Ten key dates in World War II

World War II in Europe ended 70 years ago on May 8, 1945, more than five years after fighting erupted with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. 

Negotiations in Rafale deal will start this month: Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that the negotiations with the French government to finalise deal for supplying 36 Rafale aircraft will start anytime in this month.

French tug-of-war over remains of Lourdes saint

 For many visitors to Lourdes it comes as a surprise that the saint whose visions of the Virgin Mary made the French town a major Catholic pilgrimage site is not actually buried there.

Rafale deal: France defence minister on India visit next week

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France in fly-away condition, its Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will be visiting India next week to "set up" negotiations for the crucial deal.

French patrol boat saves 217 people from sea off Libya: Official

A French patrol boat on Saturday rescued 217 people from the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, maritime authorities said.

Indo-French Naval exercises off Goa coast concludes

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar witnessed four-hour long naval manoeuvring between Indian Navy and its French counterpart off Goa coast on Saturday- the concluding day of 'Varuna' exercises.

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.

Charlie Hebdo says prize protest a `misunderstanding`

Two of the surviving journalists from French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo brushed off controversy over a literary award Friday.

Activists bare breasts to disrupt Le Pen's May Day speech in Paris

Three bare-breasted women making Nazi salutes disrupted a May Day speech by French far-right leader Marine Le Pen as she accused her political rivals of failing to tackle immigration and radical Islam. 

UN urged to `shed all light` on Central African Republic child sex abuse scandal

Save the Children has urged France and the United Nations to "shed all light" on accusations that French soldiers sexually abused hungry children in the Central African Republic.

Cover-up accusations in Central Africa child sex abuse scandal `offensive`: UN

The United Nations rights office said Friday suggestions it tried to cover up allegations of the sexual abuse of children by French troops in the Central African Republic were "offensive".

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.

Rafale deal: French Defence Minister likely to meet Parrikar next week

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is likely to arrive here next week to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar to carry forward the over USD 6 billion deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets.

Eight charged in France over horsemeat trafficking ring

French authorities have charged eight people over their alleged role in a Europe-wide horsemeat trafficking ring dismantled last weekend, a judicial source said Thursday.

'Modi's foreign policy innovative, needs to succeed on ground'

The Narendra Modi government`s foreign policy is more "vigorous" and "innovative" than the previous regime, the prime minister having visited 16 countries in 11 months, but there is a dire need for greater integration between foreign policy and defence, experts said.

French leader vows `no mercy` if Central African Republic child rape allegations proven

French leader Francois Hollande on Thursday vowed to "show no mercy" if peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic accused of raping starving children in exchange for food were found guilty.

India extends e-Tourist Visa scheme to 31 more countries

India will provide e-Tourist Visa to 31 more countries, including France and Canada, enabling the citizens of these nations easy entry to the country.

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.

Ukraine says separatists step up attacks, Poroshenko warns of 'threat of war'
Ukraine says separatists step up attacks, Poroshenko warns of 'threat of war'

Ukraine`s leader warned on Tuesday that a war with pro-Russian separatists could still break out again as its military said the rebels had greatly stepped up attacks and widened the area of their operations despite a ceasefire.