Swiss town votes on whether to be German or French
Residents in a small town in northwestern Switzerland voted in a referendum Sunday on whether to be remain part of a German-speaking canton or join a French-speaking one.
Tu Comprends Français? Bridging The French Language Gap In Nigeria
Imagine attending an event where the speakers are Francois Henri-Pinault, Christian Louboutin, Thierry Mugler, Thierry Henry, Olivier Giroud, and you are asked to introduce yourself in French. The average Nigerian French language proficiency is being able to say ‘Bonjour, Bonsoir, comment ça va? Je m’apelle.’ Expecting them to continue the conversation in French may leave…
Two missing, one seriously hurt in Bordeaux garage explosion
An 89-year-old was seriously hurt and two other people are missing after an explosion in a garage in the French city of Bordeaux on Saturday, firefighters said.
The party goes on for French ravers, despite pandemic and police
Summer time is rave time in France but this year battle lines have been drawn between authorities alarmed at the risk of coronavirus and serious party-goers
French PM to present strategy on ending virus lockdown
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will on Tuesday present the national strategy for emerging from the coronavirus lockdown, his office told AFP. His announcement at the National Assembly will be followed by a debate and a vote.
Armed teen holds four women hostage in French bar
An armed teenager was on Tuesday holding four women hostage at a bar near the southern French city of Toulouse, prosecutors and a police source told AFP. But officials said there was no suspicion of any terror-related motive. "The suspect is 17-years-old and he is holding the bar owner and her employees hostage," the source…
Germany rejects US call to leave Iran nuclear deal
Germany on Friday rejected an appeal by US Vice President Mike Pence for Europeans to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal and isolate Tehran. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas defended the 2015 agreement under which Iran drastically scaled back its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. "Together with the Brits, French and the entire EU…
Foreigners put on alert over French fuel protests
Foreigners were put on alert for possible violence during Saturday's French fuel protests, particularly in Paris, with some embassies warning their nationals to stay well away. The US embassy issued a detailed travel alert detailing where the protests were expected in Paris Saturday. "Demonstrations may become violent, resulting in damage to property, including overturning vehicles…
Eight dead as Boko Haram storm French drilling camp in Niger
Seven local employees of a French drilling firm and a government official were killed Thursday when suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed the compound where they were sleeping in southeastern Niger.
Muslim singer forced to quit French show over terror posts
A French Muslim singer who became an overnight star after dazzling judges on a TV talent show quit the contest Friday after coming under fire for past Facebook comments about terror attacks. Mennel Ibtissem, a 22-year-old student who wears a head wrap, was one of the top contestants on The Voice, where her English and…