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French press review 6 December 2014

A French union leader is accused of wasting his members’ money on internal decoration. Artists take up the climate change fight. French activists demonstrate against police violence.
Goncort prize-winner Lydie Salvayre
05/11/2014 - France

Spanish civil war novel wins France’s Goncourt book prize

Former psychiatrist Lydie Salvaire has won France’s top literary prize, the Goncourt, with Pas pleurer (Don’t Cry) a novel that mixes her mother’s account of the Spanish civil war ...
Girls playing at an Internally Displaced Persons camp at the UN base in Malakal, 24 July 2014. It’s thought that 1.5 million people have been displaced by fighting.
07/08/2014 - South Sudan - Interview

Regional bloc to blame for stalling South Sudan peace talks, says rebel negotiator

South Sudanese rebels say they blame the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for the slow pace of peace talks between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.
A building after clashes between rival militias in an area at Alswani road in Tripoli
29/07/2014 - France - Libya

France to evacuate nationals from Libya

France is to evacuate its nationals from Libya as fighting between rival militias plunges the country into chaos, a government source said Tuesday. The evacuation will take place by sea.

Balaklava-clad men sing the national anthem during a pro-Ukrainian anti-separatist rally near Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery
22/06/2014 - France - Germany - Russia - Ukraine

Hollande, Merkel urge Putin to back Ukraine peace talks

French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged Russian leader Vladimir Putin to back talks between Kiev and rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) votes with his wife Asma
03/06/2014 - France - Syria

France denounces ‘phoney’ Syrian election

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday denounced the Syrian presidential election as “phoney”, claiming that it will strengthen President Bashar al-Assad in fighting ...
An Al-Shebab fighter
03/06/2014 - Report: Somalia

At least 74 dead in Somali/Ethiopian clash with Al-Shebab

At least 74 people were killed in fighting near Somalia's border with Ethiopia on Sunday, according to officials and witnesses.
Malian troops in Kidal
24/05/2014 - Mali

Tuareg rebels, Malian government sign ceasefire, agree peace talks

Mali’s three main Tuareg separatist groups have signed a ceasefire with the government – a “first step” towards political negotiations, a rebel leader told RFI on ...
Prime Minister Moussa Mara , Kidal, 17 may 2014.
19/05/2014 - France - Mali

France calls for release of Mali hostages

French president François Hollande called on Monday for the "immediate and unconditional release of Kidal's administrator and the hostages" after Saturday's deadly clashes between ...
14/05/2014 - South Sudan - Interview

South Sudan warring parties must respect ceasefire before we talk politics, says released detainee Pagan Amum

As South Sudan peace talks continue in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, former secretary general of the ruling SPLM party, Pagan Amum, told RFI on Wednesday that an agreed ceasefire must be ...