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Hollande: France, Germany must 'set a course' for post-Brexit Europe

French President Francois Hollande Thursday said that France and Germany needed to "set a course" for Europe in the aftermath of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Fillon's wife under formal investigation in French probe

The wife of embattled French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon was Tuesday placed under formal investigation in a probe centring around her job as his parliamentary aide, a judicial source said.

London and Paris agree joint long-range missile project

Britain and France signed an agreement to develop a new generation of long-range missiles for their naval and air forces in London on Tuesday.

Carlos 'the Jackal' jailed for life for 1974 Paris grenade attack

A Paris court on Monday sentenced self-styled professional revolutionary Carlos, known as "the Jackal," to life imprisonment for a 1974 grenade attack in Paris that killed two people.

Fillon supporters call for inquiry into dirty tricks claims

Supporters of embattled conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon called on French prosecutors Monday to investigate claims in a recently published book that police and judicial proceedings might have been used to target rivals of socialist President Francois Hollande.

General strike due to start in paralysed French territory of Guiana

A general strike was due to start Monday in Guiana, multiple French media reported, with protesters manning roadblocks at various points in the French South American territory and flights to and from the capital Cayenne cancelled.

Fillon substitute latest to come under investigation

A lawmaker who stood in for scandal-hit French presidential candidate Francois Fillon while the latter was prime minister has been placed under formal investigation by judges, a source close to the case told dpa on Friday.

Embattled Fillon accuses Hollande of leaking to media

The embattled French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon late Thursday accused President Francois Hollande of plotting to derail his campaign by leaking information about an ongoing investigation against him to the media.

French citizen kidnapped in eastern Chad

A French citizen has been kidnapped in the central African nation of Chad, the Foreign Ministry in Paris and the Chadian government said Thursday.

France's Marine Le Pen to visit Russian parliament

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is expected to visit Moscow on Friday to meet with Russian lawmakers, a high-ranking member of the Russian parliament announced.

Kremlin denies France's Fillon introduced businessman to Putin

The Kremlin denied on Wednesday that France's scandal-hit conservative presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, had arranged a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for Lebanese pipeline magnate Fouad Makhzoumi in 2015.

Almost 10 million watched French presidential debate

Some 9.8 million viewers tuned in to Monday night's French presidential debate, according to one of the television channels that broadcast it.

Father of Paris airport attacker released from custody

The father of a man who attacked soldiers at Paris' second-largest airport has been released from custody, French news agency AFP reported on Sunday citing judicial sources.

Paris prosecutor: Airport attacker said he wanted 'to die for Allah'

A man who was shot dead after attacking soldiers at Paris's second-largest airport on Saturday had said he wanted "to die for Allah," according to an anti-terrorism prosecutor.

Man shot dead at Paris airport after tackling soldier for weapon

Two French soldiers patrolling Paris' second-largest airport shot a man dead early Saturday after he tackled their female colleague and tried to take her weapon.

Report: Basque separatist group ETA to announce disarmament

Basque separatist group ETA plans to announce it is giving up its weapons, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.

Greece linked to IMF blast as leftist group claims bomb to Berlin

A parcel that exploded, injuring one person, at the IMF offices in Paris was sent from Greece in the guise of mail from a politician, officials in Athens said Thursday, a day after a similar bomb was defused at the German Finance Ministry in Berlin.

Armed student arrested after French school shooting

A student at a secondary school in southern France was arrested Thursday, a police source said, after a shooting that officials said left the headmaster and two students injured.

Parcel explodes at IMF Paris office, one person injured

One person was slightly injured on Thursday when a booby-trapped parcel exploded at the Paris office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), police said.

EU Parliament approves tougher firearms laws

Controls on firearms in the European Union would be tightened under legislation approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday.

French investigators open formal probe in Fillon fake jobs scandal

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is officially under investigation for giving fake jobs to family members, a development his spokesman on Tuesday declared a "non-event."

'Carlos the Jackal' goes on trial for 1974 Paris grenade attack

Once the world's most-sought fugitive, the political terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal" appeared in a court in Paris on Monday, accused of a 1974 attack in the city.

Fillon acknowledges gift of luxury suits from friend

French conservative presidential hopeful Francois Fillon Sunday acknowledged that an unnamed friend had made him a present of suits that media reports said cost 13,000 euros (13,890 dollars).

Fillon: France failed to show European solidarity on Cavusoglu rally

The French government has failed in its duty of solidarity with its European partners by letting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu address a rally on its soil, the right-wing candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, says.

Turkey's Cavusoglu takes stage at French rally as right objects

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu takes the stage at a rally of Turkish citizens in the French city of Metz, a day after his plane was refused landing rights in the Netherlands.

Turkish foreign minister in France after Netherlands row

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was Sunday afternoon due to address a meeting in the French city of Metz, amid a bitter diplomatic dispute between Ankara and three other European countries over Turkish officials carrying out political campaigning abroad.

