Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

Jul 28, 2014

Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French Embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead. U.N. peacekeepers located ...

Jul 25, 2014

Japan to express concern about French warship sale to Russia

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera plans to tell his French counterpart that Japan has strong concerns about France’s plan to sell two helicopter carriers to Russia, according to a Japanese government source. In a move meant to show support for its ally, the United States, ...

Jul 25, 2014

Wreckage of missing Algerian airliner found in Mali

The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Burkina Faso and the French presidency said. “We have found the Algerian plane. The ...

Air Algerie plane latest to crash; 110 feared dead

Jul 25, 2014

Air Algerie plane latest to crash; 110 feared dead

An Air Algerie flight crashed Thursday while en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. There were few clear indications of what might have happened to the aircraft, or whether there were casualties, ...

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 ...