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Fillon accuses French president of involvement in plot against him

Francois Fillon

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon accused President Francois Hollande on Thursday of being involved in what he alleges is a government plot to spread damaging media leaks about his affairs to destroy his chances of being elected. The conservative Fillon,

Putin meets France’s Le Pen in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Marine Le Pen during a visit to Moscow on Friday by the French far-right presidential candidate, Russian state television showed. “We by no means want to influence the current events but we reserve the right

Syrian SDF forces reach Tabqa dam; US, French forces reach Euphrates dam

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached the entrance to the Tabqa dam where they are clashing with ISIS, Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, the SDF’s spokeswoman for the campaign to drive the extremist group from Raqqa, said on Friday. The

French Defense Minister sees Raqqa battle starting in coming days

A battle against ISIS to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa is likely to start in the coming days, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. “France has always said that Raqqa was a major objective,” Le Drian

Le Pen visits Russia weeks before French presidential vote

Marine Le Pen

French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election. Officials from her National Front party said she is traveling Friday, on the heels of a trip

French candidate Macron seen winning TV debate with Le Pen

Centrist Emmanuel Macron solidified his status as frontrunner in France’s presidential election on Monday in a televised debate during which he clashed on immigration and Europe with his main rival, far-right leader Marine Le Pen. A snap opinion poll showed

CCTV footage shows moment Orly Airport attacker grabs soldier’s gun

Footage has emerged of the moment a man was shot dead on Saturday by French police after seizing a soldier’s gun at Paris Orly airport in France. The recording, which was made available on Monday, shows 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem

‘Only Arabs, blacks who die:’ Protester says in Paris march on police brutality

French police fired tear gas in clashes with hooded demonstrators in Paris on Sunday as thousands marched against “police brutality” after the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton. The February attack on the 22-year-old man, identified

G-20 summit acquiesces to US, drops free-trade pledge

Financial leaders of the world’s biggest economies dropped a pledge to keep global trade free and open, acquiescing to an increasingly protectionist US after a two-day meeting failed to yield a compromise. Breaking a decade-long tradition of endorsing open trade,

Details emerge of Paris attacker’s motivation to kill

Ziyed Ben Belgacem

Yelling that he wanted to kill and die in the name of faith, a suspected Islamic extremist attacked a French soldier Saturday morning at Paris’ Orly Airport and wrested away her assault rifle, a French prosecutor said. Two colleagues on

Several injured in shooting at French school

Eight people were injured after a shooting at a high school in the small southern French town of Grasse, the interior ministry said, and a 17-year old student carrying a rifle, handguns and grenades was arrested, police sources added. “The

EU unveils Syria reconstruction plan

The EU unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to support the reconstruction of war-torn Syria, calling it a “dividend” to encourage warring parties to reach a peace deal. Ahead of an April 5 Syria conference in Brussels, European Union foreign affairs

Emmanuel Macron urges ‘respect’ in French ‘anti-Semitic’ caricature row

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Sunday called for “a return to civic respect” after the main conservative Republicans party tweeted an “anti-Semitic” caricature of him. The image showing the centrist Macron, a former economy minister and investment banker, with

Brexit and the unthinkable – ‘Frexit’ next?

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

By : Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady The UK’s Brexit vote and Trump’s election triumph took many pundits by surprise. As Europe faces several national elections, more surprises can no longer be discounted, especially on a possible French exit or Frexit,

France’s Macron seen on top in first round presidential vote

Emmanuel Macron

Centrist Emmanuel Macron would come out ahead of far right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of France’s presidential election before going on to win a runoff vote against her, a Harris Interactive poll showed on Thursday. Macron

Juppe says no to French presidential bid but slams candidate Fillon

Alain Juppe.

Former prime minister Alain Juppe said on Monday he had decided “once and for all” not to stand in France’s presidential election, dashing the hopes of many in his conservative party whose scandal-hit candidate faces defeat. Juppe said Francois Fillon

France’s Fillon makes no promises to stay as party fights for electoral survival

Francois Fillon

Embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon delivered a defiant speech to thousands of supporters in central Paris on Sunday, but made no pledge to fight on as pressure from his conservative party mounted on him to step aside. Once the

France’s Fillon battles to keep campaign afloat

French conservative candidate Francois Fillon battled to keep his presidential bid afloat on Saturday by unveiling his policy platform in the eye of a storm over a fake-jobs scandal. Marking his 63rd birthday, Fillon is trying to turn the page

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