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  • Eric Abidal announces retirement 'for personal reasons' December 19, 2014

    Athens: Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal, who returned to playing after undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012, announced on Friday he was ending his career for 'personal reasons'. Abidal, 35, made 67 appearances for France and last featured in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in November 2013. He...
  • France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry announces retirement December 16, 2014

    Former World Cup winner and Arsenal's record goal-scorer Thierry Henry announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, bringing an end to his a glittering 20-year career. The 37-year-old Frenchman scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for his country as he helped them win the 1998 World Cup and European Championships in...
  • Launch of GSAT-16 deferred for the second time December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The launch of India's latest communication satellite GSAT-16 has been deferred for the second time in a week's time. It was scheduled to be launched early on Saturday from Kourou in French Guiana. In the earlier occasion, ISRO had on Thursday night announced that the satellite's Friday launch was...
  • India go down to France in World women's team squash December 3, 2014

    Niagara Falls: India suffered their second defeat in two days, losing to fifth seed France in the WSF World women's team squash championship on Tuesday. France defeated India 3-0 in the Group D match to keep their hopes alive of progressing whereas India, who had lost to Hong Kong in their...
  • Arnaud Clement to stay on as France Davis Cup captain December 2, 2014

    Paris: Arnaud Clement's contract as France Davis Cup captain has been extended by two years, the French federation (FFT) said on Tuesday, setting the record straight after Yannick Noah hinted he would be interested in the job. "As usual, the players have been consulted beforehand," the FFT said in a statement...
  • Government asks France to 'open shops' in India for railway projects November 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Monday invited France to "open shops" in the country to execute Railway projects and sought co-operation in areas of safety, customer service and high-speed train service. "There are multiple areas in rail sector where we can work together and in those areas we can hope for...
  • This one's for the boys, says gracious Roger Federer November 23, 2014

    Having stolen the limelight from Davis Cup stalwart Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer quickly turned attention towards his Switzerland team-mates after securing the winning point in the final against France on Sunday. Federer crushed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to give the Swiss a 3-1 win over the hosts, but the 17-times...
  • Federer beats Gasquet to clinch 1st Davis Cup title for Switzerland November 23, 2014

    Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match Sunday as Switzerland won the Davis Cup final against France by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead. The 17-time Grand Slam champion gave Switzerland their first title in the team competition and added the only big trophy in...
  • Switzerland take 2-1 lead over France in Davis Cup final November 22, 2014

    Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka defeated Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead over France in the Davis Cup final on Saturday. Federer and Wawrinka did not concede a single break and dominated the key points to withstand their opponent's charge in the second...
  • Stan Wawrinka gives Switzerland lead vs France in final November 21, 2014

    France: Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead against France in the Davis Cup final by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday. The Australian Open champion started strong, and overcame a second-set lapse by regaining control of the opening singles match with an aggressive display that paid off with a 6-1, 3-6,...
  • Roger Federer to face Monfils in Davis Cup final November 20, 2014

    Despite his bad back, Roger Federer will face Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles match when Switzerland faces France in the Davis Cup final. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will open the best-of-five series on clay against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga. Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, was doubtful for the final...
  • Roger Federer's back is key in Davis Cup final November 19, 2014

    Roger Federer was at the top of his game in London last week, sweeping past opponents as if his age were not an issue. A back injury over the weekend changed everything, casting serious doubts over his chances of winning the Davis Cup, or even playing against France in the...
  • Roger Federer skips Davis Cup training with back problems November 18, 2014

    France: Swiss Roger Federer's participation in the Davis Cup final against France was still hanging in the balance on Tuesday as the 17-times grand slam champion said he could not train because of back problems. Federer, however, was hopeful, although not exactly optimistic, he could be ready for Friday's first singles. "It's...
  • Frenchman seen in Islamic State video of beheadings November 18, 2014

    London/Paris: A Frenchman is believed to have been among Islamic State jihadists appearing on a video showing the severed head of US aid worker Peter Kassig, but a British man denied earlier reports that his medical student son was there too. Sunday's announcement of Kassig's death, the fifth such killing of...
  • France, Switzerland unchanged for Davis Cup final November 11, 2014

    France and Switzerland have announced unchanged teams for the Davis Cup final next week at Lille. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Julien Benneteau, and Richard Gasquet were re-selected by France, while Gilles Simon, France's third highest-ranked player, was put on standby as a replacement. Switzerland captain Severin Luthi picked the same side for...
  • Mystery drones fly over French nuclear sites November 3, 2014

