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France and Germany tell Turkey to stop provocations

France and Germany tell Turkey to stop provocations

By PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany accused Turkey on Thursday of continuing to provoke the European Union with its actions in the eastern Mediterranean, and urged it to clarify its positions in the coming weeks.Slideshow Despite an EU summit deal on Oct. 2 aimed at persuading Ankara to stop exploring for natural gas in waters disputed by Greece and Cyprus, Turkey said on Wednesday it was restarting operations of a survey ship.Turkey withdrew the vessel last month, just before the EU summit, at which economic sanctions were discussed, only to redeploy it on Monday.The bloc said it would...

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France, U.S. and Russia to meet on Nagorno-Karabakh amid fears of regional war

France, U.S. and Russia to meet on Nagorno-Karabakh amid fears of regional war

By , , BAKU/YEREVAN/PARIS (Reuters) - France, the United States and Russia will step up efforts to end fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces in the South Caucasus by holding talks in Geneva on Thursday, as fears of a regional war grow.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Russian, French and U.S. representatives would also meet in Moscow on Monday to look at ways to persuade the warring sides to negotiate a ceasefire.“We want everyone to understand that it’s in their interest to immediately stop hostilities without conditions and that we start a negotiation,” he told...

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France, U.S. and Russia to meet on Nagorno-Karabakh amid fears of regional war

France, U.S. and Russia to meet on Nagorno-Karabakh amid fears of regional war

By , , BAKU/YEREVAN/PARIS (Reuters) - France, the United States and Russia will step up efforts to end fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces in the South Caucasus by holding talks in Geneva on Thursday, as fears of a regional war grow.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Russian, French and U.S. representatives would also meet in Moscow on Monday to look at ways to persuade the warring sides to negotiate a ceasefire.“We want everyone to understand that it’s in their interest to immediately stop hostilities without conditions and that we start a negotiation,” he told...

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France accuses Turkey of sending Syrian jihadists to Nagorno-Karabakh

France accuses Turkey of sending Syrian jihadists to Nagorno-Karabakh

By , PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey on Thursday of sending Syrian jihadists to fight in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a move that he said changed the situation.Slideshow Turkey, a close ally of Muslim Azerbaijan, has denied sending mercenaries to take part in the fighting.“We now have information which indicates that Syrian fighters from jihadist groups have (transited) through Gaziantep (southeastern Turkey) to reach the Nagorno-Karabakh theatre of operations,” Macron told reporters on arrival at an EU summit in Brussels. “It is a very serious new fact,...

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France accuses Turkey of sending Syrian jihadists to Nagorno-Karabakh

France accuses Turkey of sending Syrian jihadists to Nagorno-Karabakh

By , PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey on Thursday of sending Syrian jihadists to fight in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a move that he said changed the situation.Slideshow Turkey, a close ally of Muslim Azerbaijan, has denied sending mercenaries to take part in the fighting.“We now have information which indicates that Syrian fighters from jihadist groups have (transited) through Gaziantep (southeastern Turkey) to reach the Nagorno-Karabakh theatre of operations,” Macron told reporters on arrival at an EU summit in Brussels. “It is a very serious new fact,...

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Betrayed Macron says will continue Lebanon efforts, eyes Hezbollah

Betrayed Macron says will continue Lebanon efforts, eyes Hezbollah

By , PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron admonished Lebanon’s leaders on Sunday for serving their own interests ahead of their country and vowed to push ahead with efforts to prevent chaos, but appeared to have no back up plan should his initiative fail.Lebanon’s prime minister-designate, Mustapha Adib, quit on Saturday after failing to line up a non-partisan cabinet, dealing a blow to a French plan aimed at rallying sectarian leaders to tackle the country’s crisis. [nL8N2GN016]“I am ashamed of Lebanon’s political leaders,” Macron told a news conference in Paris. “The leaders...

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Betrayed Macron says will continue Lebanon efforts, eyes Hezbollah

Betrayed Macron says will continue Lebanon efforts, eyes Hezbollah

By , PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron admonished Lebanon’s leaders on Sunday for serving their own interests ahead of their country and vowed to push ahead with efforts to prevent chaos, but appeared to have no back up plan should his initiative fail.Lebanon’s prime minister-designate, Mustapha Adib, quit on Saturday after failing to line up a non-partisan cabinet, dealing a blow to a French plan aimed at rallying sectarian leaders to tackle the country’s crisis. [nL8N2GN016]“I am ashamed of Lebanon’s political leaders,” Macron told a news conference in Paris. “The leaders...

