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Pope Francis takes a ride in a rickshaw during the second day of his visit to Bangladesh, in Dhaka on December 1, 2017.Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar on November 30 for the second stage of a visit that has been overshadowed by the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO

France's Macron to name PM on first full day in office

May 15, 2017 - 10:22 AM

UPDATED His choice of prime minister will be crucial for the first task with the 46 year old center right Edouard Philippe from the Republicans party seen as the favorite for the job

FIRST DAY. French president-elect Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, 2017, following the announcement of the results of the second round of the French presidential election. Photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

Hollande makes emotional final foreign stop in Berlin

May 09, 2017 - 7:25 AM

Outgoing French President Francois Hollande makes an emotional final foreign trip to Berlin ahead of the transfer of power to his successor Emmanuel Macron next week

FINAL MEETING. German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets outgoing French President Francois Hollande at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 8, 2017, the day after the French election. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Datangi TPS, warga Perancis pilih presiden baru melalui pemilu

May 08, 2017 - 12:23 AM

Warga Perancis diminta memilih satu dari dua kandidat yang ada yakni Emmanuel Macron dan Marine Le Pen

PILIHAN. Kombinasi foto yang diabadikan pada 23 April 2017 menunjukkan dua kandidat Presiden Perancis, Emmanuel Macron (kiri) dan Marina Le Pen (kanan). Foto oleh Joel Saget dan Eric Feferberg/AFP

Kunjungi Indonesia, Presiden Perancis benamkan investasi 2,6 miliar dollar

Mar 29, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Presiden Hollande juga sepakat untuk mendukung sertifikasi bagi produk kelapa sawit dari Indonesia

KUNJUNGAN KENEGARAAN. Presiden Joko Widodo (kanan) memberi keterangan pers bersama Presiden Republik Perancis Francois Hollande (kiri) saat kunjungan kenegaraan di Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Rabu, 29 Maret. Foto diambil dari akun @setkabgoid

Paris airport attacker said he was 'ready to die for Allah'

Mar 18, 2017 - 6:59 PM

UPDATED The incident comes as France remains on high alert following a series of jihadist attacks that have claimed more than 230 lives since January 2015

SHOOTING. Travellers are evacuated from Paris' Orly airport on March 18, 2017 following the shooting of a man by French security forces. Photo by Benjamin CREMEL / AFP

Hollande voices fear of cyberattacks in French vote

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:52 PM

Hollande who is not himself seeking re election did not say what kind of threat the two stage April 23 May 7 presidential election faces nor did he point the finger at any group or country

FRANCOIS HOLLANDE. French President Francois Hollande walks at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris after a cabinet meeting on February 15, 2017.  Photo by Stephane de Sakutin/ AFP

EU leaders vow 'firm' response to Trump

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:41 AM

French President Francois Hollande vows a firm response to a growing list of pronouncements by the maverick tycoon including his encouragement for Brexit and suspension of all refugee arrivals

French President Francois Hollande speaks to the press at the Southern EU countries summit held at Belem cultural center in Lisbon on January 28, 2017. Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Trump vows better Russia ties, reassures NATO allies

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:33 AM

The conversations gives the US president an early opportunity to explain new policies that have baffled and unnerved much of the rest of the world – particularly his order to temporarily halt all refugee arrivals and those of travelers from 7 Muslim majority nations

US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin from the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Hollande says Trump rule poses 'challenges' for Europe

Jan 27, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Let s speak very frankly there are challenges there are the challenges the US administration poses to our trade rules as well as to our ability to resolve conflicts around the world Hollande says in Berlin

HOLLANDE AND MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French President Francois Hollande attend a joint press conference prior to talks in the chancellery in Berlin on January 27, 2017.  Photo by Adam Berry/AFP

Africa, France battling same threat, Hollande says in Mali

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The terrorists who attack our land who commit acts on our soil are allied with those who are in the Levant in Iraq and Syria but here as well in the Sahel says French President Francois Hollande

'SAME FIGHT.' French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech to the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Africa's Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali on January 13, 2017. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

EU extends sanctions against Russia for 6 months

Dec 19, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The sanctions target the financial energy and defense sectors and items that could be used for both industrial and military means

EXTENDING SANCTIONS. German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, is seen leaving at the end of a European Union Summit held at the EU Council building in Brussels on December 15, 2016. Photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

French PM Valls joins presidential race

Dec 06, 2016 - 7:46 AM

Manuel Valls says his candidacy is a revolt against the idea that the left has been disqualified

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls gestures after delivering a speech to announce his bid to become the Socialist presidential candidate in the 2017 presidential elections, at the town hall of Evry, south of Paris, on December 5, 2016. Bertrand Guay/AFP

