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Star footballer joins row after French scientists suggest testing virus vaccine in Africa

Apr 04, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Former international football star Didier Drogba joins lawyers and a French anti-racism organization in criticizing the two scientists

Members of the Libyan Red Crescent disinfect a street in the centre of the capital Tripoli on April 1, 2020, as a measure to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease, on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

France urges debt freeze for poor countries hit by pandemic

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:35 PM

'We have the responsibility of avoiding a drama in developing nations, especially in Africa,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire

LONG LINES. Customers stand in a queue outside Makro in Pretoria East, South Africa on March 24, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Cycling shutdown extended, Tour de France dates remain

Apr 02, 2020 - 3:27 PM

There's no postponing the Tour de France just yet

DEFENDING CHAMP. Colombia's Egan Bernal (left) of Team Ineos wears the overall leader's yellow jersey as he passes with the pack past the pyramid of The Louvre Museum in the 106th edition of the Tour de France cycling race last year. Photo by Philippe Wojazer/AFP

Europe coronavirus death toll tops 30,000

Apr 01, 2020 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) Most of the fatalities come from Italy and Spain

PREPARED. A nurse puts on her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before starting to work on the preparation of the intensive care unit in the new Covid-19 Hospital on March 29, 2020 in Verduno, near Alba, Northwestern Italy. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

French auto sales plummet on coronavirus shock

Apr 01, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'It is historic. We have never seen a fall like this,' says Francois Roudier, spokesman for the French auto manufacturers' committee

This photograph taken on March 16, 2020 shows cars parked at the French car maker PSA Mulhouse plant, in Sausheim, eastern France, as protective measures are taken in France against the spread of the COVID-19. - PSA and other european automakers began shutting down factories on March 16, 2020 as governments impose confinement and other measures to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, which is expected to take a heavy toll on national economies. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

France reports record 499 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:22 AM

The French death toll includes only those who died in hospital and not those who died at home or in old people's homes

WAITING. A woman sits on the stairs of the Sacre Coeur Basilica in the touristic district of Montmartre in Paris on March 31, 2020 on the 15th day of a strict lockdown in France. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Europe sends medical gear to Iran in first sanction-bypass deal

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:23 PM

'France, Germany and the United Kingdom confirm that Instex has successfully concluded its first transaction, facilitating the export of medical goods from Europe to Iran,' says the German foreign ministry

CHECK. Members of the Iranian Red Crescent test people for COVID-19 symptoms, as police blocked Tehran to Alborz highway to check every car following orders by the Iranian government, outside Tehran on March 26, 2020. File photo by AFP

'When I wake I cry': The hell doctors, nurses face on France's virus front line

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:55 PM

'Waking up this morning I cried. I cried eating breakfast. I cried getting ready... in the hospital locker room, I dried my tears. I breathed in. The people in the hospital beds are crying too, and it is I who am there to dry their tears.'

REST. A medic takes a break at the emergency department of the Louis Pasteur Hospital in Colmar, eastern France, on March 26, 2020, on the tenth day of a strict lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP

France urges companies to not pay dividends

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'We also won't tolerate companies buying back shares.... Share buybacks are not compatible with support from the state treasury,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire

CORONAVIRUS. Tourists wearing a protective face mask amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus walk at the Pyramide du louvre area on February 28, 2020 in Paris. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Selfless until the end: Dr Rosalinda Pulido's calling to help others

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The 46-year-old doctor didn't hesitate to join frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus

Photos from Ana Evangelista, Donabel Palmes-Virtucio, and Rose Pulido

France steps up coronavirus evacuations from packed hospitals

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:08 PM

There are at least 4,300 coronavirus patients in intensive care in France

Hit list: What's next in line for possible coronavirus postponement

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Here are the upcoming major competitions that will likely be delayed or canceled altogether due to the worldwide health crisis

Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) shakes hands and embraces Spain's Rafael Nadal (L) after Federer won their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as British PM tests positive

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:01 AM

Italy reports 969 new deaths, Spain 769 deaths, and France 299 deaths as Europe reels from a crisis that leads the United States to finalize an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package

CORONAVIRUS IN ITALY. Sister Angel Bipendu 46, a doctor with the USCA special care unit of ATS Bergamo goes on a home visit, near Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP

16-year-old among virus dead in France's highest daily toll

Mar 27, 2020 - 11:59 AM

'It's unbearable,' the girl's mother says. 'We were meant to have an ordinary life.'

