France: More than 413,000 people were vaccinated against Corona

On Saturday, the French Ministry of Health announced that 413,046 people have been vaccinated against the Corona virus. This number is slightly higher compared to Friday, when 388,730 people were vaccinated. France recorded 21,406 new cases of Coronavirus during the past 24 hours, which is close

French adviser says COVID rate still too high to ease restrictions

France’s coronavirus infection rate is still too high for the government to ease social and economic restrictions, epidemiologist and government scientific adviser Arnaud Fontanet told France Info radio on Monday. France has one of the highest totals of COVID-19 cases in western Europe. Amo

Two French soldiers killed in Mali attack

Two French soldiers died in an operation in Mali on Saturday and a third was injured when an improvised explosive device hit their armoured vehicle, the French presidency said. The killed soldiers, Sergeant Yvonne Huynh and Brigadier Loic Risser, were on a reconnaissance and intelligence-gatherin

France’s new coronavirus cases up 19,348 over 24 hours

PARIS: The French health ministry reported 19,348 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours on Friday, slightly less than Thursday’s 19,927 and well below Wednesday’s more than one-month high of 26,457 but still far from the government’s target of less than 5,000 daily ad

French brace for disruption as hard border looms

Red tape, new “smart borders” that do not talk to each other and ill-prepared traders threaten border chaos, French hauliers said a day before the UK restores a hard frontier with continental Europe. After clinching a narrow trade deal last week, Britain will complete its transition f

France considers third national lockdown

France has not ruled out imposing a third nationwide lockdown if coronavirus case numbers continue to rise, its health minister said as the country braced for a possible post-Christmas surge. "We will never exclude measures that are necessary to protect the public," Olivier Veran told the Jo

France confirms case of new coronavirus variant

PARIS: French health authorities have confirmed the country’s first case of the virus variant that prompted strict new lockdown measures in Britain and global travel restrictions.A French man living in England arrived in France on Dec. 19 and tested positive for the new variant Friday, the F

Macron ‘stable’ after virus infection: presidency

PARIS: The condition of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, is stable, and tests had given reassuring results, a statement from his office said Saturday.Macron, who is working in self-isolation from an official residence outside Paris, “is still pre

France to delay easing of coronavirus lockdown if necessary

France will delay relaxing some COVID-19 lockdown restrictions if necessary to stave off a third wave of infections, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday.France is due to reopen cinemas, theaters and museums and allow citizens to move between regions on Dec. 15, but there are signs

Macron: France rejects current situation in Eastern Mediterranean

France rejects the "current situation in the Eastern Mediterranean," French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday, slamming regional countries for "violating international law". Macron's remarks came during his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, in the French capital

Ex-French President Giscard d'Estaing Dies of COVID-19

Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, a leading advocate of European integration who led his country into a new modern era, has died of COVID-19, his family said. He was 94. Giscard, who had been in hospital several times in recent months for heart problems, died late Wednesday "surro

French police risk charges over black man’s beating after clashes

Four French police on Sunday risked being charged over the beating and racial abuse of a black music producer that shocked France and intensified controversy over new security legislation.Tens of thousands protested across France Saturday against the security bill — which would restrict the

Police fire tear gas at Paris protest against police violence

PARIS: Police fired tear gas and stun grenades during a protest march against police violence in Paris on Saturday after masked protesters launched fireworks at their lines, put up barricades and threw stones.The majority of the thousands of protesters marched peacefully, but several small groups

Protests Staged Across France Against Bill on Police Images

Rights campaigners and journalists organizations staged street protests in Paris and other French cities on Saturday against a security bill that they say would be a violation of the freedom of information. The proposed measure would create a new criminal offense of publishing images of police of

French Police Increase COVID-19 Lockdown Checks in Paris

French police stepped up controls in Paris over the weekend to ensure residents were complying with strict lockdown rules imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, amid signs that some people were breaching them. Prime Minister Jean Castex has said people are not abiding by the rules as strictly as

France says troops killed top extremist in Mali

France said Friday that troops from its Barkhane force in Mali have killed a senior extremist leader linked to numerous attacks in the region.Defense Minister Florence Parly hailed the operation involving helicopters and ground troops against Bah Ag Moussa, described as the military commander of t

Coronavirus research to get $500m boost at Paris meeting

States and private charities will commit to more than $500 million to boost research into the novel coronavirus at the Paris Peace Forum, organizers of the event said on Thursday.The forum, an annual meeting of heads of state and government with civil society organizations and charitable foundatio

France Calls for 'New Relationship' between EU, US

The United States and the European Union need to develop a "new transatlantic relationship" after the US election, irrespective of who wins, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday. Le Drian warned that there "will be no going back to the previous situation, to the good old times