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U.S. must step up support for operation against West Africa militants: France

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PARIS/WASHINGTON The United States must step up its support for a planned African force to fight Islamist militants in West Africa or it could fail, leaving French troops to carry the burden alone, France's defense minister said on Friday.

France gets serious over sexual harassment after Weinstein scandal: minister

PARIS The Harvey Weinstein scandal is forcing a rethink of attitudes toward sexual harassment in France, a country that cherishes its self-image as the land of seduction and romance, said the minister tasked with cracking down on violence against women.

Entertainment, World Oct 20 2017

French defense minister: scrapping nuclear deal would be gift to Iran hardliners

WASHINGTON France wants to take action to tackle Iran's missile program and "destabilizing" behavior but believes scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal would help hardliners and be a step towards future war, France's defense minister said on Friday.

World, Aerospace & Defense, Oct 20 2017

France's Macron says Raqqa fall not end of battle against Islamic State

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that France's military would continue its fight against lslamic State in Syria, but that the fall of the militant group's bastion in Raqqa needed to lead to an inclusive political system to restore stability.

World, Syria Oct 20 2017

Rule changes to spur French wind power projects within months: minister

PARIS France will propose rule changes within six months that will remove administrative hurdles and speed the development of onshore wind power projects, its junior ecology minister said.

Owner of Sandro, Maje fashion labels valued at $2 billion in Paris listing

PARIS France's SMCP will price its stock market flotation at 22 euros per share, it said on Thursday, giving the fashion firm behind the Sandro and Maje labels a market value of around 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion).

Deals, Oct 19 2017

Macron lawmaker wants 'rich list' study amid wealth tax unease

PARIS France's budget rapporteur on Thursday asked the government to spell out how much the rich stood to gain if a wealth tax was scrapped, as unease over President Emmanuel Macron's plan within his own party bubbles up.

World, Oct 19 2017

Criticized for Egypt ties, France to raise human rights with al-Sisi

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron, conscious of criticism of France's policy on Egypt, will raise his concerns over human rights when he meets Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Paris next week, his office said on Thursday.

World, United Nations, Egypt Oct 19 2017

France criticizes Russian stance on Syria toxic gas probe

PARIS France criticized Russia on Thursday for calling into question an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

As Hollywood struggles with sexism, female-led story ends London film fest

LONDON The London Film Festival closed on Sunday with a violent and profanity-laden dark comedy featuring Frances McDormand, as a small-town mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, tipped for an Oscar nod. | Video

Entertainment, Film, Oct 16 2017