PSA chief: We want to keep Opel German

The head of French carmaker PSA Group, which last week revealed that it was 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris enter final stage of 2024 Olympics bids

Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris on Friday entered the deciding stage of the bid process for the 2024 Olympics by submitting the final part of their candidature file.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thirty per cent of Aleppo's Old City destroyed, UNESCO says

Thirty per cent of the Old City of Aleppo has been destroyed and 60 per cent significantly damaged amid the ongoing conflict there, UNESCO said Friday.

Hollande to Trump: Europe doesn't need "outside advice"

French President Francois Hollande rejected remarks by US president-elect Donald Trump on the future of the European Union, saying the bloc does not need lessons from abroad.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Italy violated migrants' rights, European Court of Human Rights says

Italy violated the rights of migrants held on Lampedusa and in ships near Palermo by detaining them without clear and accessible legal basis, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Thursday.

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.

Europe's satellite navigation system goes online

Europes's satellite navigation system and the bloc's bid to compete with the US-based Global Positioning System (GPS) went online Thursday, offering initial navigation services.

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.

Diplomats call for ceasefire in Aleppo at Paris meet

Foreign ministry officials from the West and the Middle East meeting in Paris Saturday for talks on Syria have called on the Syrian regime to allow civilians and fighters to evacuate from rebel-held sections of Aleppo.

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.

Turkey overstepped law with post-coup dismissals, experts say

Experts with Europe's human rights watchdog said Friday that mass dismissals by Turkey's government and the liquidation of associations overstepped Turkish and international law.

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.

French prime minister steps down to pursue presidential bid

France's Manuel Valls stepped down as prime minister on Tuesday to pursue a bid for the presidency in elections next year, leaving the post to be filled by current Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Interior Minister Cazeneuve tapped as French premier

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is set to take over as the country's prime minister after the current office holder stepped down to pursue the presidency, the Elysee announced Tuesday.

Manuel Valls, France's ambitious former PM with sights set on Elysee

Ambitious is one of the words most frequently deployed to describe Manuel Valls.

France's Manuel Valls to step down as PM to pursue presidency

France's Manual Valls said Monday that he was stepping down as prime minister of the country's Socialist government and was launching a campaign to win the presidency in next year's elections.

Armed robbery at Paris travel agency ends without casualties

An armed robbery on Friday at a Paris travel agency has ended without casualties.

Rock bottom in polls, France's Hollande rules out bid for re-election

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that he will not stand for a second term in next year's election, amid the lowest approval ratings of any president in modern French history.

Editor: Charlie Hebdo German-language edition is response to support

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, targeted by Islamist terrorists in January 2015, has launched a German-language edition that hit newsstands Thursday.

Airbus says it will cut more than 1,000 posts

Airbus said Tuesday that it will phase out 1,164 positions and transfer 325 posts as part of an effort to increase efficiency.

Top French leaders fighting for Elysee not an option, says spokesman

A presidential primary contest between the top two sitting French leaders is impossible to imagine, said the French government spokesman Monday as the president and the prime minister mull bids in 2017.

Fillon declares victory in French conservative presidential primary

Francois Fillon declared victory in France's conservative primary on Sunday, trouncing his more moderate rival Alain Juppe to become the Les Republicains party candidate for the presidential elections next year.

French voters cast ballots for conservative presidential candidate

French primary voters head to the polls Sunday to cast their ballot in the second round, run-off primary for the candidate to represent conservatives in presidential elections next year.

Top British photographer accused of rape found dead in Paris flat

A prominent British photographer who had recently been accused of rape by several of his former subjects has been found dead in his flat in Paris, security sources told dpa early Saturday.

French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo goes German

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was the target of a terrorist attack in Paris last year, will be available in German starting Thursday next week.

Qatari sisters robbed of millions in Paris highway heist, reports say

Two Qatari women travelling on a highway from an airport into Paris were robbed of 5 million euros (5.32 million dollars) worth of goods, French media reports said Tuesday.

Terrorist attack thwarted in France as seven arrested, minister says

Security services in France have arrested seven men, thwarting an attempted terrorist attack in the nation, the government said Monday.

Former French premier Fillon beats Sarkozy in presidential primary

Former French prime minister Francois Fillon has won the race to become the conservative candidate in next year's presidential election, beating former president Nicolas Sarkozy, according to preliminary results from primaries on Sunday.

Paris commemorates terrorist attacks anniversary in dignified silence

One year after a string of coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris left 130 dead and hundreds injured, France paid silent tribute to the victims on Sunday.

Sting vows to never forget Bataclan victims in reopening concert

British singer Sting reopened the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Saturday with a minute of silence dedicated to the 90 people who died in a terrorist attack at the venue one year earlier.

Paris opens new migrant reception centre after camp clearing

The city of Paris opened a migrant reception centre on Thursday capable of accommodating 400 people for several days before they find other arrangements.

French investigators eye Belgian as terrorist coordinator

French investigators suspect a 32-year-old Belgian known as Abu Ahmad of planning the terrorism attacks that struck Paris and Brussels during the last year, a source said Tuesday.

Satisfied Murray cements new top ATP status with Paris title win

Andy Murray solidified his new status as ATP number one, claiming his eighth title of the season with a 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 defeat of John Isner in the Paris Masters final on Sunday.

Chief of separatist group ETA arrested in France

The head of Spain's separatist ETA group has been arrested in France after eight years in hiding, the Spanish Interior Ministry said Saturday.

Murray one step closer to top ranking as Cilic stuns Djokovic

Marin Cilic beat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) after 14 straight losses in their series, bringing Andy Murray that much closer to his bid for a number-one ranking at the Paris Masters on Friday.

Climate accord goes into effect in "historic day for the planet"

An agreement to limit global temperature rise caused by greenhouse gas emissions to below 2 degrees, adopted during a UN summit in Paris last year, entered into force on Friday.

Migrant camp in Paris cleared; thousands relocated

French authorities cleared a makeshift migrant camp in the northern part of Paris on Friday, taking 3,852 people in to be sent to accommodation centres, the regional authority said.

Cilic claims London year-end spot with Paris defeat of Goffin

Marin Cilic joined the field for the ATP year-end championships on Thursday as he beat Belgian David Goffin 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) in the third round at the Paris Masters.

London contenders Cilic, Goffin set up Paris Bercy showdown

Marin Cilic and David Goffin head into a battle for a place at the year-end finals after both contenders reached the third round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday with straight-set wins. 

More than a thousand child migrants leave former camp near Calais

Hundreds of children who lived in a former migrant camp near the French port city of Calais left the area by bus Wednesday as part of a government plan to transport them to reception centres around the country.

Paris stand-off between police, migrants amid calls for evacuation

A police operation in northern Paris to check migrants' documents created tension on Monday, with asylum seekers facing off briefly with police in riot gear.

End of an offshore era? Panama signs tax transparency treaty

Panama signed an international convention for tax transparency Thursday, agreeing to work with other countries against tax fraud and money laundering, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said.

Calais migrant camp empty, as official announces "end of the Jungle"

All the migrants at a camp near the northern French port city of Calais have left, the official heading the Pas de Calais administration said Wednesday.