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FRANCE: Brittany farmers set fire to government buildings in new French rural protest

2014-09-20
The French government has sworn that farmers who set fire to government buildings on Friday night will be taken to court and punished, as farmers’ unions say the protest was a symptom of crisis hitting vegetable growers. French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll AFP/Joël Saget Standard

FRANCE - UNITED KINGDOM: Britain to pay 15 million euros to Calais after migrant ferry storming incidents

2014-09-20
Britain is to contribute 15 million euros to tighten security at the French Channel port of Calais, following attempts by migrants to break through barriers and cross to the United Kingdom. Migrants followed by police outside the port at Calais Reuters/Pascal Rossignol Standard

ANALYSIS: FRANCE: Could Sarkozy be French president again?

2014-09-20
To nobody’s surprise, France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to active politics, declaring himself a candidate for the leadership of the right-wing UMP party, which really means he intends to stand in the 2017 presidential election. Comeback kid? Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy Reuters/Lionel Bonaventure Standard

: French press review 20 September 2014

2014-09-20
The national dailies are all buzzing about Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s ex-president who vowed to quit politics when he lost the 2012 election. On Friday the ex-leader of France’s main right-wing party, the UMP, announced his return to politics on his Facebook page, vowing to offer a "new political choice" to disenchanted French voters. Standard

FRANCE - MALI: France to declassify documents on RFI reporters’ murder in Mali

2014-09-20
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says secret documents on last year ‘s murder of the two RFI reporters in Mali will be declassified. Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were killed while reporting on the conflict in the north of the country. Flowers were placed at the foot of this statue at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris. DR Standard

FRANCE - UNITED KINGDOM: French archaeologists find 2,000-year-old boomerang used by Gauls

2014-09-19
The Gauls used boomerangs 2,000 years ago, according to archaeologists who have found a wooden curved stick on a beach in the northern French town of Cotentin. Reconstitution of a Gallic village at Pleumeur-Bodou, Brittany. Wikimedia commons Standard

FRANCE - GUINEA: French court scraps Guinean’s deportation because of Ebola epidemic

2014-09-19
An illegal immigrant from Guinea escaped deportation from France because of the Ebola epidemic in his homeland on Friday. His lawyer hopes the case has set a legal precedent. A local council building in Guéckédou, Guinea, where Ebola patients are cared for RFI/Olivier Rogez Standard

FRANCE: French crook arranges own funeral to escape police

2014-09-19
A 26-year-old persistent offender arranged his own funeral and placed a death notice in a regional newspaper to escape French police earlier this month. Apart from the police, only his grandmother turned up for the ceremony in western France. City hall of Alençon, Normandy. Wikimedia commons Standard

FRANCE - IRAQ - US: French air strikes on Iraq begin

2014-09-19
France has carried out its first air-strikes in Iraq, just hours after President François Hollande announced the country’s participation in the US-led offensive against the Islamic State armed group. Iraqi President Fuad Masum with France's François Hollande at this week's conference on his country in Paris Reuters/Christian Hartmann Standard

: French press review 19 September 2014

2014-09-19
This morning’s papers all report President François Hollande’s press conference in Paris on Thursday afternoon. He faced a grilling from the press about the uncertain direction the country is taking more than two years after he was elected. Standard

FRANCE - LIBERIA: French nurse receives experimental Ebola treatment in Paris hospital

2014-09-19
A French nurse who has contracted Ebola was receiving “experimental treatments” in a French military hospital on Friday after Health Minister Marisol Touraine took the exceptional step of authorising their use. The Bégin hospital at Saint-Mandé where the French nurse is being treated Reuters/Charles Platiau Standard

FRANCE - US - IRAQ: Obama welcomes French decision to join Iraq air strikes

2014-09-19
US President Barack Obama on Thursday welcomed France’s decision to take part in air strikes against the Islamic State armed group in Iraq as Washington tries to win allies to fight the fundamentalist insurgency. President François Hollande at his press conference on Thursday Reuters/Christian Hartmann Standard

ON-THE-SPOT FRANCE: France's historical monuments hold annual open days

2014-09-18
Montsouris réservoir in Paris, a water storage facility. © Eau de Paris The European Council adopted France's Heritage Days in 1991. Started in 1983 her the Journées de la Patrimoine have become a tradition with more than 12 million people visiting historic buildings each year. The 31st this weekend will see 17,000 different sites open their doors to the public. One of the sites open to the public is the Montsouris réservoir in Paris, a water storage facility that has been closed for the last 20 years.

