Macron says Iran misunderstands France’s ‘balanced’ position in region

Saturday, 18 November 2017

President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Iran misunderstood France’s “balanced” position in the region, which centered on not taking sides between Sunni and Shi‘ites, adding that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region. Speaking in Gothenburg, Macron said he wanted Iran to clarify the strategy around its ballistic missile program. Macron also said he would welcome Saad al-Hariri in Paris on Saturday as Lebanon’s prime minister and expected him to return ...

Hariri to arrive in France on Saturday, meet Macron, says Elysee source

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lebanon’s prime minister Saad al-Hariri will arrive in France on Saturday and meet French President Emmanuel Macron, a source inside the French presidency said. Macron invited the Lebanese premier and his family to France on Wednesday, hoping to soothe a crisis triggered when Hariri announced his resignation 12 days ago. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir says Hezbollah hijacked Lebanon

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Hezbollah is the root of the problem in Lebanon as it has hijacked the Lebanese system. During a joint press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, Jubeir added that Hezbollah’s continuous interferences in Arab countries’ affairs will worsen the situation in Lebanon. He also said that the Hezbollah militia is a weapon in Iran’s hands, noting that Hezbollah’s secretary general himself has acknowledged that. ...

French FM: Lebanon’s Hariri to travel to Paris

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to travel to Paris, the French foreign minister said Thursday. “He will come to France and the prince has been informed,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters, referring to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman with whom he held talks late on Wednesday. Asked about the date of the visit for talks with President Emmanuel Macron, Le Drian replied: “Mr. Hariri’s schedule is a matter for Mr. Hariri.” Also read ...

Saudi crown prince, French FM discuss Mideast developments

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met with France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Riyadh where both discussed bi-lateral efforts and the latest developments in the Middle East.The crown prince, who is also Saudi Arabia’s deputy prime minister and defense, reviewed with the French foreign minister the prospects of Saudi-French cooperation in various fields, as well as discussing the developments in the Middle East and coordinating efforts towards them ...

France named surprise host of 2023 Rugby World Cup

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in a huge surprise after the Council of the sport’s governing body went against the recommendations of an extensive evaluation report in a secret ballot on Wednesday. South Africa had been recommended by World Rugby’s Board but the Council members went for France, which also held the tournament in 2007. Ireland, which has never hosted the World Cup on its own, was eliminated after the first round when it secured eight of the 39 available ...

Germany coach Loew wary of French firepower

Monday, 13 November 2017

France will have more firepower than England had in their goalless draw with Germany last week, Germany coach Joachim Loew said ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against their neighbours. The world champions are without a home win against the French in 30 years and Loew, whose experimental team drew 0-0 at Wembley against England in a friendly on Friday, warned his players that France was a “world-class strike force.” “It will be ...

France: Iran non-interference in Lebanon is key for regional stability

Monday, 13 November 2017

France’s foreign ministry said on Monday it was an important condition for the stability of the region that Iran not interfere in Lebanon’s domestic affairs. “We wish that all those who exert an influence in Lebanon allow all the political actors in this country to exercise fully their responsibilities,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne told reporters in a daily briefing. “Mr Saad al-Hariri called on Iran yesterday to not ...

Woman who accused Moroccan star Saad Lamjarred of rape shares her story

Monday, 13 November 2017

The woman accusing Moroccan popstar Saad Lamjarred of rape has spoken out in a video posted online on Sunday. Laura Briol, 21, provided details on how Lamjarred – who is currently facing trial in France for sexual assault – approached her at a nightclub one night; she then publicly accused him of rape in October 2016. In the video, Briol said Lamjarred had first “offered her a drink while he was consuming alcohol already.” He then, according to Briol, suggested to finish ...

Frenchman acquitted of raping 11-year-old schoolgirl

Saturday, 11 November 2017

A French man has been acquitted of rape after a jury found no evidence that he forced an 11-year-old girl into having sex, a prosecutor said Saturday. The jurors at the criminal court in the Seine-et-Marne district outside Paris ruled on Tuesday after two days of trial hearings that the elements that constitute rape such as “coercion, threat, violence and surprise were not established”, said public prosecutor Dominique Laurens. The daily Le Parisien, which initially reported the ...

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