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G7 pledges $600 billion funding for the developing world to China’s Belt and Road plan

G7 leaders have detailed plans to mobilise $600 billion in funding for the developing world in a move seen as a counter to China’s Belt and Road plan. The Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) relaunches a scheme unveiled at last year’s G7 talks in England. US President Joe Biden said the plan would […]

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France’s Emmanuel Macron acknowledges widespread discontent after defeating far-right challenger

President Emmanuel Macron beat far-right challenger Marine Le Pen with a solid margin 58.54% of the votes, but well below his 66.1% victory against Le Pen in their first duel in 2017, and very far from the 82% secured by conservative Jacques Chirac in 2002. President Macron showed no triumphalism as he acknowledged widespread discontent […]

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France seizes yacht owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch

France has seized a yacht owned by Russian oligarch Igor Sechin, the French finance ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Sechin is the CEO of Russian oil giant Rosneft. The European Union sanctioned Sechin earlier this week, describing him as one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “most trusted and closest advisors, as well as […]

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French presidential candidate mocked after dog signs to vote in primary race

A dog called Douglas from south of France is causing a ridicule for the rightwing presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse. The dog, which lives in Nice on the Côte d’Azur, was allegedly signed up to vote in the primary race that chose Pécresse as the candidate for Les Républicains, according to reports. The paper said it […]

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Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine: France seizes Russian-flagged cargo ship over sanctions

French sea police have impounded a Russian-flagged cargo ship suspected of breaching sanctions imposed because of the Ukraine war. The ship, the Baltic Leader, was heading from the north-western French city of Rouen to St Petersburg in Russia with a cargo of new cars. It is being held at the Channel port of Boulogne. Russian […]

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Dad faces jail and huge fine for taking down town’s internet to get his kids offline

A French dad faces jail time and a hefty fine for using a signal jammer to prevent his kids from going online and taking the rest of a nearby town down with them. Starting at midnight and until 3:00am every day of the week, the French town of Messanges found that their cellular and Internet […]

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At least seven killed in fire after huge explosion in south-west France

At least seven people including two children have died in a fire caused by a huge explosion in south-west France. Several buildings were set ablaze on both sides of a street in the seaside town of St Laurent-de-la-Salanque after a blast was heard at 01:30 local time on Monday. Firefighters are still searching for victims […]

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Indonesia to buy 42 French fighter jets for $8.1 billion amid increasing tensions in Asia Pacific

Indonesia is moving to upgrade its ageing airforce fleet with multi-billion dollar orders for advanced fighters jets from France and the United States, amid increasing tension in the Asia Pacific. The agreement for 42 French Rafale fighters was announced as Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto met his French counterpart Florence Parly in Jakarta. Subianto confirmed […]

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West Ham United defender Kurt Zouma apologies after video of him hitting his pet cat emerges

West Ham United have “unreservedly condemned” Kurt Zouma for hitting his cat after a video emerged of the France defender kicking and slapping his pet. The video shows 27-year-old Zouma kicking the cat across the floor and slapping it in the face. He has apologised and the club say they will deal with the incident […]

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More than 100,000 dead fish spilled off the coast of France

France’s fisheries minister has called for an investigation after a spillage of more than 100,000 dead fish off the country’s Atlantic coast. Video footage filmed by environmental activists shows a mass of corpses floating on the sea surface. An industry statement said the Margiris, the world’s second-largest super trawler, had reported a “fishing incident” after […]

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75-year-old French adventurer dies while attempting to row across the Atlantic single-handedly

Jean-Jacques Savin, a 75-year-old French adventurer, has died while attempting to row across the Atlantic single-handedly, according to a statement from his support team for the endeavor. “It is with great sadness that we have just learned of the death of our friend Jean-Jacques,” his support team said in a post on Facebook. “The body […]

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Gaspard Ulliel: 37-year-old French actor dies after skiing accident

French actor Gaspard Ulliel, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising,” has died at the age of 37 after a skiing accident in southeastern France. “Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew up with him. They loved each other madly,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted on Wednesday. “It’s with a […]