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Bird flu returns to France's southwest foie gras heartland

PARIS France confirmed on Friday an outbreak of severe bird flu on a duck farm in the southwest and said the virus was spreading in the region, in a setback for French poultry and foie gras producers recovering from a bird flu epidemic a year ago.

French presidential race centers on 'top cop' Valls after Hollande bow-out

PARIS Prime Minister Manuel Valls emerged on Friday as the possible standard bearer of the ruling Socialists in France's presidential election following Francois Hollande's shock announcement that he would not seek a second term.

World, Dec 02 2016

Grim Hollande says he won't seek second term as French president

PARIS President Francois Hollande shocked France on Thursday by announcing he would not seek a second term next year, acknowledging his deep unpopularity and making way for another leftist candidate to take on conservative Francois Fillon and far-right leader Marine Le Pen. | Video

World, Dec 01 2016

Unpopular Hollande doomed by failure of jobs promise

PARIS Francois Hollande staked his political fate on a promise to bring down unemployment, and it was his failure to turn around the economy that made him France's most unpopular president ever.

World, Mali Dec 01 2016

French Left try to start fightback while they wait for Hollande

PARIS France's ruling Socialists, staring at prospective humiliation in next year's presidential election, are cranking up their election machine in a bid to re-energise voters disenchanted by Francois Hollande's five years in power.

World, Dec 01 2016

Paris opens new-style reception center to help solve migrants crisis

PARIS Osman, a 19-year-old asylum-seeker from Sudan, had been on the migrant route for almost a year, traveling through Libya, Italy, and France before making it to a brand new center that opened last month in the north of Paris.

World, Italy, Libya Dec 01 2016

Carmat shares slump after France halts heart implants

PARIS Shares in artificial heart maker Carmat slumped on Thursday after France's national drugs agency ordered it to suspend further implants following the death of a patient in October.

Health, Dec 01 2016

France, Ireland frustrated at Britain's lack of Brexit clarity

PARIS France and Ireland on Thursday vented their frustration at the British government's slowness in outlining its plan to leave the European Union saying that they wanted some clarity in the next few weeks.

World, Ireland Dec 01 2016

France's Fillon to beat Le Pen next year with 66 percent of vote: Elabe poll

PARIS France's Francois Fillon will convincingly beat National Front leader Marine Le Pen in a presidential election runoff next May, taking 66 percent of the vote, a new opinion poll showed on Wednesday.

World, Nov 30 2016

EU globalization fears most acute in Austria and France: study

BERLIN Fear of globalization is the most important factor in pushing European citizens towards populist right-wing parties and those fears are most acute in Austria and France, a survey by Germany's Bertelsmann Foundation showed on Wednesday.

World, Germany Nov 30 2016