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Secretary-General's Message on World Humanitarian Day [scroll down for French version] | United Nations Secretary-General

We mark World Humanitarian Day every year on 19 August, to express solidarity with people affected by humanitarian crises and pay tribute to the …

France

Photos: A Beach Weekend in Nice, France

Two tastemakers tell us why Nice is the ultimate getaway from Paris.<p>Nice, away from the hustle of Paris and just a short flight or picturesque train ride away, is where we like to go to slow down. That sea breeze, the slow strolls along Promenade des Anglais, the elegance: It's the French Riviera …

France

The Death of France

If radical Islamic clerics thought they were immune to terror threats themselves, then they have now been disabused of that notion. Last month in …

France

Soccer: French soccer fans queue for shirt carrying second star

PARIS (Reuters) - Scores of French soccer fans queued on Friday to snap up the first of the national team's new shirts carrying a second star to mark Les Bleus' World Cup win in Russia.<p>The crowning of France as world champions unleashed a wave of euphoria across the country, helping foster a brief …

Soccer

From Westminster to Nice: Vehicle rampage attacks in UK and Europe

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car collided with cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament today.<p>The man, in his late 20s, is being held in custody at a south London police station after armed officers …

Extremism

Don’t Mess With the French Military

Here’s how to put the scale of Islamic State’s attacks into perspective. Within a span of few weeks, the radical Islamist group carried out the …

Middle East

Tourists Fear That Notre Dame Holy Water Could Be Poisoned

11:46 AM 08/13/2018<p>Tourists fear the holy water at the iconic Parisian landmark, the cathedral of Notre Dame, was allegedly poisoned.<p>Catholic …

Notre Dame

France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic

PARIS (AFP) -<p>France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday.<p>Brune Poirson, secretary of …

Sustainability

French police hunt driver who rammed mosque

LILLE, France (Reuters) - French police on Sunday searched for a driver who rammed his car through the front doors of a mosque in a suburb of Lille in northern France, a police source said.<p>No one was injured in the incident which occurred at about midnight.<p>France is on alert after a wave of …

France

Mali's presidential runoff: Fresh violence feared

Authorities have upped security for Mali's presidential second-round vote after attacks during last month's initial round kept many voters away. …

Africa

French secret service intercepts drone near president’s summer home

This week, the French secret service (Groupe de sécurité de la présidence de la République, or GSPR) took down a drone that was flying in the airspace above Fort de Brégançon. This spot on the French Riviera is well known as the summer home of the French presidents. It's unclear whether President …

Secret Service

Plaque Commemorating Gay Couple Burned Alive Is Defaced in Paris

A plaque commemorating the execution of a gay couple in Paris has been defaced.<p>SOS Homophobie, a group that fights against ant-LGBTQ bigotry in …

LGBTQI

Exercise linked to better mental health - but too much may do harm

LONDON(Reuters) - A study in the United States has found that people who exercise several times a week report having better mental health than those who take no exercise, with team sports and those involving social groups having the most positive effect.<p>A man jogs on the Promenade des Anglais in …

Mental Health

Anti-gay vandals deface plaque honouring last men burnt to death for homosexuality in Paris

A plaque honouring the last two men sentenced to death for homosexuality in France was defaced by anonymous vandals.<p>The Paris memorial was covered in …

LGBTQI

Partying on a Friday, many Paris victims were bright young things

PARIS (Reuters) - Standing before a makeshift memorial to the dead, strewn with candles, flowers and scribbled notes, Caroline Pallut hid her tears behind dark glasses.<p>Nohemi Gonzalez is shown in this undated handout photo provided by California State University (CSULB) in Long Beach, California. …

France

French and German citizens sentenced to life in prison for Islamic State group membership

An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison for belonging to the Islamic State group.<p>Frenchman Lahcen …

France

Paris Hosts Gay Games Amidst Surge Of Anti-LGBTQ Sentiment In France

The one-week event drew more than 12,700 participants from 91 countries.<p>PARIS, Aug 4(Reuters) - Athletes from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Russia will be among the thousands of people convening in Paris on Saturday for the opening ceremonies of the 10th Gay Games, which aim to raise awareness about gay …

LGBTQI

Last survivor of famed immigrant French Resistance group dies at 101

The last surviving member of a group of immigrant workers who courageously resisted the Nazi occupation of France during World War II has died at the …

France

Heatwave means traffic jams, heart attacks, help for the homeless in France

Two-thirds of France remained on heatwave alert on Sunday after temperatures soared over 40°C in some towns the day before. Traffic remained heavy …

France

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny speaks about his future

Laurent Koscielny has been a fan favorite at Arsenal over the years.<p>Laurent Koscielny’s name feels like amongst those which has been forgotten from …

Soccer

Laurent Koscielny confirms plans to leave Arsenal as French defender continues recovery from injury

Laurent Koscielny has confirmed he will leave Arsenal at the end of his contract.<p>The Frenchman has spent the last eight years at the Emirates and his …

Soccer

Arsenal player reveals when he will call time on his career at the Emirates

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has suggested that he will leave the Emirates once his contract expires in 2020.<p>Signed from French side Lorient in …

Soccer

Koscielny eyes 2020 Arsenal exit

Laurent Koscielny says he’ll likely leave Arsenal when his current deal expires in June 2020.The France international will have completed a decade at …

Soccer

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscileny speak out on his future under Unai Emery

Laurent Koscielny admits he expects to leave Arsenal at the end of his current contract.<p>The club captain will miss the start of the season as a …

Soccer

Professor Günther Jikeli Gives Insight Into Rising Antisemitism in France

A recent New York Times article shed light onto a new wave of antisemitism in France:<p>France has a painful history of anti-Semitism, with its worst hours coming in the 1930s and during the German occupation in World War II. But in recent months, an impassioned debate has erupted over how to address …

Anti-Semitism

Strike forces Eiffel Tower to close early

Paris - The Eiffel Tower in Paris shut down early at 4pm on Wednesday due to strike action, the monument's official Twitter account said.A …

Terrorism

Lebanon's Druze leader attacks Syrian government over massacre

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The main leader of the Druze sect in Lebanon on Friday attacked the Syrian government for failing to stop an Islamic State massacre of Druze in Syria, saying it should have noticed the militants gathering to attack.<p>"No one can tell me that the squadrons of many American, Russian …

Middle East

Police launch hunt for spectator who almost ended Geraint Thomas' Tour de France dream

French police are trying to track down a spectator who allegedly attempted to pull Geraint Thomas off his bike at the Tour de France.<p>The news comes …

Road Cycling

Protest and tear gas drives Tour to edge of absurdity

BAGNÈRES-DE-LUCHON, France (VN) — In a Tour de France that’s seen hooligan violence amped to the extreme with smoke bombs, spitting, jeers, boos, and …

Bicycle Racing