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New lockdowns crush French, German consumer confidence in November

26 Nov 2020

PARIS/BERLIN French and German consumer confidence plunged in November as new coronavirus restrictions crushed any prospect of a quick return to normal in the euro zone's two biggest economies, data published on Thursday showed.

An heiress, a judge and a job: France's Sarkozy goes on trial for corruption

22 Nov 2020

PARIS Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial on Monday accused of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling, one of several criminal investigations that threaten to cast an ignominious pall over his decades-long political career.

Five years after Paris attacks, France still scarred and back on alert

13 Nov 2020

PARIS Five years after Islamist killers struck in postwar France's deadliest attack, its Prime Minister on Friday paid tribute to the victims, with the country again on high alert following a new wave of ideologically driven violence. | Video

Europe must strengthen its borders after attacks, says Macron

05 Nov 2020

PARIS Europe must rethink its open-border Schengen area, including a more robust protection of the zone's external frontiers, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, after a spate of Islamist attacks in France and Austria.

'We cannot live in fear': French pupils remember murdered teacher, protests persist

02 Nov 2020

PARIS Schools across France held a minute's silence on Monday in memory of Samuel Paty, the teacher beheaded by a Chechen teenager who wanted to avenge his use of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad during a class on freedom of expression.

Beheaded teacher was 'quiet hero' who incarnated French values, Macron says

21 Oct 2020

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Wednesday to a French history teacher beheaded by an Islamist radical as a "quiet hero" dedicated to instilling the democratic values of the French Republic in his pupils.

Paris knife attack suspect wanted to avenge Prophet cartoons - video

28 Sep 2020

PARIS/ISLAMABAD French police are studying a video in which the man suspected of attacking people with a meat cleaver on Friday says he will commit an act of "resistance" after the republication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad in a satirical magazine.

French labs show how global supply bottlenecks thwart effort to ramp up testing

25 Sep 2020

PARIS Mass testing was meant to be the answer to the second wave. Politicians promised that with enough tests, conducted quickly enough, they could keep the coronavirus in check, without having to resort to lockdowns that crippled economies six months ago.

Marseille's hospitals back on crisis footing as coronavirus spreads again in France

10 Sep 2020

MARSEILLE/PARIS Each day this week, Professor Dominique Rossi has convened a coronavirus crisis group as intensive care wards in hospitals in Marseille fill up after a summer lull, deciding on how best to distribute beds and find extra staff.

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