visit to France, Chinese leader Xi Jinping heads to the Palace of Versailles for a concert and a lavish dinner as the visit ends on a more cultural note after the commercial ...

Chinese Preisdent Xi Jinping is welcomed by French President François Hollande at the Elysee Palace, Wednesday 26 March.
26/03/2014 - France-China

After pomp and ceremony, French and Chinese leaders got down to business of nailing deals

The signing of fifty contracts representing fifty years of diplomatic relations got underway on Wednesday, with lucrative deals clinched in sectors like aeronautics and the car industry.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left.) and the French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius, at the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport, March 25 2014.
26/03/2014 - France-China

France seeks win-win partnership with China during Premier visit

As China's President arrives in Paris for the second day of a high-profile visit, French authorities will push for a rebalancing of exchanges between the two countries.

China's President Xi Jinping
25/03/2014 - France - China

France rolls out red carpet for China's Xi Jinping

China's President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive in France on Tuesday for a four-day visit, to include a state dinner in Paris and a concert at the Palace of Versailles, as the two ...