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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives for a news conference, Tehran, Iran, 17 January 2016
18/01/2016 - FRANCE - IRAN

Iran’s president to visit France next week

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is to visit France next week. It’s his first trip to Europe after sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme were lifted on Saturday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R)  with Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim Jafari earlier this month
17/01/2016 - FRANCE - IRAN

French companies pitch for Iran business as nuclear sanctions lifted

French companies are hoping to do business with Iran again after the lifting of European sanctions thanks to a long-awaited nuclear deal with global powers.
Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso votes in the country's referendum on October 25. Tanzanian leader Jakaya Kikwete at the UN General assembly, September 27, 2015.
26/10/2015 - Congo-Tanzania

Why some African leaders cling to power, whilst others walk away

Following a weekend of elections on the African Continent, analysts are drawing parallels between Congo-Brazzaville and Tanzania even before results are announced.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will be in Iran on Wednesday
28/07/2015 - FRANCE - IRAN

Bad blood between France's Fabius and hardliners in Iran

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius's visit to Iran on Wednesday will be a key test of the relationship between Tehran and Paris, French President Francois Hollande says, as hardliners in Iran ...
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva in November 2013
15/07/2015 - FRANCE - IRAN

France's Fabius to visit Iran after nuclear deal sealed

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius says he has accepted the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to go to Iran soon, as Tehran is set to reopen for business after ...
Total's oil exploration in Western Sahara illegal, says Sahrawis
09/06/2015 - Spotlight on Africa

Total's oil exploration in Western Sahara illegal, says Sahrawis

In the Western Sahara, Total, the French oil and petroleum company, have returned to the occupied territory of the Western Sahara to look for oil through contracts signed with the Moroccan ...
The late CEO Christophe de Margerie, seen here at the Elysée palace, denied that Total had paid bribes in the case before his death last month
26/11/2014 - France - Iran - US

France investigates oil giant Total for ‘corruption’ in Iranian contracts

French oil giant Total is under criminal investigation for alleged corruption of foreign officials in contracts with Iranian companies in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it was revealed on ...
The late Total boss Christophe de Margerie
30/10/2014 - France - Russia

Russia charges second air traffic controller over Total boss’s deadly plane crash

A second air traffic controller has been charged in connection with the crash that killed Total boss Christophe de Margerie, along with two pilots and a flight attendant.
Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie
27/10/2014 - France - Russia

Hollande, Qatar emir attend Total boss funeral in Paris

President Hollande and the Emir of Qatar attended the funeral in Paris on Monday of Christophe de Margerie, the boss of the Total oil company, who was killed in a plane crash in Russia last ...
Total named Thierry Desmarest (left) and Patrick Pouyanne (right) as the new chairman and new CEO respetively
22/10/2014 - France - Russia

French oil giant Total names new bosses

The company named a new chairman and a new CEO on Wednesday following the death of its chief executive Christophe de Margerie in a plane crash in Moscow.