France was the first country in Western Europe to impose a ban on face-covering Islamic veils in 2010. Among the different types of Islamic veils, the burqa is the most conservative, covering the entire face and body. A mesh screen in front of the eyes allows the wearer to see.
Progress at talks between Russian and Ukrainian envoys have raised hopes of convening the first international summit in three years on ending the fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces.
“My nerves were on edge because they just wouldn’t tell me what was happening with our passports,” said a tourist in the lobby of the five-star Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg one recent morning, as her excited daughter negotiated the day’s itinerary with their Russian guide. “
Mahatma Gandhi's life and legacy were remembered by people across the world on his 150th birth anniversary with several countries, including Uzbekistan, Turkey, Palestine and Monaco, releasing commemorative postage stamps and organising events to mark the day.
The government deployed a massive police presence as it feared yellow-vest supporters and other activists, including "black bloc" anarchists, would take advantage of authorised protests over climate change and pension reform.
Three months after the devastating fire that wrecked the 850-year-old jewel of Paris and triggered a global outpouring of grief, France’s Parliament voted Tuesday in favour of a law to restore the damaged roof of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Flags of the 10 European countries that are in a joint military pact spearheaded by Macron last year led contingents of French and foreign armed forces from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs-Elysees avenue.
These are the faces of France's yellow vest movement, an array of people with grievances so varied that sometimes it's hard to see what they have in common other than the fluorescent vests glowing from their chests.
Named after the fluorescent safety vests that all French motorists must carry, the protesters are billing their planned action on Saturday as “Act IV” of worst unrest seen in the capital since the 1968 student riots.
In an unassuming house on France’s River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg (110-pound) tortoise roams the garden and a two-metre (seven-foot) alligator sleeps in the owner’s bed while another keeps a watch at the door.
France’s former prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is now back at Francois Hollande’s side in a new role. Ayrault replaces Laurent Fabius as Foreign Minister. An Hollande loyalist and fluent German speaker, Ayrault is seen as a safe pair of hands. He will now serve in the team of current premier Manuel Valls alongside other noteworthy […]
New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): French President Francois Hollande on Monday reiterated that the main objective of his visit to India is to reinforce counter-terrorism cooperation between France and India. Hollande said France would take all measures required to protect democracy. He added that France will not be deterred by any kind of threats of terrorism. He further stated that today, in fact, there are all kinds of terrorist threats that are hovering around countries such as India and France and one of the main aims of my visit here in India is to reinforce and strengthen the cooperation against terrorism between two countries.
New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): France Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Monday said that in the last five years French companies have invested more than $1 billion per year in India, which is now expected to increase to $10 billion in the next five years. Sapin said that France is the third biggest foreign investor in India and a major player in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' programme. He added that India and France have similar views on investment, which will further help them to fight against financing terrorism.
New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): In the wake of horrendous attack in Paris and the recent terrorist attack at the Pathankot air base, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday the cooperation between France and India on matters related to counter terrorism has acquired a very significant dimension, and added that a lot of discussion in this regard is expected during the visit of French President François Hollande. President Hollande will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations this year. This is the fifth time that a serving President of the French Republic will be the chief guest at the Republic Day function. Vikas Swarup also highlighted the business ties between both nations.
A group of around 30 travellers raided a scrapyard and blocked a road in the French alps in Moirans near Grenoble on Tuesday, setting the wrecks alight, to demand the authorities release a 17-year-old and his cousin from a nearby prison to attend the funeral of his brother.