Report of plane passenger video overshadows executive visit to crash site


BERLIN/LE VERNET, France - A video of the final seconds aboard the Germanwings plane that crashed in France last week has been discovered, reports said on Wednesday, just hours before executives visiting the crash site dodged questions about the mental health of the pilot. | Video


Holcim's no.2 investor still asking for better terms in Lafarge merger - source 5:03pm BST

ZURICH/PARIS - Holcim's second-biggest shareholder is still seeking better terms in the Swiss firm's proposed merger with Lafarge , despite the cement maker's chairman saying the company was open to giving it a seat on the combination's board.


French car sales upturn prompts upgrade to 2015 forecast 10:05am BST

PARIS - France's car sales recovery picked up in March, the CCFA industry association said on Wednesday, with national champions PSA Peugeot Citroen and Renault both showing strong gains as mid-market brands bounced back.


Merkel and Hollande edge closer after tragedies 31 Mar 2015

BERLIN - The leaders of Germany and France announced plans on Tuesday to work more closely on economic and security issues after years of strain, saying the tragedies of the Charlie Hebdo killings and air crash in the French Alps had brought them closer.

EU must do more to block terror financing, France and Germany say 31 Mar 2015

PARIS - Europe needs to step up its fight to block the flow of money destined to fund terrorism, the finance ministers of France and Germany said in a letter to European Commissioners on Tuesday.


France's National Front struggles to turn popularity into power 31 Mar 2015

PARIS - France's National Front scored its best ever local election result, but its hopes for power remain thwarted by widespread distaste for its anti-immigration policies and an election system that allows voters to block it from office.


Iran, powers struggle to overcome disputes in push for nuclear deal 28 Mar 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The foreign ministers of France and Germany joined the top U.S. and Iranian diplomats on Saturday to help break an impasse in nuclear negotiations as major powers and Iran closed in on a two- or three-page accord that could form the basis of a long-term deal. | Video

France presses at U.N. for Islamic State to face world court 27 Mar 2015

UNITED NATIONS - France said on Friday it would push the United Nations Security Council to refer the Islamic State militant group to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity.


France to begin push for U.N. Middle East action in 'coming weeks' 27 Mar 2015

UNITED NATIONS - France plans to start discussions with partners in the "coming weeks" on a United Nations Security Council resolution to lay out parameters for ending the Middle East conflict, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.


Major Holcim shareholder wants clarity on CEO in Lafarge deal 27 Mar 2015

ZURICH - A leading shareholder in Swiss cement group Holcim wants to know who will lead an enlarged group to be formed in a merger with France's Lafarge before it decides whether to back the deal.