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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.

French voters cast ballots for left-wing presidential nominee

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

Balotelli rails against alleged racist insults from Bastia fans

Italian football star Mario Balotelli has reacted on social media after claiming to be racially abused by Bastia fans in a French Ligue 1 match on Friday.

French airlines and tour operators expanding their services to Croatia

French low-cost airlines Volotea and Transavia and online travel agency Karavel plan to expand their services to Croatia this year, the Croatian Tourism Ministry said on Friday.

Boris Johnson compares French president to WWII prison guard

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday compared Francois Hollande to a World War II prison guard after warnings by the French president that Britain could be punished in Brexit negotiations.

France braces for cold; nearly all homes reconnected after windstorm

France was bracing for a cold snap on Sunday and preparing for a surge in power demand just days after a windstorm knocked out electricity for some 330,000 homes.

Diplomats call for direct talks on two-state solution in Middle East

Diplomats from nearly 70 countries called for a two-state solution in the Middle East in a joint statement Sunday, encouraging the Israelis and Palestinians to achieve peace by pursuing direct negotiations

More than 32,000 without power in France following violent wind storm

Approximately 32,500 homes in France were without electricity on Saturday morning following a strong wind storm, a spokesman for electricity provider Enedis said.

Six charged in Kardashian West jewellery heist case in Paris

Six people were handed preliminary charges Friday in the armed robbery of reality television and social media celebrity Kim Kardashian West, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

Serbia requests Haradinaj's urgent extradition

Serbia on Friday announced that it will not withdraw its request for the extradition of former Kosovo prime minister and commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army Ramush Haradinaj, who was released on Thursday from extradition detention in France, and called for his urgent extradition.

Africa-France summit opens in Mali amidst strong security

French and African foreign ministers opened a summit in Mali on Friday to strengthen their cooperation on economic and security issues.

Wind storm knocks out power for hundreds of thousands in France

A fierce wind storm that struck France late Thursday and early Friday knocked out power for more than 330,000 people, electricity provider Enedis said.

France's Le Pen visits Trump Tower - but doesn't meet with Trump

French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen did not meet Thursday with president-elect Donald Trump during a stop in Trump Tower in New York.

Netanyahu slams planned Paris Middle East conference as 'rigged'

A Middle East peace conference planned in Paris at the weekend is "rigged" slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, calling it the "last gasp of the past before the future sets in."

Billionaire art dealer acquitted in French tax fraud case

A French court on Thursday acquitted Guy Wildenstein, the billionaire art dealer and businessman, in a tax fraud case over trusts holding millions of euros worth of assets.

Belgium charges two new suspects for 2015 Paris terrorist attack

Belgian authorities have charged two new suspects with providing assistance in the lead up to the November 2015 Paris terrorist attack, the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said in a statement Thursday.

Airbus sets record with 2016 commercial aircraft deliveries

Airbus delivered a record 688 commercial aircraft in 2016 on the back of strong operational performance and a robust market, the airline manufacturer said Wednesday.

Serbia officially requests Haradinaj's extradition from France

Serbia on Tuesday sent an official request to France to hand over Kosovo politician Ramush Haradinaj, arrested by French border police on 4 January on his arrival at Basel-Mulhouse on a flight from Pristina, as Belgrade finds him responsible for war crimes against civilians in Kosovo in 1998.

Euro 2016 tournament in France generated $1.29 bn, study says

The Euro 2016 football tournament hosted by France over the summer had an economic impact of 1.22 billion euros (1.29 billion dollars), a study released Tuesday said.

Seventeen arrested with links to Kardashian West heist in Paris

French police arrested 17 suspects in connection with the October robbery of US reality television and social media star Kim Kardashian West, the Paris prosecutor's office told dpa Monday.

Four Portuguese passengers killed as bus skids off road in France

Four Portuguese passengers were killed on Sunday when a bus carrying 30 people crashed in eastern France, the country's Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said.

EU probe: Luxembourg may have given Engie millions in tax benefits

An investigation by the European Commission has shown that Luxembourg may have given French energy giant Engie tax breaks in a scheme that gave the company an illegal competitive advantage.

Ukraine threatens to ban France's Le Pen over remarks on Crimea

Ukraine on Wednesday threatened to ban Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front party, from entering the country following her claim that Russia's annexation of Crimea was not illegal.

Election campaign of France's Le Pen lacking millions in funds

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front party, is lacking six million euros (6.2 million dollars) for her presidential election campaign, the lawmaker told French news channel BFMTV on Wednesday.

French premier brushes off criticism over Berlin attacker's escape

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve brushed off criticism on Saturday after the man who deliberately drove a lorry into a crowd of people at a Berlin Christmas market last week was able to flee Germany via France.

