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France: Republic with mainland in Europe and numerous oversea territories
France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.

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In hometown, Macron battles disillusion and apathy ahead of EU election

In Emmanuel Macron's hometown of Amiens, it's hard to find enthusiasm for either the French president or the European Union, less than a week before European parliament elections.
Reuters - Published

World Cup ticket buyers discovering seats aren't together

Fans planning to attend the Women's World Cup in France are finding out that the seats they purchased might not be together
USATODAY.com - Published

Videos for France

US Green Berets Honor Their WWII Past [Video]US Green Berets Honor Their WWII Past

According to Business Insider, US Green Berets honoring their WWII past just dropped into one of the world's most stunning places 135 US Army paratroopers with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)..

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French doctors to end care for man in vegetative state in landmark case [Video]French doctors to end care for man in vegetative state in landmark case

Doctors treating French quadriplegic Vincent Lambert, who has been in a deep vegetative state for more than a decade, plan to stop feeding him this week, renewing a furious debate over the right-to-die..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

Vincent Lambert: The 10 year right to die case | #TheCube [Video]Vincent Lambert: The 10 year right to die case | #TheCube

After a decade hospitalisation and subsequent legal challenges, the man who has become central in the right to die debate in France is due to begin deep sedation treatment on Monday 20.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:23Published

European elections: Macron fights to contain far-right in EU poll [Video]European elections: Macron fights to contain far-right in EU poll

French presidents rarely publicly campaign in European elections but Macron is breaking with tradition. He says Europe is in crisis and he is fighting to save it.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published

After six months of protests, France's yellow vests lose momentum [Video]After six months of protests, France's yellow vests lose momentum

Yellow vest protesters took to the streets of Paris for the 27th Saturday in a row but turnout numbers are declining.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:40Published

Far-Right Rallies Held In Milan Ahead Of EU Parliamentary Vote [Video]Far-Right Rallies Held In Milan Ahead Of EU Parliamentary Vote

Reuters reports Nationalist and far-right parties from across Europe held a rally on Saturday, led by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. Those speaking at the rally vowed to reshape the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:44Published

Lyon to play underdog Barcelona in UEFA Women's Champions League Final [Video]Lyon to play underdog Barcelona in UEFA Women's Champions League Final

The French giants are going for their fourth straight Champions League title and their sixth in nine seasons.

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Pello Bilbao wins seventh stage of Giro, Valerio Conti retains overall lead [Video]Pello Bilbao wins seventh stage of Giro, Valerio Conti retains overall lead

Pello Bilbao takes the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia as Valerio Conti retains the overall lead

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Former ETA leader Josu Ternera arrested after 17 years on the run [Video]Former ETA leader Josu Ternera arrested after 17 years on the run

Ex-leader of the Basque separartist group was arrested in France on Thursday. Ternera was convicted in 2017 of belonging to a terrorist organisation and involvement in a 1987 attack which killed 11.

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Cannes filmmaker tells Macron: see my police violence movie [Video]Cannes filmmaker tells Macron: see my police violence movie

Ladj Ly says his debut and Palme D'Or hopeful, 'Les Miserables' gives an insight into France's "yellow vest" street protests and the police tactics used. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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France celebrates 130 years of the Eiffel tower [Video]France celebrates 130 years of the Eiffel tower

The Eiffel Tower, France's most iconic monument, celebrated its anniversary on Wednesday, marking 130 years since it first opened to the public. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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French fashion group Kering pledges to hire only over-18 models [Video]French fashion group Kering pledges to hire only over-18 models

Luxury French fashion house Kering has said it will only work with models over 18 to represent adults. As Pascale Davies reports, it comes as the latest round of sustainability and ethical measures the..

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Hands off our guns, Swiss enthusiasts tell EU ahead of vote [Video]Hands off our guns, Swiss enthusiasts tell EU ahead of vote

Switzerland's long-standing gun culture could be about to change after binding referendum on Sunday, a vote which is also tied to its position in Europe's Schengen system. Megan Revell reports.

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Iran halts some commitments under nuclear deal [Video]Iran halts some commitments under nuclear deal

Iran has officially stopped some commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers following an order from its national security council, an official in the country's atomic energy body told the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:19Published

Griezmann sends goodbye message to Atletico fans [Video]Griezmann sends goodbye message to Atletico fans

VIDEO SHOWS: VIDEO MESSAGE FROM ANTOINE GRIEZMANN ANNOUNCING HIS DEPARTURE FROM ATLETICO MADRID SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 14, 2019) (ATLETICO MADRID - MUST COURTESY ATLETICO MADRID) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (

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Brazil's indigenous chief's bid to save the Amazon [Video]Brazil's indigenous chief's bid to save the Amazon

Brazilian tribe chief Raoni Metuktire and other representatives of the Amazon's indigenous peoples met with French Environment Minister Francois de Rugy in Paris on Monday as they began a three-week..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

Bayer Says Monsanto Likely Kept Files On Influential People Across Europe [Video]Bayer Says Monsanto Likely Kept Files On Influential People Across Europe

According to Reuters, Bayer said that its Monsanto unit, which is being investigated by French prosecutors for compiling files of influential people such as journalists in France, likely did the same..

