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French billionaire Drahi acquires Sotheby's auction house for $3.7 billion

Mon, 17/06/2019 - 14:14
French-Israeli telecoms and media mogul Patrick Drahi is acquiring Sotheby's auction house, one of the world's biggest art brokers, in a $3.7 billion deal, the British-founded company announced Monday.

France vs Nigeria: Les Bleus aiming to beat the Super Falcons and top the group undefeated

Mon, 17/06/2019 - 09:48
After France secured a spot in the Women’s World Cup last 16, head coach Corinne Diacre has upped the stakes for “Les Bleues”: to come away from the group stages undefeated with a victory over Nigeria in Rennes on Monday.

Boeing crisis, trade tensions cast pall over Paris Air Show

Mon, 17/06/2019 - 06:08
Safety concerns, trade wars and growing security tensions in the Gulf are dampening spirits at the world’s largest planemakers as they arrive at this week’s Paris Airshow with little to celebrate despite bulging order books.

France begins trial of compulsory civic service for teens

Sun, 16/06/2019 - 13:16
Nearly two decades after France phased out conscription for men, some 2,000 teenagers on Sunday began a pilot programme for a new national civic service, a pet project of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Worshippers in hard hats gather for first Notre-Dame mass since fire

Sun, 16/06/2019 - 09:34
The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris hosted its first mass on Saturday exactly two months after a devastating blaze that shocked the world, with priests and worshippers wearing hard hats to protect themselves against possible falling debris.

Small donors are rebuilding Notre-Dame as French billionaires delay

Sat, 15/06/2019 - 15:50
As Notre-Dame holds its first mass Saturday since a devastating fire two months ago, billionaire French donors who pledged hundreds of millions for rebuilding have "yet to pay a penny", a spokesman for the cathedral said.

Art by French artist Saype on the Champs de Mars honours migrant rescuers

Sat, 15/06/2019 - 13:34
A 600-metre-long, biodegradable work of graffiti by French artist Saype on the Champs de Mars in Paris honours migrant rescuers, in the first of a series of works on this park next to the Eiffel Tower.

Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral holds its first mass after devastating fire

Sat, 15/06/2019 - 08:18
Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will host its first mass on Saturday, exactly two months after the devastating blaze that shocked France and the world.

Use of anti-riot weaponry soars in France

Fri, 14/06/2019 - 15:56
The use of controversial anti-riot weaponry by French police soared in 2018 amid the onset of the Yellow Vest protests, figures released Thursday showed.

Breaking point: The crisis in France's hospitals

Fri, 14/06/2019 - 15:53
This week we're focusing on the French healthcare system. It's rated as one of the best in the world, but it's facing an unprecedented crisis. For the past three months, in emergency rooms around the country, doctors and nurses have been on strike. They say they're fed up with deteriorating working conditions that are putting patients' lives in danger. We take a closer look at the crisis and at the government's response so far.

French government unlocks €70 million in emergency room funding

Fri, 14/06/2019 - 15:09
France announced on Friday that it would unlock an additional €70 million to fund hospitals through the summer, three months after emergency room workers went on strike to protest against a lack of staffing and resources.

Week in Review: Paris métro tickets on their way out, French ER workers on the brink & Mont Blanc's meltdown

Fri, 14/06/2019 - 11:49
Paris began phasing out the city’s emblematic paper métro tickets this week, while French ER workers continued to strike against work conditions. We also take a look at how Mont Blanc in the French Alps has fallen victim to its own success.

Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn's French home searched in Versailles wedding probe

Thu, 13/06/2019 - 17:55
French anti-fraud police on Thursday searched the residence of former Nissan and Renault chief Carlos Ghosn outside Paris as part of a probe into his sumptious marriage celebrations at the Palace of Versailles in 2016, prosecutors said.

French police hunt hit-and-run driver who killed 9-year-old boy

Thu, 13/06/2019 - 17:12
French police Thursday intensified a manhunt for a driver who killed a nine-year-old boy of Turkish origin and then fled the scene, in a hit-and-run accident that has sparked nationwide outrage.

From the ashes: Notre-Dame prepares to hold first mass after fire

Thu, 13/06/2019 - 16:15
Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral will hold its first mass Saturday two-months after the landmark building was gutted by fire.

French senators backtrack on changes to relax abortion law

Thu, 13/06/2019 - 09:47
The French Senate has backtracked on proposed changes to the country’s abortion law, just as the United States passes ever-stricter measures to discourage women from seeking abortion.

Macron to send Trump another friendship tree after first one dies

Wed, 12/06/2019 - 15:50
French President Emmanuel Macron has downplayed the death of an oak tree he had offered US President Donald Trump last year, saying people shouldn't read symbols into everything and that he would send the American leader a new tree.

French PM unveils tax cuts, pension reforms as Macron eyes rebound

Wed, 12/06/2019 - 14:25
France’s prime minister has mapped out the government’s reform agenda in an address to parliament as President Emmanuel Macron seeks to rebuild momentum behind his measures to shake up the economy now that Yellow Vest protests are abating.

Britain's Froome ruled out of Tour de France after crash

Wed, 12/06/2019 - 13:58
Chris Froome will miss the Tour de France after being seriously injured in a training accident at the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday, Team Ineos leader Dave Brailsford has confirmed.

France face reality check ahead of match against Norway

Wed, 12/06/2019 - 10:18
After easily defeating South Korea (4-0), France will face stiff competition on Wednesday as they take on Norway in their second group stage match.