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12/04/2014 - Cuba - France

French foreign minister pays rare visit to Cuba

France’s top diplomat Laurent Fabius is travelling to Cuba on Saturday, the first such visit in over three decades and a sign of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.

Manuel Valls (C) with ministers (L-R) Bernard Cazeneuve, Arnaud Montebourg, Ségolène Royal, Valls, Christiane Taubira and François Rebsamen
04/04/2014 - France

New French government meets as critics slam election setback

France's reshuffled government held its first meeting on Friday morning amid recriminations in the ruling Socialist Party over its poor showing in local council elections last weekend.

She's back - presidential candidate in 2007, Ségolène Royal becomes ecology minister, a job she held in 1992
02/04/2014 - France

New French government - Ségolène Royal in, Pierre Moscovici out

France's new prime minister, Manuel Valls, has announced his new cabinet, firing Pierre Moscovici as finance minister.

French President François Hollande (R) with Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault,
28/03/2014 - France

French government could face reshuffle after local election setback

France's Socialists are hinting at a government reshuffle after a slap in the face from the electorate in local council elections.

General secretary of the International Organization of La Francophonie, Abdou Diouf, speaking at the World forum of the French language in Quebec, 2012
20/03/2014 - France-Francophonie

France to train 100,000 African teachers to mark World Francophone Day

France has unveiled an ambitious programme to strengthen the teaching of the French language in African schools.

The annexation agreement is signed, 18/03/2014
18/03/2014 - France - Russia

France condemns Putin's Crimea annexation, mulls sanctions

French president François Hollande has condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea, declaring in a statement that France does not recognise a new status for Crimea.

Vladimir Putin at the Sochi Olympics
18/03/2014 - France - Ukraine - Russia

Putin still invited to French D-Day ceremonies despite Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin is still invited to D-day commemorations in France on 6 June despite the West's opposition to his policy towards Ukraine, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius ...

A demonstration in Donestk in favour of Crimea joining Russia
11/03/2014 - France - Ukraine - Russia

Sanctions against Russia may start this week, Fabius

Sanctions could be slapped on Russia as early as this week, French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius warned on Tuesday as the Ukraine crisis dragged on.

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (L) is welcomed by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy ahead of the Brussels emergency summit
06/03/2014 - Ukraine - France - European Union

France backs off on Russia sanctions ahead of EU Ukraine meeting

French President François Hollande took a step back from threats of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis,

Russian troops in the frontier town of Kertch
05/03/2014 - Ukraine - France - US- European Union

Lavrov, Kerry meet in Paris as France threatens Ukraine crisis sanctions on Russia

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius has threatened "significant measures" against Russia over tensions in Ukraine.