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Russia's Christmas gift to Paris raises eyebrows
From Russia...with love? Paris's diplomatic relations with Moscow have been strained by the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine. Photo: Pierre Verdy/AFP

Russia's Christmas gift to Paris raises eyebrows

Cash-strapped Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been handed a gigantic Christmas tree as a gift by an unlikely benefactor: Russia. But questions are being asked whether there is an ulterior motive behind the Christmas present. READ  

Paris holds on to title of world's best student city
There were a staggering 96,782 foreigners studying in Paris in 2013. Photo of student in Paris: Shutterstock

Paris holds on to title of world's best student city

Paris has clinched top spot in the global "Best Student Cities" rankings for the third year running, beating off stiff opposition from the likes of Melbourne, London and Boston. READ  

French pair on trial for Israel hit-and-run death
Pilates instructor Lee Zeitouni (pictured) was hit by a speeding car on a city street in September 2011 and left to die. Photo: Jack Glez/AFP

French pair on trial for Israel hit-and-run death

Two Frenchmen allegedly involved in the hit-and-run death of an Israeli woman in Tel Aviv three years ago will finally stand trial in Paris on Thursday. READ  

'EU could survive without the UK, but not France'

'EU could survive without the UK, but not France'

The European Union would “survive” if the UK pulled out but it would be “dead” if it lost France. That’s the view of outgoing European Council President Herman Von Rompuy. READ  

Ebola: Hollande to be first leader to visit region
Guinean Red Cross workers wearing protective suits carry the corpse of a victim of Ebola in Macenta. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Ebola: Hollande to be first leader to visit region

French President Francois Hollande will on Friday begin a visit to Guinea, making him the first Western leader to travel to a country hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus. READ  

French minister slams US police killings
French minister Christiane Taubira quotes Bob Marley to express her anger over US police killings. Photo: AFP

French minister slams US police killings

France's black Justice Minister Christiane Taubira on Tuesday waded into the conflict over racially charged killings in the United States, quoting Rastafarian reggae icon Bob Marley on Twitter to express her anger. READ  

Pope tells Europe to do more to help migrants
Pope Francis has told Europe to do more for migrants. Photo: AFP

Pope tells Europe to do more to help migrants

Pope Francis urged an "haggard" Europe to do more for migrants and fight rising nationalism in a speech to the EU parliament on Tuesday, telling MEPs the Mediterranean must not turn into a "vast cemetery". READ  

The Mistral conundrum
Hollande halts warship delivery indefinitely
France has postponed delivery of Mistral ship to Russia "until further notice". Photo: AFP

Hollande halts warship delivery indefinitely

French President François Hollande on Tuesday delayed the controversial delivery of a high-tech warship to Russia "until further notice" over the Ukraine crisis. Russia later said it does not plan to sue France by way of response. READ  

Pope's Strasbourg visit riles French secularists
François Hollande with Pope Francis in the Vatican earlier this year. Photo: AFP

Pope's Strasbourg visit riles French secularists

Pope Francis visited the eastern French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday where he will address the European Parliament on subjects such as immigration. French secularists are unhappy about the visit of a religious leader to a European political institution. READ  

Paris-Berlin report says 'freeze wages in France'
The finance ministers of Germany and France - Wolfgang Schäuble and Michel Sapin - meet for an informal Franco-German conference earlier this month. Photo: AFP

Paris-Berlin report says 'freeze wages in France'

France and Germany are set to present a joint economic reform paper this week that proposes Paris would freeze wages, make the 35-hour week more flexible and Berlin would hike public investment, a news report said. READ  

Recognising Palestine?
Israel warns France of 'grave mistake'
Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu (right) has warned France of a 'grave mistake' if it recognises Palestine in a parliamentary vote. Photo: AFP

Israel warns France of 'grave mistake'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned France that its parliament would be making a "grave mistake" if it recognises a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2. READ  

North Korean student feared kidnapped in Paris
Paris prosecutors are investigating the disappearance of a North Korean student linked to political rivals of leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: AFP

North Korean student feared kidnapped in Paris

Paris prosecutors are investigating the disappearance of a North Korean student linked to political rivals of dictator Kim Jong-un, a judicial source said Friday. READ  

What to do with France's returning jihadists?
What should France do with returning jihadists, including these three, who called Muslims to attack France?

What to do with France's returning jihadists?

From banishing them to a notorious island in the Atlantic Ocean to re-integrating them into society, French politicians are battling to come up with the best solution for the hundreds of jihadists returning to France from the Middle East. READ  

Eurostar: Passengers blocked for eight hours
Journeys from hell: Eight hours stuck on a Eurostar...File photo: Eurostar

Eurostar: Passengers blocked for eight hours

Hundreds of Eurostar passengers endured a nightmare journey across the Channel on Thursday night after a power cut left them stranded on board their trains for almost eight hours. READ  

Converts from all corners of France lured into jihad
Maxime Hauchard, one of two French nationals who appeared in an Isis beheading video.

Converts from all corners of France lured into jihad

The French public are becoming increasingly unnerved by the fact youngsters from everyday backgrounds, with names like Maxime, Helene, David and Mikael, are joining the jihad and turning up in brutal Islamic State execution videos. READ  

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