News - French

French Election: Emmanuel Macron And Marine Le Pen To Fight For Presidency

5 days ago /
International News 

Centrist Emmanuel Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader, Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron, a former banker, is seen as a political newcomer - and ran without the backing of an established party. After topping Sunday's vote, he is now favourite...

Cameroon Ends Internet Shutdown On Orders Of President Paul Biya

1 week ago /
International News 

Internet services in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions have been restored three months after they were cut off, following protests. Before the ban, authorities had warned mobile phone users that they faced jail term for spreading false information. Communications and the economy were badly affected by the shutdown. Anglophone Cameroonians in the north-west and south-west...

Paris Shooting: Gunman Was 'Focus Of Anti-Terror' Probe

1 week ago /
International News 

The gunman who shot dead a policeman in Paris on Thursday has been identified from papers left in his car, but French officials are yet to release his name. Local media say the 39-year-old lived in the city's suburbs, and had been seen as a potential Islamist radical. The gunman wounded two...

French Soldier Faces Prison Over Burkina Faso 'Child Sex Abuse'

1 week ago /
International News  Security 

Prosecutors in France have requested a sentence of six month in prison against a French soldier who has been on trial in Paris for child sex abuse in Burkina Faso.  The soldier initially denied the allegations before admitting inappropriate contact with two minors.  Prosecutors say 40-year-old Sebastien L, filmed himself touching two...

Federer Tops Nadal For 4th Straight Time At Miami Open

3 weeks ago /
Sports   Tennis 

Roger Federer defeated long-standing rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win the Miami Open on Sunday and continue his outstanding start to the year. 

DR Congo Rejects Call For UN Probe

1 month ago /
International News 

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has rejected a call for a UN probe into civilian killings in the central Kasai and Lomani provinces, French broadcaster RFI reports. Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende told RFI: "It is our judges who uncovered more than three mass graves and all manner of horrific...

Ex-FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke Challenges 10-Year Ban

1 month ago /
Sports  

The former right-hand man of ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter has appealed against his 10-year ban from football. Jerome Valcke, who was secretary general of the sport's world governing body, was banned last year for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from World Cup ticket sales. The Frenchman, 56, has now asked the...

Adele Wins Big At 59th Grammy Awards

2 months ago /
Entertainment 

Adele has beaten Beyoncé for most of the prestigious titles at stake at the 59th Grammys in Los Angeles. The British born singer, with the full name Adele Adkins scooped Best Pop Solo Performance for her hit song Hello, brushing aside Beyoncé’s Hold Up. Adele also won Best Song of the Year...

Pirates Abduct Russians, Ukrainian In Nigeria

2 months ago /
Security 

Pirates have abducted seven Russian sailors and one Ukrainian in the territorial waters of Nigeria, the Russian embassy has said. Russian Embassy in Nigeria reported on Wednesday that, “the BBC Caribbean ship came under a piratic attack in the territorial waters of Nigeria.” The Russian embassy said on its Twitter page that,...

French Ex-President Faces Trial Over Illegal Campaign Finances

2 months ago /
International News 

Mr Sarkozy faces accusations that his party falsified accounts in order to hide 18m euros (£15m; $20m) of campaign spending in 2012. Mr Sarkozy has repeatedly denied that he was aware of the overspending. He lost the 2012 race to Francois Hollande, and failed in his bid to run again in...

Uganda Denies Accusations By Kenya's Foreign Minister

2 months ago /
International News 

Uganda has denied accusations that it did not back Kenya's Foreign Minister Amina Mohammed in her bid to become chairperson of the African Union Commission.  Ms Mohammed, who was seen as a front-runner, accused neighbouring countries in her concession speech, of being "deceptive" and called for an investigation.  Kenyan media reports said...

AFCON 2017: Cote d’Ivoire Coach Resigns

2 months ago /
Sports  

Michel Dussuyer has resigned his appointment as Head Coach of the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire following his team’s early elimination at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon. The reigning champions were knocked out after losing 0-1 to Morocco in their final Group C match on Tuesday. The Frenchman’s decision...

Mali Car Bomb 'Kills At Least 37 People' In Gao

3 months ago /
International News 

At least 37 people have been killed in northern Mali in a car bomb attack on a military base, officials say. The incident occurred when a vehicle packed with explosives detonated at a camp housing soldiers and members of rival armed groups in the city of Gao. Mali's northern desert region has...

France, Nigeria To Partner To Boost ArtWork

3 months ago /
Arts and Culture 

Denys Gauer, France Ambassador  to Nigeria said on Tuesday , that France would partner with Nigeria to boost the work of art by providing the platform for young Nigeria artist at the international market. Gauer said this at the fourth edition of the `Art of Friendship Exhibition’ organised by the Ministry...

IMF Chief Convicted Over Payout

4 months ago /
International News 

A French court has found International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence but did not hand down any punishment. As French finance minister in 2008, she approved an award of €404m ($429m; £340m) to businessman Bernard Tapie for the disputed sale of a firm. Lagarde, who always denied wrongdoing, was...

Cristiano Ronaldo Beats Lionel Messi To Win Ballon d'Or 2016

4 months ago /
Sports  

Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, beats rival, Lionel Messi to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award for a fourth time. The 31-year-old is now one behind Barcelona's Messi, who took the honour for a fifth time last year. Atletico Madrid's French forward, Antoine Griezmann finished third in the vote. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid...

No Free Education For Foreigners -Marine Le Pen

4 months ago /
International News 

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called for an end to free education for foreign children. In a speech in Paris, the National Front's candidate in the 2017 presidential race next spring said she had nothing against foreigners. "But I tell them: if you come to our country don't expect to...

Arsenal Can Still Get “Difficult” Champions League Draw Despite Finishing Top – Arsene Wenger

4 months ago /
Sports  

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is prepared for a tough draw in the knockout stages of the Champions League despite seeing his men top Group A. The Gunners won five of their six matches this campaign, which ended in style on Tuesday night as Wenger’s men thrashed Basel 4-1 at St.Jakobs Park. They were...

French’s President François Hollande throws in the towel

4 months ago /
International News 

French President François Hollande said on Thursday he would not seek re-election next year, bowing to historically low approval ratings after a troubled term in power. The withdrawal means the 62-year-old Socialist leader is the first president of France's fifth republic, founded in 1958, to step aside after only one term. "I...

Zinedine Zidane Plays Down Concerns On Cristiano Ronaldo's Dip

5 months ago /
Sports  

Zinedine Zidane has played down concerns over Cristiano Ronaldo's dip in form after the Portuguese international enjoyed another game to forget during Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Leganes. The French boss was delighted with Los Blancos' decision to tie him to the club with a new deal until 2021 as he...


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