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France opens inquiry into Russian artist who leaked sex tape of Macron ally  11h01 18 février
French prosecutors on Tuesday placed a Russian artist and his girlfriend under official investigation over the leaking of a sex video that brought down a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron.
Pyotr Pavlensky: The Russian artist behind France’s sex tape scandal  09h50 18 février
Russian political performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky finds himself at the centre of a French scandal after publishing a sex tape of a leading Paris mayoral candidate online. But it is just the latest in a long line of provocative stunts from the artist, which have included nailing his scrotum to...
French town suspends ties with Polish twin city over LGBT rights  07h09 18 février
A Polish mayor on Monday deplored the decision by a sister town in France to suspend 25-year official ties with her town because it declared itself an area free of LGBT ideology.
Russian artist faces judge over sex tape that ended Macron ally’s Paris mayoral bid  20h39 17 février
A Russian artist and his girlfriend will face a French judge Tuesday on charges of invasion of privacy and publishing images of a sexual nature without consent after releasing a sex video that prompted Benjamin Griveaux to pull out of the race to be Paris mayor.
French MPs begin debating hotly contested pension reform bill  12h22 17 février
The battle over the French government’s pension reforms moved from the street to parliament on Monday, with the opposition vowing to torpedo an overhaul that sparked weeks of strikes and protests.
French ski resort angers ecologists by using helicopters to transport snow  07h30 17 février
A French ski resort has angered ecologists by using helicopters to transfer snow to its lower slopes after a mild winter left them devoid of the white stuff.
The legacy of France’s Vauban, a master fortress builder  14h44 17 février
An engineer turned marshal, Vauban is one of the most famous names of 17th century France. His citadels with their signature forms played a crucial role in King Louis XIV’s strategy to defend France. Vauban’s work owes much to his native land, the Morvan. Here, his memory is still very much alive....
French health minister to run for Paris mayor after sex scandal sinks previous candidate  15h42 16 février
France’s Health Minister Agnes Buzyn was named on Sunday as a new candidate for mayor of Paris, a late entry by the country’s governing party after a scramble to replace the original contender who abruptly withdrew after a leak of sex videos on social media.
Couple suspected of leaking Macron ally sex tape arrested  20h13 15 février
A Russian dissident artist who published screenshots of sexual images that forced President Emmanuel Macron’s candidate for Paris City Hall to pull out of the race was arrested in the French capital on Saturday, the prosecutor’s office said. His girlfriend, who is suspected of having received the...
Macron calls for better long-term relations with Russia  13h49 15 février
Europe needs to strive for better relations with Russia in the long term, French President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday, adding that while he isn’t proposing lifting sanctions they have changed nothing about Russia’s behavior.
France announces first coronavirus death outside Asia  10h41 15 février
France’s health minister on Saturday announced the first coronavirus death in Europe, an 80-year-old Chinese tourist who other French authorities say was initially turned away from two French hospitals when he first fell ill.
Russian artist defends sex tape leak that ended Paris mayoral bid  10h26 15 février
Russian protest artist Piotr Pavlensky on Friday confirmed to AFP that he posted a sex video that tanked the Paris mayoral bid of ruling party candidate Benjamin Griveaux, calling his action a fight against political hypocrisy .
Sex tape triggers French political earthquake’, leaving Macron’s Paris bid in tatters  17h31 14 février
Benjamin Griveaux’s troubled campaign for mayor of Paris came to a startling end on Friday after an online leak of sexual images led Emmanuel Macron’s close ally to pull out of the race, leaving the ruling party without a candidate for next month’s municipal elections.
People are suffering’: French doctors cite funding, staff shortages in public hospital  17h38 14 février
French public hospitals have been hit by walkouts for more than 10 months. Outside the Hôpital Saint-Louis in Paris, pasted messages attest to rising anger and concern among medical staff, who say they lack sufficient funding and personnel.
The English have landed’: France finally starts lifting menstrual tab  10h46 14 février
The French are world leaders when it comes to coining euphemisms for women’s periods, including one derived from the Battle of Waterloo. Spurred on by a new generation of female activists, they are finally coming to terms with a natural and inevitable aspect of women’s lives - and looking for ways...