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Refugee Chefs show off their skills in Paris

France is known the world over for its gastronomy. And its food culture has been enriched through waves of immigration. And yet migrants don’t always get a good press. The Refugee Food Festival, held recently in Paris and 13 other major European cities, invited refugee chefs to cook in restaurants so they could show off their skills and encourage diners to see them differently.

Is the National Front about to reinvent itself?

Members of France’s far-right Front National party are meeting today in the first official reckoning of the party after this spring’s presidential and legislative elections.

French press review 21 July 2017

French commentators are already talking about "the end of President Emmanuel Macron's “état de grace” or period of grace" as row over the defence budget that led to the resignation of Army chief General Pierre de Villiers persists.

Paris to gather 6000 AIDS experts to assess epidemic

Some 6,000 HIV experts gather in Paris from Sunday to report advances in AIDS science as fading hopes of finding a cure push research into new fields

Formal inquiry opened into Macron ally fake job accusations

A judicial inquiry has been opened into fake jobs accusations involving former justice minister François Bayrou's MoDem party, which led to three ministers resigning from President Emmanuel Macron's government, according to legal soiurces.

Farmers, retailers, ecologists set to clash at French food superconference

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe opened a five-month consultation on the nation's food on Thursday, pointing to the hardship faced by many farmers but insisting that the government cannot stand in for the market. President Emmanuel Macron cancelled an appearance to prolong a visit to an air base the day after the resignation of the defence chief.

Tossed cigarettes could cause Portugal-style deadly wildfires in France, minister

France could face a tragedy like Portugal's huge forest fires, which cost 64 lives, Interior Minister Christophe Collomb has warned while revealing that nearly 1,500 hectares in the south of the country have been ravaged by wildfires since 14 July, mostly due to human negligence.

Costco opens first store in France

France is famous for its corner bakeries, neighborhood butchers and independently owned markets. But thirty kilometres outside of Paris, the future of this traditional style of shopping is being put to the test with the opening of the American wholesale supermarket Costco. Ryan Thompson has this report.

French press review 20 July 2017

The French president appears to have won his battle with the army chief of staff. But the war is not over yet and now moves into the political arena. Expect fatalities. And did you know that we've produced enough plastic since 1950 to make 80 million whales? Plastic whale, anyone?

Left proposes to take on finance in French clean-government debate

Left-wingers vowed to tackle the power of finance and ruling party chiefs complained that their MPs were sleeping on the job after the first meeting of the parliamentary committee charged with preparing President Emmanuel Macron's emblematic clean-government bill.

Left-winger Mélenchon to sue FN member over fake jobs accusation

French hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon is to sue a far-right Euro-MP for malicious accusation after his name was added to the list of former MEPs investigated for allegedly fraudulent employment of parliamentary assistants.

French chief of staff resigns after bitter budget row with Macron

France's armed forces chief of staff has resigned in an unprecedented crisis that has pitted the president against the head of the military just two months after Emmanuel Macron's election.

French Senate backs Macron's anti-terror bill

A controversial bill to toughen France's security laws cleared a key hurdle on Tuesday when the conservative-dominated Senate approved it.

French press review 19 July 2017

Is France wise to adopt an anti-terrorist law to replace the long succession of states of emergency? What has US President Donald Trump done in his first six months in office? And why are women's rights activists angry with French President Emmanuel Macron?

Tourism police to patrol Paris in safe city drive

Paris is to have police patrols dedicated to protecting tourists and a badge for businesses working with police for their security, officials announced on Monday.

France names pesticides with hormone disruptors after EU compromise

France has published two lists of pesticides containing endocrine disruptors, chemicals that have been blamed for the rise in cancers, diabetes and fertility problems. The lists are based on European Union criteria agreed on 4 July after the new French government dropped the previous government's objection that they were not tough enough.

Firefighters battle blazes in Provence, Corsica

Firefighters had succeeded in stopping the progress of a wildfire that had threatened homes near Nice on Tuesday morning. Fires on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica had also calmed after destroying about 200 hectares of scr...

French press review 18 July 2017

How their recent electoral hammering is affecting the finances of some of France's traditionally dominant political parties. Gabonese opposition figure Jean Ping has a message for the country's president, Ali Bongo. And are we being sent radio messages from a nearby star?

Cigarette end suspected cause of French forest fires

A cigarette end is the suspected cause of a fire that has ravaged 800 hectares of land in the south of France, officials said on Monday.

Macron orders 13 billion euros' local government cuts

French local authorities will have to slash their spending by 13 billion euros by 2022, Public Accounts Minister Gérard Darmanin announced at a meeting with local council representatives on Monday. The confe'rence also discussed government plans to scrap residency tax for 80 percent of householders.

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