CARE. Nurse Sarah Daghsen attends to a coronavirus patient in the intensive care unit of Hopital Bichat AP-HP in Paris on March 13, 2020. Photo by Anne Chaon/AFP

House, Senate dissenters: 'Emergency actions, not powers' needed vs coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Only 10 legislators – 9 from the House and 1 in the Senate – opposed the bill giving President Rodrigo Duterte at least 27 'special' powers vs to address the COVID-19 crisis

DISSENTERS. (From L-R, starting upper row) Senator Risa Hontiveros, and Representatives Gabriel Bordado, Edcel Lagman, Manuel Cabochan III, Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, France Castro, Ferdinand Gaite, Eufemia Cullamat, and Carlos Zarate. Photos by Rappler and courtesy of

Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga to produce coronavirus masks

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:51 AM

The French design houses are shifting their attention from high fashion to producing surgical face masks to aid the coronavirus pandemic

Emergency 'triage' takes on grim urgency as virus strains hospitals

Mar 22, 2020 - 11:46 PM

Medics in Italy are already faced with grave choices over which patients to save and other countries are bracing for surging numbers of desperately ill patients

Iran frees French researcher in apparent prisoner swap

Mar 21, 2020 - 4:55 PM

President Emmanuel Macron confirms the release of Roland Marchal, a researcher imprisoned in Iran since June 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ludovic MARIN

Cannes film festival postponed to survive coronavirus pandemic

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:27 PM

The Cannes film festival will not take place as planned in May, with its directors looking at postponing it until late June

Coronavirus doom means boom for pasta makers

Mar 19, 2020 - 10:35 PM

French and Italian companies say demand for pasta has surged, as consumers stock up while on lockdown

A man wearing a face mask buys pasta in a supermarket on March 16, 2020, in Pfastatt, eastern France, as people stock up on goods amid the outbreak of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. - The French president is due to address the nation on the evening of March 16, with many expecting him to unveil more strict home confinement rules in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading. France has closed down all schools, theatres, cinemas and a range of shops, with only those selling food and other essential items allowed to remain open. The balance sheet of the epidemic climbed to 127 dead and 5,423 confirmed cases in France. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

Let them eat bread! French hoard baguettes in coronavirus lockdown

Mar 19, 2020 - 2:06 PM

While others are stockpiling toilet paper and pasta, the French are thronging bakeries for baguettes, in fear of a shortage of their daily bread

France vows 45 billion euros for economic 'war' on coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 7:30 AM

'This war will require us to mobilize all our forces,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire

(FILES) People coming from China leave the Terminal after landing in Charles De Gaulle Airport on January 26, 2020. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

G7 pledge to 'do whatever it takes' to safeguard economy

Mar 17, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States 'resolve to coordinate achieve strong growth in the G7 economies'

In this handout photograph received by Jiji Press and released by Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) speaks from Tokyo with other G7 leaders during a video conference late on March 16, 2020. - Leaders of the G7 industrial powerhouses pledged on march 16 to join forces to halt economic freefall in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which they called "a human tragedy." (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / Japan OUT / --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JAPAN'S CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

France slaps Apple with record $1.2 billion fine

Mar 16, 2020 - 7:07 PM

France's competition authority says it found Apple acted to prevent independent retailers in France from competing on price and abused its economic power over them

APPLE FINED. This illustration picture shows the US multinational technology company Apple logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

French priest gets 5-year jail term for sex assault of boy scouts

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The 5-year jail term is less than the 8 years sought by prosecutors, who accused ex-priest Bernard Preynat of 'shattering' his victims' lives and profiting from the silence of both parents and the Church hierarchy

BERNARD PREYNAT. French former priest accused on sexual assaults Bernard Preynat leaves Lyon's courthouse, southeastern France, on January 17, 2020 at the end of his trial. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Perfume giant LVMH to make hand sanitizer for French hospitals

Mar 16, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Instead of making the usual Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy scents, LVMH will produce hand sanitizer to be given for free to hospitals in France

LVMH Chairman and Chief Executive, Bernard Arnault, addresses the presentation of the group's 2019 results at LVMH headquarters in Paris, on January 28, 2020. - French luxury goods giant LVMH posted record 2019 sales of more than 50 billion euros on January 28, 2020, and said it would strive to stretch its lead in the global market this year. (Photo by ERIC PIERMONT / AFP)

