No decision yet on Mistral, France's Hollande says


YEREVAN/PARIS - No decision has yet been taken on the future of France's suspended contract to deliver Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, French President Francois Hollande said on Friday after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia, France close to deal on Mistrals: source

YEREVAN - Russia and France are close to reaching an agreement for Paris to cancel a frozen contract on the sale of Mistral helicopter carriers and reimburse Moscow, a Russian source close to talks indicated on Friday.

World, Russia, 24 Apr 2015

France's 'economic patriotism' is not what it seems

PARIS - Foreigners are set to take over several French blue chip firms this year and will largely do what they want with their prizes - showing the limits of new laws passed in the name of "economic patriotism".

24 Apr 2015

For expats, Singapore becoming (a bit) cheaper to call home

SINGAPORE, - When Ritika Verma relocated to Singapore with her husband three years ago, she settled for an apartment much smaller than she wanted. "Having lived in France, finding out how much landlords were asking for rent was quite a shock," she said.

23 Apr 2015

Proposed U.S., UK, French visit to Darfur was 'odd': Sudan

UNITED NATIONS - Sudan's U.N. mission on Wednesday criticized a proposed visit to its conflict-torn Darfur region earlier this year by senior U.S., British and French diplomats, describing the plan that Khartoum never approved as "odd."

Pope met French Vatican envoy nominee at center of gay speculation

PARIS - Pope Francis has held a private meeting with France's nominee as ambassador to the Holy See, the French government said on Wednesday in the latest twist in a months-long stand-off over the Vatican's failure to confirm his posting.

Britain, France urge UN action on Middle East, NZ drafting text

UNITED NATIONS - Britain and France urged the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to set a framework to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians as council member New Zealand said it had started working on a draft resolution to kick-start the process.

World, United Nations, Israel 21 Apr 2015

ISS backs Holcim, Lafarge merger ahead of shareholder vote

ZURICH - U.S. shareholder adviser ISS has recommended Holcim investors back the Swiss cement maker's proposed merger with France's Lafarge ahead of next month's shareholder vote on the $40 billion tie-up.

Deals, 21 Apr 2015

BNP executive tipped as front-runner to head Bank of France

PARIS - Top BNP Paribas banker Francois Villeroy de Galhau emerged as a possible candidate to replace the retiring governor of the Bank of France on Tuesday as he was named to lead a new state-sponsored investment drive.

21 Apr 2015

Quest Diagnostics, French agency seek to expand breast cancer gene database

NEW YORK - Quest Diagnostics Inc, the world's largest provider of diagnostic testing services, is working with France's national health agency to build an expanded database for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations to better determine patient hereditary risks of breast and ovarian cancer.

Health, 21 Apr 2015