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Jan 14, 2013

Mali Islamists counter-attack, threaten France

BAMAKO/PARIS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels in Mali launched a counter-offensive on Monday after three days of strikes by French fighter jets on their strongholds in the desert north, vowing to drag France into a long and brutal ground war.

France intensified its air raids on Sunday using state-of-the-art Rafale planes and Gazelle attack helicopters to pummel training camps at the heart of the vast area seized by rebels in April, while pouring hundreds of its ground troops into the capital Bamako.

Jan 11, 2013

France launches air strike in Mali

PARIS/BAMAKO (Reuters) – The French air force carried out an air strike in Mali on Friday in support of government forces trying to push back Islamist rebels, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

The raid came as France launched a military intervention in the west African state to help the government resist a push south by rebel forces.

Jan 11, 2013

France launches military operation in Mali

PARIS/BAMAKO, Jan 11 (Reuters) – France’s armed forces began
a military intervention in Mali on Friday to help the government
stem a push south by Islamist rebels who control much of the
north, President Francois Hollande said.

“French forces brought their support this afternoon to
Malian army units to fight against terrorist elements,” Hollande
told reporters. “This operation will last as long as is
necessary.”

Jan 11, 2013

France says ready to halt any rebel offensive in Mali

PARIS/BAMAKO (Reuters) – France would intervene to stop any further drive southward by Islamist rebels in Mali, President Francois Hollande said on Friday, as Malian soldiers launched a counter-offensive to wrest back a key town captured by militants this week.

Western powers are worried the alliance of al Qaeda-linked militants that seized the northern two-thirds of Mali in April will seek to use the vast desert zone as a launchpad for international attacks.

Jan 10, 2013

India working on contract details as Rafale deal inches closer

PARIS, Jan 10 (Reuters) – India is ironing out contract
details on a purchase of French Rafale fighter jets that has
been under negotiation over the past year, India’s foreign
minister said during a visit to Paris on Thursday, suggesting
that a deal could be close.

India chose Dassault Aviation’s Rafale for a
possible 126-plane order in January 2012 ahead of the competing
Eurofighter Typhoon and started
exclusive talks, lifting hopes in France of a sale that would
restore the lustre of its aviation industry.

Jan 9, 2013

Bargain-hunters rush in as French retail sales start

PARIS, Jan 9 (Reuters) – French shoppers burst through the
doors of one of Paris’ most emblematic department stores on
Wednesday as bargain-hunters sought out markdowns of up to 60
percent at the start of winter sales.

Against the backdrop of a badly stalled economy, a few
hundred hopeful shoppers had waited outside Galeries Lafayette
on Boulevard Haussmann in central Paris in the grey early
morning, before the main doors were thrown open and the crush of
people quickly moved inside.

Jan 8, 2013

Depardieu skips court to prep for Strauss-Kahn role

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – French film star Gerard Depardieu
failed to show up in court to face drink driving charges on
Tuesday as he pursued a headline-grabbing world tour that has
seen him set up an alleged tax haven home in Belgium and pick up
a passport in Russia.

The garrulous actor’s lawyer said he had missed the hearing
in Paris because he was now in Montenegro, holding meetings over
a film in which he will play disgraced former IMF chief
Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Jan 8, 2013

Depardieu skips French court to prep for Strauss-Kahn role

PARIS (Reuters) – French film star Gerard Depardieu failed to show up in court to face drink driving charges on Tuesday because he was preparing to play disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film, his lawyer said.

The no-show means the case will turn into a full trial – guaranteeing yet another day in the spotlight for the garrulous actor currently caught up in a scandal over his tax status.

Dec 10, 2012

Pakistan’s Zardari pledges cash for girls’ education

PARIS (Reuters) – Pakistan’s President Asif Zardari pledged $10 million for girls’ education to UNESCO on Monday in the name of a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, saying sending girls to school was the best way to combat extremism.

The October attack on Malala Yousufzai sparked worldwide condemnation of Taliban efforts to deprive girls of education in Pakistan, which has seen a surge in Islamist militancy over the past decade.

Dec 7, 2012

Notre Dame Cathedral brushes up for 850th birthday

PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Quasimodo would be overjoyed.

Notre Dame Cathedral has had its lighting improved, a new
viewing platform erected to appreciate its Gothic facade, its
organ renovated and is about to have new bells made for a
year-long 850th anniversary celebration that kicks off next
week.

The graceful and inspiring Catholic church that has
dominated Paris since the 12th century, survived the Hundred
Years War, the French Revolution and two World Wars is being
readied for an invasion of camera-wielding birthday visitors.

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      "Alexandria covers general news in the busy Paris bureau, focusing on politics, courts, crime and terrorism. When not covering political crises in the French government, criminal investigations, high-profile trials or visits by foreign diplomats, she can be found writing about fashion, culture and style at Paris Fashion Week or the Cannes Film Festival. Before Paris, Alexandria wrote about the business side of the apparel industry and e-commerce in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has been with Reuters since 2004. Earlier assignments have included the Michael Jackson molestation trial, Louisiana's BP oil spill, marijuana legalization in California and polygamy in ..."
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