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Air France, Hop! to shed 7,580 jobs

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:50 AM

The planned job cuts amount to 16% of Air France's staff and 40% of those at Hop! – part of measures 'on an unprecedented scale'

AIR FRANCE. An Airbus A330 of the airline. Photo from Air France website

Edouard Philippe: France's unshowy but popular PM bows out

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Philippe leaves the prime minister post after 3 years

French court rejects fresh probe of plane downing that sparked Rwanda genocide

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:33 PM

The court hands down a 64-page judgment confirming the decision to throw out a probe against members of Rwandan President Paul Kagame's entourage

Macron replaces French PM after election rout

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) The new premier, Jean Castex, is totally unknown to many in France until now and is officially a member of the right-wing opposition to Emmanuel Macron's centrists

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe unveils the details of a pension reform plan before the CESE (Economic, Social and Environmental Council) in Paris, as hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated the day before on the sixth day of a general strike. File photo by Thomas Samson/Pool/AFP

State aid helps French car sales bounce back from virus pain

Jul 01, 2020 - 5:30 PM

New car sales in France rise 1.2% in June 2020, a major rebound after the plunge during the coronavirus lockdown

PARTIAL RESUMPTION. An employee of Toyota works on an assembly line in Onnaing, France, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Francois Lo Presti/AFP

France loans Philippines P14 billion for infrastructure, financial inclusion

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The latest loan agreements will help small entrepreneurs, farmers, and fisherfolk, as well as the Duterte administration's Build, Build, Build program

Merkel, Macron meet as Germany takes on high-stakes EU presidency

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Berlin's chairing of the bloc will be its last with Merkel in charge, and could be the one that defines the legacy of the leader dubbed the 'eternal chancellor'

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to attend the weekly cabinet meeting on June 24, 2020 at the Chancellery in Berlin. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/AFP

Macron braces for setback in French local polls

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Analysts expect the election will confirm that French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party has failed to gain a strong foothold at the local level

FRENCH LOCAL POLLS. A volunteer wearing a face mask and face shield stands outside the polling station during the second round of the French municipal elections on June 28, 2020 in the French Riviera city of Nice. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

Protests disrupt reopening of Paris-Orly airport

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:37 PM

At least 15 climate activists, who slammed the French government's bailing out of the aviation industry, are arrested for 'forbidden entry' and 'damage'

'Tears of joy': Eiffel Tower opens after 104 days of lockdown

Jun 25, 2020 - 8:34 PM

The famous landmark in Paris opens to tourists after its longest closure since World War II

People walk along a viewing platform at the Eiffel Tower during its partial reopening on June 25, 2020, in Paris, as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. - Tourists and Parisians will again be able to admire the view of the French capital from the Eiffel Tower after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus -- but only if they take the stairs. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

New Caledonia to vote October 4 on independence from France

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:01 PM

The second vote on independence follows a referendum in November 2018 when 57% of voters chose to remain part of France

VOTE. In this file photo, people cast their ballots for or against the independence of New Caledonia, November 4, 2018, in Noumea, New Caledonia. File photo by Theo Rouby/AFP

French gourmet grocer Fauchon requests administration

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Luxury grocer Fauchon says sales are 'badly impacted' and operating costs at its shops in Paris have become 'unsustainable'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 27, 2011 people pass by a shop of French gourmet food company Fauchon, in Paris. - Fauchon company, in difficulty due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, requested to be placed under legal administration, AFP reports on June 23, 2020. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Looming election rout ups stakes for France's president

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:11 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move party is fighting a losing battle for town halls in the vote while the president's personal popularity has slipped again

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the residence of French Defense Ministry on the eve of Bastille Day, on July 13, 2019, in Paris. File photo by Kamil Zihnioglu/AFP

Kissing starts again in French films

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'Kissing has started again' on French film sets where the actors have been tested for the coronavirus, says the country's culture minister

Google loses appeal against 50-million-euro French fine

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:58 AM

The Council of State, a French government body that is also the court of last resort for matters of administrative justice, confirms a 2019 ruling by the CNIL, the French data watchdog

BMW cuts jobs, ends self-driving project with Mercedes

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:24 PM

The 6,000 positions make up a considerable chunk of BMW's more than 120,000 worldwide

JOB CUTS. This file photo taken on June 6, 2019, show employees of German car maker BMW working on a BMW car assembly process in a guided visit during the inauguration of the new BMW car production plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. File photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Police fire tear gas as thousands join French health care protest

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Protesters clad in black set fire to a vehicle and pelt the police with projectiles, chanting, 'Everybody hates the police'

MARIANNE. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne take part in a healthcare workers demonstration during a nationwide day of protests to demand better working conditions for health workers, in Lille, northern France, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Francois Lo Presti/AFP

NGO accuses France of starting Mozambique 'climate bomb'

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'French machinations are forcing yet another African country into dependency on fossil fuels...in the name of the economic interests of French energy industrials and bankers,' says NGO Friends of the Earth

Macron says France has scored its 'first victory' against virus

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:57 AM

Macron says all of mainland France, including Paris, would go into a 'green zone' of a lower state of alert starting Monday

