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Read French presidential candidate Macron’s controversial Algeria comments

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron faced a storm of criticism from his right-wing opponents over his comments condemning France’s colonial past in Algeria, and on Thursday he refused to back down. On a visit to Algiers on Tuesday Macron said

Fire at French nuclear plant takes reactor off grid, ‘no associated risk’

A fire caused an explosion at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear power plant in northern France on Thursday, leading the utility to take a reactor offline, but there was no associated nuclear risk, EDF and a local government official said on Thursday.

Egyptian Louvre attack suspect ‘acted alone’

A 29-year-old Egyptian arrested after a machete attack at the Louvre in Paris last week has said he acted on his own and was not under orders from ISIS, a source close to the probe said Wednesday. Police have confirmed

Louvre attack suspect speaks to investigators

The Egyptian suspect in the attack on soldiers outside the Louvre museum in Paris has begun speaking to investigators and confirmed his identity, a source in the inquiry said Tuesday. The man, who was shot after wielding two machetes and

Regional party chief urges Fillon to drop French presidential bid

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon faced mounting pressure from his own conservative camp to withdraw from the race on Saturday, as a senator from The Republicans party warned it could split if he refused to bow out. Senator Bruno Gilles,

Soldier shoots knife attacker near Louvre in Paris: police

A soldier shot and seriously injured a man who tried to attack him with a knife on Friday near the Louvre museum in Paris, sources say. The individual cried out “Allahu Akbar” and police believe he wanted to carry out

Brussels bombing suspect Abrini charged over Paris attacks

Mohamed Abrini

Mohamed Abrini, the “man in the hat” bombing suspect caught on camera during the Brussels airport attack, has been charged in France over the November 2015 jihadist massacres in Paris, his lawyers said Monday. Belgium handed Abrini over to the

France’s scandal-hit Fillon: ‘Leave my wife out’ of election

French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon on Sunday hit back at allegations he paid his wife 500,000 euros ($540,000) for a suspected fake job, telling a packed rally his critics should “leave my wife out” of the election. “If someone wants

France puts three suspects under investigation over Kardashian robbery

The Paris prosecutor has placed three people suspected of involvement in the armed robbery of US reality television star Kim Kardashian under formal investigation, the prosecutor’s office said on Thursday. A spokesman for the office said the three were being

Abbas ‘may reverse’ Israel recognition

The Palestinians may consider “reversing recognition” of Israel if Donald Trump moves the US embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said in an interview released by the French daily Le Figaro on Friday. “I wrote to president(-elect) Trump to

France: Syria talks must convene quickly under UN

France said on Thursday Syrian peace talks should resume as quickly as possible under the auspices of the United Nations and appeared to question plans for Russian-backed discussions on the subject in Kazakhstan. Syria’s government and rebel forces started a

French aid worker kidnapped in Mali

A Frenchwoman who runs an aid group has been kidnapped in Mali’s restive north, the French foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday. Sophie Petronin was abducted in the city of Gao on Saturday, the ministry said, adding that French and Malian

Egypt reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in wild birds

Egypt reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus in two wild birds in the northern part of the country, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Egyptian farm

Thatcher admirer Fillon wins French conservative presidential ticket

Hardline reformist Francois Fillon scored a resounding win in France’s conservative primaries on Sunday, making him favorite to win a presidential election five months from now against the popular far-right and a deeply divided left. Fillon, a former prime minister

France: Juppe concedes defeat in presidential primary

Alain Juppe has conceded defeat in France’s first-ever conservative presidential primary, congratulating rival Francois Fillon for a “wide victory.” Juppe, a former prime minister who had long been considered the favorite for the primary, made the concession announcement after results

French PM: Socialists risk getting pulverized in 2017 election

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned that his Socialist party risked getting wiped out in next year’s presidential election, as he kept open the possibility in a newspaper interview of running as a candidate in the 2017 vote. “I must

ISIS could launch gas attacks beyond Syria – OPCW

ISIS militants returning from Syria could carry out mustard gas attacks after learning how to use the toxic substance in battle zones, a senior official from the global chemical weapons watchdog warned on Wednesday. An inquiry by the United Nations

Iran reports outbreaks of H5N8 bird flu in Tehran area

Iran reported two outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus at farms located in the Tehran region, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from the Iranian agriculture ministry. The outbreaks killed

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