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Mosul offensive to start soon, says French defence minister

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CONCARNEAU, France An Iraqi government-led offensive to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State will start soon, France's defence minister said on Friday after French warplanes took off from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to strike the militant group.

France wants investigation into alleged Sudan chemical weapons use 30 Sep 2016

PARIS France said on Friday it wanted an international investigation to decide whether Sudanese government forces had used chemical weapons in Darfur after allegations in a "worrying" report by Amnesty International.

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AXA, Allianz vie for StanChart's general insurance distribution deal - sources 30 Sep 2016

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG France's AXA and Germany's Allianz SE have advanced to the second stage of bidding for a Standard Chartered deal that would enable the sale of general insurance products through the bank's Asian branches, people familiar with the matter said.

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France's Ayrault says Donald Trump's foreign policy 'very confused' 29 Sep 2016

PARIS France's foreign minister took a swipe at U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday calling his foreign policy objectives "confused" and warning that Paris could not forget remarks made after militant attacks in France.

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Hollande's tax boost for French firms yields 100,000 jobs - study 29 Sep 2016

PARIS President Francois Hollande's flagship measure to boost France's waning competitiveness has saved or created up to 100,000 jobs, a government-sponsored study said on Thursday.

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Britain, France to sign Hinkley Point nuclear deal on Thursday - sources 29 Sep 2016

LONDON/PARIS The British government and France's EDF will officially sign a contract to build Britain's first new nuclear power plant in a generation on Thursday, after months of wrangling over the involvement of EDF's Chinese partner, sources said.

France wants U.N. resolution on Aleppo, force Russia's hand 28 Sep 2016

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS France's foreign minister said on Wednesday he was working to put forward a U.N. Security Council resolution for a ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo, and that any country that opposed it would be deemed complicit in war crimes.

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Paris, Berlin play down Sarkozy plan to reverse Brexit 28 Sep 2016

PARIS/BERLIN France and Germany distanced themselves on Wednesday from a suggestion by French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy that he could reverse Brexit if elected next year by negotiating a new European Union treaty more acceptable to Britain.

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EU finance ministers to hold new talks on global banking rules 28 Sep 2016

BRUSSELS France and Germany have persuaded their EU counterparts to discuss pending global banking rules at their next finance ministers' meeting amid concerns the bloc may refuse to sign on to the new regulations.

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French policy shift leaves Gabon's Bongo out in the cold 28 Sep 2016

DAKAR In the heyday of former President Omar Bongo, Gabon and its oil wealth were a central pillar of "La Francafrique", a shadowy network that enabled France's troops to defend African autocrats in exchange for juicy contracts for French companies.