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French defense minister: Iran engaged in destabilizing ballistic and regional activities

Friday, 20 October 2017

France wants to take action to tackle Iran’s missile program and “destabilizing” behavior, but believes scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal would help hardliners and be a step towards future war, France's defense minister said on Friday. “We need the JCPOA. Scrapping it would be a gift to Iran’s hardiners, and a first step towards future wars,” Florence Parly said in a speech at a Washington think tank, referring to the nuclear deal known as the Joint ...

France arrests 10 over suspected plot targeting politicians

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

French anti-terror agents arrested 10 people on Tuesday over a suspected plot to target mosques and politicians, including a government spokesman, a source close to the investigation told AFP.The arrests of suspects aged 17-25 were made in the Paris region and southeast France as part of an investigation into far-right activists, the source said.The nine men and one woman are suspected of links to 21-year-old Logan Alexandre Nisin, a former militant of the far-right group Action Francaise ...

The French Touch: What the ‘Carla Bruni effect’ tells us about the Paris establishment

Monday, 16 October 2017

Pop singer and former first lady of France Carla Bruni has a new English language album out, and is using the UK and American media to try and sell it. As usual, unchallenged publicity lines for her eccentric covers of songs by groups such as Abba and AC/DC center on Bruni’s diminutive husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, or “my man” as she always calls him. Bruni projects the one-term conservative president as a pocket dynamo, “cycling 50 miles” whenever he can, learning ...

France to strip Weinstein of legion d’Honneur: Macron

Monday, 16 October 2017

France will strip disgraced Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of the prestigious Legion d’Honneur, President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday.“I have taken steps to revoke the Legion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour)” from Weinstein -- accused by several women of sexual harassment, groping and rape -- Macron said in a televised interview.Weinstein was made a knight of the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award, in 2012 in recognition of the efforts by Miramax, ...

Brainwashed by a cult: French priest offers therapy to ‘reclaim’ Yazidi captives

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

It was a lucky haircut that opened the doors of Iraq to Father Patrick Desbois. In 2015, the French priest was trying to find a way to get into Iraq and help the Yazidi people fleeing Islamic State militants, after watching their suffering on TV for months. One winter’s day, as he was in Brussels for a meeting and in need of a haircut, he stepped into the first open barber’s shop and found himself being attended to by an Iraqi man. “I told him I was very concerned about what ...

Investigation source: No link so far between Marseille knifeman and ISIS

Monday, 2 October 2017

French investigators probing a knife attack in Marseille at the weekend have not found any link so far between the assailant and ISIS, a source close to the case told AFP.ISIS’ Amaq propaganda agency claimed late Sunday that the killer of two women at the main train station in the port city was an ISIS member.“The claim by ISIS raises questions because there’s nothing to link the assailant to Islamic State at this stage,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.Top ...

ISIS group claims responsibility for Marseille attack

Sunday, 1 October 2017

ISIS claimed responsibility on Sunday for a knife attack that killed two women at the main train station in the French Mediterranean city of Marseille. The monitoring group SITE quoted an Arabic language report on the group’s Amaq propaganda agency that cited a “security source” as saying: “The executor of the stabbing operation in the city of Marseille... is from the soldiers of the ISIS.” “Two victims have been stabbed to death,” local official ...

Renoir stolen in brazen theft ahead of Paris auction

Saturday, 30 September 2017

A small painting by French impressionist Auguste Renoir was stolen from an auctioneers in a Paris suburb on Saturday, the day before it was due to be sold, police said.“Portrait d’une jeune fille blonde” (Portrait of a Young Girl with Blond Hair), estimated at 25,000-30,000 euros ($30,000-$35,000), was taken from an auction house in the western suburb of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, where it was on display prior to the sale.The thief apparently just took the oil painting off the wall ...

Macron: France ready to help Baghdad ease tensions with Kurdish region

Saturday, 30 September 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron offered on Friday to help ease tensions between Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government over an independence vote held in Iraqi Kurdistan, warning that any further escalation should be avoided. In a statement after a telephone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, Macron’s office said he had invited Abadi to Paris on Oct. 5 to discuss the issue, but warned that the two sides should remain united in their priority to defeat ISIS and stabilize ...

France ‘extremely concerned’ by Iran ballistic missile test

Sunday, 24 September 2017

France said on Saturday it was extremely concerned by Iran’s ballistic missile test and called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to carry out a full report on the launch. “France asks that Iran cease all destabilizing activity in the region,” Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said in a statement. “(France) will consider with its partners, notably European, the means to obtain from Iran the cessation of its destabilizing ballistic ...

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