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Secret talks open in Paris on Ukraine crisis
Secret talks opened in Paris about the Ukraine crisis. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Secret talks open in Paris on Ukraine crisis

France, Germany and Russia held secret talks in Paris about the Ukraine crisis on Monday, but have declined to reveal any details about the discusions, which come over a week after a ceasefire began in the war-ravaged country. READ  

Obama 'irritated' by French hostage ransoms
US President Barack Obama isn't too happy about France's hostage ransom payments. Photo: AFP

Obama 'irritated' by French hostage ransoms

France has signed up to the US-led international coalition to fight ISIS jihadis but that has not stopped President Obama from criticising his French counterpart for allegedly paying ransoms for the release of kidnapped French citizens READ  

Paris summit: France urges swift action on ISIS
World leaders were in Paris to discuss how to stop ISIS militants. Photo: Etienne Laurent/AFP

Paris summit: France urges swift action on ISIS

France's top leaders urged 'swift action' at meeting in Paris on Monday for an international strategy summit on how best to combat the extemist ISIS militants who have seized large swathes of territory and beheaded western aid workers and journalists. READ  

Air France pilots' strike expected to get worse
An Air France pilot strike was causing chaos on Monday. Photo: AFP

Air France pilots' strike expected to get worse

Sixty percent of Air France's flights are slated to be cancelled on Tuesday, up from 50 percent on Monday, due to a pilots' strike that is expected to continue until at least Friday. Stranded passengers were already stacking up at airports. READ  

France launches recon missions in Iraq
Photo: Patrick Baz/AFP

France launches recon missions in Iraq

The French air force is flying reconnaisance missions in Iraq as part of the US bombing campaign targeting ISIS militants who have been operating in the war-torn zone between Syria and Iraq. READ  

France offers military help to Iraq against ISIS
The French president arrived in Iraq on Friday. Photo: AFP

France offers military help to Iraq against ISIS

During a state visit to Iraq on Friday France's president pledged additional military support to the country as it struggles to combat the ISIS extremists who seized large swathes of its territory. READ  

Calais migrants: 'It's becoming more violent'
The migrant crisis in Calais is becoming increasingly violent and disruptive. Photo: AFP

Calais migrants: 'It's becoming more violent'

Officials in Calais, despite a series of new security measures, have made little progress in stemming the flow of migrants trying desperately to reach the UK. In fact, the situation is becoming more violent for all involved and disruptive for those who must use the port. READ  

Erasmus: How to survive at a French university
Worried about being able to hack it at a French university? Photo: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP

Erasmus: How to survive at a French university

Universities are undountably a bit different on this side of the Channel (or Atlantic), but the differences aren't insurmountable with some advice. Foreign and French students told The Local the 12 things you need to know when studying in France. READ  

France offers to help bomb Isis in Iraq
France has offered to help in a bombing campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq. Photo: JM Lopez/AFP

France offers to help bomb Isis in Iraq

France has pledged to join in, "if necessary", a bombing campaign against the Islamic extremists who have captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria. The pledge came as US President Barack Obama unveiled a "strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy" the jihadists. READ  

French favour booting Brits from EU: Poll
New poll says the French support letting Britain leave EU. Photo: Shutterstock

French favour booting Brits from EU: Poll

A new poll says a majority of French people believe Britain should be booted out of the European Union, rather than have its concerns taken into account by Brussels. It's a question sparked by a possible referendum on Britain's membership in the EU. READ  

Air France pilots won't fly to Ebola-hit countries
The number of pilots who will actually choose not to fly is very small, according to an Air France spokesperson. Photo: AFP

Air France pilots won't fly to Ebola-hit countries

Panicked pilots at Air France are refusing to fly to Ebola-hit countries, just weeks after flight attendants at France's flagship carrier objected to flying to West African countries battling the deadly virus. READ  

Ex-French minister lands key EU leader position
A French minister has been tapped for a key position in the European Commission. Photo: AFP

Ex-French minister lands key EU leader position

France's ex-finance minister landed a coveted job in the European Commmision, officials announced on Wednesday, saying Pierre Moscovici will be the commissioner for economic affairs. READ  

Hot French TV shows break export record
French TV shows like The Returned are selling like crazy to foreign viewers. Photo: Canal+

Hot French TV shows break export record

France's TV shows are so successful abroad right now that export sales of French 'télé' broke a record last year. What's even more interesting is who is buying the shows because one of the biggest consumers doesn't even speak French. READ  

France to blow off EU debt limits until 2017
France said it needs more time lower its deficit to EU limits. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

France to blow off EU debt limits until 2017

Setting the stage for a possible conflict with Brussels and Berlin, France said on Wednesday it's putting off deficit reduction targets for two years. The delay comes as France struggles with a flat economy and political instability. READ  

France set to be world's top wine producer
With a poor grape harvest in Italy, France is poised to become the words biggest winemaker. Photo: AFP

France set to be world's top wine producer

A lousy grape harvest in Italy has meant the Italians will cede their spot as the largest producer of wine in the world to France, which saw a healthy crop for the first time in several years. READ  

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