Report: Turkish foreign minister due in France after Netherlands ban

Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Cavusoglu is due to address a rally in France on Sunday, news agency Agence France-Presse reported, after a ban on his plane landing in the Netherlands Saturday drew an angry reaction from Ankara.

Merkel joins Hollande call for multi-speed Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday lent support to long-standing calls from French President Francois Hollande for a multi-speed European Union.

Fillon gets party backing as mooted replacement Juppe refuses run

Embattled conservative hopeful Francois Fillon Monday appeared to have fended off any immediate challenge to his position as candidate of the centre-right in the French presidential election.

French conservatives' fallback Juppe rules out presidential candidacy

The French centre-right's hopes of reviving its presidential campaign, hit by a judicial investigation into candidate Francois Fillon, were dealt a new blow on Monday when the man mooted as a possible replacement candidate said he would not run.

France's Peugeot-Citroen group buys GM's Opel unit

French carmaker PSA - which produces Peugeot, Citroen and DS vehicles - said Monday that it has agreed to take over General Motors' (GM) Opel unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros (2.3 billion dollars).

France's Fillon lashes out at deserters in 'fake job' scandal

French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon lashed out at his deserters at a rally on Sunday, as pressure from his own conservative ranks mounted over allegations that his wife took a fake job as his aide.

"I did work," wife of embattled French candidate Fillon asserts

Penelope Fillon, the wife of embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon, pushed back Sunday against allegations that she did not work for her salary as his parliamentary assistant.

Macron calls for 'radical transformation' as Fillon loses support

Describing France as a country that could not be reformed, the centrist candidate for the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday promised "a radical transformation" instead.

Swiss-French cement giant paid protection money to Syrian extremists

The world's largest maker of building materials, LafargeHolcim, paid protection money to extremists in Syria to keep one of its plants running, the firm admitted Thursday.

EU Parliament strips France's Marine Le Pen of immunity over IS posts

The European Parliament stripped far-right French lawmaker and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen of parliamentary immunity on Thursday for posting graphic images of victims of the Islamic State extremist group.

Festival of La Francophonie to be held in Croatia in March

The Festival of La Francophonie will be held in 14 Croatian towns throughout March to promote French culture and cultural diversity.

France's Fillon slams judges on charges but vows to stay in race

France's embattled conservative presidential hopeful, Francois Fillon, on Wednesday slammed judges who decided to lay charges against him, saying he was the victim of a "political assassination."

Fillon pulls out of French farm fair appearance, announcement awaited

The conservative candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, hit by claims he gave his wife a lucrative fake job, on Wednesday abruptly pulled out of a scheduled visit to the Paris agricultural fair.

Hollande unfazed by accidental police gunfire during speech

French President Francois Hollande was unfazed Tuesday when his speech to inaugurate a new railway line was interrupted by an elite police marksman accidentally opening fire.

National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen fined for Roma comments

The founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, had a 5,000-euro (5,300-dollar) fine for inciting racial hatred and discrimination confirmed on appeal on Monday.

French PM slams "irresponsible" Fillon over "near-civil war" comment

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve hit back Monday at conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, accusing him of being "irresponsible" for saying the race was taking place in a climate of "near-civil war."

Arson attack at French cultural institute in Athens

Unknown assailants have carried out an arson attack on the French cultural institute in Athens, the fire brigade and police reported on Monday.

French prosecutors transfer Fillon case to investigative judge

The French judiciary has opened a formal investigation in connection with presidential candidate Francois Fillon to examine whether the employment of his wife as a parliamentary employee was a sham, the country's financial prosecutors' office said Friday.

China overtook US, France as Germany's top trading partner in 2016

China overtook the United States as Germany's biggest trading partner in 2016, according to data provided by the Federal Statistics Office on Friday.

Source: Le Pen defied police summons in assistants' pay enquiry

Marine Le Pen failed to appear for a summons for police questioning on Wednesday, a source close to the investigations has told dpa.

Le Pen promises independent foreign policy, autonomous defence

Marine Le Pen promised Thursday that if elected president of France she would ensure it had a truly independent foreign policy as well as an autonomous capacity for self-defence.

Schools blocked, 26 arrests in Paris protests against police abuses

Hundreds of young people took to the streets of Paris on Thursday in protests against alleged police brutality, with local media reporting that 16 secondary schools were forced to shut.

Peugeot chief: We want to keep Opel German

The head of French carmaker PSA Group, currently in talks to buy Opel from General Motors, said that Opel should remain German if the deal goes through.

Le Pen's chief of staff indicted in European Parliament jobs probe

The chief of staff of Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for president in upcoming French elections, was indicted Wednesday over allegations of irregular reimbursements from the European Parliament, a judicial source told dpa.