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech after a visit to a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples, near Le Touquet, northern France on May 26, 2020 as part of the launch of a plan to rescue the French car industry. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP)

Star French chef comes up with 'COVID-safe' restaurant

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse will be installing in his Paris restaurant a sophisticated 'anti-Covid' ventilation system similar to those in hospitals and intensive care units

VIRUSFrench Chef Alain Ducasse poses on June 11, 2020, in his restaurant Allard in Paris, equiped by an anti-Covid filtering device. (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON / AFP)

Furious French police protest racism claims

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:25 PM

French police have often faced accusations of excessive violence, with some incidents caught on video sparking widespread outrage

French urged to buy 'Made in France' masks amid surplus

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:45 AM

As the pandemic slows in Europe, French businesses have millions of unsold masks on their hands, prompting a government effort to promote 'Made in France' masks

A seamstress sews cloth face masks at the "Saint James" clothing factory on April 22, in Saint-James, north western France. (Photo by Damien MEYER / AFP)

France likely to see 800,000 job losses in coming months

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:25 PM

This figure amounts to 2.8% of total employment in France

HALTED. Buildings of the business district of La Defense, on the outskirts of Paris, as France is under lockdown on March 25, 2020. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Eiffel Tower to reopen to public on June 25

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:44 PM

The famous Paris tourist site is reopening after 3 months of closure with new ground markings, only allowing visits by the stairs

PM says France 'not racist' as Floyd tribute held in Paris

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:03 PM

Some placards at the rally draw parallels between George Floyd and those who have recently died at the hands of the French police

A man take part in a protest in place de la Republique in Paris, on June 9, 2020, during a demonstration against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis. Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

Prosecutor opens inquiry into France's handling of virus crisis

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:08 PM

The investigation is not aimed at determining 'political or administrative responsibility' but whether national decision-makers had committed 'possible criminal offenses'

INQUIRY. People ride their bicycles on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France on May 11, 2020. File photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

France pledges 15 billion euros for stricken aviation firms

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:45 PM

(UPDATED) The French government says it is taking action to save around 100,000 jobs in the country's aviation industry

AIR FRANCE. A plane of the French airline parked at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Photo from Shutterstock

French economy to shrink about 10% in 2020, recovery mid-2022

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Bank of France's forecasts assume that the coronavirus will continue to spread but remain under control, and that the economy will adapt to the health measures required

WALK. A man walks his dog in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on April 5, 2020, on the twentieth day of a lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

France police to ban chokehold arrest as protest anger mounts

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:24 AM

Media outlets publish the contents of a private Facebook group on which French police members repeatedly use racist and sexist terms and mock victims of police brutality

CLASH. Members of the Gendarmerie charge as protestors linked to the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement take part in a demonstration on the side of the annual Bastille Day ceremony, on July 14, 2019, near the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Last French Slam winner Noah blasts white 'silence' over racism

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:57 PM

'It's good that the young people are involved, but what bothers me is that they are all either mixed-race or black,' says 1983 French Open winner Yannick Noah

AWARENESS. Yannick Noah says injustice "should make everyone aware." Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP


COVID-19 pandemic 'under control' in France

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:20 PM

'We can reasonably say the virus is currently under control,' says Jean-Francois Delfraissy, an immunologist who was appointed to the French government's coronavirus advisory panel

SAFER. People ride their bicycles on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France on May 11, 2020. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Dutch, French, Germans, and Italians form virus vaccine alliance

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The collaboration will enable 'the fastest and best possible results with key players in the pharmaceutical industry about promising vaccine initiatives,' the Dutch Health Ministry says

Clashes at Paris protest against racism and deadly police violence

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:10 AM

The demonstration comes after the release of two differing medical reports into the cause of Adama Traore's death. The Traore case has long been controversial in France.

PROTEST. Protesters demonstrate in front of Paris courthouse against police violence on June 2, 2020. Photo by Michel Rubinel/AFP

France slams Ryanair 'blackmail' over job ultimatum

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:30 PM

'Blackmail is never an option,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, as Ryanair is locked in a dispute with French employees

RYANAIR. Two of the airline's planes in Madrid, Spain. Photo from Shutterstock

France approves 5-billion-euro emergency loan for Renault

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire approves the loan after a meeting with executives, labor representatives, and local officials concerned by a sweeping overhaul unveiled by Renault

RENAULT. The Renault headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, on November 19, 2018. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

French economy to shrink 11% in 2020 – minister

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'The shock is very brutal,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire

The Eiffel Tower is seen as a backdrop to bronze statues, one dressed in a mask across her nose and mouth, emmulating the ations of many citizens protecting themselves against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme in Paris on May 2, 2020, on the 47th day of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP)

Paris reopens square at fire-scarred Notre-Dame cathedral

May 31, 2020 - 11:44 PM

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says 'it is almost a form of rebirth'

Thousands protest mass Renault job cuts

May 31, 2020 - 12:55 AM

'We need these jobs, otherwise it's a whole territory that will die,' says a Renault union member in Maubeuge, France

