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Japanese chef makes history as he joins France's Michelin elite

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:00 AM

Chef Kei Kobayashi becomes the first Japanese chef ever to win the maximum 3 Michelin stars in France, the highest distinction in French cooking

France to fly home citizens from China's virus-stricken Wuhan

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The repatriation, via a direct flight to France, is done with Chinese permission under the supervision of medical experts, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn says

ARRIVALS. Passengers wearing protective face masks sit after landing from China at the Charles De Gaulle Airport on January 26, 2020 in Roissy-en-France. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Junna Tsukii bags 2nd straight bronze in Paris Premier League

Jan 26, 2020 - 6:42 PM

National karateka Junna Tsukii secures another podium finish to rake in more points and boost her bid for a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

ON A ROLL. Junna Tsukii shows her fine form with her second international bronze in a span of two weeks. Photo courtesy of Junna Tsukii

China stiffens its defenses against epidemic as death toll hits 56

Jan 26, 2020 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) The United States and France prepare to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan, the outbreak's epicenter

EPICENTER. In this photo taken on January 25, 2020, medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against a previously unknown coronavirus arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

3 coronavirus cases confirmed in France, first in Europe

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:41 AM

'You have to treat an epidemic as you treat a fire, quickly to locate the source and contain it as quickly as possible,' says a French health official

SCREENING. Health officers screen arriving passengers from China with thermal scanners at Changi International airport in Singapore on January 22, 2020 as authorities increased measure against coronavirus. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries that have so far confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Fashion legend Jean-Paul Gaultier bows out in style

Jan 23, 2020 - 12:04 PM

The French fashion designer makes a formal exit in his final fashion show

French designer Jean Paul Gaultier acknowledges the audience at the end of his Women's Spring-Summer 2020 Haute Couture collection fashion show in Paris, on January 22, 2020. - Legendary French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is set to retire from fashion after a typically spectacular show in Paris on January 22, 2020. The maverick creator stunned fans on January 17, by announcing that the haute couture show in a theatre in the French capital would be his last. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

IN PHOTOS: Heart Evangelista at Paris Fashion Week 2020

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:45 AM

From a meeting with Vogue editors to a Chanel fashion show, Heart's slaying Paris Fashion Week

French spy suspected of selling data on darknet

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The DGSI officer, codenamed Haurus, charged 100 to 300 euros or more for fake identification cards, driver's licenses, or birth certificates, as well as bank documents, phone records, or GPS coordinates for tracking specific individuals

France, U.S. agree to extend digital tax row talks

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:01 PM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says, 'Macron and Trump had a very constructive discussion... and they agreed to avoid all escalation between the US and France on this digital tax issue'

'Green Swan': Bankers warn of climate change risks

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Climate risks could generate a 'green swan' – a reference to the concept of an unpredictable and devastating 'black swan' event developed by philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against climate change on April 6, 2019 in Lausanne. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

8 EU nations back naval force to patrol Strait of Hormuz

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:15 AM

The move comes amid escalating tensions in the region, especially between Iran and the United States, that have sparked attacks on tankers and other conflicts in a crucial zone for oil shipping

A woman walks along the beach on Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

France makes proposals to U.S. to resolve tech tax row

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:03 PM

'There are possibilities available, we are working with (US Treasury Secretary) Steven Mnuchin. I made several proposals to him,' French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says

THE GAFA TAX. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA's, named after US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google, online retail giant Amazon, social media service Facebook and multinational technology company Apple, displayed on a tablet on February 18, 2019. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

EU states launch process disputing Iran's nuclear compliance

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:18 AM

The foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany say Iran has been progressively scaling back its commitments under the deal since May last year

IRAN'S AND NUCLEAR POWER. In this file photo taken on November 10, 2019 an Iranian flag flutters in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Spike Lee to be first black president of Cannes film festival jury

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The 'BlacKkKlansman' director is the first person of black African descent to preside at the world's biggest film festival

Macron urges 'credible, lasting' Libya ceasefire

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:09 PM

'The president emphasized the necessity that the ceasefire that is to be announced is credible, lasting and verifiable,' Emmanuel Macron's office says

EMMANUEL MACRON. French president Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech during the Citizens' Convention for Climate held at the French 'Economic, Social and Environmental Council' (CESE) headquarters in Paris, on January 10, 2020. Photo by Yoan Valat/AFP

Pope appoints new envoy to France after abuse claims

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:15 PM

French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse

NEW ENVOY. Pope Francis names Italian Archbishop Celestino Migliore the Vatican's new envoy to France. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Protesters destroy bus stops, hurl stones at police in French pension protests

