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 ...

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

Dec 2, 2016

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

French President Francois Hollande’s dramatic decision not to seek a second term next year leaves the left-wing field open in an election that is proving increasingly unpredictable. Hollande announced Thursday he would not seek re-election next April, bowing to historic low approval ratings. “I ...