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  • French government faces key confidence vote 4 days ago

    Paris: The French Socialist government faces a key parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday as the country battles political and economic crises and with President Francois Hollande's popularity at a record low. Prime Minister Manuel Valls will outline the government's work programme in the National Assembly and submit it to a vote,...
  • 40 arrested in Paris as anti-Israel protest turns violent July 27, 2014

    Paris: At least 40 people were arrested in the French capital on Saturday after an anti-Israel protest involving several thousand people turned violent, media reports said. Waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans to show their support for Palestinian people, demonstrators took to the capital's streets at 3 p.m., Xinhua reported citing...
  • USGS: 7 small earthquakes shake central Oklahoma July 14, 2014

    Guthrie: The US Geological Survey has recorded seven small earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of just about 14 hours. They ranged from magnitude 2.6 to 2.9 and were centered in the Guthrie, Jones and Langston areas, 15 miles to 30 miles (24 to 48 kilometres) northeast of Oklahoma...
  • Russia, French presidents congratulate Narendra Modi May 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Presidents of Russia and France have congratulated Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on BJP's landslide victory in the general election and hoped that bilateral ties will further improve and strengthen under his leadership. In his message, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Modi for BJP's "convincing victory" and hoped that both...
  • French minister caught on film saying that food served at state dinner for China's President Xi Jinping was 'disgusting' March 29, 2014

    France's trade minister had to eat humble pie on Friday after she was caught on film saying that food served at a state dinner for China's President Xi Jinping was "disgusting". President Francois Hollande and Xi were all smiles at the dinner Wednesday at the Elysee presidential palace. But Foreign Trade...
  • Obama's state dinner for Manmohan Singh the most expensive February 12, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has spent a whopping USD 1.55 million on five of his state dinner since 2009, with the most expensive of them being the first one hosted in honour of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Records from the State Department Office of Protocol, whose budget covers state dinners,...
  • Shock over affair, says French ex-first lady Valerie Trierweiler January 30, 2014

    France's former first lady says she and the president had grown detached recently but she was caught totally by surprise by his affair with an actress. Valerie Trierweiler gave interviews to two French publications coming out this week describing for the first time some of what led to their breakup last...
  • Former French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler visits Sion hospital in Mumbai January 27, 2014

    Former partner of French President Francois Hollande, Valerie Trierweiler, who arrived in Mumbai on Sunday night on a charity mission, visited the Nutrition Rehabilitation and Research Centre of the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General hospital. Fight Hunger Foundation, which is being promoted by Trieweiller, will be collaborating with the Centre which is...
  • French President Francois Hollande announces split with Valerie Trierweiler January 27, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande announced split with long-time partner Valerie Trierweiler on the eve of her charity trip to India. ...
  • French President Hollande announces separation from Trierweiler January 26, 2014

    Paris: French President Francois Hollande announced his separation from first lady Valerie Trierweiler on Saturday following a media storm over allegations he is having an affair with an actress. "I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with Valerie Trierweiler," he said. Hollande sought to put an end...
  • French president Hollande-Gayet affair going on for over two years: Report January 17, 2014

    French President François Hollande has been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet "for over two years", Closer magazine said on Friday. The magazine said the 41-year-old actress had first been introduced to 59-year-old Hollande in 2011 by his former partner Ségolène Royal, when he was a front-running presidential candidate, The...
  • French President Francois Hollande admits problem in personal life January 15, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande conceded on Tuesday that he is going through "painful moments" with his companion, who was hospitalized after a magazine reported that he is secretly having an affair with a movie actress. But the Socialist Hollande , who has some of the lowest approval ratings of a French...
  • French first lady in hospital after reports of Hollande affair January 13, 2014

    Paris: French first lady Valerie Trierweiler has been admitted to hospital following reports of an affair between President Francois Hollande and an actress, but will be discharged on Monday, sources said on Sunday. The daily newspaper Le Parisien said earlier on Sunday that Trierweiler, 48, had been taken to hospital after...
  • French President considers legal action against magazine over affair claim January 10, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande has complained of breach of privacy and is considering legal action after French magazine Closer alleged he was having an affair with an actress, a source in his office said on Friday. "Francois Hollande greatly deplores the invasion of his privacy, to which he has a right...
  • Watch: 9-year-old stuns judges of Holland's Got Talent singing opera January 6, 2014

    Nine-year-old Amira Willighagen stunned the judges on Holland's Got Talent singing opera at the audition. The incredible singer's rendition of O Mio Babbino Caro left the judges speechless. ...
  • Chelsea hail strength in depth after brushing Arsenal aside October 30, 2013

