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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.

French press review 14 March 2018

Uncertainty looms about direction of US foreign policy after Donald Trump sacks Rex Tillerson.

France targets Google, Apple for 'abusive' practices

France will take legal action against Google and Apple for "abusive business practices", Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday.

Politics of anti-terrorism loom over train sabotage trial in France

The trial of eight political activists accused of accused of sabotaging high-speed trains ten years ago opened in Paris on Tuesday. Investigators initially pursued and then dropped controversial terrorism charges, and the trial maintains an air of political intrigue.

Russian detained in Marseille for Euro 2016 hooliganism

A Russian was taken into custody in Marseille on Monday in connection with an attack that left an English football fan in a serious condition after fighting at the Euro 2016 football tournament.

French press review 13 March 2018

Washington threatens the use of force if it doesn't get a new 30-day UN-brokered ceasefire in Syria while Pope Francis marks five years in the Vatican.

French Indian Ocean island Mayotte erupts over immigration, insecurity

The French government attempted on Monday to end weeks of unrest on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte. The people of the island are protesting against insecurity and an influx of migrants from neighbouring African islands that has severely strained public services.

Alleged 'anarchist cell' goes on trial over 2008 French rail sabotage accusations

Ten years after their arrests in a politically charged case that prompted accusations of police overreach, eight members of an alleged "anarchist cell" will go on trial in France on Tuesday over claims of sabotaging high-speed train lines.

Fresh bombardment kills 20 in Syria's Ghouta: monitor

At least 20 civilians have died in a resumption of bombing on Douma, the largest town in shrinking rebel-controlled pockets of Syria's Eastern Ghouta, a monitor said Monday. Thirteen were killed late Sunday in air strikes and artillery...Show More Summary

Italy seizes migrant rescue ship: NGO

Italian authorities impounded a migrant rescue boat operated by a Spanish non-governmental organisation on suspicion it was aiding illegal immigration, the NGO said Monday. The group, Proactiva Open Arms, said on Twitter its boat was...Show More Summary

Trump's pick to lead UN agency says has trust of Muslim states

Donald Trump's nominee to lead the UN migration agency said Monday that he has convinced member states that he holds no anti-Muslim views, after a series of reports accused him of prejudice against Islam. Ken Isaacs, who has a long record of humanitarian work with the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse and within George W. Show More Summary

EU sanctions 4 Syrian officials over chemical weapons

The EU on Monday sanctioned four senior Syrian officials over the use of chemical weapons against civilians, amid reports President Bashar al-Assad's forces have deployed chlorine gas in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. EU foreign...Show More Summary

Israeli soldier's manslaughter sentence cut by a third: army

An Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant in a case that divided the country had his sentence reduced by a third Monday by a military parole board. Elor Azaria was initially sentenced to 18 months in prison for the 2016 killing of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Show More Summary

Red Cross chief urges access to Syria's Afrin

The head of the international Red Cross called Monday for access to civilians in the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin, warning Turkish aid workers lacked credibility after Ankara-led forces took the city. In a major victory for Turkey's...Show More Summary

AU launches ambitious bid for world's largest free trade area

Africa's leaders will gather in Rwanda Wednesday to launch what they say will be the world's largest free trade area but Nigeria has already pulled out, highlighting the challenge in getting the continent to sign up. Establishing the...Show More Summary

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