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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) shakes hands with Egyptian Defence minister General Sedki Sobhi (R) as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) looks on. October 10, 2015
12/10/2015 - France-Egypt-Jordan-Saudi Arabia

French PM seals ties with embarrassing Middle East allies

After Egypt and Jordan, French Prime minister Manuel Valls is due to visit Saudi Arabia on Monday for the final leg of his four-day tour of the Middle East.

Lewis Hamilton pours champagne as he celebrates his victory after the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, 11 October 2015
11/10/2015 - Formula 1

Hamilton wins in Sochi after Rosberg drops out of race

Lewis Hamilton took full advantage of his Mercedes' teammate Nico Rosberg's mechanical misfortunes to seize a commanding victory in Sunday's incident-filled Russian Grand Prix and take a massive lead ...

French weekly magazines review 11 October 2015

Air France is to pay the price for the near lynching of company official by unionists. Is Vladimir Putin’s Middle East crusade the start of WW3?

French press review 10 October 2015

New Intifada looms in the Middle East as Israel prepares to contain a wave of Palestinian stabbings, spreading fear in the country. Can Russia's offensive in Syria trigger a third World War?
The Arctic route, listener letters, and birthdays, too!
10/10/2015 - The Sound Kitchen

The Arctic route, listener letters, and birthdays, too!

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about the Arctic route. There’s the listener mailbag, a birthday musical request, and of course, the new quiz question.

French press review 9 October 2015

Russia's game change in the Middle East risks igniting major conflict in the region as the US-led coalition contemplates its response.
A file photo of a French air force Rafale fighter jet
09/10/2015 - FRANCE - RUSSIA - SYRIA

France launches more air strikes on IS targets in Syria

France has carried out a second wave of air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria, focused on the stronghold of Raqqa, as Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accuses Russia of failing to ...
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and French President François Hollande (R) meet in Paris on Friday
04/10/2015 - FRANCE - RUSSIa - SYRIa

Hollande calls on Putin to target IS in Syria air strikes

French President François Hollande has warned that a "partition of Syria" could lead to sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims across the Middle East.
French President Francois Hollande welcomes Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the Elysee Palace in Paris, 2 October 2015
02/10/2015 - Russia - France - Syria - Ukraine

Russia holding its ground in face of criticism, as Putin arrives in Paris for talks

As Russia's President Vladimir Putin met with Western leaders in Paris for the first time since Russia launched air strikes in Syria, several countries signed a statement calling on Russia to stop targeting Syrian opposition forces.

Port of Latakia
01/10/2015 - Russia - Syria

Russia’s growing involvement in Syria criticised by moderate opposition

Russia says it has employed 50 war planes and bombed Islamic State group targets in Syria. A statement from the foreign ministry says that these included a command centre and weapons depot.