France rejects Amnesty criticism of arms exports to Egypt

France’s government on Wednesday denied reports it had broken its own rules over arms exports by equipping Egypt with weapons used for the internal repression of civilians. Responding to allegations by rights group Amnesty International, French Defence Minister Florence Parly told a Senate committee that French weapons were destined to Egypt’s military and not the […]

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French leftist leader reacts furiously to anti-corruption raids

Anti-corruption investigators on Tuesday raided the home and party headquarters of French hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who broadcast the raids live from his mobile phone. The raids, part of a long-running investigation into the alleged misuse of European Parliament funds to pay party employees, took place at the offices of La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) […]

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After much ado, luckluster French reshuffle leaves Macron's 'second wind' in doubt

The longest French cabinet reshuffle saga in decades reached a relatively unspectacular denouement by palace communiqué on Tuesday with an Emmanuel Macron loyalist, Christophe Castaner, named interior minister. A handful of other government ministries also changed hands. Former Les Républicains conservative Franck Riester, 44, becomes culture minister – a political figure recruited to replace publisher Françoise […]

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Deadly flash floods hit southwest France

Flash floods killed at least six people in southwest France, with roads swept away and streams become raging torrents as the equivalent of several months of rain fell overnight in the space of hours, authorities said Monday. The regional government in the Aude region said that four deaths were clustered around the town of Villegailhenc, […]

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Macron due to announce French cabinet reshuffle

Two weeks after the hasty departure of France’s interior minister Gérard Collomb, Emmanuel Macron’s long-awaited government reshuffle is expected to be announced Monday. The president and his prime minister have been weighing the reshuffle for a few weeks, following the departure of three ministers since late August, including Interior Minister Gérard Collomb and Environment Minister […]

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