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French ambassador leaves Belarus after President Lukashenko’s government expels him

France’s ambassador to Belarus has left the country after the Belarus government ordered him out. An embassy spokesperson told AFP that ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste left the country on Sunday. He had been told to leave by Monday. Mr de Lacoste, who is 57, was posted to Minsk late last year. Local media have suggested […]

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Pet bird belonging to Afghan girl evacuated from Kabul finds new home in France’s embassy in Abu Dhabi

A pet bird belonging to an Afghan girl who was evacuated from Kabul after the Taliban’s takeover has found a new home with France’s ambassador in Abu Dhabi. Xavier Chatel took in the little mynah, named Juji, after the girl was stopped from bringing it on a flight from the United Arab Emirates to France. […]

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France: Some 3,200 Catholic priests and clerics sexually abused 216,000 minors since 1950, inquiry finds

Some 216,000 children have been sexually abused by clergy in the French Catholic Church since 1950, a damning new inquiry has found. The head of the inquiry said there were at least 2,900-3,200 abusers, and accused the Church of showing a “cruel indifference towards the victims”. Pope Francis “felt pain” on hearing about the inquiry’s […]

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Bernard Tapie: French tycoon has died aged 78

France’s most recognisable personality, a businessman, sports club owner and politician Bernard Tapie, has died at the age of 78. Tapie, who had battled stomach cancer for the past four years, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, they said in a statement. At one time he owned Adidas, Olympique Marseille and was a minister under […]

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Nicolas Sarkozy: Former French President gets one-year jail sentence for illegally funding election campaign

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to a year in prison for illegally funding his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign. The 66-year-old was found guilty in a Paris court of spending tens of millions of euros more on his campaign than was permitted under the law. He will not be jailed, however, and can […]

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Italy: Uncle of missing teenager who refused arranged marriage arrested on suspicion of murder

The uncle of an Italian-Pakistani woman who disappeared after refusing an arranged marriage has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Saman Abbas’s uncle, Danish Hasnain, was detained under a European arrest warrant in France on Wednesday. The Pakistani man is one of five relatives being investigated on suspicion of murder. Ms Abbas, 18, was last […]

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Anne Hidalgo: Paris mayor announces bid to run for president in next year’s election

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has announced she will run for president in next year’s election, joining a growing list of challengers to centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron. The 62-year-old daughter of Spanish immigrants who fled Francisco Franco’s dictatorship is the hot favourite to win the nomination of the Socialist party. But the first female […]

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Paris sets 30km/hr speed limit to reduce pollution, improve road safety

Authorities in the French capital of Paris are forcing drivers to slow down, setting a speed limit on almost all the city’s roads, in a bid to reduce pollution and improve road safety. The rule limits drivers to 30 kilometers per hour. Some critics say it will worsen the city’s rush-hour traffic jams and could […]

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France: Thousands evacuated as wildfires rage near French Riviera

Wildlife close to the French Riviera has forced thousands of people, including tourists at campsites to be evacuated by firefighters. Many were given only minutes to leave as hundreds of firefighters were deployed in the Var region to the west of Saint-Tropez. Fire officials say the blaze broke out on Monday and has consumed more […]

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Olympics 2020 Closing Ceremony: Tokyo puts off the flame, passes baton to Paris

Tokyo doused its Olympic flame on Sunday in a ceremony that echoed the restraint of the games held without spectators, transformed by the global pandemic. After postponing the Tokyo 2020 Games for a year, organisers said the event would serve as a symbol of world triumph over the pandemic. But with strict pandemic countermeasures and […]

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Man on scooter steals jewelry worth $2.36 million from upmarket Paris jeweller, search launched

Paris police are searching for a man who stole more than $2.36 million worth of jewelry and precious stones from an upmarket jeweller. The man, thought to be in his 50s or 60s, arrived at and left the Chaumet boutique on a stand-up scooter on Tuesday afternoon. He drew a weapon and threatened to set […]

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‘Slip of tongue’ by air traffic controller saw two planes come within 300 feet of crashing into each other

A “slip of the tongue” by an air traffic controller at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport saw two planes come within 300 feet of crashing into each other last July, according to a report released Tuesday. The incident on July 20, 2020, involved a United Airlines Boeing 787 arriving from Newark, New Jersey, and an […]