Qatar inks deal for 24 French Rafale jets

Qatar signed a multi-billion-euro deal with French defence group Dassault on Monday to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets, in a ceremony attended by the leaders of both countries in Doha.

France`s Hollande in Qatar for warplane deal

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Qatar on Monday to oversee the signing of a multi-billion-euro deal to sell 24 Rafale fighter jets to the gas-rich emirate.

French Mideast policy helped Rafale jet sales: Experts

It struggled for years to sell its Rafale jets abroad but French defence group Dassault has finally scored several lucrative deals, thanks in part to anti-US suspicion in the Middle East, experts say.

Most French people give thumbs down to Hollande in poll

More than 80 percent of French people do not want Francois Hollande to stand for re-election in the next presidential contest in 2017 due to his poor economic record, according to a poll ahead of his third anniversary in power later this month.

France's Hollande vows no mercy to soldiers if African child abuse proven

President Francois Hollande vowed on Thursday to make an example of any French troops found guilty of child sex abuse in Central African Republic as a judicial source said as many as 14 could be implicated.

Hollande vows no mercy if troops guilty of Central Africa child rape

President Francois Hollande on Thursday vowed to "show no mercy" if French peacekeepers in Central African Republic were found guilty of raping hungry children in exchange for food.

France increases defence budget post-attacks

President Francois Hollande announced on Wednesday that France would increase its defence budget by close to four billion euros over four years, in response to extremist threats after the Paris jihadist attacks.

France increases defence budget post terror attacks: Hollande

 President Francois Hollande announced Wednesday that France would increase its defence budget by close to four billion euros over four years, in response to extremist threats after the Paris jihadist attacks.

Hollande raises Azerbaijan`s rights record in Baku talks

 French President Francois Hollande on Saturday raised rights abuses with ex-Soviet Azerbaijan`s President Ilham Aliyev at talks focused on its simmering dispute with Armenia over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh.

Armenians mark 100 years since Ottoman massacres
Armenians mark 100 years since Ottoman massacres

Armenians on Friday marked the centenary of the massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people by Ottoman forces as tensions mounted over Turkey`s refusal to recognise the killings as genocide.

EU 'completely opposed' to Frenchman's death sentence

The EU attacked the death sentence imposed on a Frenchman in Indonesia, which is expected to be carried out shortly, saying it was no answer to drug trafficking.

France's Hollande moots cancellation of Mistral deal with Russia

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday explicitly evoked the cancellation and reimbursement of a frozen contract to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia two days before meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Indonesia execution of Frenchman would damage relations: Hollande

 French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday urged Indonesia not to execute a Frenchman facing the death penalty for drug offences, warning that it would damage ties between the two nations.

France will pay back Russia if warships not delivered: Hollande

 President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that France will reimburse Russia if it fails to deliver two Mistral warships in a deal frozen over the Ukraine conflict.

Headline Replica of French general`s historic US independence ship sails again

A replica of the 18th century ship that took a French general on his voyage to become a hero of the American war of independence set sail again Saturday, cheered off by thousands of well-wishers and President Francois Hollande.

Hollande to meet Putin in Armenia on April 24: President`s office

French President Francois Hollande will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24, a source in his office said on Friday.

Hollande heads to Switzerland to mend ties after tax squabbles

 French President Francois Hollande will arrive in Switzerland on Wednesday for a state visit aimed at mending ties with Bern, clouded by squabbles over tax evasion claims.

Hackers launch new attack on Belgian media group

Hackers launched a new attack Monday against the Belgian media group Rossel, targeting the websites of newspapers in Belgium and France, its managing director told AFP.

Paris takes step closer to Olympic bid

Paris City Hall Monday gave its green light to the city`s bid to organise the 2024 Olympics, a key step in the process to host the summer Games for a third time.

Paris City Hall backs 2024 Games plan
Paris City Hall backs 2024 Games plan

The City Hall of Paris officially backed a likely bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games after a vote by the City Council on Monday.