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  1. March 18, 2014

    France offers to halt Russian ship sale if UK hits oligarchs

    France says it could suspend its controversial deal to sell helicopter assault ships to Russia if more sanctions are adopted...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    March 5, 2014

    Family photo

    Ian Langsdon/EPA French President Francois Hollande and French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius speak with US...

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  1. The Future of the European Union 2013

    EU seeks road to redemption...
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  1. January 20, 2014

    EU approves deployment and extra aid for Central African Republic

    European foreign ministers have approved a 500-strong EU military mission to assist international forces in quelling unrest...

  2. January 20, 2014

    Get ready, the indispensable Americans are pulling back

    The official theme for this year’s World Economic Forum is predictably bland – “Reshaping the World”. But the unofficial...

  3. beyondbrics

    December 13, 2013

    Guest post: the power of subnational diplomacy

    By Rodrigo Tavares of the São Paulo State Government Although France was the first European country to recognize the...

  4. December 8, 2013

    French troops deploy in bid to halt CAR bloodletting

    French efforts to halt a vicious spiral of communal violence in the Central African Republic entered a critical phase on...

  5. November 26, 2013

    France to deploy 1,000 troops in Central African Republic

    France is to deploy at least 1,000 troops in the Central African Republic to help stem escalating disorder in its former...

  6. November 25, 2013

    Africa’s new crisis

    In the summer of 2012 France warned its allies that al-Qaeda was taking root in northern Mali and could establish a base for...

  7. November 21, 2013

    Central African Republic on the verge of genocide, France warns UN

    The Central African Republic is “on the verge of genocide”, according to its former colonial master, France, which is urging...

  8. The A-List

    November 13, 2013

    Iran and the US should start final-status negotiations

    The champagne (or, under the circumstances, the apple juice) was chilled. The relevant foreign ministers beckoned. It looked...

  9. November 12, 2013

    Iran’s Arak plant reveals depth of distrust

    A decade of exhaustive talks over Iran’s nuclear programme have focused largely on its efforts to enrich uranium, especially...

  10. FT Alphaville

    November 11, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLEWith the stock market seemingly unsure of whether more jobs are good or bad, Dan has a...

  11. November 11, 2013

    West puts on united front over Iran talks

    Western governments presented a united front over Iran on Monday and played down reports that France had been the main...

  12. November 10, 2013

    Kerry looks for allies at home and abroad

    For the past 10 days, US secretary of state John Kerry has been travelling around the Middle East trying to broker peace in...

  13. November 10, 2013

    Iran nuclear talks end without a deal

    Three days of intense negotiations in Geneva failed to reach an interim agreement to freeze Iran’s nuclear programme,...

  14. November 9, 2013

    France takes tough line at Iran nuclear talks

    The chances of an accord to contain Iran’s nuclear programme appeared uncertain on Saturday as France expressed concern...

  15. October 21, 2013

    Paris protests over claims of US spying on French citizens

    France has demanded an immediate explanation from the US following fresh allegations of “totally unacceptable” mass...

  16. October 9, 2013

    Brussels denies border agency funds to deal with refugees

    As civil war raged in Syria, the head of the EU’s border agency last year went to the authorities in Brussels with a request...

  17. September 10, 2013

    Russia’s Syria plan hits diplomatic obstacles

    Less than a day after Russia launched a new diplomatic initiative to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international...

  18. September 9, 2013

    Kerry comments change dynamic of debate on Syria for Obama

    A little grouchy perhaps after several days of non-stop meetings and flights, John Kerry suggested in London on Monday...

  19. August 30, 2013

    France remains ‘ready’ to punish Assad despite British vote

    France woke up on Friday to find itself in the unusual position of standing alone on the apparent brink of a military...

  20. August 22, 2013

    France hints at use of force in Syria if chemical attack proved

    France raised the possibility on Thursday that force could be used against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria if it were...

  21. June 6, 2013

    Malian army advances against Tuareg separatists

    Mali’s army appears to be moving towards a showdown with Tuareg separatists after retaking a remote village in the northern...

  22. June 4, 2013

    France says it is certain of sarin gas use in Syria

    France is certain the lethal nerve gas sarin has been used “several times” during the civil war in Syria. In the first...

  23. May 8, 2013

    UK role: Cameron takes a defensive stance

    David Cameron’s long-awaited speech on Europe on January 23 was seen by many as the start of Britain’s long goodbye to the...

  24. Brussels Blog

    April 21, 2013

    Syria: Fabius-Hague letter on lifting arms embargo

    France's Laurent Fabius, left, and Britain's William Hague co-authored the letter to Cathy Ashton. [UPDATE] During Monday’s...

  25. The World

    April 16, 2013

    Revealed: the wealth of France’s socialists and their secret love of Renaults

    There’s nowhere left to hide! The champagne socialists have been outed, their secret extravagance and hypocritical lives of...

  26. April 15, 2013

    French ministers reveal their wealth

    France’s socialist government ministers revealed a catalogue of possessions including Paris apartments, provincial houses,...

  27. February 26, 2013

    Islamists threaten to kill French family

    DAKAR, February 25 – Gunmen claiming to be from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist group threatened on Monday to kill a kidnapped...

  28. February 12, 2013

    France breaks Turkey’s EU deadlock

    France has moved to relaunch the EU’s strained relationship with Turkey, reversing a block on Ankara’s membership...

  29. February 6, 2013

    France sets March date to leave Mali

    French president François Hollande has said France plans to begin reducing the number of its troops in Mali by the end of...

  30. February 1, 2013

    French president to visit Mali

    French president François Hollande will on Saturday visit Mali, where his country’s military units have forced Islamist...

  31. January 27, 2013

    French want UK to stay in EU – or maybe not

    The French, always ambivalent about relations with “la perfide Albion”, appear to be having trouble deciding whether they...

  32. January 25, 2013

    Cameron is leading a supporters’ revolt

    From Mr David Marsh. Sir, Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, is not known for his sporting prowess. It’s absurd...

  33. January 23, 2013

    Cameron puts EU future on the line

    David Cameron put Britain’s future in the EU on the line in an audacious gamble that united his Conservative party but could...

  34. January 23, 2013

    European leaders hit out at Cameron

    France, Germany and other European countries told David Cameron on Wednesday that the EU could not be treated “à la carte”...

  35. January 20, 2013

    West faces ‘decades’ of conflict in N Africa

    David Cameron has raised the spectre of Britain being sucked into the fight against terrorists in north Africa for “decades”...

  36. January 20, 2013

    Africans seek aid to tackle Mali rebels

    West African leaders and France have called for urgent international financial and logistical help to ensure that a large...

  37. January 15, 2013

    Concern rises over France’s Mali mission

    Senior US and British officials expressed concern on Tuesday that France’s military deployment in Mali could be severely...

  38. January 14, 2013

    Hollande’s Mali plan upended by rebel push

    If François Hollande’s original intention in Mali had been to “lead from behind”, like the US in the Nato intervention in...

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