Chief correspondent, West and Central Africa
Mark's Feed
Jun 23, 2015

U.S. agency spied on French presidents – WikiLeaks

PARIS (Reuters) – The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents.

The revelations were first reported in French daily Liberation and on news website Mediapart, which said the NSA spied on the presidents during a period of at least 2006 until May 2012, the month Hollande took over from Sarkozy.

Jun 23, 2015

NSA spied on French presidents: WikiLeaks

PARIS (Reuters) – The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents.

The revelations were first reported in French daily Liberation and on news website Mediapart, which said the NSA spied on the presidents during a period of at least 2006 until May 2012, the month Hollande took over from Sarkozy.

Jun 10, 2015

Analysis – “Blood antiquities”: a wound the world struggles to staunch

PARIS (Reuters) – Off a corridor at world culture agency UNESCO’s star-shaped Paris headquarters, a modest office with potted plants and three small desks has become the war room in the fight against looted antiquities from Iraq and Syria.

“UNESCO has no blue helmets,” its deputy heritage director Mechtild Rossler told Reuters, using the common jargon for United Nations’ peacekeepers.

Jun 10, 2015

‘Blood antiquities’: a wound the world struggles to staunch

PARIS (Reuters) – Off a corridor at world culture agency UNESCO’s star-shaped Paris headquarters, a modest office with potted plants and three small desks has become the war room in the fight against looted antiquities from Iraq and Syria.

“UNESCO has no blue helmets,” its deputy heritage director Mechtild Rossler told Reuters, using the common jargon for United Nations’ peacekeepers.

May 20, 2015

France broadly backs EU plan amid growing opposition to immigration

PARIS (Reuters) – France gave broad backing on Wednesday to an EU scheme to share out asylum-seekers among EU states to deal with a surge of migrants, after a week of ambiguity that reflected growing public opposition to immigration.

French diplomats acknowledged there had been confusion between Paris and Brussels on the project, but officials dismissed media reports that Paris opposed the plan outright.

Apr 12, 2015

What to do with Dad: A dilemma for France’s Le Pen

PARIS (Reuters) – The daughter accuses the father of political suicide; the father publicly suspects she would like him dead anyway; and the grand-daughter watches in the wings, ready to pick up the pieces.

The feud within the Le Pen dynasty that has ruled France’s National Front (FN) for four decades is teetering between high drama and a low farce that could emerge as the biggest threat yet to the far-right party’s quest for mainstream power.

Apr 12, 2015

Analysis – What to do with Dad: A dilemma for France’s Le Pen

PARIS (Reuters) – The daughter accuses the father of political suicide; the father publicly suspects she would like him dead anyway; and the grand-daughter watches in the wings, ready to pick up the pieces.

The feud within the Le Pen dynasty that has ruled France’s National Front (FN) for four decades is teetering between high drama and a low farce that could emerge as the biggest threat yet to the far-right party’s quest for mainstream power.

Apr 10, 2015
via FaithWorld

Paris stands by ambassador nominee as Vatican silence prompts gay speculation

Photo

(Clouds hang over Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 11, 2013. 
REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

France is standing by its nominee to be ambassador to the Holy See, an official said on Friday, despite the Vatican’s failure to confirm his posting for more than three months, a delay that French and Italian media said was due to his sexuality.

Mar 11, 2015

France mourns sports stars killed in Argentina helicopter crash

BUENOS AIRES/PARIS (Reuters) – France mourned on Tuesday the deaths of three sports stars who were among 10 people killed when two helicopters collided in a remote region of Argentina during the filming of a reality TV show.

Investigators removed the bodies of Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, yachtswoman Florence Arthaud and boxer Alexis Vastine from the charred wreckage of the two aircraft, but said it was still unclear what caused the accident on Monday afternoon in the rugged western province of La Rioja. There were no survivors.

Mar 10, 2015

French sports stars killed in Argentina helicopter crash

BUENOS AIRES/PARIS, March 10 (Reuters) – Three French sports
stars – Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, yachtswoman Florence
Arthaud and boxer Alexis Vastine – were among 10 people killed
when two helicopters collided in Argentina on Monday during the
filming of a reality TV show.

Authorities said it was still unclear what caused the
accident in the rugged western province of La Rioja, near the
Andes Mountains.

    • About Mark

      "Based in Dakar, I look after the Reuters file in West and Central Africa, except for Nigeria. Previously I covered politics and economics in Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt and London."
    • Follow Mark