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France: Republic with mainland in Europe and numerous oversea territories
France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state 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 67.0 million. France 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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Britain warns Iran of "serious consequences" if it doesn't release seized tanker

Britain is warning Iran of what it describes as "serious consequences" if Iran does not release a tanker that it seized in the Persian Gulf. Iran claims the tanker collided with an Iranian fishing boat..
CBS News - Published

France expresses concern over Iran's seizure of British tanker

France's foreign ministry said on Saturday it was very concerned by the seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, saying such an action harmed de-escalation efforts in the region.
Reuters - Published

Videos for France

Italy 'overtakes France in tourism stakes' [Video]Italy 'overtakes France in tourism stakes'

Italy had more overnight stays by foreign nationals than tourist hotspot France, it's been claimed.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:15Published

From Ivory Coast to France, refugee tells story in music [Video]From Ivory Coast to France, refugee tells story in music

Performances at Avignon theatre festival focus on how conflict, violence and poverty force people to leave their homes.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published

UK hit with recession warning as Brexit battle builds in parliament [Video]UK hit with recession warning as Brexit battle builds in parliament

Britain might be entering a full-blown recession that a no-deal exit from the European Union would compound, blowing a £30 billion hole in the public finances, a budget watchdog said on Thursday. As..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:51Published

Meet the French astronomers still making new discoveries thanks to the Apollo astronauts [Video]Meet the French astronomers still making new discoveries thanks to the Apollo astronauts

It's 50 years since the Apollo Moon landings, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their first steps on the lunar surface. And instruments that those two astronauts placed on the Moon are still..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:30Published

Sliding Japan exports, manufacturing gloom heighten economic risks [Video]Sliding Japan exports, manufacturing gloom heighten economic risks

Japan’s exports fell yet again in June, while manufacturers’ confidence crumbled to a three-year low this month as a Sino-U.S. tariff row, slowing China growth and rising trade protectionism heaped..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

France's Avignon Theatre Festival highlights refugee crisis [Video]France's Avignon Theatre Festival highlights refugee crisis

This year festival organisers have chosen to focus on the contemporary issues of refugees, exile and exclusion.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:10Published

France urges G7 to reach global corporate tax deal [Video]France urges G7 to reach global corporate tax deal

Paris defied U.S. President Donald Trump last week by passing a tax on big digital firms' revenues in France despite a threat from him to launch a probe that could lead to trade tariffs.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:00Published

Full extent damage to Notre-Dame seen during minister's visit [Video]Full extent damage to Notre-Dame seen during minister's visit

The full extent of the destruction to Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was laid bare on Wednesday as French culture minister Franck Riester visited to look at renovation efforts.

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Nigel Farage launches attack on Emmanuel Macron and Ursula von der Leyen [Video]Nigel Farage launches attack on Emmanuel Macron and Ursula von der Leyen

Brexit Party leader launches an attack on European Commission presidential candidate Ursula von der Leyen and French president Emmanuel Macron during his speech at the European Parliament. MEPs will..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:20Published

Bastille Day Fireworks light up the skies of the French capital [Video]Bastille Day Fireworks light up the skies of the French capital

France rounded off Bastille Day with its traditional firework display at the Eiffel Tower on Sunday (July 14).

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Algerian football fans cause chaos on the streets of France [Video]Algerian football fans cause chaos on the streets of France

Algeria is through to the Africa Cup of Nations final, and fans in France are thrilled, but celebrations after the semi-final were marred by clashes with police and hundreds of arrests.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:06Published

Britain, France and Germany issue a joint statement over fears the Iran nuclear deal could collapse [Video]Britain, France and Germany issue a joint statement over fears the Iran nuclear deal could collapse

The European nations said they were preoccupied by the escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf region and urged for a dialogue between all parties involved in the deal, that was signed on this day..

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French police fire tear gas as protests follow Bastille Day parade [Video]French police fire tear gas as protests follow Bastille Day parade

During Sunday's Bastille Day parade in Paris, dozens of yellow vests activists, with yellow balloons and a lot of noise, tried to mix with the audience. Police intervened to keep them away from the..

