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France plans to fill gas storage facilities

Paris, July 27 : France is determined to fill all its strategic gas storage facilities up to 100 per cent by November 1, which exceeds the goals set out by the European Commission, Energy Transformation Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher said on Wednesday.

Paris losing its independent voice in world politics – Paramonov

Paris, June 13 (UNI/Sputnik) The independent role of France in the multi-polar world is fading and Paris is not ready to listen to Russia's concerns regarding security, Alexey Paramonov, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's First European Department, told Sputnik. "We can see more and more clearly how the independent role of France in the multi-polar world, its once special and unique voice in the resolution of global issues and resistance to global challenges is fading, and often getting lost completely in the chorus of foreign voices," Paramonov said.

French Open: Anisimova thwacks Osaka for second straight slam

Paris, May 23 : A first-round clash at French Open saw No.27 seed Amanda Anisimova thwacked Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-4 in 90 minutes, taking the former World No.1 out for the second time in as many majors at Roland Garros. It was a tightly contested match, but Anisimova managed to keep herself ahead of her rival for the most part of the match.

French Interior Minister criticizes UK policy amid migrant boat tragedy in...

Paris, Nov 25 (UNI/Sputnik) French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has criticized UK's open-door labor policy for illegal immigrants amid the deadly migrant boat accident near the French shore, which became the biggest single loss of life in the English Channel. On Wednesday, a boat with migrants sunk in the Strait of Dover. Paris had initially reported 31 deaths, but the number was later revised down to 27, according to government officials. The interior minister said that police had arrested five people suspected of organizing the illegal transfer of migrants.

France’s President Macron hit by egg-like object in Lyon, culprit arrested...

Paris, Sep 27 (UNI/Sputnik) An unknown man threw an egg-like object at French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, during his visit to the Eurexpo exhibition in the city of Lyon, the LyonMag.com news outlet reported.

Oil spill detected off Corsica Coast : Haute-Corse Prefecture

Paris, Jun 12 (Sputnik) An oil spill has been discovered off the eastern coast of the French island of Corsica, the Haute-Corse department’s prefecture said on Saturday.

Neymar agrees contract extension to 2025 with PSG

Paris, May 8 (Xinhua) French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday announced that Brazilian star Neymar has signed a contract extension with the club, which will keep him at the Parc des Princes until 2025. Neymar told PSGTV that the main reason that he decided to stay is "happiness."

Macron to unveil phased plan to ease France’s COVID-19 restrictions

Paris, Apr 29 (Xinhua) French President Emmanuel Macron will unveil a "progressive and phased" plan to relax the country's coronavirus rules on Friday, Prime Minister Jean Castex said here on Wednesday. Macron is due to announce the "prospect of a gradual return to a more normal life" as "the epidemic situation continues to improve at a steady pace," Castex told journalists. In France, the average weekly number of daily cases has fallen from 38,000 to 26,200, and the virus reproduction rate (R0) stands at 0.89, he said. "That means the circulation of the virus remains at a high level, but we are on a real downward trend even though it is slower than in November (during the second confinement phase) and its impact on the hospitalization rate, notably on the number of people in intensive care, is limited," the prime minister said.

Dutch prosecutors unaware how reporters got recordings of MH17 case involvee’s...

Paris, Apr 12 (Sputnik) The Dutch Public Prosecution Service is unaware how Dutch reporters obtained the recordings of phone conversations of a defendant in the MH17 crash case, Brechtje van de Moosdijk, told Sputnik on Monday. It was revealed this weekend that journalists from the Netherlands Broadcasting Corporation had at their disposal around 1,000 recordings of telephone conversations that the defendant, Sergey Dubinsky, held in July and August 2014 during and after the deadly plane crash. The recordings were made by Ukrainian special services. "I have watched the program that you are talking about, but I do not know how the journalists obtained the recordings, so I cannot say anything about it," van de Moosdijk said, asked how the reporters could obtain the classified materials.

France goes into third national lockdown as cases surge sharply

Paris, Apr 4(UNI) France on Saturday entered its third national lockdown as the rise in the number of COVID cases threatens to overwhelm the country's medical system. Under the lockdown all schools and non-essential shops will be shut for four weeks, and a curfew will be in place from 19:00 to 06:00, while from Tuesday onward people will also need a valid reason to travel more than 10 km (six miles) from their homes, the BBC reported. On Friday, France reported that the number of seriously ill COVID patients in intensive care units (ICU) increased by 145, which is the biggest jump in five months. At present France has about 5,000 COVID patients in ICUs across the country. On Friday, the country recorded 46,677 new cases and 304 deaths.
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