French right opposition leader rejects internal vote

UMP leader Jean-Francois Cope. Photo: AFP

France’s right-wing opposition UMP leader Jean-Francois Cope on Wednesday rejected a proposal for an internal party vote on whether to rerun the leadership vote he won.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 4:05pm

Racist abuse against Frenchwoman in Australia goes viral on YouTube

A man unleashes a tirade at a French woman in Melbourne.

Police are investigating a torrent of threatening and racist abuse against a Frenchwoman on a Melbourne bus that was caught on camera and went viral on YouTube.

The woman and a group of friends were returning from a day at the beach when one of them began singing in her native tongue, which prompted an angry reaction from some passengers on the packed bus.

23 Nov 2012 - 4:01am

French opposition contenders both claim victory

 France's opposition UMP party's general secretary Jean-Francois Cope arrives at the party's headquarters to wait for the election results. Photo: AFP

The battle to succeed former president Nicolas Sarkozy at the helm of France’s main opposition party, the UMP, descended into confusion on Monday with both candidates claiming victory amid mutual allegations of ballot rigging.

19 Nov 2012 - 10:19am

Thousands march across France against new marriage laws

Police spray tear gas in Toulouse to push back counter-demonstrators who came out to support the Francois Hollande government's draft law. Photo: AFP

More than 100,000 people rallied across France against government plans to approve same-sex marriage and adoption, as police clashed with counter-demonstrators in one city.

Wearing pink scarves and T-shirts and carrying pink and blue balloons with the image of a man and woman holding two children, demonstrators marched against reforms planned by the socialist government.

19 Nov 2012 - 7:13am

France first European country to recognise new Syrian opposition

France has become the first European country to recognise the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition, and raised the possibility of arming the group as it begins taking charge of the opposition's role in the civil war.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:57am

Rugged France run riot against hapless Wallabies

France's Louis Picamoles (centre) tries to escape from Australia's defence during the test in Paris, which France won 33-6. Photo: Reuters

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre was known as a dazzling, fleet-footed winger in his illustrious playing days, the epitome of so-called "French flair".

12 Nov 2012 - 6:25am

France unveils 20bn euro business tax break

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. Photo: AFP

France on Tuesday unveiled a 20 billion-euro tax break for companies in a bid to address flagging competitiveness.

The move was approved by the government a day after a report called on the Socialist administration to slash payroll taxes by 30 billion euros (HK$295 billion) within two years.

6 Nov 2012 - 8:28pm

French policemen face trial over teen deaths that sparked riots in 2005

The boys' deaths sparked weeks of unrest in France. Photo: AFP

Two police officers could soon face trial over the deaths of two teenagers from a high-rise estate who were electrocuted in 2005, sparking the worst rioting in France for 40 years.

After seven years of legal wrangling, and lobbying by the boys' families, France's highest court on Wednesday overturned a previous ruling saying the case against the police officers should be dropped.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:03am

Teenage deaths case behind French riots re-opens

French gendarmes during a training exercise in Notre-Dame-des-Landes in western France. The country's appeals court has re-opened a trial of two police officers. Photo: AFP

France’s highest appeals court on Wednesday re-opened a trial of two police officers accused of failing to help two teenagers whose 2005 electrocution deaths sparked riots across the country.

The brother of one of the two victims praised the court for overturning a lower court that had ruled last year to drop the case against the officers for lack of concrete evidence.

1 Nov 2012 - 11:30am

Relative seeks return of UK children who survived French Alps murders

Forensic officers at the UK home of the Alps victims. Photo: AFP

A relative of the British family murdered in the French Alps demanded that UK authorities return the two children who survived the attack to their family.

Dr Ahmad al-Saffar also claimed a French nuclear worker found dead at the scene was the intended target of the attack.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Briefs, October 29, 2012

Onlookers at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Kaduna, Nigeria. Photo: AFP

Top ETA military man arrested in France

29 Oct 2012 - 3:55am

A Bad Week for … , October 28, 2012

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28 Oct 2012 - 3:10am

Rolling Stones give small concert in Paris

Rolling Stones fans queue outside the Trabendo music hall prior to attending the Rolling Stones concert. Photo: AP

The Rolling Stones, celebrating 50 years in rock music, have given their first concert in five years - at a small Paris venue, wowing 350 fans who paid just US$20 to see the surprise gig.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Female reporter groped in Cairo square was rescued by colleague

France 24 TV reporter Sonia Dridi in Egypt.

A male companion of a female reporter for France 24 TV who was "savagely attacked" near Cairo's Tahrir Square, described retreating into a fast food restaurant with a metal door, to keep her out of reach of the attackers.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

France backtracks on plan to impose supertax on art

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has agreed to make works of art exempt from the tax. Photo: Reuters

The French government will not impose a wealth tax on works of art following an angry backlash against the planned levy from the country's leading museums, including the Louvre.

22 Oct 2012 - 1:54am