United Kingdom


India's Modi faces calls for resignation over French jet deal


NEW DELHI/PARIS Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced calls for his resignation over allegations of corruption in a military jet deal with France after former French president Francois Hollande was quoted as saying New Delhi had influenced the choice of a local partner.


French handbag maker Longchamp to invest in China to revive sales 21 Sep 2018

PARIS Longchamp, one of France's leading handbag makers, is increasing its presence in China and the United States to boost its sales, its CEO said, betting on celebrity tie-ups and its online platforms to revive sluggish growth.

France to press Mali to implement peace deal with rebels 21 Sep 2018

PARIS France will press Mali's re-elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Saturday to move more quickly to bring into force faltering peace accords with rebels as Islamist militants keep up actions to destabilise the West African country.


France to open the way for London-style urban tolls - source 21 Sep 2018

PARIS France plans to make it easier for Paris and other big cities to introduce London-style urban vehicle tolls in a bid to reduce pollution and congestion, a government source told Reuters on Friday.


Euro zone growth still easing as industry stutters - PMI 21 Sep 2018

LONDON Euro zone business growth eased again in September, adding to signs that momentum in the currency bloc is well past its peak with country data for Germany and France also highlighting a slowdown, a survey showed on Friday.


Scaly, scary lodgers - Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles 20 Sep 2018

COUERON, France In an unassuming house on France's River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg (110-pound) tortoise roams the garden and a two-meter (seven-foot) alligator sleeps in the owner's bed while another keeps watch at the door. | Video


Top French court throws out latest appeal by SocGen rogue trader 20 Sep 2018

PARIS France's highest court of appeal on Thursday rejected the latest appeal by former rogue trader Jerome Kerviel against his three-year jail sentence for causing a 4.9 billion euro (4.3 billion pounds) loss to Societe Generale.


France holds off on Iran envoy nomination after Paris bomb plot 19 Sep 2018

PARIS France will not name a new ambassador to Tehran before getting information from Iran following a foiled plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in Paris last June, French officials said on Wednesday.

Calls grow for U.N. action on China's Muslim 're-education camps' 19 Sep 2018

GENEVA France and Germany have called on China to close "re-education camps" in its restive far western region of Xinjiang where up to one million Uighurs and other Muslims are thought to be held for political indoctrination as pressure grows for UN action.


Kingfisher slumps after French weakness hits profit 19 Sep 2018

LONDON Kingfisher , one of Europe's biggest home improvement retailers, reported a 15 percent fall in half-year profits after a poor performance in France, leading to questions about the group's ability to meet annual consensus forecasts.