Japan, France join hands on defense equipment, fast-breeder reactors

National / Politics May 5, 2014

Japan, France join hands on defense equipment, fast-breeder reactors

Japan and France agreed Monday to open talks on joint development of defense equipment, signed a document on developing fast-breeder reactor technology and confirmed plans to foster economic dialogue. In addition to jointly producing unmanned submersibles for surveillance, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President ...

Once veiled, French affairs feed tabloids

World Jan 13, 2014

Once veiled, French affairs feed tabloids

by Agnes C. Poirier

On Friday morning, I woke up as my usual French self. Then, from under the duvet, I reached for my smartphone and learned from Twitter that the French edition of Closer magazine had published pictures purportedly revealing an affair between President Francois Hollande and ...

National Sep 25, 2013

Japan, France agree on need for strong U.N. resolution on Syria

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande have agreed at a summit on the need for a strong U.N. resolution to stop Syria from using chemical weapons, while pledging cooperation on decommissioning the Fukushima No. 1 plant, a Japanese official said. At their ...

National / Politics Jun 8, 2013

Hollande gives reconciliation lesson

by Reiji Yoshida

French President Francois Hollande said Friday in a speech to the Diet that he is concerned by the rising diplomatic tension in Asia and urged Japan to reconcile history issues with neighboring countries just as France and Germany did after World War II. Hollande didn't ...

National / Politics Jun 5, 2013

Abe, Hollande to discuss ban on military-convertible items

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande are scheduled to agree Friday in Tokyo to start talks on banning exports of dual-use items that can be diverted to military use, a government official said. They will also agree to jointly develop defense equipment, ...

The French left turns on Francois Hollande

World / Politics May 4, 2013

The French left turns on Francois Hollande

by Julian Coman

The freshly cut inscription on the marble "tombstone" was savage and to the point: "Betrayal! Here lie the promises of F. Hollande which were made to workers and their families in Florange on 24 February 2012. From the steelworkers of Lorraine." With barely suppressed ...

Top French officials disclose personal wealth

Business Apr 17, 2013

Top French officials disclose personal wealth

The wealthiest member of France's Socialist government, French people learned Monday, is Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who inherited a $7.8 million fortune from his family's trade in art and antiques. But Michele Delaunay, minister for the aged, also disclosed a comfortable stash: $7 million, ...