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Marine Le Pen refuses to face police grilling in fake jobs probe

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused on Friday to attend questioning by investigating magistrates over claims she broke the rules on the use of European Parliament funds.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves. Major bookstores are hosting late-nightShow More Summary

Russia, Ukraine clash over tribute to UN ambassador

Russia and Ukraine clashed on Tuesday over a UN Security Council tribute to long-serving Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin whose death has triggered an outpouring of grief at the world body. Council ambassadors observed a minute of silence...Show More Summary

German secret service spied on global media: report

Germany's foreign intelligence service BND long spied on journalists of the BBC, The New York Times, Reuters and other media, news weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday. Media rights group Reporters Without Borders labelled the allegedShow More Summary

Belgium to offer terror attack victims special help

Belgium's government approved special help for terror victims Friday, as the country prepares to mark the first anniversary of deadly Islamic State-claimed attacks in Brussels which killed 32 people. Under the proposed "national solidarity" law, victims will get financial and medical aid linked to the seriousness of their injuries, a statement said. Show More Summary

Donald Trump badmouths Sweden, Germany and Paris in one go

US president Donald Trump intensified his verbal attacks on Sweden, France and Germany on Friday, painting swaths of Europe as a jihadist-infested hellscape.

French photographer holds 'ginger-pride' show to tackle hatred towards France's red-heads

Gingerism or abuse of red-heads might not be an issue you would associate with France but a French photographer is to hold an exhibition to highlight the prejudice the country's ginger-haired people face.

Surf champion Kelly Slater calls for daily shark cull on Réunion

France accused of not doing enough to counter threat of aggressive bull sharks after eighth person in six years is killed Two of the world’s top surfers have urged France to launch a major cull of sharks in the waters off Réunion after the eighth fatal attack since 2011. Show More Summary

Renting in Paris: Ten things you need to know about apartment hunting

Let's face it, finding a flat to rent in Paris can be nightmare. Real estate agency Lodgis shares ten things you really need to know about apartment hunting in the French capital.

Italy hospital staff held over mass absenteeism scam

Nearly 100 staff at a hospital in southern Italy have been questioned in connection with a widespread absenteeism scandal, including a doctor who skived off to play tennis, police said Friday. During a two-year investigation which involved...Show More Summary

Trump blasts FBI for not stopping leaks to media

President Donald Trump took the unusual step Friday of publicly criticizing the FBI, saying it was failing to stop national security leaks to the media, even from within the agency. The Republican's rebuke, posted on Twitter and Facebook,...Show More Summary

Why France might just be the best country in the world to grow old in

French people are living longer than those in most other countries in the world and here's why they should be grateful for the fact they are growing old in France.

France's César film awards set for Friday night

The Césars, France's version of the Academy Awards, will take place this Friday night during a live broadcast from Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet amid some international attention and controversy. 

France's Le Pen snubs police interview in 'fake jobs' probe

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused Friday to attend questioning by investigating magistrates over claims she broke the rules on the use of European Parliament funds. Le Pen, who is one of the frontrunners in the race, told AFP she refused to be questioned by anti-corruption investigators during the presidential campaign. Show More Summary

Trump fires up German debate on military spending

US President Donald Trump's demand for NATO allies to boost defence spending is driving an election-year dispute between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their centre-left challengers led by Martin Schulz. It is a sensitive...Show More Summary

Two Jewish brothers 'assaulted with hacksaw' in Paris suburbs

Police have launched an investigation after two Jewish men, wearing kippas, said they were attacked with a hacksaw following a heated exchange with their attackers in the Paris suburbs.

UN Syria talks open as blast reflects fragility of truce

The first full day of a fresh round of Syria peace talks began in Geneva Friday as a suicide bombing killed 42, underlining the fragile state of a ceasefire on the ground. The UN's Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, who brought regime and...Show More Summary

'Teflon' Le Pen unshaken as corruption plagues French election

Where scandals have wounded François Fillon, accusations slide off Front National candidate without denting her vote On a busy shopping street in the Paris constituency of the scandal-hit French presidential candidate François Fillon, the word corruption was creeping into the smalltalk. Show More Summary

French Greens offer hair samples to highlight pesticide risks

Seven top French environmentalists including Yannick Jadot, the former presidential candidate for the Green party, have had their hair tested to draw attention to the prevalence of pesticides and other pollutants in daily life.

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