Jumping into Normandy, 70 years after D-Day

May 17, 2014

Jumping into Normandy, 70 years after D-Day

by Greg Keller

Weather conditions over Normandy had been iffy for days. Showers and wind in the morning gave way to glorious spring sunshine in the afternoon, then electric green lightning storms over the sea at night. We watched the sky and waited for the go sign ...

France: Syria detonated chemical weapons again, defying removal

May 14, 2014

France: Syria detonated chemical weapons again, defying removal

France’s foreign minister on Tuesday accused the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad of attacking its people with chemical weapons at least 14 times since last October, including as recently as a few weeks ago. At a Washington news conference, Laurent Fabius cited “credible ...

Channel Tunnel marks 20 years

May 5, 2014

Channel Tunnel marks 20 years

Twenty years ago, Queen Elizabeth II and President Francois Mitterrand braved the drizzle to cut the inaugural ribbon of the Channel Tunnel, realizing a centuries-old dream of linking Britain and France under the sea. A prodigious industrial adventure, the “Chunnel” project mobilized 12,000 engineers, ...

'Napoleon' returns to exile island for 200th anniversary

May 5, 2014

'Napoleon' returns to exile island for 200th anniversary

“Napoleon” returned to the Italian island of Elba on Sunday as part of a historical re-enactment to mark the 200th anniversary of the defeated French emperor’s exile. Hundreds of enthusiasts from across Europe came together for the start of bicentenary celebrations that will last ...

Vietnam vet recalls victory at Dien Bien Phu

May 4, 2014

Vietnam vet recalls victory at Dien Bien Phu

One of Vietnam’s last surviving veterans of the battle of Dien Bien Phu recounts with pride the day in May 1954 when, at just 19 years old, he captured the commander of the French colonial forces. Hoang Dang Vinh’s display of military prowess earned ...

France snubs Rwanda memorial

Apr 6, 2014

France snubs Rwanda memorial

France has canceled plans to attend a ceremony Monday marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide following accusations by Rwandan President Paul Kagame of French involvement in the massacre. The African weekly Jeune Afrique quoted Kagame as denouncing the “direct role of Belgium ...

Hollande's ex-partner named to new French Cabinet

Apr 3, 2014

Hollande's ex-partner named to new French Cabinet

Faced with a voter backlash at the polls, French President Francois Hollande is looking to revive his sputtering presidency with help from a surprising quarter: Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children. Royal, a high-profile Socialist in her own right, was tapped Wednesday ...

Hollande names popular Valls as French prime minister

Apr 1, 2014

Hollande names popular Valls as French prime minister

President Francois Hollande named former Interior Minister Manuel Valls as France’s new prime minister Monday, just 24 hours after his Socialists suffered heavy losses in nationwide municipal elections. Valls is the most popular Socialist politician in the country, or at least he is with ...

Mar 24, 2014

Islamist group calls for Hollande assassination

A jihadist group repeated its calls for French President Francois Hollande’s assassination in revenge for the European nation’s recent interventions in Africa, terrorist monitoring group SITE said Sunday. The al-Minbar Jihadi Media Network, a militant Islamist web site with ties to al-Qaida, says it ...

French data show possible debris from Malaysia jetliner

Mar 24, 2014

French data show possible debris from Malaysia jetliner

France provided new satellite data Sunday showing possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet as searchers combing a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean tried without success to locate a pallet that could be a key clue in solving one of the ...