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Pupil rings French PM Valls for homework help
Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaks on the telephone. Photo: AFP

Pupil rings French PM Valls for homework help

A 16-year-old Parisian pupil ignored Wikipedia and Google and decided instead to call the personal mobile phone of France's prime minister Manuel Valls in an attempt to get some inside help for a school presentation on politics. READ  

France offers Russia ‘deal to ditch Mistrals’
Photo: Frank Perry /AFP

France offers Russia ‘deal to ditch Mistrals’

Paris has allegedly offered Moscow the sweet sum of €785 million to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis, a Russian newspaper reported Friday. READ  

Hungary mayor offers to 'save' French statue
A worker at the 8-metre tall statue in Brittany. Photo: AFP

Hungary mayor offers to 'save' French statue

A Hungarian mayor has offered to "rescue" a statue of Pope John Paul II set for demolition in France after a court ruled it contravened laws on secularity. READ  

Hollande meets Castro brothers in Cuba
Hollande also met with Cuban President Raul Castro. Photo: AFP

Hollande meets Castro brothers in Cuba

French President Francois Hollande met with an ailing Fidel Castro on Monday, as well as the President Raul Castro, in a historic trip where he called for an end to the US embargo on Cuba. READ  

Suspended Le Pen to found own 'grouping'
Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photo: AFP

Suspended Le Pen to found own 'grouping'

The founder of France's far-right National Front (FN), Jean-Marie Le Pen, announced on Monday that he would create his own "grouping" after being suspended from the party for remarks downplaying the Holocaust. READ  

Hollande calls for end to US embargo on Cuba
Hollande arrived in Cuba late on Sunday night. Photo: AFP

Hollande calls for end to US embargo on Cuba

UPDATED: French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for an end to the US embargo on Cuba during a historic visit to the island, the first by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties. READ  

Most French keen to see UK stay in the EU
David Cameron has promised to re-negotiate the UK's membership in the EU. Photo: AFP

Most French keen to see UK stay in the EU

Over half of the French population is positive towards the UK's membership in the EU, a new survey has revealed. But even still, most of the French were uninterested in the election. READ  

Countdown for Hollande’s Cuba visit
It will be the first visit by a French president since Cuba's independence in 1898. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP

Countdown for Hollande’s Cuba visit

François Hollande will become the first French president to visit Cuba in more than a century when he lands in Havana on Monday, cementing Paris’s leading role in the European Union’s rapprochement with the communist island. READ  

French FM to attend Russian WWII ceremony
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Photo: AFP

French FM to attend Russian WWII ceremony

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he would go to Russia for Saturday's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany which is being boycotted by most Western countries. READ  

National Front feud
Le Pen: I don't want my daughter to be president
Jean-Marie Le Pen at the party's May Day rally. Photo: AFP

Le Pen: I don't want my daughter to be president

After being suspended by France's far-right National Front, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen on Tuesday hit back at its current leader, his daughter, saying it would be "scandalous" if she were to be elected president of France. READ  

Le Pen's big day ruined by Femen and her father
Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Le Pen's big day ruined by Femen and her father

Bare-chested Femen activists making Nazi salutes disrupted a speech by France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen for five minutes Friday at her National Front's traditional May 1st rally in Paris. READ  

Strasbourg will remain EU capital, France vows
Members of the European Parliament are forced to decamp every month from Brussels to Strasbourg for voting sessions. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

Strasbourg will remain EU capital, France vows

France would never allow Strasbourg to be stripped of its status as a European capital, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday, despite the huge cost of shuttling EU politicians there from Brussels each month. READ  

Migrant Boat Tragedy
Hollande urges EU meet after migrant tragedy
File photo: AFP

Hollande urges EU meet after migrant tragedy

French President Francois Hollande called Sunday for a meeting of EU ministers after the feared drowning of some 700 migrants on Sunday. READ  

Hollande says Swiss tax squabbles 'behind us'
French president Francois Hollande (L) looks on as his his Swiss counterpart Simonetta Sommaruga. Photo: AFP

Hollande says Swiss tax squabbles 'behind us'

UPDATED: French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday a drawn-out tax evasion row with Switzerland "is behind us" as he launched a visit aimed at mending fences. READ  

France unveils billions in savings to appease EU
France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin. Photo: AFP

France unveils billions in savings to appease EU

France on Wednesday unveiled a nine billion euro savings plan over two years as it battles to reduce its budget deficit to below European Union limits. READ  

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