Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis


PARIS - Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighbouring Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview on Sunday.

Air France-KLM deferral of Boeing 777 raises concern 19 Dec 2014

SEATTLE - Boeing Co faced a potentially larger gap in production of its 777 jetliner after Air France-KLM said on Thursday that it plans to defer delivery of 10 Boeing 777s following its third profit warning in six months.


Air France-KLM shares fall sharply after third profit warning 19 Dec 2014

PARIS - Shares in Air France-KLM fell around 8 percent on Friday after the Franco-Dutch airline group issued its third profit warning since July and announced new belt-tightening.


Tunisia's old regime hopes makeover can win it the election 19 Dec 2014

TUNIS - In the corner of his office, Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi keeps a bust of Habib Bourguiba, who led the country in 1957 after its independence from France. It is a symbol, he says, of the kind of statesman Tunisia now needs.

French far-right mayor gets one-year ban over campaign funds 19 Dec 2014

PARIS - A National Front (FN) mayor in eastern France was banned on Friday from carrying out his functions for one year on grounds of irregular campaign funds, underlining the hurdles still facing the party as it seeks to show it can govern.

At U.N., Iran urged to show more flexibility in nuclear talks 18 Dec 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12-year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday.


Coeure says ECB weighing how best to act, France wants policy shift 17 Dec 2014

FRANKFURT/PARIS - European Central Bank policymakers are discussing how best to act to revive the euro zone economy rather than whether to do so, ECB board member Benoit Coeure said, as France pressed for a "more suitable" monetary policy for the common currency area.


Paris constitutional court to decide if Airbus trial can proceed 17 Dec 2014

PARIS - France's highest constitutional body will rule in early 2015 on whether a trial involving accusations of insider trading at Airbus Group can go ahead, following complaints by defendants that it would infringe their basic rights.


No need for new reform of French pension system - minister 16 Dec 2014

PARIS - France's social affairs minister said on Tuesday there was no need to reform an indebted pension system despite a report showing it will face chronic funding shortfalls unless the French accept to work longer and take home smaller pensions.

France’s National Front to see 2015 local vote surge - survey 16 Dec 2014

- France's far-right National Front (FN) will lead first-round voting in departmental elections next March, a poll released on Tuesday said, underlining the emergence of the party as a major force in French politics.