FRANCE - BRUNEI: France’s Femina literary prize boycotts hotel over Brunei sharia law

2014-09-18
The all-woman jury of France’s prestigious Prix Femina has decided to not to stage its awards ceremony at a luxury hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei because he is introducing sharia law in his tiny country. Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah of Brunei Reuters/Ahim Rani/Files Standard

FRANCE - AFRICA: First French Ebola patient to be airlifted home

2014-09-18
A French volunteer for the Doctor Withouth Borders (MSF) NGO, infected by the Ebola virus in Liberia, was to be airlifted to Paris on Thursday. The woman is the first French national working in affected areas, to contract the virus . Ebola vaccine trial at the Oxford Vaccine Group Centre , 17 septembre 2014 Reuters/Steve Parsons/Pool Standard

France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq - Mid Columbia Tri City Herald

2014-09-19
Mid Columbia Tri City HeraldFrance joins US against Islamic State over IraqMid Columbia Tri City HeraldPARIS — France is back at America's side in conducting military strikes in Iraq. More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush's war against Saddam Hussein, France on Friday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding targets ...and more »

Iraq Conference Opens in Paris as France Urges 'Global' Fight on Jihadists - Newsweek

2014-09-15
NewsweekIraq Conference Opens in Paris as France Urges 'Global' Fight on JihadistsNewsweekFrench President Francois Hollande and Iraq's President Fuad Masum attend the opening of an international conference bringing together about 30 countries to discuss how to cooperate in the fight against Islamic State militants in Paris. Christian ...Paris summit: France urges swift action on ISISThe Local.frParis summit vows to defeat IS by 'any means necessary'FRANCE 24Hollande calls for urgent action on Islamic State at Paris conferenceRFIReuters -BBC News -The Guardianall 1,663 news articles »

Paris fights 'love lock' bridge trend with plastic panels - FRANCE 24

2014-09-20
FRANCE 24Paris fights 'love lock' bridge trend with plastic panelsFRANCE 24Paris officials have put up plastic panels on an iconic pedestrian bridge spanning the Seine river in front of the Louvre in an attempt to stop lovers sealing their passion with padlocks attached to the bridge. City hall authorities are desperately ...and more »

France: Sarkozy announces political comeback - The State

2014-09-19
The StateFrance: Sarkozy announces political comebackThe StatePARIS — Nicolas Sarkozy may want his old job back. The man who led France from 2007 to 2012 announced Friday on Facebook that he's joining the race to lead his conservative UMP party in elections next month. The widely expected move is seen as a ...

France strikes Islamic State group's depot in Iraq - Bellingham Herald

2014-09-19
Bellingham HeraldFrance strikes Islamic State group's depot in IraqBellingham HeraldFrench President Francois Hollande, left speaks with France's Military Chief of Staff attached to the French presidency Benoit Puga after a press conference at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi ...

Paris Airports Quiet as Air France Pilots Strike - New York Times

2014-09-15
New York TimesParis Airports Quiet as Air France Pilots StrikeNew York TimesDespite the large number of cancellations, airport officials said there was little chaos in the concourses of Paris's two main airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, because most passengers who would have boarded Air France flights remained at home or ...Air France Flights Between Detroit, Paris Canceled Due Pilot StrikeCBS LocalStrike cancels Air France Detroit-Paris flightsLansing State JournalnewsUSA TODAYCTV News -Business Insiderall 428 news articles »

France dismisses accusations it pays ransoms - Macon Telegraph (blog)

2014-09-18
Macon Telegraph (blog)France dismisses accusations it pays ransomsMacon Telegraph (blog)PARIS — President Francois Hollande is dismissing widespread suspicion that the French government pays ransoms to extremist groups to free French hostages. Islamic State militants have decapitated American and British hostages in recent weeks, while ...

France to carry out airstrikes in Iraq - Hilton Head Island Packet

2014-09-18
Hilton Head Island PacketFrance to carry out airstrikes in IraqHilton Head Island PacketPARIS — France has agreed to carry out airstrikes requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group's fighters who've captured swathes of the country, President Francois Hollande said Thursday. Hollande stressed that France wouldn ...

Obama Thanks Congress, France For Anti-IS Support, As Paris Begins Air Strikes - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

2014-09-19
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyObama Thanks Congress, France For Anti-IS Support, As Paris Begins Air StrikesRadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyU.S. President Barack Obama has thanked Congress for voting to help train and equip moderate Syrian rebels and expressed appreciation to France for offering to help in striking the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Iraq. Obama said France, "one of ...

French nurse receives experimental Ebola treatment in Paris hospital - RFI

2014-09-19
RFIFrench nurse receives experimental Ebola treatment in Paris hospitalRFITouraine, who visited the Bégin hospital at Saint Mandé just outside Paris on Friday morning as a sign of “solidarity” with staff caring for the patient, said that the drugs were administered “as soon as she arrived”. "She was immediately transferred ...France's First Ebola Patient to Get Experimental DrugWall Street JournalFirst French Ebola victim to be flown home from LiberiaYahoo Newsall 332 news articles »