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.Friday, 4 January, 2013, 11:33am
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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