Disney closes U.S. and Paris theme parks, delays film releases over coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:13 PM

Disney's giant theme parks in Florida, California, and Paris will be shut at least until the end of March

Coronavirus a 'catastrophe' for Paris tourist industry

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Hotels and restaurants across Paris are hit hard by fears over the novel coronavirus

People wear a protective facemask as they walk in front the Eiffel tower, in Paris, on March 12, 2020 during a world COVID-19 outbreak. - The novel coronavirus "is a controllable pandemic" if countries step up measures to tackle it, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said March 12, 2020. More than 4,500 people have died, according to an AFP tally, while the WHO said some 125,000 cases had been reported from 118 countries and territories. The pandemic has disrupted cultural and sporting events around the world as authorities try to prevent large gatherings. (Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP)

Actor Max von Sydow dies in France at 90

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:41 PM

(UPDATED) The actor has appeared in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' movie and and 'Game of Thrones'

Swedish actor Max von Sydow poses on May 14, 2016 as he arrives for the screening of the film "The BFG" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

France bans gatherings of 1,000 over coronavirus, 2 more MPs infected

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:35 AM

France is preparing to transition to its third level of alert, which would include school closures and public transport suspensions

CORONAVIRUS. Tourists wearing a protective face mask amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus walk at the Pyramide du louvre area on February 28, 2020 in Paris. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

For French hand gel producer, an opportunity and challenge

Mar 07, 2020 - 4:10 PM

French company Laboratoires Gilbert sells 1.7 million bottles of hand sanitizer in the last 6 weeks compared with 800,000 for all of 2019

An employee of the pharmaceutical laboratory "Laboratoires Gilbert" monitors a production chain of hydroalcoholic solution in Plouedern, northwestern France on March 4, 2020 as France has confirmed 204 cases of the novel coronavirus. - Fears of catching the virus have sparked a run on masks as well as sanitising hand gel in France, leading some stores and online retailers to hike prices. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said earlier on March 4, 2020 that he had ordered France's consumer and anti-fraud watchdog to open an investigation after reports that prices had doubled or even tripled. (Photo by Loic VENANCE / AFP)

French cardinal exits over failure to report alleged sex abuser

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin is the most senior French priest to be caught up in a global pedophilia scandal that has seen clergy hauled before courts from Argentina to Australia

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on January 7, 2019 Lyon archbishop, cardinal Philippe Barbarin gestures as he arrives in Lyon court to attend his trial charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

French gov't wins key victory for controversial pensions overhaul

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Trade unions and opposition parties slam the move as anti-democratic, but their calls for fresh protests against a bill that triggered the crippling French transport strike this winter went largely unheeded

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. French Junior Minister for Pension Reform Laurent Pietraszewski, French Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud, French Government's spokesperson Sibeth Ndiaye listen as French Prime Minister addresses the French National Assembly on March 3, 2020 in Paris, during a vote of no-confidence in the government filled by several opposition parties over its decision to use a rarely used decree, French constitution's article 49-3, to force its controversial pension overhaul through parliament. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Romanians who scammed $1 million in diamonds jailed in France

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:08 PM

The 3 Romanians caught by police are sentenced to 4 years in prison. A fourth member of the gang – given 5 years in jail – is still on the run and is subject to an international arrest warrant.

Coronavirus could push airlines to merge, says Air France-KLM chief

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:40 AM

Air France-KLM head Benjamin Smith says the novel coronavirus may 'accelerate consolidation' of 'weak carriers around the world'

'CHALLENGING' MARKET. Air France-KLM faces challenges such as rising fuel costs. File photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

France shuts dozens of schools in bid to contain coronavirus

Mar 03, 2020 - 6:34 PM

Both primary and secondary schools have been shut in the Oise department north of Paris, where the main cluster of French cases has emerged

PRECAUTION. Students and their parents arrive at the Jean-de-la-Fontaine school in Crepy-en-Valois (Oise), northern France, while tests are carried out on March 3, 2020, at the establishment for the coronavirus following the death of a 60-year-old teacher who worked at the school. Photo by Francois Nascimbeni/AFP

Injury forces Madonna to cancel Paris concert

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:50 AM

An announcement from Grand Rex did not say whether the 61-year-old star would be able to perform her other shows booked there