French leftwing field wide open after Hollande bows out

Dec 02, 2016 - 10:25 AM

UPDATED French President Francois Hollande says he would not seek re election next April bowing to historic low approval ratings

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the plenary session of the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, on November 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG

Sarkozy knocked out of French presidential race

Nov 21, 2016 - 8:46 AM

Ex president Nicolas Sarkozy is beaten into third place after a stunning upset by Francois Fillon who served as his prime minister with the veteran Alain Juppe finishing second

OUT. Former French President and candidate for the French right-wing presidential primary Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech at his campaign headquarters after the vote's first round, on November 20, 2016 in Paris. Ian Langsdon/Pool/AFP

3-way race as French right holds presidential primary

Nov 20, 2016 - 2:47 PM

The US style primary is the first such contest by the French right organized partly in response to the rise of the far right National Front FN

People wave French flags during a public meeting for one of the candidates for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party primary ahead of the 2017 presidential election in Nice on November 15, 2016. Valery Hache/AFP

Worried European leaders look to Obama for Trump clues

Nov 18, 2016 - 3:48 PM

There s something about the solemn responsibilities of that office that forces you to focus that demands seriousness says US President Barack Obama

FAREWELL TOUR. US President Barack Obama pauses while delivering a speech at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on November 16, 2016 in Athens, Greece. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

France marks one year since Paris attacks

Nov 13, 2016 - 12:06 PM

3rd UPDATE French President Francois Hollande unveils plaques at sites across the city that were attacked by the Islamic State

French President Francois Hollande (L) and Paris' Mayor Anne Hidalgo unveil a commemorative plaque at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 13, 2016, during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Paris terror attacks. 130 people were killed on November 13, 2015 by gunmen and suicide bombers from the Islamic State (IS) group in a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris.    / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Christophe Petit Tesson

France's Hollande warns UK's May of 'hard' Brexit talks

Oct 21, 2016 - 9:16 AM

I have said it very clearly: Madame Theresa May wants a hard Brexit? Then talks will be hard too says French President Francois Hollande

'HARD' BREXIT? France's President Francois Hollande (L) talks to Britain's Prime minister Theresa May (R) as Luxembourg's Prime minister Xavier Bettel (C) looks on, during a European Union leaders summit on October 20, 2016 at the European Council, in Brussels. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Russia's Aleppo ceasefire begins but clashes erupt

Oct 20, 2016 - 1:42 PM

UPDATED Russia has said the pause will continue until at least 1600 GMT and could be extended The Syrian army has said it will last 3 days

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Hollande to honor Nice attack victims 3 months on

Oct 15, 2016 - 1:16 PM

The homage to the dead as well as more than 400 injured in the July 14 attack has been postponed until a day after the 3 month anniversary because of storms in the region

TRIBUTE. French President Francois Hollande will take part on October 14, 2016 in a national tribute to victims in Nice, three months after the Bastille Day truck attack. File photo by Eric Gaillard/AFP

Russia renews heavy bombing of Syria's Aleppo

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin meanwhile cancels a planned trip to Paris in a row over the violence in Syria

A picture shows desruction as Syrian pro-government forces advance in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha neighborhood on October 6, 2016. AFP PHOTO

France's Hollande warns Britain must pay the price for Brexit

Oct 07, 2016 - 4:00 PM

He calls for firmness by the EU powers in Brexit negotiations to avoid the risk that other countries might seek to follow Britain s lead and leave the bloc

'PAY THE PRICE.' French president Francois Hollande delivers a speech in Paris on September 1, 2016. File photo by Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

Calais camp must be dismantled – France's Hollande

Sep 26, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Hollande on his first visit to Calais as president also called on Britain to play its part in resolving the migrant crisis

In this file photo, migrants from the 'Jungle' migrant camp who have been denied access to a bus heading to a 'Welcome and orientation centre' (CAO) are pictured, on September 13, 2016 in Calais. Philippe Huguen/AFP/File

EU leaders seek unity after Brexit at Bratislava summit

Sep 16, 2016 - 1:42 PM

EU President Donald Tusk says on the summit eve that the leaders must have a sober and brutally honest assessment of the situation

AFTER BREXIT. (L-R) President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, Speaker of the Slovak Parliament Andrej Danko, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak pose for a group photo before their informal dinner on the eve of the European Union summit at the Bratislava Castle in the Slovak capital on September 15, 2016. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Merkel, Hollande seek new EU 'roadmap' at summit

Sep 15, 2016 - 9:51 PM

We must protect our external borders and we must provide a common response Merkel stresses adding that Europe needed to address citizens concerns in order to remain a continent of hope

