France

Founder of scandal-hit drugmaker Servier dies at 92

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PARIS - Jacques Servier, founder and president of France's second-largest drugmaker, has died before his trial over Mediator, a weight-loss pill at the center of the country's biggest public health scandal in years.

French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

PARIS - France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

Science, Environment, 15 Apr 2014

EU could hold emergency summit to agree new sanctions on Russia

LUXEMBOURG - The European Union could hold an emergency summit next week to impose further sanctions against Russia if there is no breakthrough at talks with Ukraine scheduled for Thursday in Geneva, France's foreign minister said on Monday.

World, Russia, 14 Apr 2014

A French icon totters: country's biggest Gauloise plant may close

NANTES, France - In a blow to Gallic pride, the largest Gauloise cigarette factory in France may be shut down.

14 Apr 2014

French, Korean consortium to build $1.4 billion Abidjan rail line

ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast said it had signed an initial agreement with a consortium including France's Bouygues and South Korea's Hyundai and Dongsan Engineering to build a 1 billion euro ($1.4 billion) urban rail line in Abidjan.

Ingredients firm Symrise to buy Diana for $1.8 billion

FRANKFURT/PARIS - German scents and flavors group Symrise is to buy France's Diana Group for an agreed 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 billion) including debt to narrow the gap on top rival Givaudan and expand in natural ingredients and pet food.

Europe's Eurosceptics more united than many think: poll

BRUSSELS - Far-right Eurosceptics in France, Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium have far more in common than just animosity towards the European Union or opposition to migration, according to a new survey.

World, 14 Apr 2014

French foreign minister meets Raul Castro on historic visit to Cuba

HAVANA - France's foreign minister met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday during the first visit to the island by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana. | Video

World, Cuba, 12 Apr 2014

French foreign minister on historic visit to Cuba

HAVANA - France's foreign minister arrived in Cuba on Saturday for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana. | Video

World, 12 Apr 2014

France's Le Pen, in Moscow, blames EU for new 'Cold War'

MOSCOW - Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, blamed the European Union for declaring a new Cold War on Russia that would hurt all concerned, Russian media reported on Saturday as she paid an official visit to Moscow.

World, Russia, 12 Apr 2014