Reformist Macron wins support of key centrist leader for French vote

France's reformist presidential hopeful, Emmanuel Macron, got a boost on Wednesday when he picked up the support of a party leader whose centrist constituency played a pivotal role in the last two presidential elections.

Report: Le Pen aides held for questioning on European Parliament jobs

Two key aides to Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for the French presidency, have been held for questioning by police, the Agence France Presse news agency reported on Wednesday.

Airbus profits take hit after write-off on new military aircraft

Airbus Wednesday announced that its profits for 2016 were down 63 per cent to 995 million euros (1,046 million dollars) after a major write-off on a troubled programme to develop a new military transport aircraft.

French police arrest three over suspected terror plans, source says

French authorities have arrested three men in relation to suspected plans to carry out attacks in the country or travel to Syria, a source close to the investigation told dpa on Tuesday.

Le Pen quits meeting with Lebanon's Sunni cleric over headscarf row

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen walked away from a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's senior Muslim Sunni cleric after she refused to wear a headscarf.

France to slaughter 600,000 ducks to eradicate bird flu

French authorities are planning to slaughter some 600,000 ducks in order to eradicate bird flu from a south-western region, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll confirmed on Tuesday.

Air France pilots give green light to lower cost subsidiary

Members of Air France's main pilots union on Monday voted to accept the creation of a new lower cost subsidiary that the flag carrier hopes will help it compete on long-haul routes.

French police raid National Front over European Parliament payments

France's far-right National Front Monday said that investigators had searched its offices in relation to allegations that it misused European Parliament funds.

Le Pen says al-Assad is better solution for Syria than Islamic State

France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains the more reassuring solution for France than Islamic State.

Germany, France slam Russia's acceptance of Ukrainian rebel passports

EU member states Germany and France, which have been seeking to mitigate the conflict between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, on Monday broadly condemned Russia's recognition of rebel-issued passports.

French, Croatian students working together on Dalmatian islands project

A HRK 16 million Horizon 2020 agriculture project on which French and Croatian students will work together was launched at the Split School of Economics on Monday.

French centrist Macron calls for 'zero tolerance' approach to crime

Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate in France's presidential election, Friday called for "zero tolerance" towards both crime and police abuses.

Le Pen on defensive over alleged fictional job contract for aide

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was forced onto the defensive Friday over allegations she had claimed undue expenses, with the EU's anti-fraud office saying she had submitted an "entirely fictional employment contract" for an aide.

Germany, France dampen expectations for Syrian peace talks in Geneva

German and French foreign ministers on Friday played down expectations of a breakthrough at peace talks in Geneva next week aimed at ending the bloody Syrian war.

French prosecutors won't close case against presidency hopeful Fillon

The conservative candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, suffered a new setback on Thursday when prosecutors said they would not drop investigations into claims he gave his wife a lucrative fake job paid from public funds.

Germany's Gabriel on Le Pen: EU without France is 'unimaginable'

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that there is a serious risk that far-right politician Marine Le Pen could win the French presidential election and drag France out of the European Union.

French troops foil terrorist attack in Mali

French troops have foiled a terrorist attack in northern Mali, neutralizing a depot of 15 mortar shells, the French army said Wednesday.

After US, French campaigners accuse Russia of influencing vote

Weeks after US intelligence services accused Russia of attempting to influence their country's elections in favour of Donald Trump, backers of a front runner for the French presidency have accused Moscow of interfering in that race too.

Report: At least four dead in avalanche at French ski resort

At least four people were killed Monday after an avalanche near the Tignes ski resort in the French Alps, French media reported.

Violence in Paris suburb as protests against police escalate

A peaceful demonstration against police brutality in the Paris suburb of Bobigny descended into violence on Saturday with riots and vehicles being set on fire.

Tight security for Nice carnival after deadly truck attack

Seven months after a truck attack on Nice's seaside promenade left 86 people dead, the southern French city was Saturday due to launch its famed annual carnival amid tight security measures.

French jihadist Rachid Kassim 'likely' dead in Iraq air attack

A French jihadist who has previously encouraged others to commit terrorist acts in France is likely dead following a US-led drone attack in Iraq, US media reported late Friday.

French farmer gets token sentence for helping migrants cross border

A farmer from southern France, who had sought to aid migrants, escaped with a token sentence on Friday after being convicted of helping undocumented immigrants cross into the country from Italy, his lawyer said.

French ban on habitual viewing of jihadist websites struck down

France's Constitutional Council on Friday struck down a law penalizing the repeated viewing of extremist websites that show killings or attempted killings with up to two years in jail.

Lawyers for France's Fillon: Investigation into wife's pay is illegal

Lawyers for Francois Fillon attacked state financial prosecutors for their investigations into the employment of the French presidential candidate's wife in parliament.

