Emmanuel Macron – Youthful ex-banker promises French voters change

30 Mar

The polls put Macron second to far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round and set to beat her in the 7 May deciding round. Valls says that is why he is backing him, along with several other Socialist and mainstream-right politicians who have turned their backs on their own parties’ candidates. But what […]

French Socialists in turmoil over Valls’s Macron support

30 Mar

Marseille Socialist Party (PS) member Sylvie Lions-Noguier has filed a case for breach of trust against the party and the body that ran the primary election, in which left-winger Benoît Hamon beat Valls and five other candidates. Following the vote “all [party] members were duty bound to support the elected member, in particular Manuel Valls”, […]

Brazil beat Paraguay to seal place at 2018 World Cup

30 Mar

“My greatest happiness is sharing happiness,” said the 55-year-old after Brazil sealed their progress with goals from Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Marcelo. The victory, combined with results from other qualifying games in the South America group, gave the five-time winners one of the four automatic qualifying spots from South America. With four of the 18 […]

Venus Williams ousts Kerber to reach Miami semi-final

30 Mar

Williams, who at 36 is the oldest woman in the draw, beat 29-year-old Kerber 7-5 6-3 to set up a clash with Johanna Konta who came from a set down to defeat Romania’s Simon Halep 3-6 7-6 6-2. With the crowd behind her, Williams, a three-time winner of the Miami title, took the first set […]

Paris Chinese protests continue as dead man’s family speaks

30 Mar

Despite a call for calm from the family, two demonstrators and six riot police were slightly injured and some property was damaged in clashes after the demonstration. Wednesday evening’s protest was outside City Hall, while the previous two were in the northern Paris district where the death took place. No arrests were made, although four […]

Malaysia, N. Korea reach deal to return body of Kim Jong-Nam

30 Mar

The body of Kim Jong-Nam will be sent to North Korea and nine Malaysians in Pyongyang will be allowed to leave, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday. North Korean citizens in Malaysia will also be allowed to return home, the statement said. Kim, 45, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, was poisoned at Kuala […]

Under EU rules, asylum seekers may be uprooted a second time

30 Mar

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Venezuelan opposition cries foul as Supreme Court assumes legislative power

30 Mar

Venezuela’s Supreme Court took over legislative powers Thursday, after ruling the opposition-controlled National Assembly was in contempt of court, sparking accusations that the country is increasingly becoming a dictatorship. The ruling marked a dramatic escalation of the political crisis gripping the oil-rich South American nation, where President Nicolas Maduro is fighting off attempts to force […]

Ivory Coast’s ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted of crimes against humanity

30 Mar

An Ivory Coast jury on Tuesday acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity during the 2010-11 post-election crisis in a stunning verdict after the prosecution had sought to jail her for life. “A majority of the jury declared Simone Gbagbo not guilty of the crimes of which she has been accused, pronounced […]

InfoMigrants: a pan-European news platform for migrants

30 Mar

FRANCE 24’s parent organisation has teamed up with German and Italian media outlets to launch InfoMigrants, a trilingual platform designed to provide migrants with verified and balanced information, at every stage of their journey. The timing could hardly have been more symbolic. A day after the United Kingdom formally notified the European Union of its […]