Protester holds a banner reading " don't touch MCA its our plant" as they demonstrate against the Renault automaker's decision to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide, including 4,600 in France, in Maubeuge, on May 30, 2020, following the announcement of the Renault plant in Val de Sambre which is threatened by the savings plan. - The management of the manufacturer plans to transfer production of Kangoo electric utilities to the city of Douai 70 km away, which would inherit a new platform. Â  (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

Renault to cut 15,000 jobs in 'vital' cost-cutting plan

May 29, 2020 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) French carmaker Renault says nearly 4,600 jobs would be cut in France and more than 10,000 in the rest of the world – some 8% of the company's global workforce

RENAULT. This picture taken on May 7, 2020, shows the plant of Renault in Sandouville, France. Photo by Lou Benoist/AFP

26 held over migrant lorry tragedy in Britain

May 27, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The arrests target the ring of smugglers suspected of organizing the migrants' journey

ARRESTS. In this file photo, a police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a truck, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

French economy making 'cautious' virus lockdown recovery

May 27, 2020 - 10:25 PM

A return to normal will likely take many months, warns France's national statistics agency

EIFFEL TOWER. General view of the illuminated Eiffel Tower reflected on the Seine river in Paris, France, on April 12, 2020. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

South African AIDS researcher wins 500,000-euro French prize

May 27, 2020 - 10:13 PM

Quarraisha Abdool Karim is best known for a study that found that a gel of the anti-retroviral drug tenofovir is effective in reducing the risk of women catching HIV and genital herpes during sex

TOP PRIZE. Quarraisha Abdool Karim wins the half a million-euro Christophe Merieux Prize for her work for the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa. File photo from Wikipedia

Air France to cut 40% of domestic flights after bailout

May 27, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Air France pledges to halve its carbon emissions from domestic flights by 2024 as part of the conditions for receiving state aid

AIR FRANCE. An Airbus aircraft of the French airline. Image from Airbus

Macron unveils 8-billion-euro French auto rescue, champions electric cars

May 27, 2020 - 7:30 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron details a plan to boost the coronavirus-hit auto industry in France, the home of Renault, Citroen, and Peugeot

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech after a visit to a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples, near Le Touquet, northern France on May 26, 2020 as part of the launch of a plan to rescue the French car industry. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP)

French privacy watchdog okays coronavirus tracing app

May 26, 2020 - 7:38 PM

While France's CNIL watchdog says the StopCovid app meets the legal requirements for privacy protection, it still makes some recommendations for the app's improvement

STOPCOVID APP. A mockup of the StopCovid app. Screenshot of StopCovid app from https://www.economie.gouv.fr/stopcovid

French churches reopen as coronavirus restrictions loosened

May 24, 2020 - 10:05 AM

But priests, pastors, rabbis, and imams will still have to ensure that the correct safety measures are in force

WORSHIP. Christian worshipers attend a mass lead by Mgr Chauvet (C) at the Saint Germain l'Auxerrois church in Paris on May 23, 2020, after the French government authorized the celebration of mass in the presence of parishioners. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP  WORSHIP. Christian worshipers attend a mass lead by Mgr Chauvet (C) at the Saint Germain l'Auxerrois church in Paris on May 23, 2020, after the French government authorized the celebration of mass in the presence of parishioners. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Migrant boat crossings to UK surge during virus lockdown

May 21, 2020 - 4:36 PM

Channel crossing attempts have increased since the end of 2018, despite the danger of heavy maritime traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures

French Gendarmes and police, wearing protective masks against the noverl coronavirus, COVID-19, assist migrants, including five children and a baby, who tried to reach England by crossing the Channel, and who were rescued off the French port city of Calais on May 16, 2020. French maritime authorities said they picked up 16 migrants, including one child, in the English Channel in the early hours of May 16, 2020. The Britain-bound group was rescued some six kilometres 3.8 miles) off the French port of Calais after their makeshift vessel ran into difficulties around 3:30 am (0130 GMT) and called for help, they said.  BERNARD BARRON / AFP

Virus prompts Air France-KLM to ditch A380s

May 21, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Air France-KLM says it will switch to a newer generation of aircraft, including smaller Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 jets

JUMBO PLANE. A file photo of the Airbus A380 of Air France after landing in Cancun, Mexico on November 27, 2013. File photo by Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP

France looks past Google, Apple for virus contact tracing

May 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The move, which leaves France relatively isolated in Europe alongside Britain and Norway, reflects differences on how such apps should be structured, who has access to sensitive data, and their effectiveness

CORONAVIRUS. Nurses wearing protective equipment prior to entering a room with a patient infected with the novel coronavirus, at the intensive care service of the Nantes CHU hospital, on May 19, 2020 in Nantes, western France. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Macron, Merkel agree 500-billion-euro virus recovery plan for Europe

May 19, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The Merkel-Macron plan now faces a potentially painful negotiation with all 27 member states of the European Union and then a vote in European Parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who attends via video link, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on May 18, 2020 on the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Kay NIETFELD / POOL / AFP)