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France, Germany closing in on arms exports pact

France and Germany said on Thursday they were close to an agreement on how to remove obstacles to exporting weapons manufactured in joint programs, after French firms called for easing German export restrictions.

France persuades Germany to consider EU carbon border tax

France has convinced Germany to look into a European carbon border tax to protect companies investing in green technology from emission-intensive competition from abroad, a move that could heighten trade tensions with the United States.

France says Houthi claim of Saudi attack lacks credibility

France on Thursday appeared to dismiss claims by Yemeni Houthi rebels that they were behind an attack on Saudi oil facilities, and said Paris would renew efforts to defuse tensions between the U.S. and Iran at next week's U.N. General Assembly.

French Leftist leader goes on trial on intimidation charges

Leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, one of France's main opposition leaders, arrived at a courthouse outside Paris on Thursday at the start of his trial on charges of intimidating officials who were investigating him over possible funding irregularities.

France's foreign minister pledges support for 'new Sudan'

France's foreign minister announced 60 million euros in aid for Sudan's transitional authorities during a visit to Khartoum on Monday, while offering to help Sudan rebuild relations with international lenders and tackle its foreign debt.

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