Jul 23, 2014

Germany, France, Italy slam anti-Semitic protests

The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitic slurs and violence at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Europe and pledged to take firm action. Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, France’s Laurent Fabius and Italy’s Federica Mogherini issued a joint statement in Brussels warning ...

Jul 20, 2014

Basque group ETA claims new step toward disarming

Basque separatist group ETA said it has dismantled the “logistical and operational structures” of its armed campaign in a step toward full disarmament, in a declaration published Sunday. The move is the latest tortuous step toward a potential end to western Europe’s last major ...

French far-right candidate sentenced to jail over 'monkey' slur

Jul 16, 2014

French far-right candidate sentenced to jail over 'monkey' slur

A former French local election candidate for the far-right National Front (FN) has been sentenced to nine months in prison for comparing the country’s black justice minister to a monkey. The court decision has sparked controversy in France, with anti-discrimination associations welcoming it as ...

SDF personnel join Bastille Day parade in Paris

Jul 15, 2014

SDF personnel join Bastille Day parade in Paris

Three Self-Defense Forces officers joined the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris on Monday. With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the French government invited representatives from some 80 countries involved in the 1914-1918 war to the ...

Jul 13, 2014

Record ton of ivory is sold at auction in France

An auction house in Cannes, France, sold around 50 elephant tusks — totaling 1 ton of ivory — on Saturday, breaking its previous record in terms of volume. The entire haul was acquired by buyers from China, the world’s biggest ivory market. “In terms ...

French woman stabs teacher to death in front of pupils

Jul 5, 2014

French woman stabs teacher to death in front of pupils

A primary school in southern France was in shock Friday after a teacher was stabbed to death in front of her young pupils by a student’s mother who was described as having “psychiatric problems.” After what Education Minister Benoit Hamon described as an “appalling” ...

Jul 3, 2014

Sarkozy fights back in face of corruption charges

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has accused France’s justice system of trying to “humiliate” and “destroy” him, after he was charged in a corruption probe that could spell trouble for his future political ambitions. The former conservative party leader fought back in a broadcast interview ...

European court upholds French burqa ban

Jul 2, 2014

European court upholds French burqa ban

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld France’s controversial burqa ban, rejecting arguments that outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom. In a case brought by a 24-year-old Frenchwoman with the support of a British legal team, the court ruled that France was ...

France fights off Nigeria, advances to quarterfinals

Jul 1, 2014

France fights off Nigeria, advances to quarterfinals

After being touted as one of the World Cup’s entertainers, it was a gritty performance which got France through to the quarterfinals in a 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Monday. France’s forward line had made headlines with eight goals in its opening two group ...

After riots, Le Pen seeks end to dual nationality

Jun 30, 2014

After riots, Le Pen seeks end to dual nationality

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Sunday that dual nationality should be revoked following riots after Algeria’s last World Cup match, which she claimed showed the “failure” of French immigration policy. Celebrations after Algeria’s historic qualification for the second round of the football ...