French MP brands Ashton ‘useless’

French MP brands Ashton ‘useless’

French sniping at EU foreign affairs supremo Catherine Ashton, a recurring feature of the diplomatic landscape in recent years, resumed Friday with a Socialist Party MP branding her as "useless."

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Syrian regime should be ‘smashed fast’ – Fabius

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Friday called for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be "smashed fast" as he visited Turkey's largest refugee camp near the Syrian border.

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Hollande to meet Merkel next week

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks on the eurozone crisis and Syria with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin next week, her spokesman said Friday.

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Firefighters struggle to control forest fire

A forest fire that has devastated 550 hectares (1350 acres) of coastal pine forest close to one of France's best surfing beaches continued to rage Friday.

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Fake policeman wanted to be town ‘superhero’

A man who posed as a police officer in an attempt to be the town “superhero” has been sentenced to six months in prison by a court in Angers.

Sarkozy was an ‘absolute bastard’ to Hollande

Sarkozy was an ‘absolute bastard’ to Hollande

A new book has revealed President Hollande’s hatred towards Sarkozy during the battle to be head of state earlier this year.

Depardieu ‘punched motorist in the face’

Depardieu ‘punched motorist in the face’

French actor Gérard Depardieu has been reported to police after allegedly hitting a motorist in the face following a collision with his moped.

Pilot starts whip-round to refuel diverted plane

Pilot starts whip-round to refuel diverted plane

Air France passengers on a flight which was diverted from Beirut and landed instead in Damascus were asked at one point to chip in and help pay to refuel the plane, a passenger said on Thursday.

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Prisoner severs finger and sends to minister

A French prisoner hacked off his own finger and sent it to Justice Minister Christiane Taubira in an attempt to accelerate his transfer to a different jail.