Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Thursday for “abuse of weakness” in a 2007 party funding case involving elderly L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, the public prosecutor said.Saturday, 23 March, 2013, 3:07am
France’s defence minister says French troops are involved in “very violent fighting” in the mountains of northern Mali, and that it’s too early to talk about a quick pullout from the West African country despite the growing cost of the intervention.26 Feb 2013 - 6:18pm
France will not negotiate with gunmen claiming to be from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram who have taken a French family of seven hostage, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday.26 Feb 2013 - 6:20pm
Horsemeat containing a drug potentially harmful to humans has probably entered the food chain, says France, as Italy becomes the latest country to be drawn into the contaminated meat scandal.25 Feb 2013 - 6:22am
France has overtaken the United States in placing women on the boards of the world’s 200 largest companies, according to a study released on Friday.
The average percentage of female directors among Fortune Global 200 companies, the world’s largest by revenues, came to a modest 15 per cent, according to the study by the Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI).23 Feb 2013 - 10:48am
European farming ministers and the European commissioner for health were due to meet in Brussels on Wednesday amid growing anger and recriminations over mislabelled meat products.13 Feb 2013 - 11:16pm
France has bombed an Islamist rebel hideout in northern Mali’s largest city, intensifying a security lock-down against guerilla attacks as the French-led campaign entered its second month.
Witnesses said a French attack helicopter destroyed the central police station in Gao in a pre-dawn assault on Monday.12 Feb 2013 - 2:09pm
A judicial official said Saturday that the four, aged 22 to 37, are being investigated for criminal association with a terrorist enterprise.10 Feb 2013 - 1:13pm
In Mali’s first ever suicide bombing, an attacker drove up to a group of Malian troops in Gao, the largest town in the north, and detonated an explosive belt, wounding one soldier, said First Sergeant Mamadou Keita.8 Feb 2013 - 9:32pm
French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu on Thursday after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in another northern Mali city, searching for Islamic extremists who may be mixing among the local population.8 Feb 2013 - 2:53pm