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Watch: Puppets take over Lisbon for FIMFA festival [Video]Watch: Puppets take over Lisbon for FIMFA festival

The International Festival of Puppets and Animated Forms has returned for its 19th year. Artists from Denmark to Mozambique, Iran to France, will show works on themes of identity and freedom.

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Ray-ban owner EssilorLuxottica draws line under Franco-Italian feud [Video]Ray-ban owner EssilorLuxottica draws line under Franco-Italian feud

EssilorLuxottica declared an end to a feud between its French and Italian partners on Monday, saying it would drop all legal proceedings and focus on integrating the eyewear group formed by last year's..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:21Published

Hostages Freed From Burkina Faso Praise Fallen French Soldiers [Video]Hostages Freed From Burkina Faso Praise Fallen French Soldiers

According to a report by Reuters, on Saturday, three hostages freed by French commandos from militants in Burkina Faso arrived in Paris, expressing sorrow at the death of two French soldiers in the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:46Published

Police clash with demonstrators as yellow-vest protests reach six-month mark [Video]Police clash with demonstrators as yellow-vest protests reach six-month mark

French police fired tear gas at masked demonstrators in Lyon and Nantes on Saturday as heavy rain kept the number of yellow vest demonstrators down in Paris.

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Amid protests, Saudi ship leaves France without arms cargo [Video]Amid protests, Saudi ship leaves France without arms cargo

Saudi vessel that was due to load arms sets sail without them amid protests over use of French-made weapons in Yemen.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:19Published

Facebook's Zuckerberg Hails French Hate Speech Plan As EU Model [Video]Facebook's Zuckerberg Hails French Hate Speech Plan As EU Model

According to Reuters, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg hailed France’s efforts to regulate hateful content online as a model for the European Union after meeting President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on..

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Praises France's Efforts To Regulate Social Media [Video]Facebook's Zuckerberg Praises France's Efforts To Regulate Social Media

According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg praised France's efforts to regulate hateful content online as a model for the European Union after meeting with French President..

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Soccer fans are rightfully irate at FIFA over awful mistake with Women's World Cup tickets

Fans who bought tickets to Women's World Cup games in France are just finding out now that their seats might not be next to each other.
USATODAY.com - Published

Ex-Trump aide Bannon praises Marine Le Pen's campaign

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon on Monday praised French far-right politician Marine Le Pen's political recovery but said he was in France as an observer of the European elections rather than..
Reuters - Published

France's Le Maire says a Le Pen win in EU elections would hurt euro

A win by Marine le Pen's far-right Rassemblement National party in next week's European parliament elections could hurt the euro and damage the French economy and industries, Economy Minister Bruno Le..
Reuters - Published

Pepe scores twice for Lille, Lyon seals 3rd in Ligue 1

Lyon sealed third place and Champions League football after beating Caen 4-0 in the French league while the in-demand Nicolas Pepe scored twice for Lille
USATODAY.com - Published

PSG coach: Signing Griezmann is "not realistic"

Paris Saint-Germain coach says signing Antoine Griezmann is not a realistic goal as the French champions are looking to bolster their defense
USATODAY.com - Published

Former French president Sarkozy set for trial over 2012 campaign

France's Constitutional Council cleared the way on Friday for former president Nicolas Sarkozy to be tried over alleged illegal financing of his failed re-election campaign in 2012.
Reuters - Published

UEFA launch women's soccer strategy plan ahead of World Cup

UEFA launches five-year development plan for women's soccer ahead of the World Cup in France
USATODAY.com - Published

Rita Ora gives acoustic performance in Cannes

British pop artist Rita Ora gave an intimate, acoustic performance of her greatest hits at the Cannes Film Festival in France. (16 May)
USATODAY.com - Published

French doctor charged with killing nine patients in resuscitation scam

An anaesthetist in the French eastern city of Besancon is suspected of poisoning patients during surgery to trigger heart failures and then heroically bring them back from the brink of death.
Reuters - Published

France's Macron to meet Libya's eastern commander Haftar next week: presidency

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in the middle of next week to discuss how to resume peace talks in the country, a French presidential source said on..
Reuters - Published

"Most wanted" ETA separatist Josu Ternera arrested in France

ETA kingpin Josu Ternera, described by Spain as the Basque separatist group's most wanted fugitive, was arrested in France on Thursday after more than 16 years in hiding from authorities in both..
Reuters - Published

Marta and Formiga head Brazil Women's World Cup squad

Six-time world player of the year Marta and veteran Formiga will lead Brazil in the Women's World Cup in France
USATODAY.com - Published

Airbus expects licensing delays to Franco-German warplane project

Rows between France and Germany over the common arms export licensing rules they are trying to develop are likely to delay until after the Paris Air Show the concrete launch of a joint Franco-German..
Reuters - Published