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Jet-powered flyboard steals show at Bastille Day military parade [Video]Jet-powered flyboard steals show at Bastille Day military parade

President Emmanuel Macron said he was “proud" or the "innovative” French army after seeing the flyboard designed by Franky Zapata.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:38Published

France: Macron presides over Bastille Day military parade [Video]France: Macron presides over Bastille Day military parade

French President Emmanuel Macron sat with European leaders for this year's Bastille Day military parade in Paris on Sunday, July 14.

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Nice turns page with first Bastille Day fireworks since 2016 attack [Video]Nice turns page with first Bastille Day fireworks since 2016 attack

The city of Nice turned a new page on Saturday night (July 13) by holding its first fireworks ceremony since the 2016 deadly attack which killed 86 people watching a fireworks display on the beach.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:54Published

Bastille Day: What are the July 14 celebrations all about? [Video]Bastille Day: What are the July 14 celebrations all about?

14 July is full of fireworks and celebrations across France, but what is Bastille Day all about?

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:31Published

Copa America win Copa America win "shut up" Brazil's critics, Neymar tells Reuters

Neymar says Copa America win "shut up" Brazil's critics; adds he will return to France to train with PSG

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BNP Paribas backs away from U.S. private prison industry [Video]BNP Paribas backs away from U.S. private prison industry

France’s BNP Paribas SA on Friday said it will no longer finance U.S. private prison operators. It's the first foreign bank to distance itself from a sector shunned by domestic peers. According to..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

'Gilets Noirs' occupy Paris monument to protest migrants' rights in France [Video]'Gilets Noirs' occupy Paris monument to protest migrants' rights in France

Hundreds of protesters occupied the Pantheon monument in Paris on Friday (July 12) to denounce the conditions illegal immigrants allegedly face in France.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:13Published

French President Emmanuel Macron unveils France's nuclear-powered 'Barracuda' submarine [Video]French President Emmanuel Macron unveils France's nuclear-powered 'Barracuda' submarine

French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled France's latest nuclear-powered 'Barracuda' class submarine on Friday, a €9 billion stealth vessel programme Paris says is key to maintaining its naval..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:35Published

Barcelona sign Griezmann from Atletico Madrid [Video]Barcelona sign Griezmann from Atletico Madrid

World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann is finally on his way to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros

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Africa Cup of Nations: Arrests as Algerian football fans in France celebrate their team's progress [Video]Africa Cup of Nations: Arrests as Algerian football fans in France celebrate their team's progress

Arrests marred celebrations in Paris after Algeria's footballers defeated the Ivory Coast on penalties to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:43Published

France levies 3 percent tax on major tech firms [Video]France levies 3 percent tax on major tech firms

France passes a law to tax digital giants, defying of US anger.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:30Published

What is France's new digital tax? [Video]What is France's new digital tax?

What is France's new digital tax?

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:00Published

 

Russia's Putin, France's Macron discuss Iran nuclear deal: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as well as the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

France seeks trade, climate or other top EU job: official

France is eyeing a "strong economic portfolio" in the new European Commission such as trade or overseeing climate policy, a French official said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

The world's most popular cruise destinations of 2019, according to Cruise Critic

Avignon, France, was rated the world's top cruise port overall and Cruise Critic's favorite European river cruise destination.
USATODAY.com - Published

France, Britain, Egypt, UAE, U.S., Italy call for immediate end of Libya violence

France, Britain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, United States and Italy on Tuesday called for an immediate end of hostilities around Tripoli and warned of attempts by "terrorist groups" to take..
Reuters - Published

French environment minister quits over spending criticism

French environment minister Francois de Rugy resigned on Tuesday following reports by an investigative website about his high spending on private dinners and renovations to his ministry residence.
Reuters - Published

Iran confirms arrest of French-Iranian scholar, gives no details

Iran confirmed on Tuesday it had detained French-Iranian scholar Fariba Adelkhah but declined to give any more details, a day after Paris demanded information on her case.
Reuters - Published

France's Macron demands answers after dual national detained in Iran

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday demanded an explanation from Iran after the arrest last month of Franco-Iranian dual national Fariba Adelkhah, an incident that complicates Paris' efforts to..
Reuters - Published

France's Macron pledges to relaunch Serbia-Kosovo dialogue

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he would to help relaunch talks to normalize ties between Serbia and Kosovo in the next few weeks.
Reuters - Published

