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France's Le Pen booted out of his far-right party
Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photo: AFP

France's Le Pen booted out of his far-right party

August 20, 2015

UPDATED: Jean-Marie Le Pen, France's elderly, far-right master provocateur, was booted out of the National Front (FN) he founded on Thursday after a high-profile feud with his daughter and party leader Marine.

'Anti-traveller' ditches spark outrage in France
Wavrin town hall. Photo: Velvet/Wikicommons

'Anti-traveller' ditches spark outrage in France

August 18, 2015

Town officials in northern France have come under scrutiny after ordering ditches to be dug out in an effort to dissuade travellers from setting up camp there.

French minister admits 'Obama engagement' slip
US President Barack Obama. Photo: AFP

French minister admits 'Obama engagement' slip

August 17, 2015

France's ecology minister has explained why she tweeted to the US president to congratulate him on his engagement - even though Obama has been married for 22 years.

France and Russia 'reach deal' on ditched Mistrals
Photo: Frank Perry /AFP

France and Russia 'reach deal' on ditched Mistrals

July 31, 2015

After eight months of negotiations France and Russia have reached a deal on the amount Paris must pay Moscow in compensation for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a senior Russian official said Friday.

French far right wants Le Pen senior gone
Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photo: AFP

French far right wants Le Pen senior gone

July 30, 2015

An overwhelming 94 percent of France's National Front (FN) members have voted in favour of stripping ex-leader Jean-Marie Le Pen of his title of honorary president, the far-right party announced Wednesday.

French minister breaks arm filling petrol tank
France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin. Photo: AFP

French minister breaks arm filling petrol tank

July 20, 2015

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has been hospitalised after breaking his arm while filling up at a service station in central France, his aides said on Monday.

French foreign minister accepts offer to visit Iran
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French radio that he will head to Iran. Photo: AFP

French foreign minister accepts offer to visit Iran

July 15, 2015

France's foreign minister said on Wednesday he had accepted an invitation to visit Iran after the historic deal on its nuclear programme but did not give a date for the trip.

Greece crisis
As it happened: Greece roadmap deal struck
Angela Merkel during a press conference on Monday morning. Photo: DPA

As it happened: Greece roadmap deal struck

July 13, 2015

UPDATE: Eurozone leaders have reached a deal in Brussels after an all-night negotiation to establish preconditions for a new financial aid programme for Greece.

Le Pen in new victory against daughter Marine
Another victory for Le Pen senior. Photo: AFP

Le Pen in new victory against daughter Marine

July 08, 2015

French far-right veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen scored another victory on Wednesday when a court suspended a ballot organised by the National Front (FN) party he founded on whether to scrap his post as honorary president.

French court allows Le Pen to rejoin the party
Founder of the National Front (FN), Jean-Marie Le Pen, leaves the High Court of Nanterre on June 12th. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP

French court allows Le Pen to rejoin the party

July 02, 2015

A French court on Thursday cancelled the suspension of veteran far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen from the National Front party which he founded.

Greece crisis
As it happened: EU urges Greece 'yes' vote
A man walks past graffiti reading "NO" in German in Athens on Monday. Photo: DPA

As it happened: EU urges Greece 'yes' vote

June 29, 2015

With 'Grexit' (Greek exit from the euro) looking increasingly likely on Monday, Germany remained at the centre of efforts to keep it in the single currency. Catch up on a day of dramatic action here.

Hollande already on the campaign trail for 2017

June 22, 2015

His ratings are still in the doldrums and the economy is still stagnant, yet French President Francois Hollande looks increasingly like he's already on the campaign trail for 2017.

'Jack is back': The mysterious tweet by DSK
Is DSK making a comeback via Twitter? Photo: screengrab/Twitter

'Jack is back': The mysterious tweet by DSK

June 22, 2015

The French Twittersphere went into a frenzy on Sunday when disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn appeared to make his entry on to the social media channel with the intriguing words “Jack is Back”.

France forces through reforms without vote
France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: AFP

France forces through reforms without vote

June 16, 2015

France's socialist government on Tuesday forced a controversial package of key economic reforms through parliament without a vote, sparking a walk-out from the opposition and a vote of no-confidence.

National Front creates new far-right EU group
National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Photo: AFP

National Front creates new far-right EU group

June 16, 2015

A new grouping of European far-right parties, called Europe of Nations and Freedom, is to be formed around France's National Front, the French party leader Marine Le Pen announced in a statement Monday.

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