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Doubts raised over French left-wing primary turnout

French media on Monday raised doubts over the results for the first round of the left-wing primaries, saying the lack of information about the turnout suggests the vote count might be erroneous. Organisers dismissed the allegations.

Merkel faces more Russian disinformation ahead of poll: source

German Chancellor Angel Merkel will face an even broader Russian disinformation campaign ahead of elections this year, according to EU findings, a source close to the matter said Monday. The source, who asked not to be identified, told...Show More Summary

Venezuela opposition stages crisis protest march

Venezuela's opposition marched in the streets Monday demanding early elections to oust President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for the country's economic and political crisis. It was the first major street demonstration called by the opposition since Maduro launched a crackdown with the arrests of several of his opponents early this month. Show More Summary

France FM in Saudi to reaffirm 'partnership'

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday to reaffirm the allies' "strategic partnership", as European concerns mount over US President Donald Trump's foreign policies. Ayrault, on his first ministerial...Show More Summary

Chile fires cause 'worst forestry disaster' in its history

Vast woodland fires in the center and south of Chile have caused "the biggest forestry disaster in our history," President Michelle Bachelet said Monday, canceling a trip abroad to supervise the emergency. A total of 130 square kilometers...Show More Summary

Mexico president warns 'no submission' in US talks

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday vowed "no confrontation but no submission" to the United States in renegotiating the two countries' relations under new US President Donald Trump. Pena Nieto insisted he would defend Mexico's...Show More Summary

Hungarian PM hails Trump's 'America First' lead

Hungarian strongman premier Viktor Orban on Monday hailed US President Donald Trump's "America First" pledge, saying it was a "gift" to other nations who could now follow suit. "We have received permission from the highest secular office in the world, in line with which we will also be allowed to place ourselves first," the right-wing leader said. Show More Summary

Spain 'regrets' disappearance of White House Spanish site

Spain voiced concern Monday over the disappearance of the US White House's Spanish-language website since Donald Trump came to power, saying it was "not a good idea" in a country with millions of Hispanics. The White House has not yet...Show More Summary

UK minister defends 'failed' Trident missile test

Britain hit back on Monday against reports of a failed test of its nuclear weapons deterrent last year when an unarmed missile reportedly misfired, possibly in the direction of the United States. "Contrary to reports in the weekend press,...Show More Summary

Dior offers pure escapism with fairytale haute couture show

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri moved from her debut’s feminist T-shirts into a fantasy world that heralded a bold new attitude Maria Grazia Chiuri made headlines three months ago with a Christian Dior debut which featured T-shirts proclaiming “We should all be feminists”. Show More Summary

France's presidential hopeful Fillon says Europe needs 'jolt'

France's conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon said Monday Europe needed a "jolt" to reform in light of new global threats to the old order, after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Speaking in Berlin days after...Show More Summary

EU escalates its campaign against Russian propaganda

Fears that Vladimir Putin will try to intervene in this year’s German, French and Dutch elections have led to a multi-million-euro cash injection The EU is to escalate its efforts to counter Russia’s hybrid-warfare campaign in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, as fears grow that Vladimir Putin will seek to influence elections across Europe. Show More Summary

Corbyn comparison seen as praise and insult in French Socialist race

Benoît Hamon’s favourable mention of UK Labour leader after winning first round of primary outrages rival Manuel Valls As the divided French Socialist party this week chooses between a radical leftwing outsider and a centre-left former...Show More Summary

Ivory Coast hit by fresh protests in wake of mutiny

Angry protests erupted in several Ivory Coast cities on Monday, including in the economic capital Abidjan where retired soldiers barricaded a major highway as a teachers' strike kept schools closed. The veterans threw up roadblocks on...Show More Summary

Expat no-go zones - Where in France do the Brits avoid?

The latest stats given to The Local reveal there are (officially at least) 153,608 Brits living in France, but there are some departments where they just don't go.

French finance minister disappoints US bankers by not speaking English

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin failed to impress US bankers in a pitch to move their London operations to Paris following Brexit – because he spoke to them in French through an interpreter.

Erdogan asks Tanzania to act against Gulen network

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday asked his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli to take action against the network of an exiled cleric he blames for last year's failed coup. The Hizmet movement run by US-based cleric Fethullah...Show More Summary

Sarkozy ally given prison sentence for ministry slush fund

A key ally of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been given a jail sentence for misappropriation of public funds. Former interior minister Claude Guéant's appeal against a suspended sentence backfired and the court was tougher on him and his associates.

Is Pantin the 'new Brooklyn'?

In this week's Spotlight on France, RFI's Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel takes a look at Pantin, a town located in the north east of Paris and dubbed by the New York Times as the 'new Brooklyn'.

People in France can now go online to opt out of being organ donors

If you don't want to donate your organs in France then you'll have to opt out - and you can do so online from Monday.

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