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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.

UK PM bidding to ease tension with France over AUKUS

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told French President Emmanuel Macron he wants to “re-establish cooperation” between the two, in the wake of the AUKUS pact row.

France to return envoy to US after Macron-Biden call

The French ambassador to the US, recalled recently over a security pact, will return to Washington next week, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced after a phone call with his US counterpart Joe Biden.

France: US instigating confrontation with China

French Defence Minister Florence Parly accused the United States of attempting to instigate confrontation with China, amid the growing tension over a security deal between Canberra and Washington.

France warns UK about pushing back migrant boats

France warned the Channel could become a “theatre of human tragedies” as it vowed to block UK’s controversial plan to “push back” migrant boats, sparking a major diplomatic row between Paris and London.

Rouhani Scolds Macron, Praises Muslim World for Its Decisive Reaction

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at French President Emmanuel Macron for his anti-Islam stances, and praised the Muslim world for its “decisive and timely” reaction to the European leader’s insult.

France, Czech Pulling Out Forces from Iraq: Reports

The French and Czech armed forces in Iraq are reportedly withdrawing from the country having spent five years in the Arab country.

Former French President Jacques Chirac Dies at 86

Former French President Jacques Chirac, whose later years were blighted by corruption scandals, has passed away at the age of 86.

Over 1,700 Yellow Vest Protesters Arrested in France

At least 1,700 protesters have been arrested in the latest round of nationwide “Yellow Vest” rallies across France, where angry demonstrators took to the streets for the fourth consecutive week to express their outrage against President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies.

Yellow Vest Protests Force Macron to Suspend Fuel Tax Hikes

After several weeks of violent protests across France, particularly those in Paris which turned the capital into a battle zone, President Emmanuel Macron finally buckled and announced his government will suspend a controversial fuel duty rise.

Paris Turns into Gaza as Protesters Clash with Riot Police (+Video)

The Champs-Élysées Avenue in Paris seemed more like the Gaza Strip on Saturday as French protesters with “yellow vests” threw stones at riot police forces, who used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators outraged by fuel price hikes and President Emmanuel Macron’s policies.

US, France Call for Immediate End to Yemen War

The US secretaries of state and defence as well as the French defence minister have called for an immediate cessation of the devastating war in Yemen, which was launched by Saudi Arabia and its allies since 2015.

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