Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

Sep 15, 2014

Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

The leaders of France and Iraq on Monday urged swift action against Islamic State militants, with President Francois Hollande warning there was “no time to lose” as he opened an international conference to shore up an anti-jihadist coalition. “The fight of the Iraqis against ...

Sep 12, 2014

Suspected French jihad recruiter arrested in Paris

French authorities have arrested a man suspected of being one of the top recruiters of young jihadis for the civil war in Syria, the Interior Ministry said Thursday, describing him as “a particularly dangerous individual.” Mourad Fares, 30, was arrested Wednesday night at Paris’ ...

France shocks host Spain to make World Cup semifinals

Sep 11, 2014

France shocks host Spain to make World Cup semifinals

France upset Spain 65-52 in front of its stunned fans in the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup on Wednesday. After dominating its first six games and blowing out France by 24 points in the group phase, Spain appeared to be the main candidate ...

France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

Sep 11, 2014

France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

France’s foreign minister said Wednesday his country is ready to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed. Laurent Fabius called for international mobilization against “this transnational danger that could reach all the way to our soil.” He spoke in Paris ...

Replica of Lafayette's 18th century warship tests French waters

Sep 8, 2014

Replica of Lafayette's 18th century warship tests French waters

Cheered by tens of thousands, a life-size replica of the Hermione, the French navy frigate that shipped Gen. Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting British troops in the Revolutionary War, began its maiden voyage on Sunday. Spectators lined the port in Rochefort in ...

Hollande's ex depicts him as a cruel liar

Sep 5, 2014

Hollande's ex depicts him as a cruel liar

Ah, beware the writings of a betrayed woman. Valerie Trierweiler, France’s first lady until earlier this year, paints a harsh portrait of her former partner, the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande, in her new book. Being described as a mean liar who perpetuates a ...

Sep 4, 2014

Ex-prostitute marches on Paris for law to criminalize clients

A former prostitute began an 800-km (500-mile) march across France on Wednesday to demand that the French government make good on its promise to penalize clients. Rosen Hicher, 57, an activist for the group Survivors of Prostitution, is protesting that a law to fine ...

Paris suspends delivery of warship to Russia over Ukraine

Sep 4, 2014

Paris suspends delivery of warship to Russia over Ukraine

France said Wednesday “conditions” were not in place to deliver the first of two Mistral-class warships to Russia, a move planned later this year that has sparked controversy given the crisis in Ukraine. Paris agreed in 2011 to build and sell the two advanced ...

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

Aug 27, 2014

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was on Wednesday placed under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France’s finance minister. In a statement after a fourth round of questioning before magistrates, ...