How popular are the populists? France, Germany look to 2017 polls

France and Germany are set to hold major elections in 2017, as a swell of populist support poses strong challenges to traditional politics across Europe.

Surveillance cameras filmed Berlin attack suspect in Lyon station

CCTV cameras in France captured the Berlin truck attack suspect in the city of Lyon before he travelled to Milan, Italy, where he was shot dead by a police officer, French investigators told dpa on Monday.

French woman abducted in northern Mali

A French woman, the head of a non-government organization, has been abducted in Gao, in northern Mali, the French Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

Moroccan arrested in Germany for ties to Brussels, Paris attacks

German police have arrested a 24-year-old Moroccan man suspected of being a member of the extremist Islamic State organization and being linked to terrorist attacks in France and Belgium earlier this year, authorities said on Wednesday.

Five dead in highway accident in France, dozens of vehicles involved

At least five people were killed in a highway accident involving approximately 40 vehicles early Tuesday in western France, a spokeswoman for the local authorities' office said.

Deputy Zagreb Mayor receives French order for developing cultural relations

Zagreb's deputy mayor Vesna Kusin was on Monday decorated by the French Knight of the "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (Order of Arts and Letters) for her contribution to the development of cultural relations between France and Croatia, the Zagreb city administration stated.

IMF chief Lagarde found guilty in payout case, but escapes punishment

A French court found International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde guilty Monday of negligence over an arbitration payout made when she was finance minister, but did not hand down punishment.

Conservative Fillon seen by French as most likely to win presidency

Conservative French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is seen by the majority of voters to be the most likely person to enter the Elysee Palace next year, an opinion survey published Sunday showed.

Eiffel Tower reopens after five days of closure due to strikes

The Eiffel Tower reopened Sunday after being closed for five consecutive days due to worker strikes, the landmark's operating company said.

Seven candidates confirmed for French left parties primary

Seven candidates were confirmed Saturday to take part in a primary organized by France's ruling Socialist party and allies, ruling out two politicians who had put their bid forward.

Five arrested and weapons seized in ETA raid, France says

Police arrested five people linked to Basque separatist group ETA and seized a stock of weapons, explosives and ammunition during a joint French-Spanish operation, the French Interior Ministry said Saturday.

Eiffel Tower closed for fifth day running due to strikes

The Eiffel Tower was closed Saturday for the fifth day in a row due to strikes by workers, the landmark's operating company said in a statement.

Stuhec keeps up perfect downhill season start with another win

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec was unstoppable again on Saturday as she maintained her 100 per cent season record in World Cup downhill races with a victory in France.

Slovenia's Stuhec wins combined event for third ski season win

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec stormed to her third ski season victory on Friday in a combined event which overall champion Lara Gut of Switzerland failed to finish.

One dead after fire breaks out at migrant worker centre in France

One person was killed and at least 12 people injured after a fire broke out at a migrant worker centre in a suburb near Paris, French officials said.

France extends state of emergency through July 2017

France's upper house of parliament approved an extension of the country's state of emergency on Thursday, drawing the measures out through July 2017.

Survey: France leads in huge overestimation of Muslim populations

France leads the way as people in most Western nations overestimate the size and growth of their countries' Muslim populations by "staggering" margins, a report said on Wednesday.

Two Paris attack conspirators killed by US airstrike in Syria

A US-led airstrike on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, killed two participants in the 2015 Paris terror attack as well as a number of other militants, US defence officials said Tuesday in Washington.

Yezidi women accept rights award, call Europe "model of co-existence"

Two Yezidi women who survived sexual enslavement and torture by Islamic State militants held back tears as they received the EU's top human rights prize at an awards ceremony in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Merkel and Hollande talk Ukraine, Syria ahead of EU leaders' meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that talks with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin on Tuesday would allow the two to prepare for a European leaders' summit on topics like the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

French authorities detain 11 in connection with Nice truck attack

French authorities arrested 10 people Monday with suspected links to a truck attack in Nice on Bastille Day that left 86 dead, a spokeswoman at the prosecutor's office said.

French government seeks to extend state of emergency to July 2017

The French government said Saturday it would ask parliament to approve an extension to the country's state of emergency measures to July 2017.

France's Le Pen says she opposes free schooling for migrant children

French politician and head of the far right National Front party Marine Le Pen said Thursday that free education should not be obligatorily provided to children with illegal migration status.

Paris limits cars on road after suffering worst pollution in 10 years

Paris has implemented limits on the number of cars on its roads after being hit by its worst and most prolonged air pollution in at least 10 years.

Three detained in France for connection to police killings

Three men have been detained in France for their suspected links to Larossi Abballa, the extremist who killed two police officials outside Paris earlier this year while claiming allegiance to Islamic State.