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:51 AM

Critics say the pension overhaul could cut benefits even while requiring people to work longer before retiring

PROTEST. Protestors wave flares and hold a sign that reads in French 'No to work to perpetuity' during a demonstration over French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system in Nantes, western France on January 9, 2020. (Photo by Sebastien Salom-Gomis/AFP)

Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:24 PM

(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials

France's pension reform: What's on the table?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:09 AM

The reform would boost the minimum pension to $1,110, while offering bonuses to parents as well as women who stop working to look after children

People take part in a demonstration on December 17, 2019 in Rennes, as part of a third countrywide day of protests over a government pensions overhaul, with the government showing no signs it will give in to union demands to drop the plan. Unions have been striking since December 5 in their biggest show of strength in years against plans for a single pensions system. Damien MEYER / AFP

Iran nuclear deal hangs by thin thread

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Iran has not said it wants to quit the agreement, leaving some room for the deal's remaining parties to try to save it, according to analysts

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. This file photo taken on July 14, 2015, shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arriving to the final plenary meeting of a nuclear deal at UN's IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. File photo by Joe Klamar/Pool/AFP

French citizen dead in U.S. custody – immigration agency

Jan 02, 2020 - 1:26 PM

A statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identifies the person only as 'a 40-year-old native of Angola and citizen of France'

DEATHS IN IMMIGRATION. Recently-installed "Bollard" style fencing is pictured on the US-Mexico border near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on April 30, 2019. File Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

French unions vow no surrender in month-long pension strike

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:48 PM

The government says the changes are necessary to make the system fairer for all and more sustainable, but unions argue that workers, particularly in the public sector, will lose out

IN PHOTOS: New Year fireworks, smoke, and tear gas as decade begins with a bang

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Revellers watch fireworks display from Australia to the United Kingdom to welcome 2020

BURST OF COLORS. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Macron set to stand firm in pension strike standoff

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Union leaders are demanding Macron drop his plan for a single points-based system and a 'pivot age' of 64 to benefit from a full pension, above the official retirement age of 62

France, Egypt urge 'restraint' to avoid Libya escalation

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed readiness this month to send troops to Libya if requested by the country's Government of National Accord

AIRSTRIKE. Libyans inspect the damage at the site of a reported airstrike in the capital Tripoli's suburb of Tajoura, on December 29, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

French government, unions exchange barbs in strike deadlock

Dec 29, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The strike has now lasted 25 days and is on course to surpass the longest transport strike in France which lasted for 28 days in the 1980s

Iran blasts France for 'interference' over jailed academic

Dec 29, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi says the individual in question is an Iranian national and has been arrested over 'acts of espionage'

Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, gives a press conference in the capital Tehran on May 28, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

21 suffer carbon monoxide poisoning at French Christmas mass

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:59 PM

The cause of the poisoning has not been determined but investigators are looking into a gas heater


Death toll in Europe from storm rises to 8

Dec 22, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Eight people are killed due to Storm Elsa – 6 of the 8 from Spain and 2 from Portugal

STORM ELSA. A man crosses a bridge over the overflooded Mino river in Ourense, on December 21, 2019, following heavy rains over northwestern Spain. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

Anti-Asian assaults a 'neglected' problem in France

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Because France bans statistics on ethnicity, there is no official data on assaults against Asian French, but campaigners say they have begun to see a pattern

RACIST VIOLENCE. Asian French violence is reportedly on the rise according to activists. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

French regulator fines Google 150 million euros over search engine ads

Dec 20, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The move is the 3rd biggest penalty ever handed out for abuse of market dominance by the French authority

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France Telecom bosses face verdict over wave of suicides

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:31 PM

The investigation looks into the cases of 39 employees, 19 of whom killed themselves, 12 who tried to, and 8 who suffered from acute depression or were signed off sick as a result of the pressures

TELECOM SUICIDES. Former France Telecom CEO Didier Lombard looks at his phone at Paris' courthouse during the trial of several former members of the telecoms giant's management for "moral harassment," a decade after a wave of suicides occured at France Telecom between 2008 and 2009. Photo by Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

French government, unions to meet over pension strike impasse

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Union leaders have vowed to continue their action into the new year as the government defends its plan to forge the country's 42 pension schemes into a single points-based system

PROTEST. People demonstrate at the Nation square in Paris on December 17, 2019, to protest against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system, as part of a national general strike. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Hundreds of thousands protest in France over pension reform plans

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Teachers, hospital workers and other public employees join transport workers for the third day of marches since the dispute began on December 5

People take part in a demonstration on December 17, 2019 in Rennes, as part of a third countrywide day of protests over a government pensions overhaul, with the government showing no signs it will give in to union demands to drop the plan. Unions have been striking since December 5 in their biggest show of strength in years against plans for a single pensions system. Damien MEYER / AFP

