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PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Five priests and two nuns were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday, a Catholic priest said, with two French citizens among the hostages in the Caribbean nation increasingly riven by kidnappings and violent crime. The clergy members were kidnapped in the commune of Croix-des-Bouquets, northeast of the capital Port-au-Prince, said Father Gilbert Peltrop,
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PARIS (Reuters) – The situation regarding Iran’s nuclear program is “worrying”, French Foreign Affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told his EU colleagues during a meeting in Brussels, the French Foreign Affairs ministry said on Monday. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said earlier on Monday Iran might enrich uranium up to 60% purity if the country
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PARIS (Reuters) – France recorded 18,254 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, health director Jerome Salomon said on Thursday, a tally not seen since Nov. 20 as infections showed an upward trend again. He spoke at a news conference hours after Emmanuel Macron’s office announced the French president had tested positive, prompting a
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has sentenced French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah to six years in prison on national security charges, her lawyer told Reuters on Saturday. “The court has sentenced her to six years,” said Saeid Dehghan. “The branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has sentenced her to five years jail for gathering and conspiring against
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PARIS (Reuters) – France’s cumulative death toll from coronavirus infection rose by 83 or 0.3% to 27,074 on Wednesday, with the rate of increase slowing after accelerating the three previous days, pulling the country back behind Spain in the fatalities ranking order. The health ministry said in a statement the number of people in hospital
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TOKYO/PARIS (Reuters) – A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympics, which was postponed last week due to the coronavirus, said he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help
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PARIS (Reuters) – Iranian authorities have released French academic Roland Marchal, who has been imprisoned in Iran since June 2019, a French presidency official said on Saturday. Marchal is due to arrive in France around midday on Saturday, the official said. French President Emmanuel Macron urged Iran to also release French citizen Fariba Adelkhah, who
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PARIS (Reuters) – Unless the coronavirus pandemic is waning by the end of May, this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games cannot be staged on schedule, the head of the French Olympic Committee told Reuters on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Denis Masseglia, head of the French National Olympic Committee, attends the presentation of the feasibility study for a
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PARIS (Reuters) – Veteran film director Roman Polanski served as lightning rod and punch line at Friday’s Cesar Awards, the biggest night on the French cinema calendar, with protesters highlighting charges of rape against Polanski and the ceremony’s host quipping about paedophilia. FILE PHOTO: Film director Roman Polanski arrives at the Madeleine Church in Paris,
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PARIS (Reuters) – French-Polish movie director Roman Polanski decided on Thursday not to attend the Cesar Awards ceremony in Paris on Friday, amid criticism after his latest film led award nominations despite several recent and past accusations of sexual assault. FILE PHOTO: Film director Roman Polanski arrives at the Madeleine Church to attend a ceremony
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PARIS (Reuters) – Five British nationals including a child have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in France, after staying in the same ski chalet with a person who had been in Singapore, French health officials said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: French Health and Solidarity Minister Agnes Buzyn delivers a speech during a news conference after
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PARIS (Reuters) – French ice sports federation president Didier Gailhaguet refused to resign on Wednesday amid claims of rape and sexual assault of minors in figure skating, admitting to having made ‘mistakes’ but saying he was never ‘at fault’. French figure skating federation president Didier Gailhaguet attends a news conference in Paris, France February 5,
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PARIS (Reuters) – A man who used a knife to attack officers in a French police barracks was a trainee soldier, officials said, in the second case in four months of a violent assault by someone from within France’s security services. The assailant in Monday evening’s attack, at a barracks in Dieuze in eastern France,
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