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FRANCE: France's ex-first lady in UK to tell all on Hollande

0 Former First Lady, Valerie Trierweiler, kicked off a promotional tour on Saturday of her best-selling book "Thank you for this moment," in which she tells all about her tumultuous love affair with French President François Hollande. Screen capture/Times Magazine Standard

FRANCE: More bad news for Hollande as close ally resigns

0 France's minister for veteran affairs, Kader Arif, resigned on Friday over allegations of favouritism, spelling a fresh blow for President François Hollande. Arif is the latest member of the Socialist government to go, which has seen a culling of ministers because of tax and fraud scandals. French President Francois Hollande (L) and Junior Minister for Veterans Kader Arif (R) attend a ceremony to commemorate the end of the World War One, in Oyonnax, November 11, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta/Files Standard

: French press review 22 November 2014

0 The contrasting political fortunes of President François Hollande and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé, falling petrol prices, the Bhopal gas tragedy in India are some of the stories which made it to the front pages of the national dailies today. Standard

FRANCE: Far Right success dampens anti-racist group's 30th birthday

0 The French anti-racism group SOS Racisme marks its 30th anniversary today. Formed in 1984 to tackle racism, the organization still faces many of the challenges that inspired its initial creation, including the alarming rise of the Far Right in France and across Europe. Demonstration in Paris, with more than 5000 participants. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes Standard

FRANCE - UNITED KINGDOM - SWITZERLAND: HSBC charged in 180-billion-euro French tax fraud probe

0 The Swiss arm of British bank HSBC has been placed under formal investigation for money-laundering and helping tax-dodgers in a Franch tax fraud probe. Investigators believe that over 180 billion euros was hidden in tax havens in 2006-2007. HSBC in New York Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/Files Standard

FRANCE - RUSSIA: Second Russian Mistral warship nears launch in French shipyard

0 The second Mistral warship being built  for Russia by French shipbuilders was placed in the dock in Brittany's Saint-Nazaire shipyard on Thursday night. Moscow is demanding delivery of the ships but France is under pressure to withhold them as part of international sanctions over the Ukraine conflict. The Mistral Vladivostok at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, April 2014 Reuters/Stephane Mahe Standard

FRANCE - NORTH KOREA : North Korean students missing in Paris amid purge of Kim Jong-un’s uncle’s aides

0 Spies from North and South Korea are said to be searching for 10 North Korean architecture students who have gone missing in Paris. French police are also looking for them, amid reports that one is the son of an official purged by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. Jang Song-Thaek faces a military tribunal before his execution Reuters/Yonhap Standard

FRANCE - ASIA: Six Boeing 747s fly Beaujolais Nouveau from Paris to Asia

0 Six Boeing 747s carried 2,000 tonnes of Beaujolais wine from Paris to Hong Kong so that Asians could celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 vintage on Thursday. Japanese women on Thursday drinking Beaujolais Nouveau in Tokyo, 20 november 2014. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO Standard

FRANCE - BRITAIN - BELGIUM: 1,300 stranded for eight hours on Eurostar

0 Some 1,300 Eurostar passengers were stranded in northern France for eight hours on Thursday night. Two trains - one from London to Paris, the other from London to Brussels - were stopped because of broken overhead power cables.  Eurostar's new train at St Pancras station in London, 13 November 2014. Reuters/Andrew Winning Standard

: French press review 21 November 2014

0 Several national dailies are looking for answers to the terror threat posed by hundreds of French citizens joining the Islamic State (IS) armed group and other Islamist movements in Syria and Iraq. Standard

FRANCE : Jean-Marie Le Pen to appeal to European rights court over Roma racism conviction

0 The Paris court of appeal on Thursday upheld a fine of 5,000 euros against Jean-Marie Le Pen, honorary president of the far-right Front National for implying Roma were thieves. He says he will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier Standard

FRANCE - IRAN - US: Fabius, Kerry in make-or-break talks with Iran over nuclear programme

0 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius travelled to Vienna on Friday to join US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s Javad Zarif for make-or-break talks on Iran's nuclear programme. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris on Thursday Reuters/Charles Platiau Standard

FRANCE - SYRIA - IRAQ: Confusion over 'French' IS executioner's identity, as new video calls for attacks in France

0 Sources in the Islamic State (IS) armed group have told RFI that French national Mickaël Dos Santos is not one of the executioners in a recent video, contradicting French officials’ claim to have identified him. Dos Santos himself denied the claim on Twitter. Mikaël Dos Santos was brought up in Champigny-sur-Marne to the east of Paris Reuters/Charles Platiau Standard

ON-THE-SPOT FRANCE: French chefs divided on putting protected ortolan back on menu

French chefs like Alain Ducasse and Alain Dutournier would like to bring the ortolan back on the menu Getty Images/DEA/F.BALLANTI Top French chefs, including Alain Ducasse and Alain Dutournier, want to bring the ortolan, a tiny songbird which is a protected species, back onto French menus one weekend per year.

