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Court agrees to extradite ex-minister to Russia
Ex-minister Alexei Kuznetsov was accused of embezzling an estimated 14 billion rubles. AFP Photo/Kirill Kudryavtsev

Court agrees to extradite ex-minister to Russia

A French court of appeal has ruled in favour of extraditing to Russia a former finance minister accused of embezzling billions of rubles. READ  

France reveals anti-binge drinking crackdown
France plans to make binge drinking illegal. Photo: I woke up Today/Flickr

France reveals anti-binge drinking crackdown

UPDATED: France unveiled details of its plan to stamp out binge drinking and drunkenness among young people on Wednesday with a proposal to make inciting minors to booze excessively an offence punishable by up to a year in prison and a €15, 000 fine. READ  

Should France scrap road tolls at weekends?
Could road tolls soon be a thing of the past in FrancePhoto: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Should France scrap road tolls at weekends?

France’s ecology minister has called for a 10 percent reduction in the notoriously high tolls on the country's privatized motorways as well as making the roads free on weekends. But the government has other ideas. READ  

Kidnap and war impact French holiday plans
Algerian troops search for Hervé Gourdel. Photo: AFP

Kidnap and war impact French holiday plans

With France's autumn school holiday approaching, a time when many leave to soak up foreign sun, travel companies are complaining that bookings are in free-fall after the beheading of a Frenchman in Algeria. READ  

French Minister calls for 'New Deal' for the EU
France's Finance Minister Emmanuel Macron says Europe needs a "New Deal". /AFP Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

French Minister calls for 'New Deal' for the EU

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron on Sunday proposed a 300-billion-euro "New Deal" in Europe to boost investment and growth, while promising to accelerate fiscal reforms at home. READ  

France economic outlook drops to 'negative'
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin. Photo: AFP

France economic outlook drops to 'negative'

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's kept its 'AA' rating for France on Friday but lowered its outlook from "stable" to "negative" on fears over the country's budget situation. READ  

France willing to soften stance on Turkey EU bid
Photo: AFP

France willing to soften stance on Turkey EU bid

France said on Friday it was willing to unblock two key chapters of negotiation for Turkey's bid to become a member of the European Union. READ  

Ex-minister's paternity battle finally put to bed
Ex-Justice Minister Rachida Dati whose long lawsuit to prove who is the father of her daughter has come to an end it seems. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Ex-minister's paternity battle finally put to bed

Speculation finally came to an end this week when a court ruled that a French tycoon was the father of former justice minister Rachida Dati's daughter. At one point the tycoon had offered the names of seven other men he claims could have been the father. READ  

ONLY IN FRANCE
French lawmaker fined over grammar dispute
A French lawmaker was fined due to a battle over a pronoun. Photo: Ambernectar13/Flickr

French lawmaker fined over grammar dispute

The inaugural winners of The Local's "Only in France" award goes to two French lawmakers, who were involved in heated battle over a narrow but crucial bit of grammar that resulted in a hefty fine for one of them and a furious debate over feminism. READ  

French government's charm offensive hits US
France's whizzkid economy minister told The New York Times how he'll fix France. Photo: AFP

French government's charm offensive hits US

As part of an apparent charm offensive by the French government to convince the world it’s open for business, the country’s new economy minister told The New York Times that France needs to "shift its social model" but not become like the UK or the US. READ  

'French Isis fighters' freed in prisoner swap
French national fighting for Isis who been imprisoned have been freed. Photo: AFP

'French Isis fighters' freed in prisoner swap

French citizens who joined Isis militants were among 180 imprisoned fighters traded for Turkish hostages, according to media reports. READ  

Three Sarkozy allies charged in fraud probe
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. File photo: AFP

Three Sarkozy allies charged in fraud probe

Three allies of French former president Nicolas Sarkozy were charged on Saturday in connection with a probe into the financing of his 2012 presidential campaign. READ  

France slams 'heinous' murder of UK captive
UK aid worker Alan Henning. Photo: AFP

France slams 'heinous' murder of UK captive

French President Francois Hollande on Friday expressed outrage over the murder of a British aid volunteer by the Islamic State group, pledging to help bring the perpetrators to justice. READ  

Asylum-seeker sets fire to himself in France
Staff gather outside the court in Montreuil. Photo: AFP

Asylum-seeker sets fire to himself in France

A Chadian suffered serious burns after setting himself alight on Friday inside a French courthouse when his final chance at obtaining asylum was thrown out, the court said. READ  

US to bill France for military aid in Africa
The US wants to be reimbursed for any future aide to France's military in Africa. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

US to bill France for military aid in Africa

The US will keep helping France fight militants in Africa, but not for free. From here on out the Americans expect to be reimbursed for any military or intelligence support to the French. READ  

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