Dec 10, 2016

U.S. allies in Europe caution Trump over Syria strategy

Key U.S. allies in Europe are quietly expressing concern over U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s approach to Syria, warning that his pledge to work more closely with Russia, Damascus’ main backer, will do little to diminish the terrorist threat emanating from Syria. The diplomatic persuasion ...

Dec 10, 2016

U.S. airstrike killed militant linked to Charlie Hebdo attack

An Islamic State leader linked to the 2015 attacks at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, U.S. military officials said Friday. Officials said Boubaker el Hakim was killed in Raqqa on Nov. 26. He is believed ...

France to unveil copy of landmark prehistoric art cave

Dec 9, 2016

France to unveil copy of landmark prehistoric art cave

The last of four boys who discovered the Lascaux cave paintings, a stunning display of prehistoric art in southwest France, will visit a new replica of the site Saturday. Simon Coencas, now 89, will join President Francois Hollande for the inauguration of the display ...

French ex-minister who fought tax evasion jailed for tax fraud

Dec 8, 2016

French ex-minister who fought tax evasion jailed for tax fraud

A former minister who led a French government crackdown on tax evasion was sentenced to three years in jail on Thursday for hiding an offshore bank account of his own, in a scandal that deeply embarrassed President Francois Hollande. A Paris court found Jerome ...

WWII sacrifice of 'Free French' defending Hong Kong

Dec 8, 2016

WWII sacrifice of 'Free French' defending Hong Kong

Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic “Free French” took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders. But their sacrifice, though largely unknown in their homeland, is not forgotten in Asia. There are six ...

2016 'year zero' of virtual reality revolution, filmmakers say

Dec 8, 2016

2016 'year zero' of virtual reality revolution, filmmakers say

The first wave of virtual reality cinemas, heralding what their creators claim will be an entertainment revolution, rolls out across the world this month. The first screening room in France opened Wednesday and several others are promised for Beijing, Shanghai and Los Angeles in ...

Cazeneuve named French prime minister

Dec 6, 2016

Cazeneuve named French prime minister

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was named the country’s new prime minister on Tuesday after Manuel Valls resigned to seek the Socialist nomination in next year’s presidential election. Cazeneuve, who has overseen the security forces’ reaction to a string of jihadi attacks that have ...

Dec 4, 2016

Sake brewery to open shop in Paris with Robuchon

Asahi Shuzo Co., maker of popular Japanese sake brand Dassai, will open a shop in Paris as early as next spring in collaboration with renowned French chef Joel Robuchon. The Paris outlet will sell Dassai and operate a bar, with Robuchon to oversee a ...

Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

Dec 4, 2016

Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But France’s former top cop may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet. All eyes are on the Spanish-born premier after President Francois Hollande on Thursday took the country by ...