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French press review 21 March 2018

Gadhafi's ghost returns to hunt Nicolas Sarkozy as judges probe some 50 million euros in illegal campaign funds allegedly paid to him by Libya.

French press review 20 March 2018

After months of pushing and shoving, Brussels has finally forced the UK a little closer to the Brexit ejector seat. The EU is hailing the advance as a huge step forward. And a collective of 100 French intellectuals warns that the republic is threatened by a new form of totalitarianism.

French press review 19 March 2018

Vladimir Putin hammers all comers in the Russian super-heavyweight category. What's happening on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte? The plight of women raped by regime forces in Syria. And another strike in prospect at Air France.

Snow closes Eiffel Tower again

The Eiffel Tower was closed on Sunday as snow fell again on Paris and the surrounding region. With the thermometer set to drop even more on Monday, the government announced a new effort to save rough sleepers from the cold.

French press review 15 March 2018

Is President Macron snubbing third-age citizens in his agenda for France?

The website behind Sarkozy corruption case

The biggest political corruption scandal to hit France in decades took a dramatic turn on Tuesday as former president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody over allegations he took cash from the late Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. From the outset it has been a media outlet, not the police, which has set the pace in the investigation.

French nuclear-waste protesters jailed

Three campaigners against a project to store nuclear waste at a site in north-west France have been jailed by a French court.

YSL, Balenciaga owner Kering to face French tax probe

French tax authorities are to investigate Kering, the company that owns Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Gucci, for allegedly dodging at least 2.5 billion euros in taxes between 2002 and 2017, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire announced on Sunday.

French press review 17 March 2018

As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to get his job at the helm rubber-stamped for another term, Western government close ranks against him. And the French rail unions prepare for war with the government. There will be tears...

France targets online hate in new anti-racism campaign

France is to get tough with online hate speech in a new national campaign against racism and anti-Semitism, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Monday. The plan, which has yet to be agreed in its definitive form, comes after a rise in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic incidents in the wake of the 2015 Paris terror attacks.

Migrant stabbed to death in Calais

A young migrant, probably of Afghan nationality, was stabbed to death in the French Channel port of Calais on Saturday.

French weekly magazines review 18 March 2018

Efforts by the far-right French National Front party to change its name and reputation are discussed in this week's French magazines. Ther's a look at the enduring popularity of despots like Putin, Erdogan and al-Sisi, the secret world of spies, the truth about Tariq Ramadan. And what the French think about in vitro fertilisation and surrogate motherhood.

French anarchist sabotage trial turns to farce

Ten years after being rounded up in a well-publicised raid by anti-terror police, defendants in a trial for the alleged sabotage of a rail line did their best to ridicule the prosecution and show their lack of respect for the court this week. Show More Summary

France seek first Six Nations win in Cardiff since 2010

France can finish the championship as high as second but have not tasted victory in Cardiff for eight years.

Merkel, Macron to discuss EU reforms push

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Paris on Friday to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is eager to push ahead with overhauls of EU institutions.

French press review 16 March 2018

More on the reform of the French rail sector. The race to be the next boss of the French Socialist Party is now a two-horse affair. Yet another French army officer publishes a book with his version of the truth about the involvement of Paris in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

French rail workers to launch waves of strikes

French rail workers will launch a long campaign of strikes starting 3 April against the government's plan to overhaul the state-owned operator SNCF, the CGT union said on Thursday.

Macron supports UK claim that Russia was behind spy attack

France said on Thursday it agreed with Britain that Russia was behind a nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy in England, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said in a statement.

French watchdogs issue early warning on Paris Olympics cost

Barely six months after Paris was picked to host the 2024 Olympics and more than six years before those Games are scheduled to open, French budgetary watchdogs are warning of cost overruns.

France lays out rail reforms as unions vow resistance

The French government unveiled a draft law Wednesday that will overhaul state rail operator SNCF, setting up a clash with labour unions who fear a dismantlement that will jeopardise safety and job security.

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