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Supermodel leads mourning for fashion's 'King of Cling'

21 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Tunisia's president led mourners in a final tribute Monday to French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, who died this month aged 77 after winning a worldwide following. Campbell and fellow fashion...Show More Summary

Call to stub out on-screen smoking in French films

Injecting morality into films is ‘like pouring cola into a Château Lafitte’, one critic of idea declares French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo spent almost an entire film – the 1960s classic À bout du souffle – with a Gauloise dangling from his lips. Show More Summary

Norway's King Harald released from hospital

50 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

Norway's 80-year-old King Harald was released from hospital on Monday after being treated for three days for an infection, and is in "fine form", the palace said. "His Majesty the King is in fine form and left Oslo University Hospital this morning," the palace said in a briefly-worded statement. Show More Summary

French choke up over proposal to ban smoking in films

50 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

A proposal to ban smoking in French films has been met with splutters of indignation in a land raised on images of puffing, pouting silver-screen stars. The idea was floated last week by a senator from the opposition Socialist Party, Nadine Grelet-Certenais, during a parliamentary debate on how to help the French quit smoking. Show More Summary

Zimbabwe crisis: What we know

Zimbabwe is locked in one of its worst political crises since independence with strongman Robert Mugabe refusing to resign despite a military takeover, mass street protests and his dismissal from the ruling ZANU-PF party. Here is a snapshot...Show More Summary

France looks to clarify minimum age of consent

In this week's Spolitght on France, RFI's Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel takes a look at a new bill, that would create an age of no consent for sexual relations.

Macron hopes for 'stable' Germany with EU plans on ice

French President Emmanuel Macron is hoping for a "strong and stable" German government to emerge, his office said Monday, following the collapse of coalition talks which risks delaying his ambitious EU reform agenda. German Chancellor...Show More Summary

EU's top diplomat 'encouraged' by Rohingya talks with Suu Kyi

The EU's foreign policy chief on Monday hailed "extremely encouraging" talks with Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the Rohingya crisis, welcoming steps towards the repatriation of Muslims driven into Bangladesh. Federica Mogherini...Show More Summary

Chinese envoy ends N.Korea trip

A Chinese special envoy on Monday ended a four-day trip to North Korea during which the two sides discussed regional concerns but made no direct statements about the nuclear crisis. Officially, Song Tao was sent by President Xi Jinping to report on the outcome of the Chinese Communist Party's recent congress. Show More Summary

Time has come for justice, Mladic's victims say

The time has finally come for Ratko Mladic to face justice, victims' families said Monday en route from Sarajevo to The Hague for Wednesday's expected verdict in a UN court against the Bosnian Serb wartime military chief. "The time has...Show More Summary

French press review 20 November 2017

The editorial of Le Monde looks back to last Thursday’s day of strikes and industrial action and brands it “a bitter failure”.

Soros blasts 'lies' of Hungary government campaign

George Soros spoke out Monday for the first time about Hungary's "survey" on the US financier and philanthropist's views and alleged intentions on immigration, accusing Budapest of "distortions and outright lies". Hungarian-born Soros,...Show More Summary

Victoria's Secret fashion show struts into Shanghai

Victoria's Secret brings its racy annual fashion show to Shanghai on Monday night, making its debut in China's growing lingerie market in typically brazen style but with added Chinese flair. English heart-throb Harry Styles headlines...Show More Summary

France to take in refugees rescued from Libya by UN

France will be the first to welcome African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger by the United Nations refugee agency.

Greece unveils flood relief measures as death toll hits 20

Greece's government on Monday announced relief measures for areas hit by flooding as the death toll rose to 20 with two more people missing. "All households (confirmed to) have sustained damage will receive an emergency benefit of 5,000 euros ($6,000)," government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in a statement. Show More Summary

India's Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress party chief

India's opposition Congress party will hold leadership elections next month, an official said Monday, amid growing speculation Rahul Gandhi will take over from his mother as its leader. Rahul, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all served as prime minister, was the centre-left party's front man in the last general election. Show More Summary

Revolution by Emmanuel Macron review – what’s the big idea, Monsieur President?

The French leader’s bestseller unwittingly sheds light on his shortcomings Emmanuel Macron is by no means the first president of France to fancy himself as a man of letters. Charles de Gaulle and François Mitterrand immediately come to mind as his most recent literary predecessors. Show More Summary

Angela Merkel, fighting to stay Germany's 'eternal chancellor'

Germany's veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel has survived multiple crises and outlasted a string of world leaders but now faces a battle for her political life after the collapse of talks to forge a coalition government. After 12 years...Show More Summary

Indonesia speaker swaps hospital for detention amid graft accusations

Indonesia's parliament speaker has been charged in a major graft scandal thought to have cost the state $170 million, after a bizarre drama that involved a failed raid on his palatial estate. Setya Novanto, who has previously faced allegations...Show More Summary

Kenya's Supreme Court to issue election ruling

Kenya's Supreme Court is due to rule Monday on whether President Uhuru Kenyatta can be sworn in for a second term or if there must be yet another vote. The dispute over this year's presidential elections has left the country deeply divided, with protests and clashes between opposition supporters and police commonplace. Show More Summary

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