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French senate bans denial of Armenia genocide

PARIS — French senators have passed a bill outlawing the denial of the Armenian genocide in 1915, with a seething Turkey slamming the move and warning of consequences while Armenia hailed a day “written in gold.” The French Senate on Monday approved, by 127 votes to 86, the measure which…

France threatens to pull troops out of Afghanistan ahead of schedule

PARIS (Reuters) – France threatened on Friday to pull out early from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan after four a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire on French soldiers, killing four and wounding about 15 others. The killings in the Taghab valley of Afghanistan’s eastern Kapisa province were the latest in…

Intervention in Iran ‘would trigger war’: France’s Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned Friday that any foreignmilitary intervention against Iran’s nuclear programme would trigger “war and chaos” across the Middle East and beyond. “Time is limited. France will do everything to avoid military intervention, but there is only one way to avoid it: a much tougher, more decisive, sanctions regime,” Sarkozy told an audience…

Turkey to launch sanctions against France over genocide bill

ANKARA — Ankara will announce sanctions against Paris, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday on the eve of a debate in the French parliament on a law criminalising the denial of the Armenian genocide by Turkish forces. “Tomorrow probably I will announce what we will do at the first…

France, Germany seek support in scramble to save euro

France and Germany drummed up support for their plan to fix the eurozone on Thursday as European leaders geared up for a do-or-die summit to save the debt-laden currency union from collapse. With hours to go before the EU summit in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas…

U.S. backs euro ahead of crunch summit

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner voiced confidence on Wednesday that the European Union will find a way out of its debt crisis when he met eurozone leaders ahead of a crucial EU summit inBrussels. “I assessed how important it is for the US and countries around the world that Europe succeed,” Geithner…

Sarkozy, Merkel to thrash out euro crisis plan

French President Nicolas Sarkozy hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday to thrash out details of a plan to save the euro at the start of a pivotal week for the single currency. The meeting comes as Italy kicked off the crucial week with a draconian austerity package of cuts, taxes and pension reforms to…

Germany, France push for ‘fiscal union’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel kicked off a crunch week of talks on saving the euro by laying out a vision Friday for a “fiscal union” in Europe, ahead of a pivotal summit of EU leaders. A day after French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that Europe needed to be “refounded” in…

France’s ruling party denies role in Strauss-Kahn downfall

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling UMP party on Saturday dismissed allegations of a political plot to bring down disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, following an investigative report by a U.S. journalist. The article by Edward Jay Epstein, published in the New York Review of Books, raised…

Lawyer suggests Strauss-Kahn was victim of political plot

Disgraced ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer on Friday suggested that a political plot could have been behind sex assault charges that brought down his client. Washington attorney William Taylor referred to an upcoming investigative article in the New York Review of Books as evidence that the then powerful French politician…

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