France’s César film awards set for Friday night

25 Feb

French actor Jérôme Commandeur, host of Friday night’s 42nd annual Césars, told the French newspaper Le Figaro that comparing the ceremony to the Oscars is false and misguided, given the wide gap of resources and culture between the two. Commandeur said he hopes the French ceremony will introduce audiences to French films that have thus far […]

Marine Le Pen snubs police interview in ‘fake jobs’ probe

25 Feb

Le Pen, who is one of the frontrunners in the race, told French news agency AFP she refused to be questioned by anti-corruption investigators during the presidential campaign. “I will not respond (to the summons) during the election campaign. During this period, there cannot be the neutrality or calm necessary for the justice system to […]

What does McMaster’s appointment tell us about Trump’s administration?

25 Feb

What do we know about him Herbert Raymond McMaster? McMaster seemed won praise after his appointment. He is less controversial than Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn famously lasted less than a month on the job after being sacked for contacts with the Russian government. McMaster, 54, is a career army officer and prominent expert on counterinsurgency warfare. […]

What Libya’s new travel ban really means

25 Feb

The authorities say Libyan men and women between 18 and 45 must now seek security clearance before going abroad. This means permits will be issued by the intelligence services. Eastern Libya is in a clear state of insecurity, with militias and terrorists groups such as the Islamic State vying for control of the country. Given […]

Hollande tells Trump to have ‘sense of responsibility’

25 Feb

Hollande “reminded us that more than ever everyone must have a sense of responsibility”, government spokesman Stéphane Le Foll told the media after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting. “The president commented on decisions that affect immigration and protectionism, which do give rise to elements of concern on an international level,” Le Foll said. Trump’s 90-day ban on […]

Philippines arrests high-profile critic of Duterte’s drug war

25 Feb

The highest-profile critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war was arrested Friday on charges supporters said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep campaigning against killings and “repression”. In comments to journalists moments before police detained her following an overnight vigil at her office, Senator Leila de Lima insisted she […]

Video: India’s Kuki people, possible descendants of one of Israel’s lost tribes

25 Feb

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French prosecutors open official probe into Fillon’s ‘fake jobs’ scandal

25 Feb

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French prosecutors open official probe into Fillon’s ‘fake jobs’ scandal

25 Feb

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Huppert’s “Elle” wins as Clooney blasts Trump at France’s César awards

25 Feb

Isabelle Huppert and her thriller “Elle” were the big winners late Friday at the “French Oscars” — the Cesars — in a politicised ceremony marked by Hollywood star George Clooney warning about Donald Trump’s US presidency. “Courage trumps fear. Right always trumps might,” the American actor said before quoting war reporter Edward F Morrow’s famous […]