    London: Two wins in three days against top English clubs are a sign Chelsea have enough squad depth to compete for honours across the board this season, assistant coach Steve Holland said on Tuesday. Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 to ease into the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Tuesday, barely 48...
  • Kanye West demands to get his carpet ironed September 20, 2013

    Los Angeles: Rapper Kanye West reportedly made an unusual demand of getting his carpet ironed because it was too bumpy. The 36-year-old was scheduled to perform at the 'Later... With Jools Holland' show Tuesday. He got annoyed with the bad surface in his dressing room. "Everybody knew Kanye's reputation for being...
  • Bashar al-Assad behind chemical attack in Damascus: French intelligence September 3, 2013

    Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a "massive and coordinated" chemical attack in Damascus on August 21, according a French intelligence report shown to lawmakers on Monday, a government source said. The nine-page document - drawn up by France's military and foreign intelligence services - listed five points...
  • France 'ready to punish' Syria over gas attack August 27, 2013

    French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that his country is prepared to take action against those responsible for gassing people in Syria. "France is ready to punish those who took the heinous decision to gas innocents" in Syria last week, Hollande said at a conference with France's ambassadors. He did...
  • Wesley Sneijder snubbed for Netherlands friendly August 10, 2013

    Amsterdam: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has left Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder out of the squad for next week's friendly against Portugal, though he said on Friday that the player has the talent to return when he's fit. Van Gaal last month demoted Sneijder from his job as team captain, saying...
  • Wesley Sneijder left out of Dutch squad for friendly August 1, 2013

    The Hague: Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been left out of the preliminary Netherlands squad for the friendly against Portugal on August 14. Dutch coach Louis van Gaal named 26 players in his provisional squad for the match in Faro, Portugal, reports Xinhua. Among others, the regular big names like...
  • Chelsea confirm Marco van Ginkel capture July 6, 2013

    London: Chelsea have completed the signing of Holland midfielder Marco van Ginkel from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, reports dailymail.co.uk. The 20-year-old moves from the Eredivisie for a fee believed to be £9million and has penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. Van Ginkel came through the youth system at Vitesse and made...
  • Hollande calls alleged US snooping on EU diplomats intolerable July 2, 2013

    Paris: French President Francois Hollande has lashed out at the US over its alleged snooping on EU embassies and has demanded that they stop their alleged eavesdropping on EU diplomats. The US said it gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations. According to reports, US intelligence agencies bugged...
  • Suspected attacker of French soldier under investigation June 1, 2013

    Paris: A Muslim convert suspected of stabbing a French soldier in a religiously motivated attack was placed under formal investigation on Friday over an apparent act of terrorism, prosecutors said, a move that could lead to a trial. Alexandre Dhaussy, 22, was brought before an anti-terrorism judge who determined there was...
  • France: Thousands protest against gay marriage law May 27, 2013

    Paris: Tens of thousands of people protested against France's new gay marriage law in central Paris on Sunday, and police clashed with right-wing demonstrators. The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go ahead with the long-planned demonstration to show their continued opposition as well...
  • Soldier's stabbing could be act of terrorism: Minister May 27, 2013

    Paris: The stabbing of a French soldier near Paris by a man who is still on the run bore the hallmarks of Islamist terrorism, the interior minister said on Sunday, and police said it may have been inspired by the murder of a British serviceman in London. Anti-terrorism investigators are hunting...
  • French police search for man who stabbed soldier May 27, 2013

    Paris: French anti-terrorism investigators were combing video surveillance tapes on Sunday as they continued their manhunt for a suspect who stabbed a soldier in the throat in the commercial district of La Defense outside Paris. The 23-year-old soldier, Cedric Cordier, was in uniform patrolling the busy underground corridors where shops and...
  • France: Soldier stabbed on the outskirts of Paris May 26, 2013

    Paris: A French soldier was stabbed in the throat in a busy commercial district on the outskirts of Paris on Saturday, and France's President said authorities are investigating any possible links with the recent slaying of a British soldier. President Francois Hollande said the identity of the attacker was unknown...
  • UK: Cameron calls beheading of soldier 'an appalling murder' May 23, 2013

    London: Two men with butcher knives hacked another to death on Wednesday near a London military barracks and one then went on video to explain the crime - shouting political statements, gesturing with bloodied hands and waving a meat cleaver. Soon after, arriving police shot and wounded the unidentified assailants...
  • France legalises gay marriage, says law is constitutional May 18, 2013

    Paris: France's constitutional council has rejected a challenge by conservative lawmakers to the country's new gay marriage law, saying the law was constitutional. That means France could see its first gay marriages by the end of May. France's Parliament passed the law legalizing gay marriage in April after a wrenching national...