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 04: Madonna speaks onstage during the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards New York at New York Hilton Midtown on May 04, 2019 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GLAAD/AFP

Iran open to 'any initiative' after talks to save nuclear deal

Feb 26, 2020 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) A diplomat says no timetable has been fixed for solving the dispute, adding 'we are still far from a result'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on December 23, 2019, shows the nuclear water reactor of Arak, south of capital Tehran, during a visit by the head of the organization Ali Akbar Salehi. AFP PHOTO/HO/ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION OF IRAN

Paris cheers Naomi Campbell and Nigeria's rising fashion star Kenneth Ize

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:40 PM

' She is my fairy godmother,' says Kenneth Ize of the British supermodel, who walked on his show in Paris

Paris braces for tourism hit as virus keeps Chinese at home

Feb 25, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Among tourists, the Chinese are the 2nd biggest spenders in Paris. But tour groups are canceling left and right due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Asian tourists wear protective masks they pose for a picture in a street of Paris on January 31, 2020. - The new coronavirus announced late December has claimed 213 lives, infected nearly 10,000 people in China, spread to 25 countries and is now classed as a global emergency. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)

France begins shutting down oldest nuclear plant

Feb 22, 2020 - 4:32 PM

The plant will be fully decommissioned by 2040 at the earliest

This aerial picture taken on February 20, 2020, shows Fessenheim nuclear powerplant in Fessenheim, eastern France. - France will start closing its oldest atomic power plant after 43 years in operation, the first in a series of reactor shutdowns but hardly a signal the country will reduce its reliance on nuclear energy anytime soon. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

France steps up probe into Ghosn's Versailles wedding

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is suspected of wrongly obtaining use of the Palace of Versailles

GHOSN. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves his lawyers' offices after he was released earlier in the day from a detention centre after posting bail in Tokyo on March 6, 2019. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

French MPs launch debate of controversial pensions overhaul

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:17 AM

Unions are up in arms over President Emmanuel Macron's bid to fuse France's 42 retirement schemes into a single system, which they say will force millions to work longer

PROTEST. Protestors wave flares and hold a sign that reads in French 'No to work to perpetuity' on January 9, 2020. Photo by Sebastien Salom-Gomis/AFP

New China virus cases drop for third day as toll passes 1,600

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:27 AM

(4th UPDATE) The World Health Organization chief warns, however, that it is 'impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take'

COVID-19 PREVENTION. A couple wears face masks as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, as they walk along the promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong on February 14, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

France says it won't bar Huawei from 5G network

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:21 PM

'There is no discrimination towards Huawei... No, Huawei will not be excluded from the 5G in France,' Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says

Group evacuated from China to France test negative for coronavirus

Feb 03, 2020 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'All these tests were negative and so all these persons were able to go to the (two) centers' south of France where they will remain in quarantine for 14 days, junior health minister Adrien Taquet says

CHECKING FOR VIRUSES. This handout photo taken and released by the French Defence Audiovisual Production and Communication Unit (ECPAD) on February 2, 2020, shows passengers being checked as they disembark from a plane carrying French citizens flown out of the coronavirus hot-zone in Wuhan, upon their arrival at the Istres-Le Tube Air Base in Istres, southeastern France. Handout photo by ECPAD/AFP

Q&A: Evacuations from China's virus-hit Wuhan

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:40 PM

How are airlines preventing infection? What happens to the foreigners left behind?

ESCAPE. In this file photo taken on January 22, 2020, passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Court clears French cardinal of shielding alleged pedophile priest

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The trial court rules that Cardinal Philippe Barbarin chose not to tell the authorities of the abuse allegations 'in order to preserve the institution to which he belongs'

CLEARED. File photo of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (right), the former Archbishop of Lyon. Photo by Jeff Pachoud

French writer 'regrets' his pedophile sex tourism in Asia

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Matzneff never made any secret of his sexual preference for adolescent girls and boys and it did not stop him winning the Renaudot prize in 2013

France bans live shredding of male chicks, piglet castration without anesthesia

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Unwanted as they provide neither meat nor eggs, male chicks are ground up alive, gassed, electrocuted, or asphyxiated in plastic bags

BABIES. Chicks sit in a pen during the 33rd International Livestock Trade Fair in Bruz, a suburb of Rennes, western France, on September 10, 2019. (Photo by Sebastien Salom-Gomis/AFP