Tuesday, March 5, 2024


Scholz, Macron ‘don’t get along’ amid rift over Ukraine war: Report

The relationship between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron has long been strained, but Macron’s recent refusal to rule out sending troops to Ukraine has driven tensions to boiling point, Bloomberg has reported.

Paris considering placing French Special Forces in Ukraine: Report

The French government is mulling sending a small military force directly into Ukraine to serve as instructors for Kiev’s Armed Forces and as a “deterrent” to Russia, Le Monde reported on Friday, citing its sources.

French leader stands by remarks about sending troops to Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron has stated his refusal to rule out the prospect of sending Western forces to Ukraine was intentional, despite the uproar it has provoked.

Macron does not rule out Europeans sending troops to Ukraine, warns Russia could attack NATO states

French President Emmanuel Macron has argued that the deployment of forces to Ukraine by NATO members and other allies cannot be ruled out because Western powers must stop at nothing to ensure that Moscow does not defeat Kiev’s forces.

Macron says recognizing a Palestinian state ‘not a taboo’ for France

Recognition of a Palestinian state is “not a taboo” for Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron has stressed, indicating that France could make a unilateral decision if efforts toward a two-state solution don’t move forward due to opposition from Israel.

France sanctions dozens of Israeli settlers over West Bank violence

France has announced sanctions against 28 Israeli settlers accused of committing human rights abuses against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Paris decision comes on the back of similar actions by the US and the UK.

French president explains decision not to join US-led strikes on Houthis

French President Emmanuel Macron has said Paris did not join US-led airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen to avoid escalation in the region.

Azerbaijan says expelled two French diplomats

Two employees at the French embassy in Baku were declared personae non gratae for engaging in activities contrary to their diplomatic status, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry confirmed, adding that the two diplomats were asked to leave the country within 48 hours.

France trying to arm Armenia unacceptable: Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has called France's efforts to deliver weapons to Armenia unacceptable, saying it “carries security risks in the region.”

France says to deliver weapons to Armenia

Paris will deliver unspecified military equipment to Yerevan, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna has stated while visiting Armenia.

French education minister announces ban on Muslim dress in state schools

France will ban children from wearing the abaya, the loose-fitting, full-length robes worn by some Muslim women, in state-run schools, French Education Minister Gabriel Attal has declared ahead of schools returning after the summer holidays.

French Senate votes to ban hijab at sports events

French senators have voted in favor of a bill that bans wearing of hijab in sports competitions. The ban is expected to mainly affect Muslim women athletes.

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.

Macron hit by egg at Lyon’s trade fair

French President Emmanuel Macron was targeted by an egg thrown on Monday during a visit to a trade fair in the southern city of Lyon. Macron has faced harsh criticism over handling the Covid pandemic and his economic policies in recent months.

Mikdad says US must end illegal presence in Syria

Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister Faisal Mikdad warned the United States to pull out its forces from the Arab country before facing similar Afghanistan fate.

Mali says France did ‘abandonment’ over troop drawdown

Mali was blindsided by France’s decision to withdraw its troops from the country and had to enlist help from others to fill the gap, Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga says.

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