European Union leaders divided by rift between France and Germany

The EU began a two-day summit meeting yesterday amid sharp French and German differences on how to deal with the three-year euro crisis, leaving Paris and Berlin at odds as European Union leaders considered what takes priority - tough austerity or measures to help euro-zo

Friday, 19 October, 2012, 5:23am

Briefs, October 16, 2012

Women protesters chained to the St Paul's pulpit. Photo: EPA

Mexico files WTO complaint over China

16 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

Unlike in Monaco, mainland and Hong Kong systems do not mix

Unlike in Monaco, mainland and Hong Kong systems do not mix

Thousands pour in to apply for schools

SCMP headline, October 10

There is a very unusual street in Monaco. No fence runs down it, no barbed wire has been erected along it and no one patrols it. Yet home prices on one side are multiples of what they are on the other.

14 Oct 2012 - 2:32am 16 comments

France charges, imprisons seven terror suspects

French police officers outside a building where authorities discovered bomb-making material after the break up of a suspected terrorist cell in Torcy, east of Paris, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Seven Frenchmen arrested as part of a weekend swoop on a suspected Islamist terror cell believed to have plotted attacks in the country were formally charged on Thursday, a legal source said.

12 Oct 2012 - 9:04pm

France warned of extremist threat

A man outside the grocery in Sarcelles, in northern Paris, which was attacked by suspected "jihadists" on Wednesday. Photo: AP

A French prosecutor yesterday branded a homegrown group of Islamist extremists as the biggest terror threat the country has faced since the Algerian-based GIA carried out a string of deadly bombings in the 1990s.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

British fishermen attacked by French vessels in the Channel

British fishermen have been attacked by French boats in the Channel, raising fears of battles among rival boats over resources as quota limits bite and declining stocks make fishing ever more difficult.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:03am

France's first lady makes French inmate in Mexican jail her cause

Florence Cassez was sentenced to 60 years' jail in Mexico. Photo: AFP

France's first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, has used diplomatic channels to send presents to a French woman who was jailed for 60 years in Mexico after being convicted of kidnapping.

Books, beauty products and chocolates were sent to Florence Cassez last week, according to Le Parisien newspaper, which said Trierweiler will send a parcel every month until she is freed.

10 Oct 2012 - 4:00am

Tax panic hits French property market

A flood of top-end properties are hitting the market as business people seek to leave France before stiff tax rises hit, real-estate agents and financial advisers say.

8 Oct 2012 - 2:29am

Briefs, October 8, 2012

French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with a Jewish leader. Photo: AFP

Venezuelans go to polls in tough test for Chavez

8 Oct 2012 - 4:39am

Briefs, October 5, 2012

'Al-Qaeda is waging jihad' with forest fires in Europe. Photo: AFP

Jordan calls for snap poll ahead of key rally

5 Oct 2012 - 4:24am

Ten suspects arrested over killing of two students lynched by mob in French city of Grenoble

French police arrested 10 suspects over the killing of two students lynched by a mob armed with hammers, baseball bats and knives.

The killings Friday in the Echirolles suburb of Grenoble sparked outrage in France and prompted President Francois Hollande to travel to the southeastern city late on Monday to visit the families of the dead young men.

4 Oct 2012 - 4:43am

Thousands join Paris protest against EU austerity

Protesters march through the streets of Paris. Photo: Reuters

Tens of thousands of left-wing protesters took to the streets of Paris to denounce EU-driven austerity measures being pushed on member states, a day after similar protests in Spain and Portugal.

2 Oct 2012 - 3:52am

French knife-making village Laguiole renounces name in brand row

Laguiole is the brand name of France's most famous knives.

Residents of Laguiole, a village synonymous with the manufacture of France's most famous knives, have symbolically "unnamed" the place in protest at losing control of the name.

The villagers are furious that the name Laguiole has passed into the hands of an entrepreneur who allows it to be used to sell made-in-China knives and barbecues.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:27am

France unveils toughest-ever budget

Prime Minister Ayrault (left) takes a tough line. Photo: Reuters

France yesterday unveiled action to plug a €37 billion (HK$369.5 billion) hole in its public finances with the toughest package of tax rises and spending cuts the country has known in an economic downturn.

29 Sep 2012 - 4:00am

France unveils toughest ever budget as debt levels soar

A woman waits in Pole Emploi, France's national employment agency. Photo: AFP

France on Friday unveiled action to plug a 37-billion-euro hole in its public finances with the toughest package of tax rises and spending cuts since the economic downturn.

28 Sep 2012 - 8:49pm