FRANCE : Cheers! this year's Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived

0 Thousands of Beaujolais wine lovers gathered at midnight on Wednesday night in the eastern French home town of Beaujeu to sample the Beaujolais 2014 vintage. Flick'r/CC/Jeff Cutler Standard

Tactical Argentina stun France in Paris - The

The Local.frTactical Argentina stun France in ParisThe Local.frArgentina produced a tactical masterclass to beat France 18-13 at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday. The Pumas scored four drop goals and dominated the majority of a turgid contest to end their November tour on a high. France came within inches ...Argentina stun France in ParisSport24Rugby Union: Tactical Argentina stun France in Paris 18-13The Straits TimesArgentina beats France 18-13 in Paris, kicking their way to victory with four ...ABC OnlineThe Guardian -SkySportsall 44 news articles »

French Jews tout Muslim allies at Paris confab - The Times of Israel

The Times of IsraelFrench Jews tout Muslim allies at Paris confabThe Times of IsraelPARIS (JTA) — Shadowed by two bodyguards, Hassen Chalghoumi — a target of numerous anti-Semitic attacks in recent years — mingled with friends and colleagues at the fifth national convention of France's Jewish community umbrella group, CRIF.

US artist erects giant green 'butt plug' in Paris - FRANCE 24

FRANCE 24US artist erects giant green 'butt plug' in ParisFRANCE 24Meanwhile French conservative group Printemps Français (French Spring) took to Twitter to denounce the object as a “humiliation” for Paris. “A giant 24-metre butt plug has been erected at Place Vendome,” the group tweeted. “Place Vendome disfigured ...Paris's 'butt plug' artwork sabotaged as obscenity row ragesRFIThis 80-Foot 'Butt Plug' In Paris Isn't A Giant Sex Toy, It's A Paul McCarthy ...Huffington PostParis's 'Tree' Art Installation Provokes UproarWall Street JournalBBC News -The Independent -CityLaball 410 news articles »

French Authorities Hunt What May Be a Wildcat Near Disneyland - New York Times

New York TimesFrench Authorities Hunt What May Be a Wildcat Near DisneylandNew York TimesPARIS — Police officers were sent to guard schools, while hundreds of security officers scoured large areas near the French capital. Spooked drivers locked their car doors. Residents cowered at home, fearful that a menacing tiger would devour them whole.France: Wild Cat on the Prowl but It's Not a TigerABC NewsRenegade cat in Paris isn't a tiger, but it's still on the runMashableParis 'tiger' on the prowl not a tiger at all, say French policeThe GuardianCNN -BBC Newsall 1,494 news articles »

Video Game Meets History, and France Rebels Again - New York Times

New York TimesVideo Game Meets History, and France Rebels AgainNew York TimesPARIS — Perhaps only in France could a video game provoke an earnest philosophical debate over the decadence of the monarchy, the moral costs of democracy, the rise of the far right and the meaning of the state. The French are fulminating over the ...

Kerry and French Counterpart Meet Ahead of Iran Nuclear Talks in Vienna - New York Times

New York TimesKerry and French Counterpart Meet Ahead of Iran Nuclear Talks in ViennaNew York TimesPARIS — Secretary of State John Kerry met with his French counterpart here on Thursday as he sought to close ranks with a key negotiating partner before heading to Vienna for a crucial round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. In a joint ...France tempers Iran nuclear stance in nod to wider diplomatic needsReutersall 2,144 news articles »

Suspect in Paris Synagogue Bombing Extradited to France - TIME

TIMESuspect in Paris Synagogue Bombing Extradited to FranceTIMEHassan Diab, the Ottawa professor who has been ordered extradited to France by the Canadian government, listens to his lawyer speak at a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, April 13, 2012. Patrick Doyle—AP ...France detains suspect in 1980 Paris synagogue bombingReutersParis synagogue bomb: Canadian suspect extradited to FranceBBC NewsParis bombing suspect lands in FranceThe Local.frThe Times of Israelall 199 news articles »

France opens probe into IS propaganda video -

France opens probe into IS propaganda videoTheNewsTribune.comPARIS — France has formally opened a terrorism investigation into three French recruits of the Islamic State group calling for attacks back home in a propaganda video. The three men, who appear under Arabic pseudonyms, appear in a montage that also ...and more »

Paris votes against controversial new skyscraper - FRANCE 24

RFIParis votes against controversial new skyscraperFRANCE 24“Kosciusko-Morizet thinks that by winning the [no] vote on the 'Triangle' she will have beaten me,” the Paris mayor told French newspaper Les Echos last week. “She thinks that saying 'no' to the 'Triangle' will be a 'no' to Anne Hidalgo. It is totally ...Paris rejects plans for pyramidal skyscraper: Tour TriangleRFIPlans for rare Paris skyscraper fall into legal limboReutersall 110 news articles »

French Baker launches Paris fly-off promo - Philippine Star

Philippine StarFrench Baker launches Paris fly-off promoPhilippine StarMANILA, Philippines - The French Baker, the original French bakery-cafe that first opened in SM City North Edsa 25 years ago, together with Insight Vacations, Rajah Travel Corporation and Etihad Airways, launched “Visit Paris in Summer 2015,” a raffle ...