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Early bloom of cherry blossoms another marker of climate change

France, April 6 -- Climate change is causing Japanese cherry blossoms, a famous symbol of spring, to burst into peak bloom early. From Tokyo to Paris and Washington DC, nature's calendar has been disr... Read More


Senegal's youngest president names 'breakaway' government

France, April 6 -- Senegal's President Bassirou Diomaye Faye has named a "breakaway" government, appointing a host of fresh faces to top roles following his landslide election win last month. The 44-... Read More


More than games: photography festival celebrates sport as statement

France, April 6 -- As France gears up for the 2024 Olympics, the L'Oeil Urbain (Urban Eye) photo festival is celebrating sport not only as competition, but as a form of social engagement. Entitled "T... Read More


Fifteen-year-old boy dies after attack outside school near Paris

France, April 6 -- A French teenager has died from wounds suffered during a violent assault outside a school. It's the second brutal attack on a pupil in a week, prompting President Emmanuel Macron to... Read More


Rebooted Paris Saint-Germain count down to ecstasy on three fronts

France, April 6 -- What does it say about the essence of a football championship when a team can lose the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Marco Verratti and still be 12 points clear with seven games... Read More


International sports stars join forces in Paris to promote peace

France, April 6 -- Former footballer Didier Drogba joined South Africa's rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi and Olympians Marlene Harnois and Masomah Ali Zada in Paris to launch the 2024 whit... Read More


Thirty years after genocide, Rwanda's relations with France are slowly mending

France, April 6 -- France's relationship with Rwanda is gradually improving as French authorities acknowledge the country's responsibility in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which began 30 years ago this w... Read More


Dearth of mosques in France leaves Muslims short of space to pray

France, April 5 -- With just 2,600 places of worship for some five million Muslims, France has a shortage of mosques-and securing permits and financing for new religious sites is notoriously difficult... Read More


Europol report identifies more than 800 criminal networks in EU

France, April 5 -- The Hague-based crime-fighting body Europol has mapped 821 of the EU's "most threatening networks" involving some 50,000 people engaged in drug trafficking, fraud, migrant smuggling... Read More


Sand storms ahead with Saharan dust cloud set to smother France

France, April 5 -- A cloud of sand from the Sahara Desert will cover the whole of France this weekend- an orange spectacle visible to the naked eye that may cause some health problems. France will on... Read More