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FRANCE - EUROPE - RUSSIA: France on the spot as Ukraine crisis sanctions against Russia divide Europe

2014-07-22
A call for an arms embargo on Tuesday puts France in a difficult position and divides EU foreign ministers who want tougher sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Donetsk region, 22 July 2014. Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev Standard

FRANCE: Pro-Palestinian protest gets go-ahead in Paris

2014-07-22
Following two violent pro-Palestinian protests in Paris last week, the French government has allowed a similar rally to take place on Wednesday. Pro-Gaza protesters burn an Israeli flag during weekend protests in Paris. 19 July 2014. RFI Standard

FRANCE: Green algae: French government blamed for water pollution

2014-07-22
A French court on Monday blamed the French government for the decomposing toxic green algae covering beaches in Brittany. Green algae in Brittany. Getty Images/Gérard Labriet Standard

FRANCE - SAHEL: Operation Barkhane increases French influence in the Sahel

2014-07-22
The French government announced that a new military operation, spanning five countries in the Sahel region of North Africa, will start at the beginning of August. This mission named Operation Barkhane will have its main base in the Chadian capital of N'Djamena, and will also be present in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. President François Hollande and Minister of Defense Jean-Luc Le Drian during their visit to Niamey, Niger. 18 July 2014. Alain Jocard / AFP Standard

FRANCE - SYRIA: Suspected jihadists arrested in southern France

2014-07-22
French police special operations arrested Tuesday morning three suspected jihadists in southern France. Eryand/Wikimedia Commons Standard

: French press review 22 July 2014

2014-07-22
French papers are still reeling from last weekend's pro-Palestinian protests in Paris with mounting concern over homegrown anti-Semitism and violence. Standard

ON-THE-SPOT FRANCE: Tour de France entertainment

2014-07-21
The 15th stage of the Tour de France between Tallard and Nimes Reuters/Christian Hartmann The Tour de France is not only about bike racing. It is also a big celebration which is attended by thousands of people not only along the route, but also at the departure village where a daily roadshow is organised to "warm up" the public. Marc Chavet, a former RFI journalist, is now one of the morning show's key presenters.

FRANCE: Roma teenager out of coma after brutal attack in France

2014-07-21
A Roma teenager emerged from a month-long coma on Sunday after being lynched by residents in a Paris suburb. Roma camp in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine near Paris AFP/Thomas Samson Standard

FRANCE - MIDDLE EAST: French minister slams acts of anti-Semitism during pro-Gaza protests

2014-07-21
France’s interior minister has denounced Sunday's demonstration in the north Paris suburb of Sarcelles as an "intolerable act of anti-Semitism" after a rally against Israel’s Gaza offensive degenerated into violence. Police block a street entrane in Sarcelles, a Paris suburb after a pro-Gaza rally turned violent. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Standard

FRANCE: French rugby players injured in machete attack

2014-07-21
French internationals rugby players Aurélien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser were attacked on Sunday by a dozen armed men with machetes and sabres. French national rugby team, Stade de France, Paris. File February 2014. Reuters/Benoit Tessier Standard

FRANCE: Minicab drivers to protest new law in Paris

2014-07-21
The ongoing taxi wars in Paris show no sign of abating as private minicab (VTC) drivers are set to protest a new law on Monday. Earlier this year, traditional Parisian taxi drivers jammed traffic to protest against what they said was unfair competition from private hire minicabs (Véhicle de Tourisme avec Chauffeurs). The app 'Uber' on a display of a smartphone in front of a taxi. Joerg Carstensen/dpa/AFP Standard

: French press review 21 July 2014

2014-07-21
The French dailies are on fire with news from the Middle East, with front pages showing Gaza in ashes. Standard

ON-THE-SPOT FRANCE: Locals put a spin on Paris tours

2014-07-20
Paris Greeter Jean-Claude Simhon shows the Denker family old photos of Paris Alison Hird Paris is the world's most visited city, but an increasingly number of tourists are looking for more than the Eiffel tower experience. Some even want to connect with real Parisiens. The Paris Greeters association - Parisien d'un jour - is responding to that need. The volunteer guides share their love of the city - for free and with a smile.

