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Nov 25, 2013

Insight: Weak at home, France seeks grandeur abroad

PARIS (Reuters) – The hero of France’s top movie comedy of the moment is a French foreign minister who complains about American isolationism and says the Germans must be humored – but above all kept off the U.N. Security Council.

One reason for the box-office success of “Quai d’Orsay” – named after the 19th century palace by the River Seine where France conducts its world affairs – is how closely it flirts with real-life policy.

Nov 25, 2013

Weak at home, France seeks grandeur abroad

PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The hero of France’s top movie
comedy of the moment is a French foreign minister who complains
about American isolationism and says the Germans must be
humoured – but above all kept off the U.N. Security Council.

One reason for the box-office success of “Quai d’Orsay” -
named after the 19th century palace by the River Seine where
France conducts its world affairs – is how closely it flirts
with real-life policy.

Nov 23, 2013

Kerry arrives in Geneva as Iran, powers edge towards nuclear deal

GENEVA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry arrived in Geneva on Saturday to join talks on Iran’s
contested nuclear programme with Tehran and six world powers
appearing on the verge of a breakthrough to defuse the
decade-old standoff.

The Chinese, Russian, French, British and German foreign
ministers – Wang Yi, Sergei Lavrov, Laurent Fabius, William
Hague and Guido Westerwelle – also prepared to take part in the
push to seal an interim deal under which Iran would curb its
nuclear work in exchange for limited relief from sanctions.

Nov 23, 2013

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in bid to reach deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join talks on Iran’s contested nuclear program in Geneva on Saturday, as Tehran and six world powers appeared to be on the verge of an elusive breakthrough in the decade-old dispute.

The Chinese, French, British and German foreign ministers, Wang Yi, Laurent Fabius, William Hague and Guido Westerwelle, were due to take part in intense negotiations on a deal under which Iran would curb its atomic activity in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions.

Nov 22, 2013

Iran nuclear talks make some progress, but still differences

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and six major powers have made some progress toward an interim deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, but both sides said on Thursday they still have significant differences to overcome.

Negotiators appeared to downplay anticipation of an imminent breakthrough in the three-day talks that began on Wednesday after the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from Iran in the last round of negotiations two weeks ago.

Nov 21, 2013

France says Central African Republic on verge of genocide

PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Thursday that Central African Republic was “on the verge of genocide” and it expected the United Nations to give Paris and the African Union permission to intervene.

Central African Republic, a landlocked nation of 4.6 million people, has descended into violence and chaos since Seleka rebels, many of them from neighboring Chad and Sudan, ousted President Francois Bozize in March.

Nov 21, 2013

France, Iran trade barbs but ministers may come for nuclear deal

GENEVA, Nov 21 (Reuters) – France and Iran traded tough
words on Thursday as major powers struggled to finalise an
interim deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for
sanctions relief, with Paris urging the West to remain firm and
Tehran deploring a loss of trust.

Each side appeared to be tempering anticipation of an
imminent breakthrough after the United States, Russia, China,
France, Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions
from Tehran in the last round of negotiations two weeks ago.

Nov 21, 2013

France, Iran trade barbs, tempering hope of imminent nuclear deal

GENEVA, Nov 21 (Reuters) – France and Iran traded tough
words on Thursday as major powers struggled to finalise an
interim deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for
sanctions relief, with Paris urging the West to remain firm and
Tehran deploring a loss of trust.

Each side appeared to be tempering anticipation of an
imminent breakthrough after the United States, Russia, China,
France, Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions
from Tehran in the last round of negotiations two weeks ago.

Nov 21, 2013

France, Iran trade barbs, tempering hopes of nuclear deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – France and Iran traded tough words on Thursday before major powers began to negotiate the details of a preliminary accord to curb Tehran’s nuclear program with Paris warning the West had to remain firm and Tehran deploring a loss of trust.

Each side appeared to be tempering anticipation of an imminent agreement after the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from Tehran in the last round of negotiations two weeks ago.

Nov 14, 2013

French troops should hunt Qaeda beyond Mali borders: army chief

PARIS (Reuters) – French troops should be allowed to hunt down al Qaeda-linked militants beyond Mali’s borders, French army chief Admiral Edouard Guillaud said in a rare interview on Thursday.

Nine months after they were scattered across the Sahara by a French military offensive, Islamists in Mali have named new leaders and are making a comeback as France whittles down its military presence. They have launched attacks on U.N. peacekeepers and killed two French journalists this month.