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France tells U.S. to stop snooping but cools dispute

France on Tuesday formally told the United States to stop snooping on the telephone calls of French citizens but signaled it wanted to cool a row over the issue. In a breakfast meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius insisted on being given a…

Thousands of French students take to the streets to protest against deportations

Thousands of high school students in Paris and other parts of France rose up Thursday in anger at the deportation of foreign pupils, after the high-profile eviction of a 15-year-old Roma girl. Leonarda Dibrani was detained during a school trip earlier this month and deported to Kosovo with her parents…

French socialists vow ‘unprecedented’ spending cuts in 2014 budget

France vowed “unprecedented” cuts in public spending to rein in its deficit without compromising much-needed growth, as it unveiled its draft 2014 budget on Wednesday. The pledge came as new figures showed the number of registered job seekers in France fell for the first time in more than two years.…

France turns to online crowdsourcing to fight corruption of aid to Africa

France is enlisting the help of Malians to police its aid projects in the west African country with an innovative crowdsourcing project asking people to report corruption by text or online. The foreign ministry’s project is the first of its kind in France, which has pledged 280 million euros ($374…

France moves to toughen ban on religion in schools with ‘Charter for Secularity in School’

France on Monday unveiled a new charter designed to reinforce rules banning religion from schools which have been a recurring cause of tension with Muslims and other faiths. The “Charter for Secularity in School,” is to be displayed in poster form in every state-funded school in the country in a…

French woman offers to breast feed gay couples’ babies for $130 a day

PARIS (Reuters) – A woman has posted an offer on a French website to breast-feed babies of homosexual male couples for 100 euros ($130) a day, stirring up media interest just weeks after a divisive same-sex marriage law was passed. The post, which the website said it verified as genuine…

Tiny French village aims to become ‘oasis’ for aging British gays and lesbians

Salleles-d’Aude is a picturesque village like so many in France, with vines, a tree-lined canal, a church… and soon, a “private oasis” for ageing British gay people — reportedly a first in the country. The brainchild of 66-year-old Danny Silver, the luxury community for gay, lesbian, bi- and transsexual British…

French farmer developed industrial snail-slime harvesting process to feed cosmetic industry’s appetite for goo

CHAMPAGNOLLES, France (Reuters) – The French have long appreciated snails on a plate with butter and garlic. But one rural snail farmer believes the humble molluscs have more to offer alive than dead. Louis-Marie Guedon says the mucus secreted by snails are full of collagen, glycolic acid, antibiotics and other…

Police hunt man who stabbed French soldier in broad daylight

French anti-terrorist police are searching for a man who stabbed a soldier in the neck in a business neighborhood west of Paris before fleeing the scene on Saturday night. The 25-year-old soldier, Private First Class Cedric Cordier, was patrolling in uniform with two other troops in a shopping area adjoining…

France seizes a million doses of fake Chinese aspirin

French customs officers have seized 1.2 million doses of counterfeit aspirin from China, the biggest haul of fake medicines ever in France and the EU, the economy ministry announced Saturday. The goods, seized May 17 in the northwestern port of Le Havre, were hidden in a cargo of tea that…

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