A CONTINENT OF HOPE. French President Francois Hollande (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel address a joint press conference following a working meeting at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on September 15, 2016, a day ahead of a EU summit in Bratislava. Philippe Wojazer/ AFP

France's Hollande would face wipeout in vote – survey

Sep 07, 2016 - 9:43 AM

Already France s least loved president Hollande would be routed in the first round of voting the survey for newspaper Le Figaro and TV news channel LCI says

French president Francois Hollande delivers a speechin Paris on September 1, 2016. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

'Big 3' leaders insist EU not finished after Brexit

Aug 23, 2016 - 7:06 AM

The leaders of France Italy and Germany vowed to strengthen the European project following the Brexit vote

UNITED FRONT. (From L) French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give a joint press conference aboard of the Garibaldi navy on the harbor of Italian island of Ventotene, on August 22, 2016. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Sarkozy announces new bid for French presidency

Aug 23, 2016 - 12:01 AM

The next 5 years will be filled with danger but also with hope writes Sarkozy who makes no secret of his ambition to reconquer the top office

NICOLAS SARKOZY. This file photo taken on February 13, 2016 shows Former French president and Les Republicains (LR) right-wing main opposition party's leader Nicolas Sarkozy giving a speech during the LR National Council in Paris. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Italy, France, Germany tackle EU future on symbolic island

Aug 22, 2016 - 11:43 AM

Europe s economic outlook jihadist attacks the refugee and migrant drama the Syrian conflict and relations with Russia and Turkey will all be on the table on the lush Italian island of Ventotene

In this file photo, (L-R) French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi address a press conference ahead of talks following the Brexit referendum at the chancellery in Berlin, on June 27, 2016. John Macdougall/AFP

Pope meets French President after priest murder

Aug 18, 2016 - 8:59 AM

Hollande says France has been very grateful for the Pope s solidarity following the killing of 85 year old priest Jacques Hamel by two teenagers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State ISIS group

A handout picture provided by L'Osservatore Romano Press Office on 17 August 2016 shows French President Francois Hollande (R) during his visit with Pope Francis (C) in the Vatican, August 17, 2016. L'Osservatore Romano Press Office/Handout/EPA

Church attacker threatens France in new video

Jul 29, 2016 - 9:30 AM

In the video Abdel Malik Petitjean makes threats against France and directly addresses French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls

HOSTAGE-TAKING. A municipal police vehicle blocks an underpass leading to the scene of a hostage taking incident in Saint Etienne du Rouvray, near Rouen, France, July 26, 2016. Photo by Alice Patalacci/EPA

French jihadist attacks church while under house arrest

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:18 PM

3rd UPDATE President Francois Hollande says the two men who stormed a church before killing the elderly Catholic priest claimed allegiance to ISIS before being shot dead by police

HOSTAGE-TAKING. A municipal police vehicle blocks an underpass leading to the scene of a hostage taking incident in Saint Etienne du Rouvray, near Rouen, France, July 26, 2016. Photo by Alice Patalacci/EPA

France truck attack was planned for months, with accomplices

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The revelations come as government continues to be plagued by questions over possible security failings prompting authorities to launch an investigation into potential oversights

SILENCE. In this file photo, French soldiers patrol in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral during a minute of silence held for the victims of the recent attack in Nice. File photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

May to thrash out Brexit roadmap in Berlin, Paris talks

Jul 20, 2016 - 10:24 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May will plunge straight into laying out the Brexit groundwork in talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande

British Prime Minister Theresa May (4th L) chairs her first Cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street in London on July 19, 2016. Dan Kitwood/Pool/AFP

France National Assembly votes to extend state of emergency

Jul 20, 2016 - 9:17 AM

UPDATED It is the fourth time that parliament has proposed prolonging the state of emergency and the move now needs to be approved by the Senate

A picture taken on July 15, 2016 shows the French National Assembly illuminated with the colors of the French National flag in tribute for the victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice in Paris. Matthieu Alexandre/AFP

Attacker staked out Nice site, accomplice suspected

Jul 17, 2016 - 10:05 PM

3rd UPDATE Seven people are now being held over the carnage

epa05429146 A slow shutter-speed picture taken 16 July 2016 shows two young women as they hold each other in tears near the site of a casualty, flags flying half-mast in the background, on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. According to reports at least 84 people died and many were injured after a truck drove into the crowd on the famous promenade during celebrations of Bastille Day in Nice, late 14 July. EPA/IAN LANGSDON (ALTERNATIVE IMAGE REPEAT)

ISIS klaim bertanggung jawab serangan teror truk di Nice Perancis

Jul 17, 2016 - 4:13 PM

Intelijen Perancis tidak menemukan kaitan pelaku dengan kelompok ekstremis manapun