Ex-French leader Sarkozy to stand trial in campaign finance case

A judge ordered former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial over accusations that he exceeded the legal spending limit in his failed 2012 re-election campaign, prosecutors said Tuesday.

France's Fillon apologizes as he reveals wife took in 680,000 euros

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon publicly apologized on Monday for employing family members in jobs in the legislature, after two weeks of mounting public pressure.

Paris suburb protests after police suspended over alleged violence

Protesters gathered in a suburb north of Paris on Monday, after French prosecutors opened an investigation into four police officers for alleged violence against a detained suspect.

French man arrested for mailing drugs to Australian outback town

A French man was arrested and charged for allegedly posting illicit drugs from his home country to a remote Australian outback town, police said Monday.

Le Pen slams EU, migration, Islamic fundamentalism at campaign launch

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen turned fire on the European Union, mass immigration and Islamic fundamentalism as she launched her bid for the French presidency on Sunday in the city of Lyon.

France's National Front renews EU exit promise ahead of poll campaign

France's National Front would hold a referendum on the country's European Union membership if it wins the upcoming presidential elections, according to the party's programme.

Father of Louvre attack suspect denies son's involvement

The father of an Egyptian man suspected of trying to attack soldiers guarding the Louvre Museum in Paris has denied his son's involvement.

France's Le Pen to launch presidential campaign

Far-right politician Marine Le Pen launches her campaign to become French president this weekend, with polls predicting that she will reach the second round in the elections which begin in April.

Louvre attack: Soldier, assailant injured as terrorism probe launched

A French soldier shot and wounded a machete-wielding man who attacked a patrol beneath the Louvre Museum in Paris on Friday, police and the prosecutor's office said.

French soldier shoots machete-wielding attacker at Paris' Louvre

A French soldier shot and wounded a machete-weilding man who tried to assault him beneath the Louvre Museum in Paris on Friday, police and the prosecutor's office said.

Latest on the attack outside Louvre Museum in Paris

A French soldier has shot a man who attempted to attack him with a knife in a shopping centre beneath the Louvre Museum in Paris.

France's Le Pen misses deadline to repay misspent funds to EU

French far-right leader and presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen missed the deadline to pay back 298,000 euros (318,000 dollars) of misused funds to the European Parliament, a spokeswoman for the parliament said on Wednesday.

Wife of French presidential candidate in fresh pay allegations

The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was paid over 400,000 euros (431,860 dollars) more than first thought for parliamentary aide work she didn't actually do, French media reported Tuesday.

Croatian, French employers interested in new jobs

Croatian and French employers met at the Croatian Employers Association (HUP) on Tuesday, discussing possibilities of expanding existing and opening new partnerships, notably in construction and energy, with an emphasis on infrastructure projects.

Le Pen must pay back 340,000 euros in misspent funds to EU Parliament

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen must pay back almost 298,000 euros (318,000 dollars) of misused funds to the European Parliament by Tuesday, an EU parliamentary source confirmed to dpa on Monday.

Plenkovic and French executives advocate strengthening of bilateral relations

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Monday received a delegation of the French employers federation MEDEF for talks on the strengthening of the bilateral economic cooperation.

French Socialist Benoit Hamon earns shot at presidency

Hard-left Socialist Party candidate Benoit Hamon claimed an emphatic victory in French presidential primaries on Sunday, finalizing the field of candidates who will go on to compete for the Elysee in late spring.

French voters cast ballots for Socialist presidential nominee

French voters were casting ballots on Sunday in a nationwide primary to choose who will be the Socialists' nominee for president.

Germany's Gabriel pledges stronger EU in first foreign minister trip

Germany's new foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, made his first foreign visit to Paris on Saturday to hold talks with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, with the leaders vowing to work together to strengthen the European Union.

More than 5,000 cases brought against Turkey since coup attempt

Thousands of applications have been submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on abuses in Turkey since the attempted coup last summer, the court said Thursday.

French presidential candidate under scrutiny for public pay to wife

Conservative French presidential candidate Francois Filon faced scrutiny Wednesday over reports that his wife earned half a million euros working for him and his successor in parliament.

Following protest, filmmaker Roman Polanski won't preside over awards

Film director Roman Polanski has declined to preside at France's most prestigious film awards ceremony, his lawyer said Tuesday, following a backlash about his invitation linked to decades-old criminal charges.

France's remaining left-wing presidential hopefuls shift strategy

France's two remaining hopefuls for the second round vote of the left-wing primaries kicked their campaigns into high gear Monday, as they launched a head-to-head race for the presidential ticket.

French presidential hopeful at odds with Merkel over refugees

French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday and then gave a speech which criticized her open-door migration policy.

Left-winger and former premier top French primary

Benoit Hamon and Manuel Valls were out in front in France's nationwide primary on Sunday to choose who will be the left wing's nominee for president, with half of votes counted.