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Iran navy chief in France for IONS

Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani arrived in Paris late on Sunday, at the invitation of his French counterpart, to attend the summit of the naval commanders of the Indian Ocean Region Littoral Nations.

France says militant commander killed in Mali

The French military has announced the killing of a commander of a terror group close to Al Qaeda in Mali.

Belarus expels French envoy

France's ambassador to Belarus has left the country upon an order by officials in Minsk, the French embassy in Belarus announced. Paris did not say what was behind the decision.

Report: France ‘stole’ 5mn COVID vaccines from U.K.

France swiped five million doses of anti-Covid AstraZeneca vaccine destined for the U.K., according to a report. French President Emmanuel Macron is accused of working with EU chiefs to divert large batch of coronavirus vaccines destined for Britain.

Mali summons French envoy over Macron remarks

Mali’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the French ambassador over the "unfriendly" and “disagreeable” comments by French President Emmanuel Macron. It comes just days after Algeria recalled its ambassador to Paris over French leader’s remarks on the country’s government, as well as a visa row.

Report: 330k children abused in France’s Catholic Church

An independent inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse within France’s Catholic Church has found that hundreds of thousands of children were victims of the crime in seven decades.

French MPs denounce Bahrain’s human rights abuses

French lawmakers have raised concern over violation of human rights, including arbitrary detention of dissent, repression of free speech and torture in Bahrain.

Report: Thousands of pedophile priests in French Catholic Church

A soon-to-be-released report says thousands of pedophile priests or other members of the church have operated inside the French Catholic Church since 1950s.

France’s Sarkozy sentenced to one year jail term

A court in Paris found former French President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty for breaking election rules. The court has handed the ex-leader one year in prison, with the judge saying Sarkozy could serve the sentence at home with an electronic tag.

France signs military contract with Greece after losing sub deal

France has inked a major military deal with Greece after the recent diplomatic tension with the U.S. and Australia due to the cancelling of a submarine deal between Canberra and Paris. France had described it as a stab in the back.