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France's Le Drian says 'no' to Iran Mediterranean axis

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PARIS France's foreign minister criticised Iran's regional ambitions, saying Paris could not accept Tehran's military expansion to the Mediterranean, and accused Russia of failing to use its influence to push U.N.-led Syrian peace talks and curb violence.

Thriving French organic food market needs domestic supply boost - study 12 Dec 2017

PARIS Farmers need to boost organic food production in France to meet fast-growing demand or consumers will turn to imports at the expense of some environmental benefits, credit insurer Coface said on Tuesday.

French government dampens Corsican nationalists' autonomy hopes 12 Dec 2017

PARIS France's government on Tuesday ruled out major concessions towards autonomy sought by Corsica's nationalists after they won a regional election, but said it was open to talks that took account of the island's distinctive character.

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France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 billion for Australia's Westfield 12 Dec 2017

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $15.7 billion (£11.8 billion), in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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France awards climate grants to U.S.-based scientists on summit eve 12 Dec 2017

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron plans to award multi-year grants for several U.S.-based scientists to relocate to France, his office said on Monday on the eve of a climate summit hosted by the president to raise finances to counter global warming.

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Leading French conservative quits party after right winger wins leadership 11 Dec 2017

PARIS Right-wing heavyweight Xavier Bertrand quit France's main conservative party, The Republicans, on Monday, highlighting the challenges its new chief will face in trying to keep the party together.

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Erdogan and Macron to urge U.S. to turn back on Jerusalem decision - sources 09 Dec 2017

ISTANBUL Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan and France's Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday.

Pro-Palestinian march in Paris ahead of Netanyahu visit 09 Dec 2017

PARIS Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on Saturday staged a protest in Paris against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned visit to France on Sunday.

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European states push U.S. for detailed Middle East peace proposals 09 Dec 2017

UNITED NATIONS Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Italy called on the United States on Friday to put forward detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and described as "unhelpful" a decision by President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Trump's Jerusalem plan revives tensions in EU diplomacy 08 Dec 2017

PARIS/BRUSSELS France said on Friday the United States had sidelined itself in the Middle East by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but the EU's top diplomat insisted Washington remains a mediator as Europe struggled for unity in its diplomacy.