SERANGAN TRUK. Petugas polisi berjaga di dekat truk usai kendaraan tersebut menabrak kerumunan warga di saat mereka tengah merayakan Hari Bastille di Nice, Perancis pada Kamis, 14 Juli. Foto oleh Franck Fernandes/EPA

France mourns 84 dead in truck attack, motives probed

Jul 16, 2016 - 3:11 PM

France begins a period of national mourning for the 84 people killed in the attack as investigators try to establish if the attacker was motivated by radical Islam

This photo taken on July 15, 2016 in Nice, shows a French flag at a make-shift memorial for victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Duterte condemns 'terrorist act' in France

Jul 16, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Duterte says We join the rest of the world in mourning and express our solidarity with France against terrorists against what is fundamentally evil

TRUCK ATTACK. Police officers and rescue workers stand near a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. Photo by Valery Hache/

Somber Hollande denounces third 'terrorist' act in 18 months

Jul 15, 2016 - 12:11 PM

There was a sense of deja vu in France as the visibly moved president took to the airwaves to address a nation once again in mourning

This still image from a BFM TV telecast shows French President Francois Hollande speaking about the attack in Nice on July 14, 2016 in Elysee, Paris. BFM TV/Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

France to extend state of emergency by 3 months following Nice attack

Jul 15, 2016 - 10:51 AM

France will mobilize 10 000 soldiers French President Francois Hollande says

STATE OF EMERGENCY. Wounded people are evacuated by emergency teams from the scene where a truck crashed into the crowd during the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France, July 14, 2016. Photo by Olivier Anrigo/EPA

Tear gas, scuffles mar latest Paris anti-labor reforms protest

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:50 AM

UPDATED Police arrest 38 people as workers hold their 11th demonstration against proposed labor reforms

epa05396453 Protesters of the French workers unions participate in a national demonstration against the Labor Law reform in Paris, France, 28 June 2016. Labor unions demonstrate during a national protest across France against employment law reforms in the so-called El Khomri bill. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Britain wins Brexit breathing space at gloomy EU summit

Jun 28, 2016 - 8:29 AM

3rd UPDATE Donald Tusk agrees to give Britain time for the dust to settle but Jean Claude Juncker warns the country does not have months to meditate

epa05395855 British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) prior to a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 28 June 2016. EU leaders meet in Brussels on 28 June for the first time since the British referendum, in which 51.9 percent voted to leave the European Union (EU). EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

European leaders to discuss EU future after Brexit shock

Jun 25, 2016 - 2:09 PM

The foreign ministers of the 6 founding members of the European Union begin a series of crisis meetings over the coming week in the aftermath of Brexit

BREXIT. A Union Jack flag flutters next to European Union flags ahead a visits of the British Prime Minister David Cameron at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on January 29. File photo by Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Hollande to visit Berlin 'whatever happens' with Brexit

Jun 23, 2016 - 2:00 AM

Francois Hollande: Whatever happens I will be in Germany next week to work towards relaunching the European project

HOLLANDE. French President Francois Hollande (R) and Swedish Prime Minister Stefen Lofven (L) shake hands during a joint press conference after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 22, 2016. Photo by Jeremy Lempin/EPA

Last push for votes as EU leaders warn over Brexit

Jun 23, 2016 - 1:01 AM

UPDATED Opinion polls indicate a tiny lead for the Remain camp led by Prime Minister David Cameron The result is too close to call however and his own career is on the line

STAY OR GO? British Labor party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech at a 'Vote Remain' event in London, Britain, 22 June 2016. Photo by Will Oliver/EPA

France becomes first major nation to ratify UN climate deal

Jun 15, 2016 - 5:42 PM

UPDATED But French President Francois Hollande says the UN deal will not come into force unless at least 55 countries responsible for at least 55 of global greenhouse gas emissions ratify it

RATIFIED. (L-R) French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, French President Francois Hollande, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal and French Minister for the Overseas Territories George Pau-Langevin attend the ratification ceremony of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France June 15 2016. Jacky Naegelen/Pool/EPA

French president threatens ban on demos after Paris violence

Jun 15, 2016 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED Earlier a defiant Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the government will stand firm on labor reforms despite the mass protests against them

AFLAME. Bikes burn as police officers clash with demonstrators during a protest against the French government's planned labour law reforms, on June 14, 2016 in Paris. Alain Jocard/AFP

France train chaos as labor unrest spreads

Jun 01, 2016 - 4:11 PM

UPDATED Railway workers go on strike for the 8th time in 3 months and vow to continue until their demands are met

EMPTY. A passenger walks on June 1, 2016 at the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, at the start of a strike by employees of French state-owned rail operator SNCF to protest against government labour reforms. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP