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Former French president Jacques Chirac dies, aged 86

26 Sep 2019

PARIS Former President Jacques Chirac, a political chameleon who dominated French politics for decades and strived to make France's voice heard in Europe and beyond, died on Thursday at the age of 86. | Video

French military frees hostages in Burkina Faso, two commandos killed

11 May 2019

PARIS French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso, France's military said on Friday, adding that two of the elite soldiers were killed in the night-time operation.

Rights group tries to block Saudi vessel loading French arms

09 May 2019

PARIS, May 9 A French human rights group on Thursday sought to block the loading of weapons onto a Saudi Arabian vessel that is due to dock in northern France later in the day, its lawyers said, arguing the cargo contravened an international arms treaty.

French envoy returns to Italy as friendship rekindles

15 Feb 2019

PARIS France's ambassador to Italy returned to Rome on Friday, eight days after his recall by President Emmanuel Macron, as the European neighbours defused their worst diplomatic crisis since World War Two.

After air strikes in Chad, France warns citizens to be vigilant

07 Feb 2019

PARIS France warned its citizens in Chad on Thursday to be extra vigilant after its fighter jets struck a heavily-armed rebel convoy that crossed last week from southern Libya aiming to destabilise President Idriss Deby.

French jets strike Chadian rebels to head off Deby destabilisation

06 Feb 2019

PARIS French warplanes destroyed about 20 pick-up trucks in a third day of air strikes on Wednesday against a Chadian rebel convoy that crossed last week from Libya, an operation the French military said was aimed at preventing the destabilisation of its former colony.

Backing Chad's Deby, French warplanes stop rebel advance from Libya

04 Feb 2019

PARIS French warplanes struck a rebel convoy in northern Chad on Sunday, helping local troops repel an incursion across the border from Libya, a sign France's support for President Idriss Deby goes beyond fighting Islamist militants.

France shifts stance on returning jihadists as U.S. withdraws from Syria

29 Jan 2019

PARIS France is preparing for the return of dozens of French jihadists held by Kurdish authorities in Syria after the United States announced the withdrawal of its forces, its interior minister said on Tuesday, marking a shift in Paris' policy on the issue.

Toxic substances found in nappies in France - government agency

23 Jan 2019

PARIS A variety of potentially toxic substances, including the widely-used weed-killer glyphosate, has been found in babies' nappies in France, according to a study on Wednesday by the French environment agency ANSES.

France gives weapons to Central Africa, favors end to embargo

11 Dec 2018

BANGUI/PARIS France on Tuesday delivered hundreds of assault weapons to Central African Republic (CAR) to fight the growing influence of armed groups in its former colony and said it had no objections in principle to lifting a U.N. arms embargo on the country.

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