French commuters face 12th day of transport strike over pensions

Dec 16, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Unions plan a fresh day of mass demonstrations on December 17, and insist the government must abandon planned pension reforms that they say could force millions of people to work longer before retiring

12TH DAY. Commuters wait for a train in Chatelet subway station in Paris, on December 16, 2019, during a strike of Paris' public transports operator RATP and of the French state railway company SNCF employees over French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

2 dead, tens of thousands of homes without power as storms hit France

Dec 15, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Two pensioners die in the Pyrenees-Atlantique and Espiens

THE STORM. A man walks during the storm near the Grande Plage in Biarritz, southwestern France on December 13, 2019. Photo by Gaizka Iroz/AFP

Day 5 of public transport chaos as French strike bites

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The biggest labor unrest in years comes as France's economy is already dented by more than a year of weekly anti-government demonstrations by so-called 'yellow vest' activists protesting unemployment and waning spending power

TRANSPORT STRIKE. Passengers stand inside the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris on December 8, 2019 during a strike of state railway company SNCF employees over French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system, as part of a national general strike. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

France's Macron to hold meeting on pensions as strike bites

Dec 08, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Unions say Macron's proposal for a single-pension system would force millions of people in both the public and private sectors to work well beyond the official retirement age of 62

MACRON. France's President Emmanuel Macron talks to the media as he leaves Downing Street after attending talks with Britain's Prime Minister in central London on December 3, 2019, ahead of the NATO alliance summit. Photo by Christian Hartmann/Pool/AFP

No let-up in French strikes as fresh turmoil hits weekend

Dec 07, 2019 - 6:31 PM

The walkouts would last well into next week, unions warn

Iran nuclear deal parties meet as accord nears collapse

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran are taking part in the meeting, which is the first time the 6 parties gather in this format since July

France braces for second day of stoppages as strike bites

Dec 06, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The strike is seen as a major test for President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious vision of reforming France

STRIKE. In this file photo taken on November 27, 2019, French farmers stand in front of their tractors as they block the traffic on the A47 motorway, in Givors, south of Lyon, central-eastern France, as part of a protest against government policies. Photo Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

French police clear 600 Tibetan migrants from camp outside Paris

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Tibetans have been fleeing their homeland for years because of a crackdown by the Chinese government, which crushed a revolt against Beijing's rule in 1959

ASYLUM SEEKERS. Tibetan asylum seekers gather in prayers to pay a tribute to one of them who died of disease the day before at the hospital, at a refugees and migrants makeshift camp set up by the Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest in Acheres, a suburban city some 40 kilometers west of Paris on December 2, 2019. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

6 European countries join barter system for Iran trade

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The entry of the new members 'further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,' say founding shareholders France, Germany and UK

LIFE IN IRAN. An Iranian cleric walks past a mural painting of the national flag in the capital Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

20 suspects face trial for deadly 2015 Paris attacks

Nov 29, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The office of the national anti-terror prosecutor charges 14 people currently in prison or under judicial supervision, including Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspected participant in the attacks. Six others are targeted by arrest warrants.

PARIS ATTACKS. In this file photo taken on November 13, 2015 a man lies on the pavement near the cafe 'A la Bonne Biere' in Paris, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris. File photo by Anthony Dorfmann/AFP

Paris metro faces 'severe' disruptions from December 5 strike

Nov 28, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Unions are calling a new indefinite strike against an overhaul of the pensions system that they say will require people to work longer or accept a lower pension

POTENTIAL DISRUPTIONS. In this file photo taken on November 22, 2005 a traveller is about to get into a subway station, in Paris, France. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

China defends Xinjiang crackdown after criticism from European leaders

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:19 PM

China's foreign ministry repeats assertions that 'Xinjiang affairs are purely China's internal affairs'

XINJIANG. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in Yangisar, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Tens of thousands march in France, Italy to protest femicide

Nov 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Central Paris is awash with purple — the color adopted for the campaign — with some protesters holding up placards bearing the image of a relative or friend killed

'ALL OF US.' People take part in a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Girl dies, several feared missing as French river bridge collapses

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Over 60 rescue workers, including divers, and 40 police are taking part in the search for survivors

COLLAPSED. Rescuers sail near a suspension bridge which collapsed on November 18, 2019 in Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, near Toulouse, southwest France. Photo by Eric Cabanis/AFP

'Yellow vest' anniversary protests lead to 254 arrests

Nov 17, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Authorities say the violence in Paris where police battled rioters for hours around the southeastern Place d'Italie square was the worst in the French capital in months