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Tête-à-tête - Part 1
'Foreigners in France should not get the vote'
Should foreigners be able to vote in France's local elections? Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP

'Foreigners in France should not get the vote'

France's president reignited an age-old row recently when he vowed to fight to give foreigners the vote in France. In the first part of our tête-a-tête we hear from a French mayor; who says France would be abandoning part of its sovereignty if foreigners were able to cast ballots. READ  

Immigration system
French test plan for long-term visa applicants
Anyone seeking a long-term visa in France in future will have to swat up on their French. Photo: Tim Green/Flickr

French test plan for long-term visa applicants

New legislation unveiled on Wednesday aims to shrink the bureaucratic hurdles foreigners who want to stay in France face and provide a glimmer of hope for asylum seekers languishing in limbo. But anyone wanting to get a ten-year visa would need to be able to read French. READ  

EU says Ryanair owes France €9.6 million
Ryanair has been ordered to refund millions in subsidies to local French authorities. Photo: Paolo Margari/Flickr

EU says Ryanair owes France €9.6 million

Low-cost airline Ryanair received nearly €10 million in illegal government aid and now must pay the money back, the European Commission said on Wednesday. It's another costly blow for Ryanair after a French court ordered it to stump up €9million in damages last year. READ  

The Mistral deal
France tells UK to put own house in order
"Stop pointing the finger at France and deal with London's Russian Oligarch's," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius tells the UK. Photo: Gali Tibbon/AFP

France tells UK to put own house in order

France lashed out at the UK on Tuesday with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius telling "British friends" to target the Russian oligarchs in London rather than Paris's controversial €1.2 billion warship deal with Moscow, which Washington also described as "completely inappropriate". READ  

Gaza crisis: Air France halts flights to Tel Aviv
Air France has suspended all flights to Tel Aviv. Photo: AFP

Gaza crisis: Air France halts flights to Tel Aviv

French national airline company Air France suspended its flights to Tel Aviv on Tuesday until further notice, due to the worsening security situation in Gaza. READ  

French police bust alleged jihad recruiters
Police arrested dismantled a suspected terror cell in southern France (Frank Perry/AFP)

French police bust alleged jihad recruiters

Three people suspected of recruiting fighters for the Syrian civil war and plotting 'violent acts' were arrested early on Tuesday in France. The raid comes as France tries to stem the number of its residents fighting 'holy war' abroad. READ  

Mistral deal with Russia is 'unthinkable': Cameron
UK Prime Minister David Cameron says selling warships to Russia is "unthinkable". Photo: Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Mistral deal with Russia is 'unthinkable': Cameron

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has upped the pressure on France to pull out of its €1.2 billion deal with Russia to sell two warships, saying pressing ahead with the contract would be “unthinkable” in Britain after the downing of flight MH17. READ  

Hollande calls for end to Gaza suffering
French President François Hollande is calling for urgent action to stop the Gaza bloodshed. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP

Hollande calls for end to Gaza suffering

French President François Hollande called on Monday for "everything" possible to be done in order to stop the civilian suffering in Gaza due to an Israeli bombing campaign and ground attack. READ  

Gaza assault unleashes online hate in France
Internet forums and news websites in France have been overrun by comments expressing hatred towards Israel over its offensive in Gaza. Photo: Le Figaro screengrab

Gaza assault unleashes online hate in France

The deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza has let loose an unprecedented wave of hate on media websites and social networks in France that moderators say they are struggling to contain. READ  

Palestinians ask France to help broker peace
The Palestinian president has asked France to help end the most recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP

Palestinians ask France to help broker peace

The Palestinians have asked France to push the leaders of Hamas to broker a truce with Israel in hopes of ending the blood shed brought on an Israel bombing campaign and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. READ  

Calais migrants: Number of arrests soar in 2014
Migrants wait by the roadside near Calais in the hope of boarding trucks to try to get to the UK. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Calais migrants: Number of arrests soar in 2014

More than 7,400 migrants have been arrested in the French Channel port of Calais for trying to illegally cross the Channel into Britain in the first half of 2014, more than double the figure a year ago, officials said on Friday. READ  

More pressure on France to scrap Russia ship deal
Will France still go ahead with its controversial warship deal with Russia. Photo: AFP

More pressure on France to scrap Russia ship deal

The suspected shooting down of a passenger plane by Russian separatists in Ukraine has triggered more international pressure on France to pull the plug on its €1.2 billion deal to sell two warships to Russia. But experts say Paris is likely to withstand the calls. READ  

Flight MH17
France demands probe into Malaysian jet crash
The crash site where Malaysia Airlines flight 17 came down in eastern Ukraine. Photo: AFP

France demands probe into Malaysian jet crash

France has demanded an immediate inquiry into the crash of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, which several sources say was shot down. The shocking incident however, is unlikely to see the EU harden its stance towards Russia, one expert tells The Local. READ  

French FM to visit Israel for Gaza peace talks
Laurent Fabius is to visit Israel for talks aimed at ending the ongoing conflict. Photo:AFP

French FM to visit Israel for Gaza peace talks

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will travel on Friday to Egypt and Israel for talks aimed at bringing the deadly conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians to an end, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday. READ  

LVMH and eBay end knockoff goods battle

LVMH and eBay end knockoff goods battle

American auction site eBay and French luxury goods maker LVMH have struck an agreement that ends a years-long court battle over the online sales of knockoff products. However, the details of the deal are sparse for the moment. READ  

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