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Safran CEO says demand to stay strong – report

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Safran has not felt the impact of the financial crisis so far and orders for the French defence and aerospace company are...

France says it has no mercenaries in Libya

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France denied that it had mercenaries in Libya, after Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists said they had captured 17 foreigners -- some British and...

Niger says France should not interfere on Libyans

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Niger's foreign minister said that France should not interfere in its relations with Libya, after Paris said it had been asked by...

EU plan for border control rules meets resistance

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European Union plans to reform rules governing border controls inside the bloc ran into opposition from France, Germany and Spain, which warned...

France, Rwanda aim to put bitter row over genocide behind them

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France and Rwanda looked to turn over a new leaf in relations after years of tension over Rwanda's 1994 genocide. On the first...

Chirac, Villepin deny took millions in Africa cash

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Former French president Jacques Chirac and his prime minister Dominique de Villepin have denied accusations by a one-time aide that they took...

Libya operation has cost France 320 million euros

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Operation Harmattan, France's contribution to the mission against deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has cost 320 million euros, according to French defence...

G7 to seek ways to revive global growth

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Growing fears of a tip back into global recession are piling pressure on G7 finance chiefs meeting in France to moderate austerity...

French NATO jet collides with Lithuanian air force

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A French NATO jet collided with a Lithuanian training plane during an exercise yesterday, causing the Lithuanian plane to crash, the Defence...

France deploys Harfang UAV over Libya

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France's Harfang medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle has been deployed in operations over Libya, the French ministry of defence has...

France urges more sanctions, U.N. pressure on Syria

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France wants tougher sanctions on Syria and more pressure from the United Nations to bring about a democratic transition there, said government...

ThyssenKrupp sees no chance for shipyards tie-up

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ThyssenKrupp said it does not see any prospects of merging its military shipyards with those of French group DCNS. "ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is...

France to keep up pressure on Libya: defence minister

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France's defence minister vowed to keep up its aerial bombardment of Muammar Gaddafi's troops in Libya as it readies to withdraw the...

French defence min in drone talks with Dassault

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The French Defence Ministry said it was in talks with Dassault Aviation on a possible order for a new drone system that...

France says Gaddafi could stay in Libya

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Muammar Gaddafi could stay in Libya if he gives up power, France said signalling a new effort to find a diplomatic solution...

UAE most likely buyer for French Rafale jet-minister

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The United Arab Emirates is France's best bet in the short term for clinching an export deal for Dassault Aviation's Rafale fighter...

Gaddafi could stay in Libya: France’s Juppe says

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Muammar Gaddafi could remain in Libya if he relinquished all power, said French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe. Juppe, asked during an interview on...

Russia: arming Libya rebels is “crude violation”

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Russia accused France of committing a "crude violation" of a UN weapons embargo by arming Libyan rebels, a stance which could also...

France defends arms airlift to Libyan rebels

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France has defended its move to airlift weapons to Libya's rebels, saying it did not break a UN arms embargo because they...

Sarkozy defends Libya mission, US House keeps funding

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France rejected US criticism of Europe's performance in the NATO operation against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi while the US administration survived Congressional...

Airbus head says Germany need not be an EADS owner

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The head of Airbus said aerospace parent EADS has to be protected from hostile takeovers but does not need the German state...

France’s futuristic “Pentagon” to open in 2014

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Stealth bomber? Alien fortress? An advance peek at France's new defence ministry, due to open in 2014, reveals a sprawling, asymmetrical complex...

France won’t charge reporters, aid workers for rescue

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Journalists and aid workers would be exempted from a proposed bill that could see the state charge kidnapped citizens for rescues if...

France restructures debt owed by Seychelles

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France signed a deal to restructure debt owed by Seychelles worth 44 million euros to help the Indian Ocean archipelago put its...

Somaliland rejects France prisoner exchange request

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President Dahir Rayale Kahin has rejected a French government request to exchange prisoners after his return from Paris, Somalilandpress reports. The president issued...

France invites Niger coup leader to Africa summit

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France invited the leader of a February 18 military coup in Niger to its Africa summit later this month, welcoming his promise...

Rwanda resumes economic ties with France

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Rwanda plans to repay France a €3-million debt in the next three years, its finance minister said, marking the resumption of economic...

French nuclear tests in Algeria leave toxic legacy

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Radioactive material is seeping out from this Sahara desert mountain where French scientists conducted nuclear tests in the 1960s, contaminating the soil...

France asks Niger junta to hold elections soon

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France has told Niger's military junta that democratic elections should be held as soon as possible, a spokesperson for the French foreign...

Germany supports European army: foreign minister

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Germany supports the creation of a European army in the long term so that the EU can be a "global player," Foreign...

Algeria threatens Washington and Paris

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After a determined battle to free itself of over a decade of terrorist violence that rocked the northern African nation, Algeria has...

EU agrees on mission to train Somali forces

The European Union today agreed to set up a military mission in Uganda to train Somali government forces who are fighting an...

France to investigate FLEC leader after Togo attack

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France's public prosecutor yesterday ordered an investigation into Rodrigues Mingas, leader of a faction of a Cabinda separatist group that attacked the...

Angola police arrest several civilians in Cabinda: MP

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Angolan authorities have detained several civilians in Cabinda in recent days, following a deadly attack on Togo's national soccer team by separatists...

France urges UN action on Congo refugees

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France raised the alarm on a growing refugee crisis in the Congo Republic, urging the United Nations to study possible help to...

Rwanda, France seek better ties after “dark history”

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Rwanda and France have turned over a new leaf in relations marked by a "dark history," the two countries' foreign ministers said,...

US, France press Guinea junta on future

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Top US and French diplomats have met members of Guinea's ruling junta in Morocco in hopes of speeding a return to democracy...

Algerian Guantanamo detainee transferred to France

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An Algerian man who had been detained at the US prison camp at Guantanamo in Cuba since 2002 has been transferred to...

Al Qaeda may have kidnapped Spaniards: minister

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Three Spanish aid workers who disappeared in Mauritania appear to have been kidnapped by a group linked to al Qaeda, Spain's Interior...

France and Rwanda restore diplomatic ties

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France and Rwanda agreed to restore diplomatic relations after a three-year break yesterday, straight after the central African nation finally joined the...

France asks its citizens to leave Mali

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France asked its citizens to leave northern and eastern Mali immediately because of an increased militant threat after a Frenchman was kidnapped...

Nigeria buys oil security, peacekeeping ‘copters

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Nigeria has agreed to purchase five used Super Puma helicopters from France to assist security forces in the oil-producing Niger Delta and...