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Explained: France's problem with the burqa

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.

A field trip and a hijab set off a furor in France

“Not here, not today,” a French politician told a woman wearing a head scarf. A photograph of her crying son went viral

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Rajnath Singh defends ‘shastra puja’ on Rafale jet: ‘Inscribing Om in no way communal’

Endorsing Narendra Mehta, the sitting MLA and BJP candidate from Mira-Bhayandar, Singh said, “A man like him will forever be a sewak and not a shasak despite being in power.”

Rafale engine manufacturer tells Rajnath: Don't terrorise us on tax

Rajnath is on a three-day visit to France, which will cover a tour of a facility owned by French multinational Safran - the company which produces the engines for the Rafale fighter jets.

EU divisions over Russia mount as France, Germany seek peace in Ukraine

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.

President Vladimir Putin is luring tourists to Russia with free e-visas

“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. “

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France issues postage stamp on Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary

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.

Journalist behind France's #MeToo movement loses defamation case

“She surpassed the acceptable limits of freedom of expression, as her comments descended into a personal attack,” the court said in its ruling.

French police break up 'yellow vest' and 'black bloc' protests in Paris

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.

French First Lady Brigitte Macron to go back to teaching

The French first lady is set to teach at a school for adult students in a tough Paris neighborhood. She previously gave up her job as a literature teacher to support her husband's political career.

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Rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

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.

Protestors, police clash after Bastille Day parade

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.

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Merchants near Paris' Notre Dame struggle after fire

Paris merchants whose livelihoods depend on Notre Dame tourism are worried about the cathedral's stability and their own futures.

The varied faces of France's yellow vest movement

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.

France braces for trouble, Macron to address 'yellow vest' anger

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.

Paris assesses injuries, damage after worst riots since 1968

Earlier Sunday, Macron visited the Arc de Triomphe, which had damaged statues as well as graffiti. One slogan on the famed war memorial read: "Yellow jackets will triumph"

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Scaly, scary lodgers: Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles

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.

Paris celebrates as France advances to World Cup final

Delirious supporters draped in the Tricolor flag spilled on to Parisian boulevards as the blare of car horns reverberated through the French capital.

Paris is flooded, but so is Germany and Texas

Floods in Germany and France have killed at least 10 people and forced thousands away from their homes, while five soldiers have been killed as storms dumped more rain on flood-hit parts of Texas.

Take an aerial view of Marseille, France's second-biggest city

The second largest city of France, Marseilles has a lot to offer to the curious tourist. Here's a bird's-eye view of Marseilles.

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France’s Hollande reshuffles government with an eye on 2017 poll

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 […]

My aim is to reinforce Indo-French counter-terror cooperation: Hollande

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.

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French firms to invest $10 billion in India: French minister

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.

India, France to discuss counter terrorism mechanism

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.

French travellers cut road and rail links near Grenoble

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.

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