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France to seal deals with China but will challenge on Belt and Road project

3:35pm GMT

PARIS France and China will sign trade deals worth billions of euros on Monday during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping but Paris will also take the opportunity to push back against Beijing's "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative.

France bans Iran's Mahan Air for flying arms, troops to Syria, elsewhere

10:59am GMT

PARIS France has banned flights in and out of the country by Iran's Mahan Air, accusing it of transporting military equipment and personnel to Syria and other Middle East war zones, diplomats said on Monday, after heavy U.S. pressure on Paris to act.

Don't take this North Korea guidebook with you, warns publisher

20 Mar 2019

PARIS A French publisher has produced a rare guide to North Korea, highlighting its history, cultural wealth and beautiful landscapes but advising tourists not to take the politically sensitive book with them. | Video

Macron woos East Africa but French companies struggle to make inroads

18 Mar 2019

NAIROBI On a trip to East Africa last week, a beaming French President Emmanuel Macron was driven through the grounds of the Kenyan president's official residence in a locally assembled Peugeot 3008 car.

In Kenya push, France seals business deals worth over 2 bln euros

18 Mar 2019

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'Positive signs' in Airbus-China talks, says French official

14 Mar 2019

NAIROBI There are encouraging signs that European planemaker Airbus is closing in on a long-negotiated deal with China for dozens of new narrow-body jets, an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

Ethiopia, France sign military, navy deal, turn 'new page' in ties

13 Mar 2019

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia and France agreed their first military cooperation accord on Tuesday, a deal that includes helping the landlocked nation build a navy, as Paris seeks to boost economic ties in Africa's second-most populous country.

Macron warns of Chinese risk to African sovereignty

12 Mar 2019

DJIBOUTI French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Tuesday of risks to the sovereignty of African countries from China's increasing economic presence as he began a visit to the east of the continent.

UPDATE 1-Macron warns of Chinese risk to African sovereignty

12 Mar 2019

DJIBOUTI, March 12 French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Tuesday of risks to the sovereignty of African countries from China's increasing economic presence as he began a visit to the east of the continent.

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White House defers on Mueller's report release, Democrats seek details

The White House said on Monday it was up to the Justice Department to decide whether detailed findings from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation will be released, a day after the top U.S. law enforcement official said President Donald Trump had been cleared of any conspiracy with Moscow.