France reopens inquiry into 2013 murder of Kurdish militants

French prosecutors have reopened an investigation into the 2013 murder of three Kurdish militants, a judicial source and lawyer for the families of the dead activists said on Thursday, a case which..
Reuters - Published

France won't ease reforms if far-right make EU gains: PM

President Emmanuel Macron will press ahead with a social and economic reform agenda that spurred months of anti-government protests in France even if the far-right comes out on top in European..
Reuters - Published

Separatist group ETA's 'most wanted' Josu Ternera arrested in France

ETA kingpin Josu Ternera, accused by Spain of taking part in a 1987 attack by the since dissolved Basque separatist group that killed 11 people, was arrested in France early on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

'Rocketman' Taron Egerton says he's 'at peace' as Elton John film lifts off at Cannes

Taron Egerton prepares to show off his moves as Elton John in 'Rocketman,' which premieres Thursday at Cannes Film Festival in France.
USATODAY.com - Published

Merkel admits differences with Macron, says they agree on fundamentals

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and French President Emmanuel Macron have "intense debates" and think differently but can still find compromises, insisting that they are able to drive the..
Reuters - Published

White House Says it Won’t Sign Global Pact for Tougher Measures on Online Violence

of New Zealand and President Emmanuel Macron of France were gathered in Paris to sign what they call the “Christchurch Call.”Citing free speech protections in the United States, the Trump..
NYTimes.com - Published

France to continue military training activities in Iraq: source

The French army has no plans at this point to suspend military training activities in Iraq, a source close to the French Defence ministry told Reuters on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. President Trump to visit Ireland in June: Newstalk radio

U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Ireland either side of a trip to France next month and will likely meet Prime Minister Leo Varadkar during his stay at a Trump golf resort, Ireland's Newstalk..
Reuters - Published

France grants asylum to wife of former Interpol chief charged in China

France has granted asylum to the wife of a former head of the international police cooperation agency Interpol, after he was charged in his native China with corruption, the wife's lawyer said on..
Reuters - Published

A look inside the charred Notre Dame Cathedral

French officials give a first hand look insIde Notre Dame Cathedral nearly one month after it was heavily damaged by flames. (May 14)
USATODAY.com - Published

Wife of ex-Interpol chief Meng Hongwei granted asylum in France: lawyer

The wife of ex-Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has been granted asylum in France, said lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny, who is acting on her behalf.
Reuters - Published

Macron wants to meet Libya's Haftar to push ceasefire: French foreign minister

President Emmanuel Macron wants to meet Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar to push a ceasefire and resume peace talks, France's foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

French authorities seize half-tonne of cocaine at Dunkirk

French authorities seized half a tonne of cocaine worth around 40 million euros ($44.9 million) in the northern port of Dunkirk last month, Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin said in a statement on..
Reuters - Published

Sam Kerr to lead Australia squad at Women's World Cup

Sam Kerr has been selected as captain of Australia's 23-player squad for the Women's World Cup which kicks off next month in France
USATODAY.com - Published

Robert Maxwell, World War II Hero Who Fell on a Grenade, Dies at 98

Germans had attacked an American headquarters in France when he absorbed the blast, saving lives. Maimed, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
NYTimes.com - Published

Amazon warehouses reportedly trash millions of unsold products

Retailer under fire after exposes of massive waste in the U.K. and France, where new toys and TVs were sent to dumps
CBS News - Published

Saudi ship leaves Spain with ceremonial, exhibition materials: source

A Saudi ship that was blocked from loading a weapons cargo in France left the Spanish port of Santander on Monday carrying material destined for Saudi Arabia that could be used in military ceremonies,..
Reuters - Published

UK, France and Germany say gravely concerned at escalation in Syrian fighting

Britain, Germany and France called on Monday for an end to the military escalation in north western Syria, saying they were gravely concerned at recent violence which had led to the death of more than..
Reuters - Published

Two years into presidency, Macron refocusing economic reform drive

When Emmanuel Macron became French president two years ago he promised a clean break with the past. Within months of taking office he had cut tax on companies and investors and made hiring and firing..
Reuters - Published

Saudi ship, blocked from loading arms cargo in France, arrives at Spanish port

A Saudi ship, prevented by rights groups from loading an arms cargo at the French port of Le Havre on Friday, arrived at the Spanish port of Santander early on Monday.
Reuters - Published

New Zealand begins inquiry into Christchurch's mosques massacre

An inquiry into Christchurch's mosques shooting massacre began hearing evidence on Monday, as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prepared to co-host a meeting in France that seeks global support..
Reuters - Published

Guingamp relegated to French second division

Last-place Guingamp was relegated to the French league second division following a 1-1 draw at Brittany rival Rennes that sealed its fate on Sunday
USATODAY.com - Published

A tribute to Lady Liberty

This week the $100 million Statue of Liberty Museum opens on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It tells the story of the creation of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi's statue back in the 1800s - a gift of..
CBS News - Published

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