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'Air Cocaine' smuggling trial opens in the south of France

1 hour 7 min ago
A high-profile French trial over the evocatively named Air Cocaine drug smuggling scandal began Monday in Aix-en-Provence after six years in the making.

French court rules on priest's attempt to block child abuse film

10 hours 24 sec ago
A French court on Monday will decide whether to block the release of a film by acclaimed director François Ozon based on real-life victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, just two days after it picked up a prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

Carnival celebrations in Nice poke fun at world leaders

Sun, 17/02/2019 - 10:46
This year's Carnival festivities in the southern French city of Nice poked fun at world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Macron condemns anti-Semitism at ‘Yellow Vest’ protest in Paris

Sun, 17/02/2019 - 04:15
French President Emmanuel Macron condemned anti-Semitic abuse of a leading intellectual by "yellow vest" protestors and said it would not be tolerated.

Yellow Vest protests persist, three months on

Sat, 16/02/2019 - 10:45
Demonstrators are to hit French city streets again Saturday, marking three months of "yellow vest" protests as a poll now suggests that most of the country wants them to stop.

‘The climate won’t wait’: French students skip school to protest

Fri, 15/02/2019 - 22:05
Under a bright blue sky on an unseasonably warm February day, several hundred high school and university students skipped class to demonstrate in front of the French ministry for the environment in Paris.

Last call for alcohol: French winemakers prepare for ‘no-deal’ Brexit

Fri, 15/02/2019 - 13:11
French champagne house Taittinger has stepped up production as it sends more bottles to the United Kingdom in preparation for the likelihood of a “no-deal” Brexit on March 29.

Vatican envoy to France under investigation for sexual assault

Fri, 15/02/2019 - 11:22
The Vatican’s envoy to France is being investigated for sexual assault after he was accused of molesting an official at the Paris mayor’s office during a ceremony last month, a judicial source told AFP.

French 'Yellow Vest' boxer gets year-long jail sentence

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 23:45
A Paris court gave a year-long firm jail sentence on Wednesday to a former French boxing champion who was filmed raining blows on riot officers during a "yellow vest" protest last month.

Why is France facing an upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks?

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 18:12
A spate of high-profile anti-Semitic incidents has shocked France, where officials say attacks against Jews rose by 74% last year – an alarming trend experts have linked to the spread of hate speech and the tension surrounding "Yellow Vest" protests.

Spate of anti-Semitic acts sparks outrage in France

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 06:38
A tree planted in a Paris suburb in memory of a young Jewish man who was tortured to death in 2006 has been chopped down, authorities said Monday, confirming the latest in a series of anti-Semitic acts in France.

Facebook group targeting female journalists rocks French media

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 03:04
A group of young French media executives was condemned Monday for running a macho "boys' club" that harassed female colleagues online.

Ismaël Emelien, Macron’s ’closest’ advisor, announces resignation

Mon, 11/02/2019 - 21:55
Ismaël Emelien, a close aide to President Emmanuel Macron whose name has recently been linked to the so-called “Benalla Affair”, has become the latest member of the president’s entourage to announce his resignation.

'Le Crunch': England crush France in Six Nations rugby clash

Mon, 11/02/2019 - 07:25
Winger Jonny May scored a hat-trick in the first 30 minutes as a scintillating England ripped through a sorry France for a 44-8 victory at Twickenham on Sunday to put them top of the Six Nations table after two rounds.

Yellow Vests struggle to define their movement as protest turnout falls

Sun, 10/02/2019 - 15:48
Turnout at Saturday’s Yellow Vest protests fell sharply, with 51,400 attending demonstrations nationwide as opposed to 69,000 just two weeks ago. The movement is falling prey to deep internal divisions even as it seeks greater legitimacy.

French port city of Calais prepares for no-deal Brexit

Sat, 09/02/2019 - 14:49
Nearly 2 million lorries pass through the port of Calais every year. It is a vital supply route between continental Europe and the UK, and consequently the prospect of no deal Brexit is taken very seriously there. Planning started nearly a year ago, and now building work has too. The port terminal's boss, Jean-Marc Puisesseau, is adamant that they will meet the tight deadline: "on March 29, the port of Calais will be ready", he told FRANCE 24's Catherine Norris-Trent. He insists that outbound traffic will be fine as long as drivers arrive with their paperwork ready. Nevertheless, for businesses, there are still many uncertainties about how they would continue to trade with the other side of the channel in the event of a no deal outcome.

'Yellow Vest' protests show signs of splintering ahead of ‘Act 13’

Sat, 09/02/2019 - 10:41
Yellow Vests protesters will demonstrate for a 13th consecutive weekend on Saturday, with multiple rallies planned throughout France. But the latest protests are increasingly plagued by internal quarrels over how to secure more political gains.

Renault’s embattled ex-boss Ghosn ‘to reimburse’ €50,000 Versailles wedding gift

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 14:07
Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman and CEO of French carmaker Renault, on Friday announced he was willing to “reimburse” a €50,000 gift from the chateau of Versailles, reportedly linked to his lavish wedding at the royal estate.

Sexual abuse defamation trial: Former French Green Party chief regrets silence

Thu, 07/02/2019 - 17:04
Former officials of France’s Green Party (Europe Ecologie Les Verts) say they should have acted earlier on reports of sexual misconduct by an ex-lawmaker accused by six women of harassment and abuse.

France recalls Italy ambassador after worst verbal onslaught 'since the war'

Thu, 07/02/2019 - 13:10
French President Emmanuel Macron’s government recalled its ambassador to Rome on Thursday in a move unprecedented since World War Two, saying it was fed up with “repeated, baseless” attacks by Italian political leaders against France.