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France `hiding truth` on suspected chemical attack: Damascus

Syria on Thursday accused France of concealing the real identity of those behind a deadly suspected chemical attack, a day after Paris said it had proof the Damascus regime was responsible.

Apr 27, 2017, 15:15 PM IST

Israel says Assad's forces still have several tonnes of chemical weapons

Israel`s military said on Wednesday it believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons, issuing the assessment two weeks after a chemical attack that killed nearly 90 people in Syria.

Apr 20, 2017, 09:30 AM IST

Bashar al-Assad`s comments on chemical attack are `100% lies`: France

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s comments that last week`s chemical weapons attack was a fabrication to justify a US military strike are "100 percent lies", French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Friday.

Apr 14, 2017, 14:07 PM IST

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo fires back at Donald Trump on unfavourable comments

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo hit back at US President Donald Trump for his comment "Paris is no longer Paris", saying the French capital remains dynamic and open despite high terror alert.

Feb 25, 2017, 10:52 AM IST

France backs India, opposes China; wants Pakistan's Masood Azhar to be declared as international terrorist

Days after China blocked India's proposal in the UN, the world body's key member France has pitched for designating Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist, saying there are "very strong arguments in favour" of such a move.

Jan 15, 2017, 21:15 PM IST

French Foreign Minister meets PM Modi, discusses defence, terrorism

"I spoke about different aspects of our partnership," Ayrault told reporters here on the sidelines of a function after his meeting with Modi.

Jan 08, 2017, 21:31 PM IST

France hits out at Trump's bullish tone with China on longstanding policy

Beijing swiftly hit back, saying it was "seriously concerned" by Trump's suggestion he could drop the longstanding policy, saying it could have a big impact on bilateral ties.

Dec 14, 2016, 17:46 PM IST

Syrian Army tightens grip on Aleppo; Islamic jihadists withdraw from the city of Palmyra after heavy Russian raids

The raids killed a large number of the jihadists in the desert city of Palmyra in central Syria.

Dec 11, 2016, 12:27 PM IST

US Secretary of State John Kerry given France`s highest honour 'The Legion d`Honneur' award for peace

At a ceremony in Paris, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the top US diplomat was a "tireless champion of peace".

Dec 11, 2016, 11:26 AM IST

France calls for `immediate` UN Security Council meeting on Aleppo

The call came as the Syrian army advanced deep inside east Aleppo, taking several neighbourhoods from the opposition in an onslaught to recapture the entire city.

Nov 29, 2016, 15:40 PM IST

Countries backing Syrian moderates to meet in Paris: France

The international community "must stop averting its gaze" from the "terrible reality" of what was happening in Syria, Assad said.

Nov 23, 2016, 19:12 PM IST

EU pushes Turkey on rule of law after coup crackdown

"We are the ones saying today rule of law has to be protected in the country, there is no excuse for any steps that take the country away from that," EU foreign policy chief Federica ​Mogherini said as European Union foreign ministers met in Brussels.

Jul 18, 2016, 12:51 PM IST

Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges Turks to defend state after coup `foiled`

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks to remain on the streets on Saturday, as his forces regained control after a spectacular coup bid by discontented soldiers that claimed more than 250 lives.

Jul 16, 2016, 15:40 PM IST

EU founding states to hold post-Brexit talks on Saturday

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will host talks on Saturday with his counterparts from the European Union`s founding nations, following Britain`s vote to leave the bloc.

Jun 24, 2016, 13:27 PM IST

France urges calm in Saudi Arabia-UN row on blacklisting

 French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on Friday for calm to resolve an angry row between Saudi Arabia and the United Nations over the blacklisting of the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen.

Jun 10, 2016, 21:51 PM IST

`Absolutely no indication` what caused EgyptAir crash: French minister

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday there was "absolutely no indication" what had caused the crash of an EgyptAir flight, despite Egyptian authorities saying terrorism was the most likely cause.

May 20, 2016, 12:45 PM IST

France says sanctions possible over Iran missile launches

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Sunday warned Iran of possible European sanctions over its recent ballistic missile launches.

Mar 14, 2016, 00:31 AM IST

New French PM forms government as mammoth challenges await

France`s new Prime Minister Manuel Valls set about forming a new government on Tuesday tasked with the mammoth challenge of reviving a battered economy, as the EU warned Paris not to renege on its reform pledges.

Apr 02, 2014, 03:23 AM IST

Hollande names new PM, pledges tax cuts after poll rout

Francois Hollande named centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister on Monday, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after ruling Socialists were trounced in local French elections.

Apr 01, 2014, 03:12 AM IST

France to examine family reform measures

French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault Thursday said the government was "ready to examine without delay" some measures of the controversial bill of family reforms.

Feb 07, 2014, 07:40 AM IST