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  • Hurricane Leslie kills 6 in France, batters Europe

    Paris: Hurricane Leslie, the most powerful Atlantic storm to hit Europe in decades, has claimed at least six lives in France and left devastation in its wake as it also blew across Portugal and Spain, officials said on Monday.  Leslie dumped vast quantities of water across the west of the continent and left 28 people injured, including one in France, said Alain Thirion, prefect of France’s Aude region. It was later downgraded

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    Flash floods kill 6 in France

    Paris: At least six people have been killed by flash floods in France’s Aude region, authorities said on Monday. Officials said that several months’ of rain fell in just a few hours overnight, blocking roads in some areas.

  • Nirmala Sitharaman visits Rafale manufacturing facility in France

    Paris: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday visited a production facility of French aerospace major Dassault Aviation near Paris where the Rafale jets to be supplied to India are being manufactured, official sources said. They said during her visit to the plant in Argenteuil, Sitharaman spoke to officials of the Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, and took stock of progress in production of the fighter jets whose delivery to India will begin

  • UEFA Nations League: Kylian Mbappe cameo helps France avoid defeat against Iceland

    Guingamp: Kylian Mbappe inspired a fightback from world champions France as they rallied from two goals down at home to earn a 2-2 draw with Iceland on Thursday. Birkir Bjarnason swept Iceland ahead from the edge of the area on 30 minutes, and Kari Arnason’s excellent second-half header doubled their lead in Guingamp.

  • Offset clause was a must, not firm’s name: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Paris/New Delhi: In France, on a three-day visit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has refuted Congress allegations that she has gone on a cover-up operation and insisted that the government had no part in the selection of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as a joint venture partner in the Rafale deal.

  • Rafale deal Modi’s reciprocal gesture to France: Expert

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi went for buying 36 French Rafale fighter jets as a reciprocal gesture to France being the only country that stood with India in 1998 when then Vajpayee government tested the nuclear weapons in May 1998. It was a diplomatic gesture as Modi pointed out at a meeting of the bureaucrats to clear the obstacles in the Rafale deal on how India was isolated as even the

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    Interpol president Meng Hongwei reported missing during trip to China

    Paris: He left his home in Lyon, France, for a visit to his homeland, and then vanished – putting the International Criminal Police Organization, best known as Interpol, at the center of its own missing persons case. Meng Hongwei, Interpol’s president, boarded a plane and arrived in China, according to a French judicial official. But then, nothing. His wife, who put out a call on Friday, said she hasn’t heard from her

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    Indian web series ‘Smoke’ to premiere in Cannes

    Mumbai: Indian series “Smoke” by Eros Now Original will premiere at global entertainment content market MIPCOM 2018 in Cannes under the ‘Made in India Originals’ category. The event is being held at Cannes in France on October 15.

  • Europe is swinging far right

    There is a powerful shift emerging in politics around the world and in Europe in particular. While broadly there has been a gradual rise in populism in recent years, it’s the right-wing part of the populist movement that has redrawn politics in Europe lately. The election of centrist president Emmanuel Macron in France and the re-election of German Chancellor Angela Merkel last year was just a temporary pause in the rising tide

  • Why did Dassault choose Anil Ambani’s firm as partner?

    Last week, India’s defence ministry said “the government has stated earlier and again reiterates that it had no role in the selection of Reliance Defence as the offset partner” of Dassault Aviation. Ironically, the French government, too, said it had no role in choice of Indian partner.  If both the statements are valid, the question is: who pushed the name of highly debt-ridden Anil Ambani’s inexperienced Reliance Defence for the job? In

  • World Cup success has given Pogba a boost, says Mourinho

    Manchester : Paul Pogba’s fine form for Manchester United this season is evidence that post-World Cup hangovers are as much mental as physical, according to the club’s manager Jose Mourinho.

  • Indian govt gave us no choice but to partner Anil Ambani in Rafale deal: former French president Francois Hollande

    New Delhi: The Indian government proposed Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as Dassault Aviation’s partner in multi-billion dollar Rafale jet deal and France did not have a choice, former French president Francois Hollande was quoted as purportedly saying by a French publication, a sensational twist that gave fresh ammunition to the Opposition against the Modi dispensation.

  • Lloris pleads guilty to drunk driving

    London : France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris avoided jail but received a 20-month driving ban and a USD 65,000 fine on Wednesday for drink-driving in central London.

  • 7 wounded including 2 British tourists in Paris knife attack: source

    Paris: Seven people including two British tourists were wounded Sunday in Paris after they were attacked by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar, according to police and other sources. A source close to the inquiry said the suspect has been arrested and is believed to be an Afghan national. “Nothing at this stage shows signs of a terrorist nature in these assaults,” the sources said, adding that the

  • Injured Nadal to miss Davis Cup semi-final

    Madrid : Rafael Nadal will miss Spain’s Davis Cup semi-final against France next weekend due to the knee injury that forced him to retire at the US Open, the Spanish tennis federation said. “Rafa Nadal will not be able to compete in the tie against France in Lille. The knee injury suffered last night (Friday) at the US Open is stopping him from playing this semi-final,” Spain team captain Sergi Bruguera said

  • Rafale! What’s the big deal about it?

    With Congress and BJP being constantly engaged in a war of words on the Rafale deal, the multi-billion fighter jets deal has become the talking point of every debate. In April 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India will buy 36 French-manufactured Rafale fighter jets off-the-shelf from Dassault, the French aircraft builder, and integrator. India and France signed a deal worth euro 7.87 billion (Rs 59,000 crore approximately) in September

  • Nashik Police Commissioner Ravinderkumar Singhal completes Ironman triathlon in France

    Nashik (Maha): Nashik Police Commissioner Ravinderkumar Singhal has successfully completed the Ironman triathlon which involves a set of physically gruelling activities. The event, which includes cycling for a staggering 180 km, swimming for around 4 km and a 42-km full marathon, was held in France on Sunday.

  • Women, men in US march topless for gender equality

    Washington : Hundreds of women, and some men, marched on Sunday through numerous cities in the US to show their breasts, demanding gender equality and to protest against the “commercialisation and the double standards” which affects their lives and jobs.

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