France to recognize Palestinian state if peace talks fail


PARIS - France warned on Friday it would recognize a Palestinian state if an international effort to overcome the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians failed, and proposed a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a U.N.-backed resolution.

France, Italy, Belgium promise reform in letters to EU: Dombrovskis

BRUSSELS - France, Italy and Belgium have sent letters to the European Commission pledging structural reforms and possible extra fiscal steps to win more time before a ruling on whether their budget policies break EU rules, the EU's top euro official said.

Italy 5:17am EST

Exclusive: France, Italy, Belgium may break budget rules, EU to revisit in March

BRUSSELS - The European Commission will tell France, Italy and Belgium on Friday their 2015 budgets risk breaking EU rules, but it will defer decisions on any action until early March.

Italy, Portugal, Spain 27 Nov 2014

France to send armored unit to Poland for exercises

WARSAW - France said on Tuesday it was planning to send an armored military unit to Poland for exercises designed to strengthen the NATO alliance's eastern flank in apparent response to tensions over a pro-Russian uprising in Ukraine.

World, 25 Nov 2014

France postpones decision on delivery of Mistral carriers

PARIS - France suspended indefinitely on Tuesday delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carrier warships to Russia, citing conflict in eastern Ukraine where the West accuses Moscow of fomenting separatism.

World, Russia, United Nations, 25 Nov 2014

France says Iran talks progressed on key issues including enrichment

VIENNA - France's foreign minister said on Tuesday that talks between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program had been "pretty positive" and that progress had been made on key issues including Iran's capacity to enrich uranium.

World, 25 Nov 2014

Demonstrators clash with French police over protester death

TOULOUSE France - Protesters clashed with police in southern France on Saturday over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade, in the latest of a series of demonstrations which have embarrassed the Socialist government.

World, 22 Nov 2014

France's Sarkozy wants EU to lose half its powers

PARIS/BORDEAUX - The European Union must hand back half of its powers, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy said on Saturday, stepping up his criticism of the 28-nation bloc as he seeks to be elected head of France's conservative party next week.

World, 22 Nov 2014

France tempers Iran nuclear stance in nod to wider diplomatic needs

PARIS - A year after France scuppered a deal on Iran's nuclear program it is taking a softer stance in current talks, encouraged by a more inclusive U.S. approach and the knowledge that failure this year could have grim repercussions across the broader region.

World, 21 Nov 2014

France says jets strike IS targets to break Kirkuk frontline

PARIS - France said on Wednesday that Rafale jets had struck Islamic State targets alongside coalition planes near the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk to help breach the group's frontlines, and was sending six fighter jets to Jordan to ramp up its strikes.

World, Jordan, Iraq 19 Nov 2014