    Paris: French security officials are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by drone aircraft over more than a dozen nuclear power stations in France, raising security concerns in a country that largely lives off atomic energy. In what environmental activists call a worrisome development, authorities have tallied at least...
  • Fire breaks out at iconic French radio building 'Maison de la radio' October 31, 2014

    Paris: A fire broke out on Friday on the seventh floor of the "Maison de la radio" (Radio house), a vast circular building in Paris housing several media operations. Firefighters said the blaze started on the seventh floor which is currently under reconstruction and employees were quickly evacuated from the building. Two...
  • Black money probe: List submitted to SC provided by France, says Attorney General October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday submitted a list of names of 627 black money account holders to the Supreme Court. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has said that the list was given by the France government and will be forwarded to SIT by Wednesday night. The status report...
  • Napoleon's trademark two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction October 28, 2014

    Paris: Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat. Next month, a "bicorne" felt hat thought to have belonged to the French emperor will be up for auction in Fontainebleau in what the auctioneer calls the "sale of...
  • No laughing matter: Clown terror spreads in France October 26, 2014

    Paris: A wave of panic sparked by evil clowns stalking French towns has spread to the south of France where police on Saturday night arrested 14 teenagers dressed as the pranksters, carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats. A police source said the group of teens were arrested in the parking lot...
  • Iran expects progress, if no breakthrough, in nuclear talks with EU, US October 14, 2014

    Vienna: Iran does not expect a breakthrough in high-level nuclear talks with the United States and the European Union this week but hopes they will help pave the way for a final deal, its foreign minister said on Tuesday. Mohammad Javad Zarif, quoted by Iran's Fars news agency, was speaking after...
  • Work on 'taming' firms wins Frenchman Jean Tirole economics Nobel October 13, 2014

    Stockholm: 2014 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, Jean Tirole said that he hasn't recouped yet, after winning the acclaimed prize. Tirole is the director of Toulouse School of Economics and the third French laureate in Economic Sciences. Tirole was incredibly surprised when he got the news that he has been awarded the...
  • Pakistan briefs P-5 about security tensions on LoC, IB October 13, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday briefed the envoys of five permanent members of the UN Security Council about the tensions on the LoC and International Border with India. In a statement, Pakistan Foreign Office said Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz briefed the ambassadors...
  • France's Jean Tirole wins the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences October 13, 2014

    Stockholm: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to French economist Jean Tirole "for his analysis of market power and regulation". The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences decided to award The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2014 to Jean Tirole for breathing new...
  • Benzema shines as France beat Portugal 2-1 in friendly October 12, 2014

    Paris: Fernando Santos began his reign at the helm of Portugal with a 2-1 loss at Euro 2016 host France in a friendly while Denmark salvaged a 1-1 draw in Albania in qualifying on Saturday. Striker Karim Benzema scored at Stade de France after only three minutes for his 25th international...
  • French teen girl stopped 'on way to jihad in Syria' October 5, 2014

    A 15-year-old French girl was in police custody on Sunday after she disappeared from her family home in southern France, suspected of wanting to travel to Syria to wage jihad. Assia Saidi was "found on Saturday night by her parents in a bar, near Marseille station, where she had been working...
  • France's Le Pen loses driving license, but says not her fault October 2, 2014

    (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday police had confiscated her driving license for a string of road offences - but insisted they had been committed by someone else. The National Front party leader, who recently called speed detection radars "another tax disguised as a life-saving campaign",...
  • France wants Libyan jihadists on UN blacklist September 26, 2014

    United Nations: France wants the UN Security Council to add Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia to its terror list, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said declaring Libya a "terrorist powderkeg." Active in Libya's second city Benghazi, Ansar al-Sharia is already on the US terror list and the Libyan parliament has also labelled...
  • French tourist beheaded by Algerian jihadist group after France joins US against ISIS September 25, 2014

    Two days after France joined the United States in launching airstrikes on the ISIS militants, an Algerian jihadist group has released a video that appears to show the beheading of a French tourist. ...
  • France to host Switzerland on clay in Davis Cup September 22, 2014

    France will play the Davis Cup final against Switzerland on indoor clay in a bid to thwart Roger Federer's quest for a first win in the team competition. The final will be held at the 27,000capacity Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille from November 2123, under a retractable roof. France is third on...