European Cup rivals Toulon, Clermont slump in France

Top 14 leading pair Toulon and Clermont suffered shock defeats on Saturday just a week before they collide in the European Champions Cup final.

'Joint drill with France helped during Operation Raahat'

Maritime exercises like Varuna-13 between Indian and French navies have helped both the countries to combat piracy on the high seas and conduct tricky evacuation exercises like Operation Raahat, off the Yemen coast, which rescued over 5,000 Indian and foreign nationals, top officials of both the navies said on Saturday.

French firm announces multiple sclerosis drug breakthrough

 French biotechnology company MedDay on Friday announced encouraging results for a multiple sclerosis (MS) drug trial, saying it decreased its progress and in some cases led to a "significant improvement" for sufferers.

Thwarted French jihadist brought up on terror charges

 An Algerian jihadist sympathiser arrested in connection with a thwarted attack on a church in France was charged with terror-related murder Friday after five days of police questioning.

Holocaust descendants in US sue France`s railway over `genocide`

Descendants of Holocaust victims have filed a US lawsuit claiming France`s national railway seized the property of tens of thousands of Jews and others sent to Nazi concentration camps.

India receives first upgraded Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft

The Indian Air Force on Friday received the first two upgraded Mirage-2000 aircrafts from France under a Rs 10,000 crore deal.

Countdown appears to start for execution of foreigners in Indonesia

Indonesia has asked foreign embassies to send representatives to a maximum security prison for the expected execution of 10 drug convicts, although an official 72-hour notice of execution has not been given yet, diplomats said on Friday.

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.

EU leaders seek UN clearance for operation against migrant smugglers

 Britain and France agreed Thursday to seek UN approval for an EU military operation against people smugglers, in a bid to curb the soaring number of migrants dying as they seek a better life in Europe.

France hunts accomplices in foiled church attack

French police were hunting Thursday for possible accomplices to an Algerian student whose plan to attack churches was foiled when his arsenal of weapons was uncovered purely by chance.

France hunts accomplices in foiled church terror attack

 French police were hunting Thursday for possible accomplices to an Algerian whose plan to attack churches was foiled when his arsenal of weapons was uncovered purely by chance.

China's Xi says backs fair, balanced agreement on Iran

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday that China would push for a "fair and balanced" nuclear agreement, a day after talks resumed between Iran and the European Union.

Sid Ahmed Ghlam: Scholarship student `drawn to jihad`

Would-be jihadist Sid Ahmed Ghlam is a scholarship student who spent his adolescence shuttling between France and Algeria, drawing the attention of the French security services with social network postings expressing his desire to join Islamist militants in Syria.

France PM says terror threat has 'never been so high' as church attack bid thwarted
France PM says terror threat has 'never been so high' as church attack bid thwarted

A church attack in French capital was averted as the suspected terrorist misfired and shot himself in leg and also called an ambulance, reports said Thursday.

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.

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.

`Terrorists` targeting France to `divide us`, PM warns

 French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Wednesday that extremists were trying to divide the country after police foiled an alleged church attack just over three months after Paris was hit by a jihadist killing spree.

France arrests heavily armed man over church attack plans

French police have detained a man they suspect of planning an imminent armed attack on one or two churches, the interior minister said on Wednesday.

The disastrous WWI Gallipoli campaign

A century ago, Allied troops waded ashore on the Gallipoli peninsula at the start of an ill-fated land campaign to wrest the Dardanelles Strait from the Ottoman Empire.

Man planning attack on `one or two churches` arrested in Paris: Minister

A man allegedly planning an attack on churches was arrested in Paris, France`s interior minister announced Wednesday, adding he was also suspected of having killed a woman near the French capital.