Jean-Yves Le Drian
French FM says dialogue with Mali jihadists not possible
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, on a trip to Mali on Monday, ruled out dialogue with jihadists driving an eight-year-old insurgency in the Sahel state.
France slams UK's 'intransigent' approach on Brexit
Talks between Britain and the European Union on a final settlement for the UK's departure from the bloc are not progressing due to London's "intransigent and frankly unrealistic" approach, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian charged on Monday.
France has 'indication' of chemical attack in Syria
France's top diplomat said Tuesday that the country had an "indication" that a chemical attack had been carried out in Syria's Idlib province this month, an attack alleged by Washington last week. "We have an indication that chemical weapons were used in the Idlib region, but for now it has not been verified," Foreign Minister…
France on Brexit: 'Time for this situation to end'
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Saturday that it was time for the Brexit crisis to end, saying that it couldn't continue to dominate EU discussions. "It's time that this situation ended," he told reporters on the sidelines of a G7 meeting in Dinard, northern France. "We can't live constantly with Brexit. At some…
UN investigates 'Russian soldier torture' case in CAR
The UN has launched an investigation into suspected cases of torture by Russian soldiers or mercenaries in Central African Republic after an internal report said at least one civilian had been detained and abused by Russians. A man from the central city of Bambari was held by Russians and repeatedly tortured for five days, according…
Iran accuses France of 'destabilising' region
Iran has accused France of being a destabilising force in the region after its foreign minister threatened new sanctions against Tehran over its missile programme. "The Islamic republic has always called for the strengthening of peace and stability in the region," the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement released overnight Friday. As such Iran…
Turkey, France spar over Khashoggi killing
Turkey on Monday lashed out at "unacceptable" and "impertinent" comments by the French foreign minister who accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of playing a "political game" over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey had shared recordings linked to the Saudi journalist's murder last month with Riyadh, the United States, France,…
France warns of 'new disaster' looming in Syria's Idlib
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Sunday that a new humanitarian disaster was looming in Syria, in the rebel-held region of Idlib, seen as the next possible target of the regime's fightback.
Macron gets heavyweight French Socialist backing
Le Drian, a widely respected member of the Socialist government, has told politicians in the western region of Brittany of which he is president that he is supporting 39-year-old Macron, the sources said.