Britain tells Canada and France to pull their weight on Ebola

Britain's international development minister Rory Stewart called on France and Canada on Monday to offer more help in tackling the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Reuters - Published

France celebrates Bastille Day with parade

French President Emmanuel Macron has overseen the annual Bastille Day celebrations which this year showcased European defense cooperation. (July 14)  
USATODAY.com - Published

AP Top Stories July 14 P

Here are the top stories for Sunday, July 14th: New Orleans avoids worst of storm; Dozens dead in Nepal flooding; France celebrates Bastille Day; New York interrupted by power outage.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Owning a French castle: not what it seems

The Tour de France loves castles. Not a day passes without the TV cameras zooming in on one of the country's magnificent châteaux along the race route. But one chateaux buyer found that owning a..
USATODAY.com - Published

France's Macron to speak to Rouhani, Putin and Trump to ease Iran tension

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he would speak to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russia's Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump this week as part of a French initiative to..
Reuters - Published

Four dead, including three children, after train hits car in France

A driver and three children in her car were killed after their car crashed into a train at a crossing in Avenay-Val-d'Or in eastern France, said local French authorities on Monday.
Reuters - Published

France: has not had satisfactory response from Iran over fate of dual national Adelkhah

France has not received a satisfactory response from Iran over the fate of Franco-Iranian dual national Fariba Adelkhah, who has been arrested in Iran, and requests consular access to her without..
Reuters - Published

France says dual national Fariba Adelkhah arrested in Iran: statement

Iran has detained Franco-Iranian dual national Fariba Adelkhah and France has yet to be given "satisfactory information" on her status, France's foreign ministry said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

France's Le Drian says Europeans must stay united on Iran issue

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday that Europe had to remain united in trying to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, and said Tehran should reverse its decision not to comply with..
Reuters - Published

France, Britain and Germany say risks Iran nuclear deal could collapse

France, Britain and Germany said on Sunday they were preoccupied by the escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf region and a risk of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal falling apart, calling for dialogue..
Reuters - Published

French police fire tear gas as protests follow Bastille Day parade

French police fired tear gas to disperse protesters from Paris's Champs Elysees avenue on Sunday, a few hours after President Emmanuel Macron had reviewed the traditional Bastille Day military parade..
Reuters - Published

European leaders join Macron for Bastille Day parade

European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday for the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris which this year honored European..
Reuters - Published

France sees risk of stumble into U.S.-Iranian conflict

Iran's breaching of caps on its uranium enrichment after the United States pulled out of world powers' nuclear deal with Tehran was "a bad reaction to ... (a) bad decision", raising fears of a stumble..
Reuters - Published

BNP Paribas backs away from U.S. private prison industry

France's BNP Paribas SA on Friday said it will no longer finance U.S. private prison operators, the first foreign bank to distance itself from a sector shunned by domestic peers amid controversy over..
Reuters - Published

French President Macron announces creation of French space force

On the eve of Bastille Day celebrations, Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a French space force command within the French air force.
USATODAY.com - Published

France to create space command within air force: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he had approved the creation of a space command within the French air force to improve the country's defense capabilities.
Reuters - Published

Pinot, Alaphilippe boost French hopes at Tour de France

Thomas De Gendt won the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe claimed back the yellow jersey
USATODAY.com - Published

Inside Formula E, the eco-friendly future of auto racing

Grand Prix auto racing dates back more than a century, to races organized in France in the early 1900s. Now known as Formula 1, auto racing is an international sporting phenomenon. But another racing..
CBS News - Published

Ransacked in 'yellow vest' riot, chic Fouquet's eatery reopens in Paris

France's famed Le Fouquet's brasserie on the Champs Elysees avenue reopened on Saturday, four months after the chic eatery was ransacked by rioters during a yellow vest protest that turned violent with..
Reuters - Published

Undocumented migrants storm Pantheon monument in Paris

Hundreds of undocumented migrants calling themselves "black vests" stormed the Pantheon monument in central Paris on Friday demanding the right to remain in France.
Reuters - Published

Chastised French minister: I hate caviar and suffer a lobster intolerance

France's widely lampooned environment minister denied having a taste for the high life and said on Friday he would not resign over accusations he squandered taxpayer money, in a scandal that risks..
Reuters - Published

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