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French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem with a pupil of a school in Blois.
04/02/2016 - FRANCE - Switzerland - BELGIum - Canada

French education minister calms nation after spelling reform outcry

France's Education Minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, was obliged to calm the nation's nerves today as reports of a reform of French spelling sent panic across social media and aroused protests from ...
Benoît Violier in 2012 in front of his restaurant near Lausanne
01/02/2016 - FRANCE

Michelin guide loves Paris but Franco-Swiss chef's suicide leaves bitter taste

France's Michelin restaurant guide gave top chef Alain Ducasse a third star for one restaurant and stripped him of one for another, while adding 10 new two-star restaurants. But the ceremony took place under the cloud of Sunday's apparent suicide of Franco-Swiss chef Benoît Violier

World number one Novak Djokovic will contest his sixth final at the Australian Open.
28/01/2016 - tennis

Djokovic destroys Federer to reach Australian Open final

Top seed Novak Djokovic advanced to his sixth final at the Australian Open on Thursday with a four set win over the third seed Roger Federer.


Defending champion Novak Djokovic needed five sets to see off the Frenchman Gilles Simon.
24/01/2016 - tennis

Djokovic struggles into Australian Open quarter-final

Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the last eight of the Australian Open on Sunday but was taken to five sets by the Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Stan Wawrinka says his forehand has improved under the guidance of his coach Magnus Norman.
23/01/2016 - tennis

Wawrinka's strengths come to the fore at Australian Open

A day after his illustrious Swiss compatriot Roger Federer registered his 300th victory at a grand slam tournament, Stan Wawrinka chalked up a personal milestone by winning his 400th match on the ...
French President François Hollande at the official opening of the Unterlinden museum in Colmar, eastern France
23/01/2016 - FRANCE - Switzerland

Hollande recruits culture to anti-terrorism fight at opening of revamped Alsace museum

French President François Hollande declared culture a weapon in the fight against terrorism on Saturday when opening a revamped museum with a collection of Renaissance masterpieces in Alsace.

Maria Sharapova is seeking her second Australian Open crown.
22/01/2016 - tennis

Sharapova and Federer advance in Australia

Maria Sharapova has been at the epicentre of the women's game since she stunned Serena Williams to win Wimbledon in 2004. Her win came a day before Roger Federer collected his second title there.
21/01/2016 - FRANCE - switzerland

French tax department discovers 38,000 secret French bank accounts

According to weekly magazine Le Point on Thursday, French tax authorities have discovered 38,000 hidden accounts worth 12 billion euros in Swiss bank UBS.

Representatives from Oxfam will be attending Davos this week to press world leaders to make the changes outline in the report.
18/01/2016 - World Economics

'One per cent of the world’s richest individuals have more wealth than the other 99'

This astounding finding was published by Oxfam just days ahead of this year's World Economic Forum in Davos.
Michel Platini wants to become head of world football's governing body Fifa.
11/12/2015 - Football

Sports court upholds ban on Michel Platini

It's not quite the final whistle for former France skipper Michel Platini. He has lost an appeal to overturn a 90-day ban given to him by ethics committee of world football's governing body Fifa.