Gilets Jaunes: French ‘flash-ball’ row over riot-gun injuries

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police have issued guidance this week to aim the LBD40 riot gun away from the head Appalling injuries caused by French police riot guns during the yellow-vest protests have triggered anger and calls for the weapon to be banned. The LBD launchers known by protesters as “flash-balls” have left 40…

Gilets jaunes: Will Macron’s Grand Debate tackle French crisis?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nine weeks of “gilets-jaunes” protests have become President Macron’s biggest crisis An imaginative bid to revitalise democracy in the social media age. Or a cynical manoeuvre to outfox the yellow-vest protesters, and buy time before the Euro-elections in May. Those are the two prevailing interpretations of President Emmanuel Macron’s Grand…

German WWI U-boat resurfaces off French coast

The metal frame of a UC 61 can be seen about 100 meters (more than 300 feet) from the sand dunes of Wissant, France just down the coast of Calais in the North Sea, according to the news agency Agence France-Presse. The submarine ran aground on July 26, 1917. Vincent Schmitt, a tour guide in…

German WW1 submarine emerges off French coast

Image copyright AFP Image caption The wreck is attracting curious visitors at low tide The wreck of a World War One German submarine is gradually resurfacing on a beach in northern French after decades of being buried in the sand. Shifting sand off Wissant, near Calais, is exposing the remains of the UC-61 which was…

Bastille Day, or French Independence Day, takes place each year on July 14 to co…

Bastille Day, or French Independence Day, takes place each year on July 14 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution. Although Bastille Day is celebrated around the world, celebrations in Paris include a military parade along the Champs-Élysées and public dances, followed by fireworks over the Source by…

Tokyo 2020 Games: Japan Olympics chief ‘investigated in French corruption probe’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tsunekazu Takeda shown celebrating in 2013 with the award of the Games to Tokyo The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee is being formally investigated in France for alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2020 Games to Tokyo, a French judicial source has said. Prosecutors have been investigating a €2m…

French Alps skiers rescued in dramatic helicopter manoeuvre

Footage has emerged of the heart-stopping helicopter rescue of a group of skiers from the Pass of Anterne in the French Alps. One of the skiers was struggling with a knee injury, and were able to call for help using a mobile phone. The pilot said the rescuers chose to perform the manoeuvre, known as…

Gilets Jaunes: Head of French national debate Jouanno resigns

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chantal Jouanno said she had stepped down because she believed in the national debate Days before France launches a national debate in response to weeks of protests by “gilets jaunes” (yellow vests), the former minister picked to lead the exercise has stepped down. Chantal Jouanno resigned amid an outcry over…

French author Yann Moix says women over 50 ‘too old’ to love

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Yann Moix is well-known in France, where he also presents and directs A French writer is being criticised after saying he would be “incapable” of loving a woman aged 50 or above… despite being 50 himself. Yann Moix told Marie Claire magazine he found women of that age “too…