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NATO keeps France-Turkey probe under wraps as tempers flare

NATO keeps France-Turkey probe under wraps as tempers flare

By , , BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A NATO investigation into a naval standoff between French and Turkish ships in June has been rated too sensitive to discuss in public and does not apportion blame, as Paris and Ankara wage a war of words, diplomats have told Reuters.The issue underlines NATO’s difficulties with Turkey, also at odds with Greece over energy rights and with the alliance’s leader, the United States.On June 10, a French frigate on a NATO mission tried to inspect a Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship suspected of smuggling arms to Libya.France says the frigate was harassed by Turkish navy...

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France 'will not tolerate' Turkey's role in Libya, Macron says

France 'will not tolerate' Turkey's role in Libya, Macron says

United States PARIS (Reuters) - France will not tolerate Turkey’s military intervention in Libya, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday, accusing Ankara of playing “a dangerous game”. Turkey has intervened decisively in recent weeks in Libya, providing air support, weapons and allied fighters from Syria to help the government based in Tripoli repel a year-long assault by eastern military leader Khalifa Haftar. “I have already had the opportunity to say very clearly to President (Tayyip) Erdogan, I consider that Turkey is playing a dangerous game in Libya today and going against all of...

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Europe tells U.S.: we won't back unilateral Iran sanctions snapback

Europe tells U.S.: we won't back unilateral Iran sanctions snapback

United States PARIS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany said on Friday they would not back U.S. efforts to unilaterally trigger the reimposition of United Nations sanctions on Iran, but said they wanted talks with Tehran over its ongoing violations of a 2015 nuclear accord. Under Iran’s 2015 deal with world powers to accept limits to its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions, a U.N. weapons embargo is due to expire in October. The United States, which exited the deal in 2018, says it wants to extend the embargo. If the U.N. Security Council does not extend the...

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Rwandan genocide suspect must face U.N. tribunal, rules French court

Rwandan genocide suspect must face U.N. tribunal, rules French court

United States PARIS (Reuters) - A French court ordered Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga on Wednesday to be handed over to a United Nations tribunal for trial, rejecting arguments that he should be allowed to remain in France because of his health. U.N. prosecutors accuse Kabuga of bankrolling and arming ethnic Hutu militias that killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda during a 100-day period in 1994. He is indicted for genocide and incitement to commit genocide, among other charges. Kabuga, whose arrest in Paris in May ended a manhunt that lasted more than two decades,...

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Outraged French lawmakers demand answers on 'fake' Chinese embassy accusations

Outraged French lawmakers demand answers on 'fake' Chinese embassy accusations

United States PARIS (Reuters) - A diplomatic spat between France and China widened on Wednesday as members of the French Senate demanded answers at a hearing with the foreign minister as to why an article they said was fake and cast them in a bad light was still up on the Chinese embassy website. The French language article, entitled “Restoring distorted facts - Observations of a Chinese diplomat posted to Paris”, first appeared on Sunday, the latest in a series of posts and tweets by the embassy that has defended Beijing’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, while criticising the West’s...

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UPDATE 1-Outraged French lawmakers demand answers on 'fake' Chinese embassy accusations

UPDATE 1-Outraged French lawmakers demand answers on 'fake' Chinese embassy accusations

India (Adds Taiwan Foreign Ministry comment) By John Irish PARIS, April 15 (Reuters) - A diplomatic spat between France and China widened on Wednesday as members of the French Senate demanded answers at a hearing with the foreign minister as to why an article they said was fake and cast them in a bad light was still up on the Chinese embassy website. The French language article, entitled “Restoring distorted facts - Observations of a Chinese diplomat posted to Paris”, first appeared on Sunday, the latest in a series of posts and tweets by the embassy that has defended Beijing’s response to...

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Paris hospitals brace for coronavirus peak in April: doctors

Paris hospitals brace for coronavirus peak in April: doctors

United States PARIS (Reuters) - Hospitals in Paris are scrambling to find more intensive care beds, ventilators and medical staff ahead of an expected spike in the number of coronavirus patients in coming days, with the figure expected to peak in April, doctors said on Friday. Coronavirus cases in Paris and its suburbs now account for about a quarter of the 11,000 cases across France, and has about 250 now in intensive care, up from just 50 five days ago. The death toll in all France as of Friday evening stood at 450. “We are working at full speed to ramp up the number of intensive care...

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