FRANCE - MIDDLE EAST: French PM Valls defends ban on Paris pro-Gaza protest

2014-07-20
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Sunday defended the ban on Saturday’s rally in solidarity with Gaza after it ended in a riot in the Barbès area of Paris. Opponents on the right and the left claim the ban increased the chances of violence. A demonstrator throws a rock at police at the Paris pro-Gaza rally on Saturday Reuters/Philippe Wojazer Standard

FRANCE: Storms cut power to thousands of French homes, scouts struck by lighting

2014-07-20
Power cuts hit thousands of households as storms hit much of France on Saturday night. Hailstones and floods damaged homes, businesses and vehicles and boy scouts were struck by lighting. People enjoy the sun in Bordeaux earlier this week Reuters/Regis Duvignau Standard

Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia - Bellingham Herald

2014-07-22
Bellingham HeraldAmid sanctions, France in warship sale to RussiaBellingham HeraldFILE - In this March 5, 2014 file photo, French-built warship BPC Vladivostock, designed to strengthen Russia's ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships, leaves the Saint Nazaire's harbor, western France, for its test run on the open sea ...Row erupts over French warship ahead of European sanctions talksFinancial Timesall 155 news articles »

French Palestine supporters warn Paris protest ban may provoke 'intifada' - Al Jazeera America

2014-07-21
HaaretzFrench Palestine supporters warn Paris protest ban may provoke 'intifada'Al Jazeera AmericaFrance's recent ban on pro-Palestine demonstrations in Paris and other major cities has only encouraged demonstrators to the streets, protest organizers say – now, not only against Israel's ongoing bombardment of Gaza but against the political and ...France vows harsh hand on anti-Semitic violence after Paris riotsHaaretzPro-Palestinian protest gets go-ahead in ParisRFIFrench officials decry rioters who target synagogue, Jewish shopsLos Angeles TimesFinancial Times -FRANCE 24 -BBC Newsall 344 news articles »

France's Jews Flee As Rioters Burn Paris Shops, Attack Synagogue - Huffington Post UK

2014-07-22
Yahoo NewsFrance's Jews Flee As Rioters Burn Paris Shops, Attack SynagogueHuffington Post UKFrance's politicians and community leaders have criticised the "intolerable" violence against Paris' Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars. It is the third time ...Israeli-Palestinian conflict echoes loudly in tense FranceYahoo NewsAmid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the riseJewish Telegraphic AgencyThe French ContingencyNew York SunCBC.ca -The Times (subscription) -BDliveall 8,585 news articles »

France Bans Planned Pro-Palestinian Rally in Paris - Wall Street Journal

2014-07-18
France Bans Planned Pro-Palestinian Rally in ParisWall Street JournalPARIS—French authorities have banned pro-Palestinian groups from holding a rally in Paris on Saturday, citing security concerns a week after a similar march was marred by violent clashes. Several French charity organizations and political movements, ...

Our readers' Tour de France photos: from Yorkshire to Paris, via London - The Guardian (blog)

2014-07-22
Our readers' Tour de France photos: from Yorkshire to Paris, via LondonThe Guardian (blog)Every Tour de France is special, but this year's race captured the imagination of the British public like never before. People took to the streets, baked themed cupcakes and decorated their bikes in celebration. When we asked for your Tour de France ...and more »

Notorious 'VIP' prison in Paris closed for renovations - FRANCE 24

2014-07-21
The GuardianNotorious 'VIP' prison in Paris closed for renovationsFRANCE 24Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has declared that Santé, as the last remaining prison in Paris is commonly referred to, was in a state of “advanced decay”. Returning it to good health is part of her widely-toted effort to modernise France's ...France's notorious La Santé prison receives four-year renovation termThe GuardianFrance's 'most notorious' prison closes for revampThe Local.frall 3 news articles »

Pay whatever you like to stay in Paris hotels - Canada.com

2014-07-22
Canada.comPay whatever you like to stay in Paris hotelsCanada.comThat was the experience of a restaurant in south-western France that tried it five years ago. The owner, Dominique Pucheu, said: “We were surprised to see that customers actually paid more. They gave us an average of 31 euros for a meal we would ...Guests to 'pay what you want' at Paris hotelsSydney Morning HeraldParis hotels allow travellers 'to pay what you want'CTV NewsParis hotels allow guests to 'pay what you want'Expatica FranceThe Connexionall 19 news articles »

Fears of French Gaza spillover grow after 'anti-semitic' riot in Paris suburb - The Independent

2014-07-21
The IndependentFears of French Gaza spillover grow after 'anti-semitic' riot in Paris suburbThe IndependentThe riot in Sarcelles - which was for many years run by disgraced French politician, Dominique Strauss-Kahn – followed violent scenes during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in northern Paris on Saturday afternoon. Thirty people were arrested and 18 ...

Banned Gaza protest in Paris suburb turns violent, again - FRANCE 24

2014-07-21
Banned Gaza protest in Paris suburb turns violent, againFRANCE 24France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the decision to stop the Paris protest, saying the violence that unfolded "justifies all the more the brave choice by the interior ministry to ban a demonstration." Speaking as he commemorated the ...

French Arabs defy pro-Palestine protest ban in Paris - Al Jazeera America

2014-07-19
French Arabs defy pro-Palestine protest ban in ParisAl Jazeera AmericaParis police on Saturday besieged protesters who violated a citywide ban on pro-Palestine demonstrations. Organizers of the protests said the police crackdown was aimed at further disenfranchizing the nation's often politically and socially ...and more »