PKK woman Sakine Cansiz shot 'to wreck peace talks' says family

A memorial for Sakine Cansiz, in front of the place she was shot. Photo: EPA

Thousands of Kurds, many coming from Germany, vowed revenge as they rallied yesterday in Paris over the killing of three top Kurdish activists from a separatist group considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey.

Sunday, 13 January, 2013, 5:47am

Mali war escalates with French intervention

People gather as they take part in a sit-in on January 9, 2013 in Bamako to ask for ''immediate days of sovereign consultation'' on the transition in Mali. Photo: AFP

With Islamist militants controlling more than half of the northwest African nation of Mali and threatening the rest of government-held territory, France launched airstrikes in a dramatic escalation of the conflict that some observers have called the next Afghanistan.

12 Jan 2013 - 4:08pm

Foreign troops join in attack on Mali rebels

Protester march through Bamako, the Mali capital.

Malian government forces yesterday launched an offensive against Islamists controlling the north of the country with backing from the French and other foreign military, military and political sources said.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:57am

The Week Explained: Taxing the rich

Posters of French actor Gerard Depardieu in a St Petersburg bank in Russia. Depardieu was granted Russian citizenship by President Putin. Photo: EPA

Have you been worrying over how much the rich have to pay in taxes? Did you experience a warm glow of relief on learning that the French actor Gerard Depardieu has escaped his tax liabilities as a French citizen by acquiring a shiny new Russian passport? No, I thought not.

14 Jan 2013 - 7:37am

The vine art of Burgundy

The Gevrey-Chambertin castle amid the vinyards in Burgundy, France. Photo: AP

Wine expert David Wong discovers the treasures locked away in the celebrated chateaux of Burgundy.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:24pm

Gerard Depardieu ‘pleased’ after he gets his own Green Card from Putin

French actor Gerard Depardieu with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a recent meeting in St Petersburg. Photo: Reuters

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has announced he wants to quit his homeland to avoid higher taxes, said on Thursday he was pleased after President Vladimir Putin granted him Russian citizenship.

4 Jan 2013 - 11:33am

France's top court annuls 75pc income tax

Francois Hollande has been accused of skinning the rich.

France's highest court yesterday struck down a 75 per cent upper income tax rate, dealing a major blow to Socialist President Francois Hollande, who had made it his centrepiece taxation measure.

The government vowed to push ahead with the tax rate, which would apply to incomes over €1 million (HK$9.8 million) a year, and propose a new measure that would conform with the constitution.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Briefs, December 24, 2012

Dozens of people were killed and wounded in an air strike on a bakery in Syria's central Hama province yesterday, activists said, with some reporting up to 200 dead.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:07am

French rallies back Hollande's plan to legalise gay marriage, adoption

Three men dressed as nuns kiss during Sunday's rally in Paris in support of same-sex marriage and adoption. A national poll found 60 per cent support gay marriage. Photo: AFP

Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in France to show support for the government's plans to legalise gay marriage and adoption.

Organisers said 150,000 people gathered in Paris at Bastille Square on Sunday for the "demonstration for equality". Police said 60,000 took part.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Last French fighters out of Afghanistan

France has removed its last combat troops from Afghanistan, two years before the 100,000-strong Nato mission led by the US is due to pull out.

About 200 soldiers of the 25th Belfort infantry regiment, responsible for overseeing the hastened French exit from the 11-year war, took off on Saturday.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Nature of the piste: Alf Alderson's first resorts

Champagny-en-Vanoise, La Plagne, France. Photo: Christian Tatin

With more than 1,000 to choose from, which ski resort best suits your needs? Alf Alderson gives his pick of winning winter wonderlands.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:41pm

Le Point magazine to be sued over racist article on Chinese

A French anti-racism group said it was suing leading magazine Le Point for slurring the country's ethnic Chinese community as stingy money-obsessed workaholics.

SOS Racisme said on Monday that a hearing would be held on January 24. The legal action was taken jointly with the AJCF, a body which represents Chinese youths living in France.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:57am

Shock at French actor Gerard Depardieu's tax exile in Belgium

French actor Gerard Depardieu

French politicians reacted with dismay after it emerged the country's leading actor, Gerard Depardieu, has taken up the role of tax exile in neighbouring Belgium.

It was confirmed on Monday that he has taken up residence in Nechin, a tiny village just over the border in Belgium which is a favoured spot for wealthy French nationals.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:38am

How Hong Kong's ties with France first blossomed

Francois Dremeaux, writer and historian. Photo: David Wong

Hongkongers owe a debt of thanks to a French missionary who identified and preserved the bauhinia, the city's floral emblem, an expert in French-Hong Kong relations said yesterday.

Francois Dremeaux, a history teacher at the French International School of Hong Kong, told the bauhinia story at celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of relations between France and Hong Kong.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:26am

Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour tipped as next US envoy to Britain

Anna Wintour

US President Barack Obama is considering nominating Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, as his next ambassador to either Britain or France as he looks to reward his biggest fundraisers with embassies never out of fashion, according to two people familiar with the matter.

6 Dec 2012 - 5:01am