French Pantheon to add two women

Feb 23, 2014

French Pantheon to add two women

President Francois Hollande on Friday ordered the remains of four Resistance fighters moved to the Pantheon, including those of two women, after outcries over the domination of men at the monument. Hollande said the remains of the two women, Germaine Tillion and Genevieve de ...

Feb 18, 2014

Man arrested in murder of British family in French Alps

French police on Tuesday arrested a 48-year-old man as part of their investigation into the 2012 murders of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist in the Alps, the local prosecutor said. Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said the man, from the Haute-Savoie region, was placed ...

Obama, Hollande speak out on Iran sanctions

Feb 12, 2014

Obama, Hollande speak out on Iran sanctions

President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to come down like “a ton of bricks” on firms that violate sanctions against Iran, speaking at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande, who defended a trip by French businesses executives to Tehran. The United States ...

Two killed as boulder derails popular train in French Alps

Feb 10, 2014

Two killed as boulder derails popular train in French Alps

Two women were killed when a massive falling boulder hit a passing train in the French Alps on Saturday, leaving one of its carriages dangling precariously off a steep, snow-covered embankment. Eight people were injured in the accident, which took place as the train ...

Luxury chocolate pioneers raise the bar in Vietnam

Feb 10, 2014

Luxury chocolate pioneers raise the bar in Vietnam

Deep in the Mekong Delta, two Frenchmen have their heads buried in a sack of cacao beans. The pair — co-founders of Vietnam’s first artisan chocolate maker — resurface, murmuring appreciatively. The sweet-toothed entrepreneurs, who quit their day jobs to set up award-winning chocolate ...

Boulder smashes French tourist train, killing 2

Feb 9, 2014

Boulder smashes French tourist train, killing 2

An enormous boulder hurtled off a mountain and smashed into a tourist train in the French Alps on Saturday, derailing it on the mountainside and killing two passengers, officials said. Nine people were injured. The force of the boulder caved in the side of ...

France on trial in Rwanda genocide case

Feb 4, 2014

France on trial in Rwanda genocide case

by Jamey Keaten

Through a groundbreaking trial, France is at last coming to terms with its much-criticized response to Rwanda’s genocide. Pascal Simbikangwa, a Rwandan former intelligence chief, is to appear Tuesday in a Paris court for an expected seven-week trial to face charges of complicity in ...

U.K. buyer's Chagall painting may be burned as a fake

Feb 4, 2014

U.K. buyer's Chagall painting may be burned as a fake

When British collector Martin Lang submitted one of his paintings to a French committee, he was hoping to find out if it was an authentic work by Marc Chagall. But not only did the Chagall Committee declare the painting a forgery, it said Lang’s ...

Feb 1, 2014

French cyclist, 102, sets world record

Age hasn’t slowed cyclist Robert Marchand. The 102-year-old Frenchman broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday, riding 26.9 km in one hour, more than 2.5 km better than his previous best time in the race against the clock two years ago. ...