France launches first Iraq air strike

French jets have launched their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq, destroying their target, President Francois Hollande says.

Islamic State-linked group threatens to kill French hostage

An image grab taken from a video released by Jund al-Khilifa group video, allegedly shows French tourist, Herve Pierre Gourdel, sitting between two armed jihadists at an undisclosed location.

Zaid Sabah An Islamist group posted a video purportedly showing a French citizen that it kidnapped in Algeria, and threatened to execute him if the French government doesn't halt attacks on Islamic State in...

Far-right National Front at 'gates of power' in France, says Prime Minister Manuel Valls

Marine Le Pen.

The extreme right is at the "gates of power" in France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls says, warning that victory for the National Front could be a fatal blow for Europe.

France halts delivery of warship to Russia

A Mistral class amphibious vessel leaves port for her first trial in western France.

Dan Lamothe French officials said on Wednesday that they will not deliver the first Mistral-class amphibious warship that Russia had ordered from Paris as part of a $US1.

Cash-strapped France scrambles to sell state property

1143 Fifth Avenue in New York, which is being sold by the French state.

Henry Samuel Strapped for cash and struggling to keep its dizzying debt in check, France is scrambling to sell its state-owned property as never before.

Time running out for 'kidnapped' brain tumour boy taken to France

Chloe Coupeau Cherbourg, France: Interpol issued a global alert Friday for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour snatched from hospital by his family, as authorities said only hours remained to save his life.

France and Germany mark 100 years since the outbreak of WW1

French President Francois Hollande and German President Joachim Gauck commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Herv Asquin France and Germany have marked 100 years since the outbreak of World War One during an emotional memorial service in a border town where 30,000 men lost their lives.

France crusades against frozen, microwaved foods

The French government is fed up with substandard food.

Food lovers may put France on a pedestal, but microwaved or pre-packaged dishes have become so common in restaurants that authorities are introducing a new "homemade" label for chefs cooking meals...

France's Sarkozy hit by new phone tap leak

Silvio Berlusconi of Italy has a word in Nicolas Sarkozy's ear during a meeting of European leaders in Paris to discuss the global financial crisis in October 2008.

A corruption scandal surrounding former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has deepened further with fresh leaks of telephone conversations.

Euthanasia decision in France tears apart Victor Lambert's family and nation

Vincent Lambert and his mother in hospital in Reims, France, last year. A European court has blocked a decision to allow Mr Lambert's life support to be turned off.

Cecile Azzaro The European Court of Human Rights has blocked a landmark decision by a French court to allow a man in a vegetative state to have his life support turned off, igniting a debate across France on...

Roma teen victim in France father of two in Romania

Roma child.

Monica Matei Abandoned as a child, the Roma youth left for dead by Paris vigilantes has a young family of his own back home.

France's Nicolas Sarkozy says influence-peddling accusations 'grotesque'

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012. Mr Sarkozy is under investigation for

Dan Bilefsky Hours after being put under formal investigation in a corruption and influence-peddling case, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out at the prosecution, saying again that he is innocent...

Adventurers led Australians to Tour de France as World War I loomed

Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness When a strapping dairy farmer named Don Kirkham and a diminutive tinsmith Iddo "Snowy" Munro set off for the 1914 Tour de France, they unknowingly planted a seed for generations of Australian riders.

France's far right to ban Muslim school lunch options

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said the party would prevent schools from offering special lunches to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections.

France to shun Rwanda genocide ceremony after accusations of involvement in massacre

As Rwandans took part in events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the country's genocide, France said it had cancelled plans to attend Monday's official ceremony, following accusations of French...

Air France executive charged over 'prostitution ring'


Rory Mulholland An Air France executive has been charged with running a vast prostitution ring that brought young women from Brazil and forced them to work out of apartments near the Louvre museum and in other chic...

France offers to host African security summit on Boko Haram

France has offered to host a summit with Nigeria and its neighbours focused on Islamist militant group Boko Haram, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday.

US, France warn Moscow over Ukraine

Standoff: A checkpoint manned by an assortment of Ukrainian military personnel outside the town of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine.

Tanya Willmer, Marion Thibaut The US and France have warned Russia of new sanctions if Moscow keeps up its "provocative and destabilising behaviour" in Ukraine, just over a week before the ex-Soviet republic is due to hold a...

France, African states 'declare war' with schoolgirl kidnap group Boko Haram

Working together: Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is escorted by French President Francois Hollande as he leaves a Paris summit on the threat from Boko Haram.

France and five African states "declared war" with Islamist extremist sect Boko Haram, after the group abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria.

Jean-Marie Le Pen: 'Ebola virus could solve France's immigration problem'

Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder and honorary president of France's far-right Front National party, in Marseille.

Henry Samuel The deadly Ebola virus could solve France's immigration problems ''in three months'', Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's far-right Front National party, said.