France condemns any efforts to ‘break the status quo’ in Taiwan

China 02/22/22, 13:14

In a written interview with Nikkei Asia, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Paris is "very keen to act to prevent any conflict," given the importance of the stability of the Taiwan Strait to the security of the Indo-Pacific region. Le Drain said: "We condemn any attempt to undermine ...

New COVID-19 strain found in France, could be more resistant to vaccines

World 01/07/22, 21:22

French scientists have detected a new mutant variant of the coronavirus, which they fear could be more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines but is not fast spreading. The new variant, dubbed "IHU" or B.1.640.2, was first reported in November by researchers at the Méditerranée Infection University Hospital Institute in Marseilles, which means it ...

French PM: Omicron variant is ‘spreading at lightning speed’

News 12/19/21, 15:54

French Prime Minister warned that Omicron is "spreading at lightning speed." On Friday, Dec. 17, Jean Castex spoke just hours before France placed stringent travel restrictions on persons arriving from the United Kingdom. He added that the Omicron variant is expected to become widespread in France in early 2022. France closed its ...

Defense talks canceled due to AUKUS trilateral security pact row

Australia & Oceania 09/21/21, 02:42

A submarine deal between the United States, Britain, and Australia offended a French official so deeply he called off a high-level military meeting. Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly canceled his bilateral meeting with British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace. The pair was supposed to discuss the two-day Franco-British Council with defence chiefs ...

France recalls its ambassador from US in protest of submarine deal

World 09/18/21, 02:33

France has decided to recall its ambassadors from the United States and Australia to protest Australia's cancellation of a large-scaled submarine purchase deal made with France after it forged a military alliance with the U.S. and the UK. "At the request of the President of the Republic, I have decided to ...

3,000 health workers in France refuse COVID-19 vaccines, suspended without pay

World 09/16/21, 14:49

About 3,000 health workers in hospitals, care homes, and health centers across France have been suspended without pay after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the French government said on Thursday, Sept. 16. The suspensions came after the government reached its deadline, requiring its front-line health and social care workers to ...

Islamic State leader in Greater Sahara killed, claims France

Middle East 09/16/21, 05:15

French President Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday, Sept. 15, announced that it had neutralized Adnan Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi, leader of Islamic State in Greater Sahara. “It’s another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” the president Tweeted, given that the French military had been able to terminate the ...

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