France to press Mali to implement peace deal with rebels

By Julie Carriat PARIS, Sept 21 : France will press Mali’s re-elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Saturday to move more quickly to bring into force faltering peace accords with rebels as Islamist militants keep up actions to destabilise the West African country. Bamako is struggling to contain Tuareg and Islamist violence in the north, […]

France holds off on Iran envoy nomination after Paris bomb plot

By John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS, Sept 19 : France will not name a new ambassador to Tehran before getting information from Iran following a foiled plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in Paris last June, French officials said on Wednesday. An Iranian diplomat based in Austria and three other people were arrested […]

France’s Le Pen urges show of nationalist force in European elections

By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet FREJUS, France, Sept 16 : France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged Europe’s populist parties to unite against a liberal establishment in next year’s European elections, as she made a combative return to the spotlight after her bruising election defeat last year. In a speech on Sunday to supporters of her National […]

Macron mugs: France’s Elysee Palace moves into memorabilia

By Brian Love PARIS, Sept 14 : Royal mugs are a time-honoured tradition in Britain, while the White House has sold memorabilia for decades. Now France is getting in on the act, with the Elysee Palace offering presidential mugs and key rings for sale for the first time. The foray into trinket-selling was authorised by […]

Macron ex-bodyguard at centre of scandal to testify in public next week

By Michel Rose PARIS, Sept 12 : The former bodyguard whose violent conduct plunged French President Emmanuel Macron into his biggest political crisis this summer agreed reluctantly to face questioning by senators as their hearings resumed on Wednesday. Alexandre Benalla, 26, is under criminal investigation after being filmed beating a May Day protester. The scandal […]