French police release man detained over horse killings

PARIS (Reuters) – A 50-year-old jobless man arrested on Monday in eastern France as part of an investigation into a spate of horse killings has been released without charge, a police source said on Tuesday. “The suspect’s custody has been lifted”, the source told Reuters. French police and judicial sources

Charlie Hebdo attack accomplices face trial five years on

PARIS (Reuters) – The Islamist gunmen who struck the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish store, killing 17, are dead but on Wednesday, five years after the attack that marked the onset of a wave of Islamist violence in France, their alleged accomplices face trial. Fourteen defendants, three of whom

Rwandan refugee put under formal investigation for Nantes Cathedral fire: Le Monde

PARIS (Reuters) – French prosecutors put a Rwandan refugee under formal investigation early on Sunday after the man confessed to setting fire to the 15-century Nantes cathedral, French newspaper Le Monde reported. The 39-year-old man, who worked as a volunteer warden at the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul,

'It makes sense': French shoppers take compulsory masks in their stride

PARIS (Reuters) – From Monday, shoppers entering the bakery in Paris where Kalil Gaci works are required by law to wear a mask, but his customers are taking the new rule in their stride. “There’s no problem in wearing one, I’m completely for it,” said Elina Outh, a 22-year-old business

France's Macron picks little-known civil servant as new prime minister

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron named Jean Castex, a senior civil servant, as his new prime minister on Friday as he acted to recast his presidency and take back control of policy ahead of elections in 2022. Macron wants to start afresh after the coronavirus crisis reversed some

France suspends Nato mission role amid Turkey row

France has temporarily pulled out of a Nato security operation amid a major row with Turkey. The defence ministry said France had suspended its role in Operation Sea Guardian, accusing Turkey of violating an arms embargo against Libya. It comes weeks after Turkish ships allegedly targeted a French warship in

Russian firm, French far-right party settle $10m debt dispute

National Rally led by Marine Le Pen reaches a legal deal with a Russian aviation parts firm over a controversial loan. A legal agreement has been reached between France’s far-right National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen and a Russian firm suing it over a $10.1m unpaid loan, according

French health minister: Worst of epidemic is behind us but virus not dead

PARIS (Reuters) – The worst part of the coronavirus epidemic is behind France, but people must remain vigilant as the virus continues to circulate, Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Monday. “The largest part of the epidemic is behind us but the virus is not dead. We did not completely

France to lift border controls for EU travellers on June 15

PARIS (Reuters) – France will lift restrictions at its borders for EU travellers on June 15, the French Interior and Foreign ministries said in a statement on Friday. “Given a favourable development of the health situation in France and Europe and in accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission…France

Chinese Embassy fire: Firefighters on scene as inferno erupts in Paris – Smoke fills sky

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Firefighters have rushed to the building in Rue Washington, according to reports online.  Locals are being urged to avoid the area while emergency services fight the flames.